#84 Making the most of your learning

Making the Most of Your Learning.
Learning is not just what you do in the classroom. Study is not just what you do the
night before a test. Both of these are ongoing activities that are enhanced by the
correct pre and post activities. See which of these 5 Ps you do.
PREPARE:
This is the stage where you ensure you have all of the materials you need
for learning and have completed any pre-tasks such as reading sections of your
textbook in advance or any other activities your teacher asks you to complete prior to
the class.
PARTICIPATE:
Engaging in your learning is the best way to start to embed it in
your memory and ensure you understand. Having the opportunity to discuss and
interact and complete different styles of learning activities really helps your brain to
process what you are learning.
PLAN:
Take the time to look at the assessments for the course and plan when you
will start, work on and complete tasks. Anytime you are asked to complete work for
class, plan when you will do it and even better write your plan into your diary or
online planner.
PRACTISE:
One of the best ways to learn is to do practise questions. When you
apply what you have learnt to actual questions, you will engage retrieval and
cognitive pathways in the brain and reinforce your learning and uncover areas that
need extra study.
PINPOINT:
After a test or assessment is returned to you, celebrate your successes
but also use it to pinpoint areas of weakness. This allows you to then spend time
building your strengths in these areas without the pressure of an exam looming.

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