Study Smarter – Part V: Exam Technique

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The Y12 Blog has been posting posting a five part smarter study series based on webinars hosted by Karen Boyes (previous posts are here, here, here and here). She is an education guru that has become a leader in New Zealand for her thinking around studying and thinking dispositions. Her blog regularly contains informative articles and her company Spectrum Education has a range of useful products and resources that can assist a student in the market for a better approach to studying. Like the Smart Study Facebook page for regular study tips.

The following notes are taken for her webinar on study skills available in full here. The webinar went back and forward between the seven keys to memory and translated them into study tips to make them accessible and practical.shimer_comping_66_recondite

Practice exams are the most important exams that you sit in the year. They give you the information about what you don’t know so that you can learn it.

Exam Strategy Tips

  1. Maintain a positive attitude (visualise yourself being successful, pay special attention in class for hints, tips and exam ideas, clarify confusions, avoid people that are stressed)
  2. Make a plan (spend 10-15 minutes each week planning your week, draw up your calendar and stick to it, prioritise what you need to learn, learn the information you don’t know)
  3. The night before (revise your notes, avoid cramming, get a great night sleep/rest)
  4. The morning of the exam (have a great breakfast, arrive 10-15 minutes early, avoid people that are stressing, ensure you have 2 pens, 2 pencils, calculator with spare batteries, go to the bathroom before the exam)
  5. During the Exam (keep your positive attitude, scan through the whole paper, start with the easy questions, read the instructions carefully, circle/highlight key words, show your working, read questions twice, sit up straight)
  6. Manage your time (pace yourself, plan to have 10 minutes at the end for checking, calculate how much time you can spend on each question and stick to it
  7. What to do when you are stuck (breathe deeply, skip some details, jot down what you can recall and come back to it, ask yourself questions, stay calm, move on)
  8. The death grip (stretch out your arm, tense muscles then relax, wriggle your fingers, loosen your grip)
  9. Neatness Counts (write legibly, cross out with a single line, be careful your numbers are clear)
  10. At the end (go over questions you’ve skipped, recheck all questions, check for capital letters, fullstops and punctuation, check your spelling

This concludes the our five part look at studying smarter! There are a range of strategies and tips shared across these posts. Hopefully they can be put into practice to will contribute to more student success!

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Newlands Medical Centre

Capture.JPGThe Newlands community is well served by the Newlands Medical Centre with which the school has a close relationship to. This post is to heighten the awareness of their services at a time when many Year 12 will be beginning to take more responsibility for their own health and well-being. Most of this information is extract from the Medical Centre’s helpful website. Services include:

  • Choice of male /female doctor
  • Free sexual health consultations for patients aged 19  years and under which includes the Emergency Contraception Pill (ECP) and also contraceptive advice.
  • Confidential appointments.
  • Counselling services are also available.

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Previous posts have highlighted the services of Evolve, but this is also an opportunity to mention Healthline (0800 611 116, a free 24 hour, health advice service) and Youthline (0800 376 633, support service for youth).

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Study Smarter – Part IV: Goal Setting

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The Y12 Blog has been posting posting a five part smarter study series based on webinars hosted by Karen Boyes (previous posts are here, here and here). She is an education guru that has become a leader in New Zealand for her thinking around studying and thinking dispositions. Her blog regularly contains informative articles and her company Spectrum Education has a range of useful products and resources that can assist a student in the market for a better approach to studying. Like the Smart Study Facebook page for regular study tips.

The following notes are taken for her webinar on study skills available in full here. The webinar presents a formula for setting successful goals and further study tips for success.8334714234_17cb9c75c6_b

Goal Setting

All Y12 students have a learning goal for the year that they set in Term One that is being monitored by their Form Teacher. However, for the purpose of effective study, these need to get more specific. To set goals for your study – take each of you subjects and write realistic SMART goals for each of them:

My goal in _______ is to gain ____ credits at ______ level.

This gives you something specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. Study can now be focused towards achieving these goals.

Study Tips Continued

  1. Learn the information you don’t know – it’s easy to go over the things you do know, but you must challenge yourself to study effectively4600503019_e642febcc9
  2. Everything is hard before it is easy – we need to learn to persist and to show resilience
  3. Learn from your mistakes
  4. Set goals and achieve them step by step
  5. Visualise your success daily

These are helpful guidelines and strategies – make sure you put them into practice! The final study smarter guide, part five, will be posted later in the term.

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Active Learning – Day Two and Three

After the first day-off timetable earlier in the year where many students made enormous progress with their learning project or deep learning questions, the second and third days occurred last week. Students took part in a huge range of activities within the school as well as lots who engaged with the wider community in a variety of ways. A lot of these journeys will be showcased in an evening later in the term. For now, here are a few pictures from the day capturing the diverse range of learning and activities happening around the school:

For more on active learning -see this blogpost explaining the launch and some active learning stories that were shared with the staff last term.

