Sunday, September 23


To be able to get good results on your exam, you need to study, but no matter how hard you study if you don't know how to go about taking a test, whether multiple choice or essay, you won't score the highest possible mark. 
Here are some tips on how to ace that test.
1. Arrive early or at least on time. Get a friend to exchange wake up calls just in case.
2. Expect and accept that you are going to experience a bit of stress.
3. Take time to read the questions thoroughly and follow instructions. Be clear on what is being asked. Highlight key words in the instructions. Listen to any last minute instructions.
4. Be aware of time restrictions and budget your time. Start with the easiest questions first.
5. Spend more time on the questions that have the highest marks value. For example: If an essay question is worth half the test value, plan to spend at least half the allotted test time on that portion.
6. Don't spend too much time on questions you don't know the answers. Leave them and return to them later. If you still can't answer, have a guess ( remember, there are no penalties for guessing.)
7. Pace yourself. Work quickly, but not hastily.
8. Don't panic, if you have a memory lapse. It is normal.
9. Don't worry if others finish before you do.
10. Make sure you answer every question on the test and do not change your answer without a good reason.
11. Use all your allocated time. If you finish early, read over your work. Double check you have answered all questions. Check spelling and grammar. It's easy to make silly mistakes.
12. Make sure you label and correctly identify all your work before turning in your test. Don't forget to write you name.

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Monday, September 17


Do you have to give a speech? Or you would rather die, than speak in public, don’t be worry it affects as much as 75 percent of the population. But speaking in front of a group doesn't have to be a nerve-racking experience, especially if you practice before you do it. 
Public speaking shares many of the principles of a good negotiation -Preparation- Practice- Presenting.

1. PREPARATION
  • Know what you’re going to say. Write out your speech and practice saying it aloud. You don’t necessarily need to memorize it but you should know it well enough so that if you had to talk without your notes you could pull it off.
  • Know who you’re going to say it to. Knowing your audience is good advice no matter what you are performing. If you are a student and you will be giving a speech in your history class, that’s going to inform your material such differently than if you are giving a toast to your dad’s 50th birthday party. You want to adapt your speech to fit the people you are speaking to. That way nobody gets bored and what you say will be a good match for your audience.
  • Know where you’re going to say it. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the place where you’ll be speaking, if you can. It is a big room or a small one? Will you have to speak loud and project or will thee be a microphone that you will have to adjust? Is there a lectern or a chair or will you be able to move around while you talk.? When you have some information about where you’ll be, you ‘ll know what to expect before you get there and that will help cut down on your nerves once its’s showtime.
2. PRACTICE
  • Visualize. Most of the fear we have around public speaking isn’t about talking in front of people, but about doing something potentially embarrassing in front of people. To combat this, practice imagining yourself giving your speech and doing a great job. Walk yourself through it in your head from beginning to end, giving yourself a chance to visualize yourself doing well instead of living out your worst fears.
  • Realize. Make it real by practicing your speech ahead of time- by yourself in front of your family in front of your friends or even your family pets, whoever you can get to be an audience for you. It is a good idea to either write out your speech on note cards or print it out in a very big font so that you can quickly look down see what you need to say and look back up to say it.
Practicing delivering your speech so that it becomes routine, Practicing with an audience is also a chance to realize that your audience wants you to succeed. 
  • Exercise. If you are waiting around while other speak before you, it is helpful to step outside the room just before you speak to calm yourself down with deep-breathing exercises, breathing in slowly through your nose and breathing out through your nose and breathing out through your mouth. If you’re too nervous to breathe, try shaking out your arms and legs, then take some deep breaths to feel calm and centered. This is something you can do in practice and in performance.
3. PRESENTATING
  • It's about your message. Remember as you begin your presentation, it’s about your speech, not about you. It’s helpful to concentrate on the message – not the medium. That way instead of thinking about all different ways things could go wrong as you deliver your talk, you focus yourself on the content of your talk and about getting those points across.
  • Its all about you. Whether or not you crumble out of nervousness or do fantastically well thanks to sheer nerve is completely up to you – in other words, it is in your control. When you’re incredibly nervous you have the opportunity to harness that energy and transform it into vitality and enthusiasm. Take a deep breath and dive in.
  • It’s all good. No matter how you do, it is always good in the sense that every time you speak in public, you gain experience. Use this to build your sense of self-confidence; if you’ve done well, you now have proof for the next time around that you can do well.
And if nerve have gotten the best of you, you now have proof that the worst has happened and you’ve survived. Either way you know that you’ve done it- you’ve spoken in public once and you can do it again. This confidence –building is crucial, because having confidence is the key to speaking well.

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Sunday, September 16


Study Tips  for any student who would like to stick to a good study regime. You don't have to be the Top Brain to do that-anybody can do it by following these simple rules and tips. 

Be Organised
  • Make a homework / study timetable. Work on the important or urgent task first. Give equal time to your least liked subject. Leave until last the things you enjoy most and things that are least urgent. Highlight all the important task to be done.
  • Vary your study. Spending too much time on one task will give you less time for something else which might be just as important.
  • Use your study diary. Keep it handy all the time. It's a valuable tool to keep you organise yourself.
Organize your study timetables so that the most important stuff is given TOP attention time!! (e.g. PRIORITY - Top - Medium - Low)

File Your Notes
Create an individual subject files at home. This could be a two ring binder. Preferably use one at each subject.
Place the subject name clearly on the outside. When you get home from school each day transfer all the notes and handouts you received that day into each of your subject folder.
Before filing, read through, make notes and organise what it is you need to study from them.

