The War That Saved My Life is an outstanding, heart-warming, coming-of-age story set in the English countryside during World War 2 and is historical fiction at its best. Reminiscent of Goodnight Mister Tom, we highly recommend it as a holiday read for our younger Middle Years' students.
Jessica Holsman, 26, is a Melbourne woman whose quirky study tips are taking the internet by storm. Followers around the world report that this self-styled “study tips guru and stationery lover” is motivating them to study and learn. She has started her own YouTube channel Study with Jess and her new book The high school survival guide: Your roadmap to studying, socialising and succeeding has just been published.
When studying for the approaching exams, students need to be able to understand the topic, remember the content and apply the skills and techniques of the topic to different types of questions. Actively studying for exams using this strategy is an essential skill for students to achieve success. To learn more, read the following article which gives tips about how this can be achieved.
With the exam period fast approaching, it is timely to be reminded of the Study Skills Handbook online resource that all students have access to on the iCentre website. Our tip this week is all about time management and how to prioritise using rocks, pebbles and sand. Follow the link for this valuable advice and use the hints given over the next weeks for end of year ssessment tasks and exams.
Due to the busy lives we lead, keeping on top of study commitments is something many students struggle with. The good news is that the feeling of being overwhelmed can be reduced by working on your organisation and time management skills. The following article contains some simple tips and strategies to assist you with this as we head towards the exam period.
The study skills handbook, found under iLearn on this website, provides many useful tips for exam preparation and we highly recommend that students visit this site to enhance their study skills. When we understand the purpose of exams, we have a better chance of success. On the following page you will find 3 useful tips for exam preparation.
Even though some students think they can multitask and manage answering texts, listening to music or watching TV, doing homework and studying at the same time, research has proved the truth is a different story and best results are achieved when students have a distraction free work space and single-task rather than multitask. There is an excellent article in the Study Skills Handbook that discusses this research.
Google Keep is a free web and mobile based note-taking app that helps you with organisation. It allows you to capture, edit, share and collaborate on any device, anywhere. Use it on your phone, tablet, computer or Android Wear watch as it syncs across all your devices so that your notes and lists are available wherever you are. Students can use it, either individually or in collaboration with others, for creating checklists for assignment work, exam preparation and study, and daily organisational tasks.
Make sure you are up-to-date with everything you need to do to stay organised at school. If you manage your time well and stay organised, you can work smarter and leave yourself time to do the things you really enjoy. Staying organised helps you to find the balance between work, rest and play.
The start of the year is the perfect time for students to set academic goals for the year, as well as any personal goals they have to achieve their personal best for 2016. The iCentre subscribes to the Online Study Skills Handbook which can be found on our website by entering the title in the search bar. This is a wonderful resource for helping students with practical suggestions of how to best manage their homework and study tasks and habits. This week, our study tip encourages and supports students in goal setting.
In today's digital environment, our attention spans are getting shorter as the devices and technology we rely on to do our work have built in seductions for our attention. This is the opinion of Daniel Goleman as he explores the science of attention and the neuroscience behind it in his book Focus : The Hidden Driver of Excellence. Our study tip for this week is to aware of when you become distracted from your work and retrain your habit of attention so that you can stay on task and achieve good study habits. Follow the link to find out more about this topic.