Study Skills Help for Teenagers
Many teenagers find it difficult to motivate themselves to study for exams. At SMART Education we show them how to make out a timetable for study based on their subject likes and dislikes, then we show them how to take notes and learn.
For Leaving Certificate students it helps if they have a goal, such as a course they would like to get. This keeps them focused and able to concentrate on learning. A good point to start with is filling in the CAO form, this helps them set the goal.
Guidelines to help study
- Draw up a timetable and stick to it
- Use a method that suits your learning style, such as mind maps
- Collect everything you will need in the same place, dictionaries, calculators, pens etc.
- Make sure the environment is comfortable, good lighting, heating, ventilation etc.
- Get rid of as many distractions as possible
- Study in the same place each day
Advice for Parents
- Help the student create an environment at home that they can study
- Ask for guidance in levels, check with a careers expert to make sure that they have the correct subjects and levels for the course they want
- Reward effort
- Understand that study works best in 45 minute slots, so allow short breaks
- Encourage the young person to eat a healthy diet and exercise