Study Skills Playbook

Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.Tony Buzan

ONLINE COURSE
Our Study Skills online course is broken down into nine logical Kits, with a Resource Depot at the end.
There are activities, worksheets, templates and tips throughout the eCourse.
Think of this as your own private study tutor (and cheersquad!).

KIT 1: MINDSET & GOALS
Goal setting is extremely important to put study into perspective, and look at the bigger picture of why you want to do well in school.

What do you want to achieving in your life
Using your talents
Study options… what do you want to become?

KIT 2: PLANNING YOUR TIME
Plan the work and work the plan. Without a study plan the time can pass with not much getting done.

When is the best time to study
How to create your own timetable
Setting up your workspace

KIT 3: THE SKILLS YOU’LL NEED
With anything you are trying to master, there are usually skills that need to be practised and applied – learning how to study is no exception!

Listening & reading
Retain & recall
Thinking, memory & revision
Mind mapping
Referencing & citation
Being Organised

KIT 4: PROCRASTINATION & PRODUCTIVITY
Most of us suffer from procrastination, so let’s introduce ways to overcome it, and make your study time more productive (with less digital distractions)

Changing the procrastination habit
Managing Digital Distractions
Introducing the Pomodoro Technique™

KIT 5: TAKING NOTES TO “SAVE YOUR LIFE”
A combination of your text books and notes make up the bulk of your study references – this make’s effective taking notes imperative to your study success.

The six rules for note taking
Listening notes
Reading notes

KIT 6: SLEEP, HEALTH & MINDFULNESS
All of the above lessons could be deemed next to useless of you are not looking after your body. If you don’t nourish your body with sleep, good food, stillness and exercise your brain won’t function properly.

Sleep is Your #1 secret weapon
Nourish Yourself from the Inside
Mindfulness & meditation
The Importance of exercise

KIT 7: MATH IS NO LONGER A MONSTER
Because maths is a ‘cumulative’ subject, it is vital that you understand what you are doing every step of the way.

What maths is different
How to master maths

KIT 8: WRITING PAPERS & ASSIGNMENTS
Of all subjects taught in your final years at school, a large percentage require writing skills. Writing, like many other skills, is one that has to be acquired, and the quality is vastly lifted by practise — heaps of practise.

Did you know there are two writing brains?
Conducting your research
What to include
Your tone, style and jargon

KIT 9: YOUR PREP-WORK FOR EXAMS
Homework and ongoing study are completely different to test and exam preparation. A different plan of attack is required to maxamise your time.

Revision
Your own study timetable
Insider secrets to passing the exam
Your plan in the exam

YOUR RESOURCE DEPOT
Links to all the apps, websites, tools and anything useful that was discussed during the eCourse.

Apps and tools just for you
Binny’s glossary
References & further reading

This is me (Binny) and my Dad (Chris) in 1990. He’s a pretty cool Dad, he taught me everything I needed to know about studying, goal setting, time planning and passing exams (and then some).

You see, Dad struggled at secondary school (not unlike many students today).
He failed Year 11 English and scraped through Year 12 with a compensatory pass back in the 1960s. Things weren’t looking so good for him.

Luckily he identified a gap in his skills. No one had taught him how to study effectively.

Today he is a successful author, businessman, former chief executive to a leading commercial property firm and the founder of a private consulting business and property investment eLearning portal.

So, what happened?
How did he get from just managing to finish high school to where he is now?

He discovered the secret to studying… (go Dad!). And it relies heavily on goal setting and discovering your talents, and your not so dominant areas of talent.

On his own (through research and observation) he developed a simple, practical and effective method for studying and setting goals and he put that method into practise.

And, guess what? It worked.

This is me. All grown up now (with a husband, two young girls and a dog called Jack).
Apart from my creativity in the kitchen, passion for interior decorating and quirky sense of humour, I also have loads of experience when it comes to studying:

– finishing secondary school as an A Grade student,
– securing my undergraduate Degree in Marketing with distinction, and
– completing a Masters in Entrepreneurship & Innovation with distinction (whilst working full-time)
– more recently undertaking studies in Strategic Foresight, Positive Psychology and Gallup Strengths Coaching.

I wasn’t struggling to pass subjects at school like Dad. But I was trying to fit a lot in to my days (mornings and nights!).

Playing several sports at any one time and training with the State Waterpolo team, as a teenager, was demanding on my time. If I wasn’t careful my marks were going to suffer (or I’d fall asleep in class!).

Dad’s method helped me avoid the overwhelm, manage my time better and study more effectively.

I’ve since gone on to have a successful corporate career in digital marketing. Held senior positions for some of Australia’s biggest brands (responsible for revenue of $250M and 100K customers), and now working for myself as Co-Pilot at Of Kin (digital marketing, business consulting and coaching for small business) and here helping students Find Their Magic through The Inkling Effect.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no super-brain. I had to work for my marks.

My secret? I mastered Dad’s method. I learned how to study effectively.

No more wasted time or energy.

Playing State level competitive sport at school was important to me, training morning and night most days. I was social and enjoyed spending time with my friends – I wanted to fit it all in, with no regrets. Dad’s methods allowed me to do that.

Between the two of us, we’ve got bucket-loads of knowledge and experience on how to study, goal setting and finding your strengths and we’re dying to share it all with you!