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7 study tools for better NCEA results

Studying plays an important role in passing high school exams but many teenagers have not been taught the skill of studying. Below are 7 study tools to help your teen reach their academic potential and get their very best NCEA results. 

Learning how to study is an important skill your teen needs to learn to achieve their best NCEA results

  1. Identify learning styles 
    Is your teenager a visual, kinaesthetic or auditory learner? Identify your teen's learning style so they can adopt a study style that suits them. Learning is not ‘one size fits all’ - as soon as your teen figures out their learning style their study will become less arduous and they will find it easier to retain information.
  2. Time is of the essence 
    Cramming at the last minute is only a feat for the extremely brave and for the majority it will only lead to disappointing results. Help your teen organise a study routine with a set number of hours each week. One month before their exams they should increase their study workload to the below recommended hours: 

    NCEA Level 1 - 10-15 hours 
    NCEA Level 2 - 15-20 hours 
    NCEA Level 3 - 20+ hours 

    Break the recommended time into daily study periods, it will feel less overwhelming this way with between 1.5 to 3 hours of study required each day. Make sure they stick to the schedule.
  3. Revision, revision, revision 
    The key to study success is revision. Each evening, your teen should read over their notes from class and identify areas they know and they need to learn. The 'traffic light study strategy' is a great tool that helps student's prioritise learning objectives. Students should use green, orange and red post-it notes to categorise objectives in order of understanding (more on this in the free eBook which can be downloaded below).

    Students should also actively review content at least three times: the same day, the day after and one week later. This will help them better retain information. Revision tools like mind maps, diagrams or written notes help students recall what they studied. Old exams can be very beneficial too, they familiarise your teen with question formats and time limits. 
  4. Ask teachers for extra help
    Teachers are there to help during and outside of class hours. If your teenager is struggling, encourage them to arrange times to meet their teachers for extra help. Your teen may be scared to speak up in class, so having one-on-one time with their teacher can be valuable. Your teen may also get in touch with the head of academics or the career advisor for additional assistance. 
  5. Set goals 
    Goal setting is the key to success. Students should identify a target - to achieve 80 merit or higher credits or a course endorsement. Setting goals will help them stay on task because they will have something to work towards. Sometimes working towards a high school certificate isn't enough for teens. Help them to set high goals for themselves. It could be as simple as finding out the criteria for their desired university course and working towards this. 
  6. Plan study sessions
    At the start of each study session teen's should map out what they would like to achieve during that session. Perhaps it's completing an internal assessment, revising notes for three subjects or writing an essay. A 'list' of tasks to complete will help them to stay on track and remind them what they are working towards. 
  7. Useful study sites 
    There are a number of useful study sites online. Here are some student recommended websites can be found in the free eBook below. 

These are just a few ways your teen could improve on their study to reach their academic potential. For more useful information download this free eBook - An exam marker's secrets for better NCEA results

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