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Yearning for learning

By | October 22, 2015

“Success comes before work only in the dictionary.”

In the recent confirmation service Bishop Andrew stated “what we learn, we yearn”.

I challenge you to think in reverse, “What you yearn, you should learn”.

What you long to know, to experience, or to do, should drive your learning.

An internal yearning for success, not an external drive for results or acknowledgement should dominate student thinking.

As you approach further study in 2016, either course selection or university plans, do what you yearn for.

Study leave

Study leave officially starts on Wednesday 4 November at 3.15pm. Some girls have indicated through in-class work or benchmark/internal results that they may not be ready to study independently at this stage. If this is the case, school classes, with some supervision, will be available on Thursday and Friday, 5-6 November. Individual girls will be spoken to around this opportunity.

While on study leave, girls should be reminded the junior school continues running and tutorials with teachers need to be pre-arranged via Woodbook or email. When at school for these tutorials, students may be in tidy mufti, following the School guidelines.

Boarding families have been notified of the arrangements for boarders.ih_sept2015_dol1

NCEA exams

NCEA exams run from Monday 9 November until Tuesday 1 December. On the day of each exam students should ensure they:

• Check they have the time correct
• Turn up in correct uniform 20 minutes early
• Shoes, nail polish, hair ties… all must be correct school requirements.

All exams are in the old gym, except listening exams for music and languages, which are in SB7/8.

Study tips
What can you do at home to help your daughter as she enters the external examination period? Here are some study tip ideas you might like to share with your daughter:

1. Start revising early – This means months, not days before the exam. However, if you haven’t started yet, it’s never too late. Make a timetable to plan your revision and stick to it.

2. Don’t spend a long time making your notes look pretty – This is a time-waster. For diagrams, include all of the details you need to learn, but don’t try to produce a work of art.

3. Take short breaks – Every hour, not every 10 minutes.

4. Use revision guides – If available and recommended.

5. In study leave, start revising early – A good time to start revision is 9am. That way you’ll get your day’s work done much quicker and you will have time to relax in the evening.

6. Stick revision notes all around your house – This is so you can associate a topic with something in your house and visual an answer in the exam. You may think, “aha, quadratic equations, they were on the fridge…”

7. Get yourself drinks and snacks – This is so you don’t make excuses to stop every 10 minutes.

8. Sit at a proper desk – Don’t try to revise in bed. You will fall asleep.

9. Don’t put it off – Procrastination is the long word for putting things off and it means rearranging stuff on your desk, getting a sudden urge after 15 years to tidy your room, playing the guitar, thinking about the weekend, painting your toenails … sit down at your desk and get on with it.

10. Don’t just read your notes – You have to write stuff down. This is the basic of “how to revise”.

11. Don’t turn yourself into a revision zombie – If you stop doing anything else but revision you’ll turn into a zombie. It’s really important you keep time to do things you enjoy like movies, shopping, sports, frisbee, rock-climbing, making model planes. When you’re doing these things, try to relax and totally forget about revision.

12. Do practice exam papers – This is especially important as you get close to the exams.

13. Read the exam timetable properly – Double check so you don’t miss an exam and have plenty of time to prepare for it.

14. Find the right environment to revise – This is not in front of the television or listening to the radio (music can sometimes be okay, but you need to find the right kind. It’s got to be something that’s just there in the background that you’re not thinking about at all). Music without singing is better as you won’t be tempted to dance around your room or sing along.

15. Don’t hang around the nervous paranoid – If other people’s nerves make you nervous then avoid them on the morning of the exam. It’s likely they will stress you out, which doesn’t help at all.

16. Check in with your teachers – Teachers all want you to do well and they will give you any help they can, but they expect you to have done some work first. Take control of your own learning by:

• Re-reading your notes
• Looking at previous examples
• Checking the answers and working backward
• Checking Woodbook for notes/powerpoints/examples
• Asking others around you.

Download the study tips here >>

Mrs Dionne Thomas
, Director of Learning