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Study Skills Tips for December | SWOT Analysis

(Acting) Deputy Principal, Teaching & Learning, Ms Lynsey Porter

(Acting) Deputy Principal, Teaching & Learning, Ms Lynsey Porter

From Director of Curriculum, Ms Lynsey Porter

Reflection on Triumphs and Tribulations

With the end of the year fast approaching it is a good time to reflect on your approach to school this year and what you have learnt from the challenges you faced. So as the holidays approach, take a moment to do a short SWOT analysis on your personal approach to school and learning. You may also like to discuss these questions with a teacher, parent, or friend.


  • What did you do well at school this year?
  • What subjects or topics were you good at?
  • What worked for you in your approach to learning?
  • What are you proud of achieving?
  • What new skills did you develop?


  • What were your greatest challenges in achieving your personal best at school?
  • What did you find difficult this year?
  • What skills do you feel need more work?
  • What areas of your approach did you struggle with?
  • When did you feel not confident about your ability to succeed?


  • What could you do to build your strengths and deal with your weaknesses?
  • Who did you encounter this year that might be able to help you on this journey?
  • What will be different about next year that will create opportunities to change?
  • What could you personally do differently in your approach to school next year?
  • What one thing could you change that would make the biggest difference to you being a more effective learner?


  • What are the biggest obstacles to you making changes in your approach?
  • Are there other students you sit with who make learning difficult?
  • What is stopping you from achieving the top marks you are capable of achieving?
  • What challenges do you face in staying motivated to do your work for school?
  • What challenges do you face in managing distractions and procrastination?

A note to Parents: In these school holidays it is important for students to have a decent break, recharge, and spend time with friends and family doing things they enjoy. Certainly, if students are weak in areas such as literacy or numeracy, some practice on a regular basis over the holidays would not go astray. It is essential however that Year 12 (2021) students allocate some time these school holidays consolidating the work from Year 11 and from Year 12 in Term 4, ensuring study notes are up to date and they are organised and prepared for the challenges ahead in 2021. All students may find it useful to complete some of the study skills units over the holidays, particularly on their areas of weakness.

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