Study Guidelines

Recommended Study / Homework Times

Year Per night Every Weekend
1st 1 ½ hours 2 – 2 ½ hours
2nd 1 ½ – 2 hours 2 – 3 hours
3rd 2 – 2 ½ hours 4 hours
5th 3 hours 5 – 6 hours
6th 3 – 4 hours 6 – 8 hours

Study Environment


  • The study area needs to be quiet without interruption. Listening to music will not help.
  • The place needs to be comfortably warm with good lighting.
  • Turn off mobile phone

Time Management:

  • Draw up a weekly timetable.
  • Keep the plan simple and easy to read.

Study Method

Recommended practice:

  • Decide on a subject and a topic that can be covered in 20 minutes
  • Start reading your book or notes. Take note of key points or words. Take a blank sheet and put your topic in the middle and add the main points around the topic. As you write them you need to explain in your mind what each point / word means.
  • Flip the page, write the words from memory – this is testing yourself.
  • Repetition and writing points is the best method for memorising facts or details.
  • Keep each topic page in a fi le for each subject and at the end of a week or fortnight look over the topic again. Look for related examination questions and test yourself.
  • Remember, you will not get good exam results without time spent studying.


Take care of other aspects of your life:

  • Have a good diet and drink plenty of water – lots of sweets and fizzy drinks bring down your energy.
  • Get plenty of exercise – this will increase your energy.
  • Get a reasonable amount of sleep.