Readers are Leaders

Andrew Stark – Head of Libraries

What do you do if you have left your study to the last minute?

In an ideal world it would be great if all students paid attention, focused and participated in all classes, completed all homework and assessments thoroughly, asked for help throughout the year on anything they didn’t understand, made regular summaries of the work covered in class and did their best to learn as they go throughout the year.

But in reality, this doesn’t always happen for every student and every subject.

So what can boys do if they have left your study for tests and exams to the last minute?


  1. FIND OUT FAST: It is impossible to start your study until you are sure what you have to know. Find out as much as you can about the exam format and the style of questions. Don’t be afraid to ask your teacher.
  2. GATHER MATERIALS: Organise copies of all the necessary notes and materials you need to learn. If you don’t have everything at-hand, ask a friend to help you. Don’t forget to check the information on CANVAS.
  3. MAKE A PLAN: Draw up a grid that shows how much study time you have left before your exams. Allocate subjects to the time slots you have then decide exactly what you will do to prepare for each subject.
  4. CREATE STUDY NOTES: Target your notes to what will be tested. It is best to make your study notes yourself but see if you can get a ‘study buddy’. Also, check your class materials and textbooks and see if there are study guides available in the library.
  5. STUDY! This means, memorise the material you need to recall, practise the skills of the subject, test yourself over and over, review the things you didn’t know, read things out loud, and do past exam questions.

The key is to get started. No more procrastination, no more excuses. Start today!

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