1. Not leaving understanding to the last. Throughout the school term, students are bombarded with tons of assignments, readings and projects. So much so that they tend to focus on the processes of preparation for such assignments and neglecting to seek to truly understand what they are learning.
Students will have to make a conscious effort to keep up with the pace of the lessons by checking with their peers or teachers if they do not understand any concepts.
2. Start a set of routines Make plans for regular study sessions such as right after dinner or a short power nap. Ensure that there is no distraction in between.
Get into a routine when studying. A suggestion is to start with listing down goals for the session before hitting the books. Your goal should include a duration of how long you intend to spend as well as a realistic target such as a chapter or two.
Reward yourself after the targeted duration for the session with a snack or some music. Better yet, go for a workout or play sports with friends if that’s what you enjoy.
3. Metacognition: knowing what you know Students should make a checklist or mind-map of the instructional objectives that are stipulated in the syllabus of their course, whether be it the PSLE, O- or A- levels. After revising each major topic, they can give it a rating based on their perceived level of difficulty so that they can revisit these topics after a general revision. Putting stars next to the topics in a list or mind-map helps.