Our study habits

|     Wan Muhammad Emre Uzair bin Haji Muhammad Faisal & Siti Nor Atiqah binti Mohd Norhisham, Year 10 Arts     |

EXAMINATIONS are over. Did we achieve the results we wanted? Put it another way: Did we achieve the results we deserved? Do our results reflect the revision we put in and the effectiveness of our study techniques?

Before exams we conducted a survey asking our seniors how they prepare for them. What do they do to revise? Where do they study? Do they get help? If so, from whom?

Good news! All of us studied for exams. Half began four weeks beforehand. Worryingly, half began with only a week to go. Some, the night before.

Most made a study timetable. Presumably, the minority who didn’t are those who began revision the night before exams?

Nearly two thirds made a list of subjects and topics for revision. Disconcertingly, some didn’t. A few said ‘sometimes’.

Over half revised two to four hours a night, while the remainder less than two. It was great to see that most indicated studied in short, 40-45 minute sessions with breaks in between.

Nervous PSR candidates photographed outside Staff Room 2
Wan Muhammad Emre Uzair bin Haji Muhammad Faisal (Year 10 Arts)
Siti Nor Atiqah binti Mohd Norhisham (Year 10 Arts)

The last questions were about where to study, who to get help from, and what is the motivation.

Home was where we study – for most. Fewer liked school, a minority, ‘somewhere else’. At home, bedrooms were best followed by the living room. We wondered how they concentrate.

Many attended tuition classes. Some asked for help from parents and other family members. With a little help from our friends was the most preferred.

So, what motivates us? Some said ‘me’ that is ourselves. Many want to please parents, some teachers.

A minority studied to avoid feeling like a failure or to feel success.

Finally, we use different study strategies to revise. The most popular was reading over class notes, assignments, and textbooks. Many make notes, which was pleasing. Many just rely on reading.

This seems odd when you think about it: exams require ‘written’ answers.

Practising past papers was popular. Then again, most don’t rehearse longer paragraph or essay answers.

Lastly, consulting teachers or the Internet for help with revision wasn’t widely done.

Since now results are out, many of us would have benefitted from doing this.

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