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Pupils lack study skills so for the second year running pupils from S4-S6 will be mentored. What is mentoring?

Study skills are commonly defined as series of skills, strategies and techniques that are applied to enhance learning.

This webpage is designed to help you develop effective study skills. It is not a magic formula for success in preparing for tests, or written or oral assignments. Studying any material requires work! However, by using the techniques described in the links, and by applying yourself, you can gain a valuable edge in understanding material and preparing for tests.

Revision, homework and study techniques sites

Study Techniques
How to study 1
How to study 2
Study guide and strategies
Study Skills
SQA study guides

Revision & Homework
Past Papers (All Subjects & Levels)
BBC Bitesize
Exam hints & tips
Homework (11-16)


10 steps to revision success:

  1. Revision space: Find a good place to work. It should be quiet and uncluttered.

  2. Revision timetable: Draw up a revision timetable - it's crucial. It should be realistic, cover all subjects and allow you time off to relax.

  3. Make notes: Don't just read through your class work, make notes. One useful tip is to gradually condense your notes so they fit on the back of a postcard.

  4. Revision guides: Get a recommendation from your teacher as to which are most useful and then make sure you use them!

  5. Questions and answers: Write out some questions and answers to see how much you're actually remembering.

  6. Listen in: Read your notes onto a cassette and then play them walking down the street or whilst you're in bed.

  7. Prompts: Put key words and phrases on sticky notes around the house, so you'll see them often.

  8. Seek help!: Don't go it alone. They say a problem shared is a problem halved. So, get friends and family on board to help you revise.

  9. Past papers: Make sure you get hold of some past papers, they're a really good way of knowing what to expect in the exam.

  10. Relax: If you panic you're lost! The exams are going to happen so you might as well give yourself the best chance of doing well by starting to revise early and keeping calm.

Good luck!