Each year, the majority of students who complete Year 12 do so without knowing the correct way to learn, and don’t get the marks they’re capable of. Many students also DON’T approach their exam preparations in the correct manner and waste huge amounts of time on activities that have little impact on their examination marks.
Most of what is known about study skills among secondary students comes from their beliefs about how people (specifically themselves) learn best. Unfortunately, many of these beliefs are based on biases, untested intuitions, and assumptions. That’s why most students incorrectly assume that reading, writing notes or highlighting passages in their text-book are effective ways to learn!
With the huge advances in technology over the last 15 years, our understanding of the learning process and how the brain works has changed quite significantly. Despite the fact that these changes have been well documented and widely published, many study skills “experts” aren’t aware that the advice they’re providing:
- is outdated, or
- has come from studies conducted on younger students, or
- has no cognitive merit, or
- is not backed by current science.
There are very effective approaches to learning that are backed by science, and will reliably improve what matters most to students, including:
- the amount of time they’re spending on their studies
- the amount of information they’ll actually learn when they’re studying
- the difficulty and/or tediousness of particular subjects
- and most importantly, their VCE marks.