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Know where you’re at in the syllabus

[Rejected title: “KNOW YOUR PLACE”, which sounded a bit too aggressive.]

There’s more to study than flipping to a random page in the textbook and starting to read. It’s arguable whether that’s a good way to learn for its own sake, but it’s not the way to make the most of your academic future. If you want to get the best marks you can, you kinda have to work the system. Not in a dodgy way, obvs.

Think of it like a race

Specifically, think of each school year like Daytona or Mario Kart. One of those races where you can see the entire track in a little inset that shows you where you’re coming in the race, which twists’n’turns are coming up, which lap you’re on and who’s coming up behind you. The same thing is possible with each one of your classes. Your teachers have a syllabus – a list of skills/knowledge they have to get in your skull by the time exams roll around.

Grab that list

Here’s where you come in. Find out all the stuff you’re meant to know. The easiest way to do this is to ask your teachers, but if they’re being unhelpful you can probably do some recon online (or, you know, ask your pals on this website). Anyway, once you’ve got that list, you can go through it and figure out three things:

Actually, don’t panic about any of it

This isn’t meant to be a thing that freaks you out. It’s an information-gathering process that helps shape your future study routines. Now you have every bit of the syllabus in those three categories, you know what you need to focus on, what you can spend less time revising and – if you get ahead – what to start thinking about next. Now you just have to learn it all. Simple, eh?

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