The Key Aspects of the Study Skills Programme

The following topics are covered over the three week SPHE module with a concentrated focus by all subject teachers, during Study Week:

Students begin the course by completing a questionnaire to help identify areas which may be holding them back from achieving to their full potential.

Getting Started At Home and in Class: Students are introduced to the importance of being organised for class and having the correct equipment and materials in class. Students are introduced to the concept of Mindful active attendance in class.

Goal Setting:  Students set out their long, medium and short term goal charts, focusing on their ambitions and interests using SMART Goals and what changes are needed to achieve these goals.

Time Management: Students are shown how to construct a workable study/homework timetable to suit their personal needs.

Note Taking: By working through sample exercise sheets, students are taught the basic skills of note taking, thereby saving hours of wasted study time! They will examine different styles of note taking including keywords, bullet points, outline method, spider diagrams, mind mapping, graphic organisers, concept maps).

Memory Techniques: Simple ideas to improve one’s capacity to store information.

Revision and Exam Techniques: Students are shown how to prepare for and sit their exams and how to construct their revision planners. We point out common pitfalls and explain to them what the examiner is really looking for.

The “POKER and/or SQ3R “ methods of studying: Perhaps the most important aspect of the course! Most students have no idea as to how to study and to retain the information learnt. Students feel confident that by using these methods they can now do really well in school.


The Key Aspects of Study Skills SPHE Class-

  • Goal Setting and Ambition.
  • Planning Preparation and Organisation for Study.
  • Time Management Skills.
  • Mindful Focus and Concentration.
  • Study skill Strategies including reading, note-taking and memory skills.
  • Exam Techniques.
  • In each case, the focus is on practical help to complement school work and home study.
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