Study Habits
As students progress through the higher levels of secondary schooling, work expectations and study requirements increase substantially. In order to cope with the demands of the IGCSE in Year 10 and 11 and the IB in Year 12 and 13, it is imperative that students develop high order study, time management and stress management skills. The following unit has been devised to help expose students to a variety of techniques that may improve their overview study habits.

Unit Objectives
During the course of this unit, students will be given the opportunity to:
  • Understand and apply intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • Investigate strategies to improve their performance in exam situations
  • Analyse factors in their own lives that are directly and indirectly creating stress
  • Identify their dominant learning style and structure their study accordingly
  • Critically analyse their current study techniques
  • Review or learn strategies to improve motivation
  • Apply techniques to reduce procrastination
  • Understand that a positive classroom environment is pivotal to effective classroom learning
  • Present a multi-media presentation investigating factors that affect study motivation.

Food for Thought
"Oh, that they were wise...that they would consider their latter end!"
Deuteronomy 32:29

In a survey, people over 90 were asked, 'If you had your life to live over what would you do differently?' Three answers constantly re-emerged: a) I'd spend more time with my family and friends b) I'd take more risks c) I'd do things that would live on after I'm gone. Wisdom is the art of knowing what to overlook. Petty things steal too much of our time and we finish up living for the wrong reasons. When an Olympic gold medallist was asked the secret of his success he replied, 'Planned neglect - until my training period is completed, I deliberately neglect everything else.' If you react to every situation and say, 'yes' to every request, you'll never succeed in what you're called to do. Several years ago 300 whales died mysteriously. Why? Because they pursued a school of sardines and ended up marooned in a bay. The little ones lured the big ones to their deaths. By chasing small ends they wasted their vast powers and got insignificant results. Paul had it figured out: 'The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me' (Acts 20:24 NCV). What's your 'most important thing?' One of the most interesting stories to come from the Titanic disaster was of a wealthy woman who had a place in one of the lifeboats. Asking if she could return to her stateroom for something, she was given three minutes. Stepping over money and precious gems littering her cabin floor, she grabbed three oranges and returned to the lifeboat. Circumstances transformed her values; tragedy clarified her priorities. Learn from her; be wise - prioritise!

Student Task
Part 1 - Research (500-1,000 words)
Create a page that focuses on one good study habit from the unit of work covered in PSE class during semester one. All work must be referenced and in your own words. Word limit 500-1,000 words. Furthermore, you must make significant contributions to two other pages. The target audience is secondary students and they know nothing about your chosen topic. Your page needs to display helpful and useful information relating to the one of the following topics:
  • Goal Setting
  • Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation
  • Effective Time Management
  • Learning Styles (Visual Learners, Auditory Learners and Kinesthetic)
  • Defeating Procrastination
  • Exam Preparation
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Stress Management
  • Study Skills
  • Positive Classroom Behaviour
  • Planning
  • Personal Motivation Habits
  • Cutting Down on Time Wasters
  • Sleep habits
  • Exercise habits
  • Tools to Help Stop Procrastination
  • Self-talk
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Tips for Multiple-Choice Exams
  • Tips for short answer exams
  • Preparing for Essay Exams
  • Exam Key/ Buzz Words & Definitions
  • Alternatively - negotiate your own topic with Mr Watson.

Due Date:
  • Monday, 14th December, 2007
A Bibliography must be included and this if the format you must follow for the Bibliography:
  • Title of the Site. Date of Access <URL>.
Here is an example:

Link your name to your page

Part 2 - Contribute and Comment
Students are to contribute to two (at least) other wiki pages.
Students must view their classmates' pages and make comments in the 'discussion' section.

Part 3 - Plan
Students must create a plan. The plan should be based on the material covered in PSE class (refer to PSE exercise book).

Student (Self) Evaluation
- At the end of the project, students must assess their own work and post results in the DISCUSSION section.
25% = Part 1 = Information and bibliography =
25% = Part 2 = Contributions and Comments =
25% = Part 3 = Planning =
25% = Layout, appearance and design =

Teacher Evaluation - At the end of the project, Mr Watson will assess the student's work and results will be posted in the DISCUSSION section.
25% = Part 1 = Information and bibliography =
25% = Part 2 = Contributions and Comments =
25% = Part 3 = Planning =
25% = Layout, appearance and design =

Grade Scale
A* = Outstanding/ Excellent
A = Very Good
B = Good
C = Satisfactory
D = Needs attention
E = Poor
F = Very Poor