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Study Advice: The October Half Term

It’s October and half-term. You’re starting to feel a little guilty about all of the study you think you’re supposed to be doing, or at least thinking you should feel guilty about all of the study you’re not doing; and aren’t those two things practically the same?

Well, you can and should relax, because it is October after all. There’s no need to panic just yet.

The October half-term break is a time for you to ensure that you’re on-track with the year thus far, rather than a week to spend cramming in preparation for a set of exams that are still half a year away.

Assuming you’ve been doing your home-learning and paying reasonable attention in class, there’s no reason you can’t rest up and relax, once you take the time to identify and fill in any gaps in your learning since the start of September.

In short, once you’ve been keeping up, yet you really want to power on towards Christmas, the best way to spend this week would be to assign each day a subject – 1-2 subjects per day if you’re a GCSE student – and spend the study time you have each day reviewing your learning since September in that subject.

The way to approach your review is to sit down with your textbook(s), exam papers, study guide, notes, etc. and identify the topics you’ve already covered. Ask yourself the following:

1)     Did I miss anything through absence? If so, what did I miss and how can I catch up?

2)     For all of the topics I did cover, what are my weakest, and how can I develop these into strengths – e.g. source extra notes, complete exam questions, study with a friend, get a grind, etc. ?

After reflecting, plan your catch-up. Because of your review, you probably won’t have enough time to catch up completely on every subject, but you can do this as you go along once November comes and you’re back at school; you just need a schedule to follow.

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