Effective Study: A Resource for Students

Some students find it easy to study effectively. They are the fortunate ones. They are able to learn more in the limited time available. If you are one of them, it is probable that you have dealt with most of the issues listed below. Other students, however, don’t reach their full potential when studying. There are many reasons for this. Sometimes the reasons are quite complicated and will need to be discussed with, for example, your guidance counsellor. Listed below are issues that can help, or hinder, effective study. The lists are presented as checklists to help you to think about your studies and to encourage you to deal with any of the issues that might arise. Tick the items as they apply to you. When you have done that, decide on which items you can improve. 
When you find an issue that you can’t deal with on your own, try to talk about it with your parents or your guidance counsellor, or with some other important person in your life. 
For convenience, the issues to be looked at are grouped under the following categories: 

When to ask for help ?
You still might want to improve the way you study:
  • If you have tried to use some of the ideas already listed and they don’t seem to work.
  • If you are confused by the number of possible things that can go wrong. If you need further information about any of the ideas listed above
  • If you need further information about any of the ideas listed above.
  • If you need help in making a start.
  • If you need someone to check that what you’re doing is effective.
These are the kind of issues that many students face and that guidance counsellors and subject teachers can help you to sort out. Having spoken to your subject teacher, you could make an appointment to speak to your guidance counsellor or you could ask your guidance counsellor to speak to your class about study. Your guidance counsellor would probably welcome some ideas about the kind of questions you, or your classmates, have in mind. This would help in preparing answers to your particular questions. 
What you have read above is a summary of ideas about study. Whole books have been written not only about study, but also about topics such as reading, memory, note-taking and healthy living. If you are interested in learning more about anything in this outline, you will find it on websites, such as https://www.wikihow.com/Study,  https://www.how-to-study.com/ and on the Student Resources section of http://careersnews.ie/. If any of the topics outlined here are of concern to you or if you find it difficult to put them into practice or, indeed, if you simply wish to be reassured about your study activity, your guidance counsellor is there to help you
NCGE acknowledges the contribution of Colum Layton in the development of this resource page.