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Study Smarter – Part III: Environment

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The Y12 Blog has been posting posting a five part smarter study series based on webinars hosted by Karen Boyes (previous posts are here and here). She is an education guru that has become a leader in New Zealand for her thinking around studying and thinking dispositions. Her blog regularly contains informative articles and her company Spectrum Education has a range of useful products and resources that can assist a student in the market for a better approach to studying. Like the Smart Study Facebook page for regular study tips.SONY DSC

The following notes are taken for her webinar on study skills available in full here. The webinar focused on setting up an effective study environment, but the first section looked at how to have fast recall in an exam situation and strategies to improve recall.

Study Tips Continued

  1. Put all your important information up high – above eye level for mind maps/summaries etc.
  2. When you can’t remember, look up (see from 22 minutes for an explanation)
  3. Study with low lighting (40/60W not a 100W bulb)
  4. Study in your best thinking place (if it’s the shower – put mind maps or summaries in the shower!)
  5. Study at your best thinking time (find a time that is really good for you)
  6. Study to music without words (if music at all)
  7. Study with quiet Baroque music in the background
  8. Wear comfortable clothing during exams (and while studying)
  9. Get everything ready before you sit down to study.

These are helpful guidelines and strategies – make sure you put them into practice! Part Four will be posted later in the term. As a bonus: here is a clip of Karen talking about smarter studying on Breakfast TV:

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School Exam Timetable 2016

Senior Exam Timetable

  • Morning exams begin at 9am, afternoon exams begin at 1pm.
  • Students doing exams with multiple sittings eg TCD, 1APD ,2/3MED INT, will be told by their teacher which sessions they are to attend
  • Students with clashes will be told by their form teacher how the clash will be dealt with. This information will be available week 3
  • Students sitting exams with multiple venues will be told by their teacher which venue to attend
  • Students doing the 1FNT or 2HSP practical exams in T6 will be told by their teacher when these exams will be taking place
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NCEA Level Two – Short Guide

Level 2 guide

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Upcoming: 48 Hours Filmmaking Comp

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48 Hours is New Zealand’s #1 Limited-Time Filmmaking Contest. Hundreds of teams write, shoot, cut and hopefully survive making a short film in one weekend. Then over a million people view the shorts in cinemas, online and on network television. The Newlands Media department has traditionally been involved, entering numerous teams over the years and achieving phenomenal success. 

Filmmakers don’t know what genre (thriller/romance etc) they will be shooting and what elements (eg. props, lines of dialogue, film technique, character name and type) they must use until the start of the competition. All creativity: writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack, must occur within the 48 hour window beginning Friday evening at 7pm and ending Sunday at 7pm. 

This year the competition is open to Y12 and Y13 Media Studies students. The first meeting was held yesterday for students to register their interest. Students who were not at the meeting but who are keen need to contact Mr Cargill as soon as possible to be part of the next phase of organisation!

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Study Smarter – Part II: Learning Styles

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The Y12 Blog has been posting posting a five part smarter study series based on webinars hosted by Karen Boyes (find part one here). She is an education guru that has become a leader in New Zealand for her thinking around studying and thinking dispositions. Her blog regularly contains informative articles and her company Spectrum Education has a range of useful products and resources that can assist a student in the market for a better approach to studying. Like the Smart Study Facebook page for regular study tips.

The following notes are taken for her webinar on study skills available in full here. The webinar concentrated on learning styles and gave some more study tips.The summaries here are elaborated considerably in the webinarbooks-1155565_960_720

Learning Styles

  • Visual – learn by seeing, look to learn
  • Auditory – learn by listening and discussing
  • Kinestetic – learn by doing
  • Olfactory – learn by smell
  • Gustatory – learn by taste

The first three are common, and the last two have some interesting information shared about them in the webinar. Note that learning styles are not exclusive from one another, and that most people are a mix. It’s important to use a range of learning styles and not stick to one in order to be effective learners and revisers.

Study Skills Continued

  1. Use lots of colour
  2. Draw pictures and diagrams
  3. Talk about your information as much as possible
  4. Frame important information to help it stick
  5. Eat breakfast to ensure your brain has good fuel to run on
  6. When studying eat brain food at least once an hour (ten top brain foods: blueberries, nuts, broccoli, fresh fish, banana, yogurt, olive oil, wholegrain bread, spinach, and tomatoes)

These are helpful guidelines and strategies – make sure you put them into practice! Part Three will be posted later in the term.

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Shave for a Cure

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Shave for a cure was an amazing lunchtime well spent. Atmosphere was so encouraging and made us all proud to be a part of this cause. A huge thank you to Custom Cutz Wellington for doing the shaving and donating free haircuts that were auctioned off at the event. We are really proud to have raised over $2500 and people can still make donations through this link!

 – Jesse Rainey, Josh Steele, Charlotte Gill

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