Planning and preparing for Assessments and Yearly Examinations


There are 5 Pillars to help you with your learning: planning, relaxation, concentration, mindfulness and reflection.

Today we would like to focus on planning. We have discussed and provided a template to you plan for your assessment tasks this semester and in the past have talked about strategies for being organised in terms of day to day living, digital organisation of the laptop and the necessary files and folders and being organised in your thinking.  To elaborate here are some question to think about:

  1. Day to day living: In your day to day living have you mapped out your casual job commitments, the extra- curricular activities in which you participate, community service you might be doing, family events and time for yourself?
  2. Digital organisation: In relation to your digital organisation have you backed up your work, placed your files into their relevant folders, removed duplicated files, created an archive folder to partition off draft work file and folder no longer in use?
  3. Organised thinking: Do you logically think through your approach to revision with a step by step note taking process?  Do you prioitise subjects based on deadlines. Do you set an end point to move on to the next task?


Staff Day – Andrew Fuller my notes

I had heard and read about Andrew Fuller.  It was good to see him in person.  He held our attentions for a day , provided an excellent  non digital hand out supplemented by his website. Lots of good ideas, skills and strategies to apply in the classroom, with colleagues and even for personal self development.
Brain grows from front to back left to right.
Paranoid – temporal lobe problem
When we are more interested in the stuff we don’t know rather than what we know –  this leads to breakthroughs.
Unless we are bold enough to use the most effective strategies we are wasting our time.
Do new stuff but chuck out the things that don’t work.
1. Inconsquential computer assisted learning frequent testing, inquiry based methods
2. Tepid parent involvement, social schools social skills, out door education with bridging work back to the classroom,
3. Enhancers feedback, not written rather verbal and I noticed feedback.  Directional two comments about what you like and what is the next step – then what to improve. Teaching concept before you ask questions about the concept. Adding visuals – put more effort into making things visual.  Getting a student to point to something helps learning. Repetition is still very important.  24 repetitions to get to 80% performance.  Note taking adds. Then add similarities and differences.  Lecturers that inccorporate  verbal signals result in notes with 40% more content.  See image.  Yellow take notes, blue main point, green at bottom – same knowledge in a visual. Silence. Relationships.
Check validation YouTube video.
Give your memory a hand finger and hand image key points on palm add more detail.
Rex not smart part of brain. Need to calm ex to get the Albert E sign of the brain to work. Rex can get into cycles hence anxiety.  Rex I am going to speak up about how I was spoken to. Inner Albert says get up and write email don’t send. Rex does not speak language so action works better.  So it what you do is what is important.
If you eat irregularly you sleep irregularly.
Mindset beats IQ shift from impossible to I’m possible.  Twenty years now I will be disappointed with the things I have not done.  Kids are either or world.  So the aim is passion beats brains. So brainy is the new sexy.
To love an amazing life you need to live to your own strengths.  Confidence is walking in a room and not comparing your self  to everyone else.  My thought: Rod laver tennis like David and G. Go to page 16 of notes
Shark thoughts circle around and dolphins thoughts help you out.  Shark thoughts I am not much good on detail Dolphins thought that is why you have the Internet. Please do not feed the fears.  Glass half full empty. Opportunists will drink the water. It helps know what is in your glass.  If not you, Who?if not now, when? When you get. Loser you get to where you want to be the more turbulence is greater. Like the waves on the shore.  Leap away from the humdrum and into your dreams.  If you fail to reach the moon you will still be in the stars.  Do or do not there is no try.  The future is now.  Don’t wait for some day. Be who what you want to be now.
Looking good goals and getting better goals. See page 17
Looking good motivate you to try hard
Getting better goals help you keep going when  things get difficult getting better. When better is greater than there beating yourself up.
1 Anything is possible
2 Nothing easy
3 When difficult remember rule 2
4 When things are easy remember rule 1
Glass ceiling. Fleas can jump 30 feet. