Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Your guide to studying smart by Five Award-winning teachers

The O and A levels are around the corner.
Five award-winning teachers share tips to help you score in the exams.


The senior teacher, who teaches General Paper, has 23 years of teaching experience and won the Inspiring Teacher of English Award 2010.

Manage your time

Know how you study best

Do you study best doing one subject at a time? If so, arrange different days to cover different subjects.

Work backwards

Count how many days you are left with so you can plan your time well.

Develop a timetable

Take a 10-minute break for every hour of study to reduce fatigue, but remain focused on the subject at hand.

Be specific

Include the actual chapter of the subject that you are studying in your timetable. For example, write GP: Man & Environment instead of just GP.


Plan for two to three rounds of revision to reinforce your memory.


Approach your teacher when in doubt.


Allow yourself to watch your favourite TV show, but only if you have completed your work.


Mr Syed, a History and Social Studies teacher, won the Outstanding Youth in Education Award 2011.

Boost for Memory

Reorganise Notes

Rewrite printed notes onto a separate piece of paper. This will help "work in" the information into your memory.

Go Graphic

Document your notes in a mindmap or a chart. It's easier to remember vivid images.

Keep it short

Use acronyms or mnemonics to help simplify long phases and sentences into simple and catchy phrases.

Get Familiar

Spend at least 30 minutes daily skimming through the content you have to memorise. And always revisit what you have learnt.


Miss Leow is the Head of Department (Mathematics). She has eight years of teaching experience and won the Outstanding Youth in Education Award 2009

Improve your concentration

Eliminate distractions

Concentration becomes low if you're distracted. Stop trying to do too many things at once.

Overcome obstacles

Lack of interest and motivation, fatigue and the fear of failure may affect your focus. Learn to overcome them.

Pick a good study environment

Find a place where you will enjoy studying. Minimise distractions if possible.

Be positive

Develop will-power and self-discipline. Remember your purpose for studying and make a personal promise to achieve.

Control your thoughts

Don't be a victim of your own mind. Stay focused and prevent your mind from drifting away.


The Head of Department (Character Development) teaches Science. He wont he President's Award for Teachers 2011.

Manage Stress

Set goals

Know where you're heading to after the exams. Motivate yourself with images of the new campus and the course you'll be taking.

Plan for success

You plan to fail if you fail to plan. Allow yourself to taste success as you carry out your revision plan for the day by setting achievable daily goals.

Chill Out

Take a walk or jog in the park for about 30 minutes after a few hours of revision. You'll find yourself refreshed to do more after the short break.

Personal Time

Read an inspirational book during this time. For those with faith in God, pray.

Family Time

Find support and strength in your loved ones. A note to parents: Give your fullest moral support to your children by being there for them.

Study with motivated friends

The support you get from discussions and sharing will make you feel better.

Speak to a trusted adult

Never feel shy about approaching your parents, siblings, relatives, a counsellor or your teacher in school. We're here to give you all the encouragement you need.

5)BY MR ABDUL NASSER, 46, MILLENNIA INSTITUTE The senior teacher with 16 years of experience, teaches Tamil Language and Literature. He won the Most Inspiring Tamil Teacher Award 2011.

Revise with your peers

Provide constructive feedback

Peer feedback allows group members to realise their strengths and weaknesses more easily.

Greater efficiency

Divide workload among peers. Notes and mindmaps are generated faster.

An extra push

When you're almost flat, having a peer to pick you up could be the best thing ever.

Be disciplined

To make sure your plan does not backfire, all members need to agree on maintaining self-discipline.

Clarify doubts

Sharing your questions with peers allows you to get answers much faster, but remember to consult a teacher when all of you are unsure.

Make use of technology

When done right, with Facebook and instant messaging, you can even revise with your peers online

Najib Siddik | The New Paper | Tue Oct 11 2011

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