Study skills

Is study at 16+ more of the same,

or is it really different?

If I need to make changes,

what should they be?

What’s the best way to succeed

at this next stage?

Around the age of 16, many students find themselves starting a rather different type of course at school.  You may soon be working towards the IB Diploma, A Levels, or maybe a national exam.  Perhaps you’ve already started.  If so, you’ll know that, at this level, the expectations change.  This course will help you to meet those expectations, and progress from setting your goals at the start to taking that final exam.

From describing to discussing

There’s a big difference in material for 16 year-olds and 18 year-olds, with growing emphasis on independent thought and evaluation.  How will you adapt to that change, and what impact does it have on your goals and aspirations?


Time management

It’s hard to plan a busy life, but if you want to fit in your study and all the other things you have going on, you need to give it some thought.  And time management is not just about today or this week: it relates to the whole of your course.


Benefiting from your classes

From now on, there will probably be less spoonfeeding, but your teachers’ input will still be crucial.  How can you make the most of it, and how can you supplement it?  This unit covers matters as diverse as taking notes and going to the library…


The memory work

Different people seem to learn in different ways, and in this unit we look at some of the techniques which people have found to be helpful.  Also: do different subjects require different types of learning?


The relevance of relevance

It’s so easy to skim nervously through a question, realise it’s about something you understand, and just start writing.  But are you actually answering the question?  If you don’t do this, no matter how much you’ve learnt, you’ll never get great marks.


Standing out from the crowd

Of course, you need to give good, solid answers.  But can you do more?  Do you have a spark of originality?  In this unit, you’ll explore how to show that you’ve learnt the facts, but also know how to use them imaginatively.


Assessment and exams

Whether you’re facing continuous assessment or final exams, or both, at some point you’re going to have to prove what you’ve learnt.   How do you prepare yourself in terms of final preparation and general wellbeing, as well as in the techniques for the test?



Here we ask you to look at yourself.  What sort of approach to study works best for you?  And how will you manage your energy level, your stress level?   Throughout the course, we’ve been considering ideas, but now we’d like you to make some choices – and a commitment.