Supervised Study & Study Tips

Supervised Study at BCS

Signing up: Students sign up to supervised study at the beginning of each school year.

Study times:
Mon/Tues/Thurs: 3:50 pm to 5:50 pm & late study from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm
Weds: 1:45 pm to 4:45 pm & late study from 2:20 pm to 3:20 pm
Fri: 3:50 pm to 6:30 pm

*Supervised study is also available from 9 – 1 during midterm breaks and Easter holidays

Supervised study rules:

Study is supervised by teachers and study rules apply to all students attending. Attendance is marked on study cards which are issued to each student. Students may only leave study with the permission of a parent/guardian.

Study Tips

Getting Started

Think of study as an investment in your future. A vision of success is a powerful motivator. Never be afraid to try anything, you will be amazed at how good you can be. It is essential to plan your study. There is no point in having a vague idea that ” I’ll do some study tonight” or even worse “I must start studying”.

How to plan your study time

  • Have a suitable place to study with no distractions.
  • Let your friends and family know that you are unavailable at this time which means.
  • Breaking your workload down into manageable chunks means that you know exactly what you have to do when you sit down to study.
  • Be realistic in your study goals – unrealistic goals that are not achieved only serve to dishearten and discourage so don’t expect to read a novel in a night or cover all of a topic in one sitting.
  • Making a study timetable is crucial to success.
  • Work for 30 to 40 minutes and then take a 5 minute break.
  • Start with a subject you find the most difficult rather than avoiding it – it still has to be done!

What are the elements of study?

There are three elements to study:

  • homework
  • revision
  • test/exam preparation

How much should I be studying?

Junior Certificate students should be studying for 2-2½ hours per night, 5 nights a week.

Leaving Certificate students should be studying for 3-3½ hours per night, 5 nights a week. Over the weekend time should be spent reading novels or plays, updating notes or revising for upcoming tests.

Consider the following:

  • Boredom is an attitude of the student, not the subject content
  • The teacher is responsible for teaching – text notes, visuals, board work
  • The student is responsible for his own learning
  • Homework is easier if you concentrate in class
  • Stop blaming others – other students, the teacher, etc.
  • This is your life. Where to you want to go?