From the Director of Curriculum, Lynsey Porter
On Tuesday 5th March all Year 7 students, with their parents, attended an information evening with Dr Prue Salter on study skills and self-regulated learning. Dr Salter shared simple but powerful strategies that can be implemented at home to help students to cope with the academic demands of school and achieve their personal academic best.
Dr Salter shares a monthly study skills tip and the latest one is outlined below:
STUDY SKILLS TIP FOR MARCH: SETTING UP YOUR SPACE AT HOME
The start of a year is a good time to reassess the space where you work at home. It is best to work in whatever space has the least amount of distractions. Here are some points to consider:
- Natural lighting is best, but if not possible then a good strong bulb in your room and a bright desk lamp is essential. What is the lighting like in your study area?
- Fresh air and oxygen to the brain helps keep you mentally alert. What is the ventilation and air quality like in your study area?
- Your work space sets the tone for the way you approach your study. Is your desk large enough? What is your working space or desk like?
- The chair you use should be comfortable (but not so comfy you fall asleep) and adjustable to reduce strain on your neck and shoulders. What is your chair like?
- When you are trying to memorise things, quiet is essential. No music (unless it is certain types of classical like baroque). How effectively can you keep your room quiet?
- Storage is essential to help you keep your notes organised and sorted. Shelves, a filing cabinet, drawers. What is the storage like in your room?
- It is important to keep your study area uncluttered and organised. A large pin board for notices and a calendar are useful. How organised is your study area?
- How many distractions do you have in your room? Computer, phone etc? It is always a good idea to switch off or remove distractions before you start work. If you have to use your laptop make a conscious effort to not use personal technology during times when you are doing schoolwork. How well do you cope with the distractions in your room?
To learn more about setting up an effective work area at home (including the effect the colour of your room has on your ability to study and how to set up your room ergonomically) visit the Home Study Environment unit of www.studyskillshandbook.com.au.
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