  • Your subject file can be further divided into topics. This will make it easier to locate a particular topic when you need to study it later on.

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Study Tips  for any student who would like to stick to a good study regime. You don't have to be the Top Brain to do that-anybody can do it by following these simple rules and tips. 

Set a Target
  • Carefully check your timetable, make sure you have allowed a reasonable time for what you want to achieve. e.g. "Complete Math exercises 3 and 4 or start writing a draft for English essay." You need to clearly identify exactly what you have to do.
  • Set yourself realistic targets. When you get them done, you will feel good about yourself. Each small achievement helps to build up your confidence.
Congratulate yourself each time you reach your target.

Identify
Identify exactly what it is you need to learn in some subjects. You might have to memorise a poem or a speech. In other subject you might have to write an extended response.

So in order not to waste time, IDENTIFY the kind of learning or task that you need to do and work accordingly.



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Study Tips  for any student who would like to stick to a good study regime. You don't have to be the Top Brain to do that-anybody can do it by following these simple rules and tips. 

Read and Make Notes

  • By using the notes from your subject or topic files, read and make notes - write comments, make brief summaries.
  • Practice the writing of key ideas and facts from memory, you will learn better by doing this.
  • Highlight important information, it makes it easy to relocate. It also allows you to create an outline of the material as you are reading. (Use highlighter that are not too bright, they have a tendency to be distracting)
  • Write notes as neatly and as legibly as possible. If you compose neat notes, or at least legible ones, you can save valuable time by not having to rewrite them.
Note taking is probably one of the foremost components to being successful in acquiring productive study skills

Concentrate

  • Don't daydream! Keep your mind on what you are doing.
  • Remember to have a 10 minute hourly break, this will help you concentrate. The best way to do it is to stand up and face away from your books, don't sit at your desk starring at your book- the physical act of standing up will help your thinking back to the job.

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Study Tips  for any student who would like to stick to a good study regime. You don't have to be the Top Brain to do that-anybody can do it by following these simple rules and tips. 

Understand What You Are Learning
Understanding in the classroom involves listening to instructions, being attentive, involving yourself in discussions and asking questions.
Take an active role in your learning. This will improve your understanding of the subject and will help you recall too.
  • Summarise things in your own words. When you are summarising, it should be short and to the point, capture key elements. Use diagrams, drawings, and flowcharts.
  • When you don't understand something, don't be shy or afraid to ask your teacher for help.
Revise ! Revise ! Revise!

It is normal for your brain to forget things, but this doesn't mean your not smart.
You should revise work very soon after you have learned it, once or every two or three study sessions, simply review older materials that you still need to remember.
Doing this regularly will save you having to re-study a topic in detail. Make sure your homework/study timetable includes plenty of revision time. The summaries and class notes you have made can be a great help in revision.

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Tuesday, September 11

Good answers to test questions often depend upon a clear understanding of the meaning of important key words. Knowledge of the subject matter or topic you are dealing with is essential, but the way you answer questions asking you to compare contrast or summarise will greatly affect your final marks.

The following words are often used in tests and examinations questions. Here are some easy-to-understand explanations of some of the terms you may encounter in your examinations.

  •  ANALYSE - Work out the main parts or important features of the material and present them clearly in your answer e.g. Analyse the elements present in the experiment.
  •  COMPARE/COMPARISON - Look for those qualities or characteristics that are similar in the subject you are discussing. You may mention some differences in your answer but concentrate on aspects that are much the same. e.g. Compare the suffering of the two main characters in the novel.
  • CONTRAST - Stress the qualities or characteristics that are different in the things you are discussing. e.g. Contrast the luck that both sides had in the game.
  • CRITICISE- State what you think is a fair judgement of the events under discussion. Give points for and against, not just against. e.g. Critise the use of nuclear testing.
  • DEFINE - Explain the meaning in clear, concise terms. Also show the limits of what you are defining and the class or category to which it belongs. e.g. Define the meaning of the term " Photosynthesis"
  • DESCRIBE - Try to give the reader a "word picture" of what you are describing by including the main parts, colors, shapes, sensations etc., as vividly as possible. Provide characteristics and features. e.g. Describe your bedroom.
  • DISCUSS - This term means that you should give a complete and detailed answer. Make sure that you examine, analyse and present all points of view regarding the topic you are discussing. Identify the issues and provide points for and /or against. e.g. Discuss the significance of the title of the story "To Kill a Mockingbird"
  • ENUMERATE - Make a list or outline the main points in your answer. e.g. Enumerate the causes of World War 1.
  • EVALUATE - Present a value judgement, stressing advantages and disadvantages of the situation. e.g. Evaluate the contributions of Mobile Phones in our lives.
  • EXPLAIN - Relate cause and effect, make the relationships between things evident and provide the answer to why or how. e.g. Explain why the subtitle of the book is appropriate.

REMEMBER: An answer is satisfactory only if it answers the question that was asked.


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Public Speaking

Public Speaking - Quick Tips

  1. Keep it short and sweet.
  2. Slow down: Don’t talk too fast.
  3. Look up! – It it’s too scary to look at the audience in the front row, look at the people in the back of the room.
  4. Smile : Look confident, even if you don’t feel confident.
  5. Pretend: Find a friendly face in the audience and pretend you’re only talking to that person.
  6. Practice: Join a debating team, dare yourself. To speak up in class, give a speech in front of a mirror. The more opportunities you have speak in public the easier it gets.
  7. Biggest asset: Self-confidence. Actas though you have a right to be there-because you do.

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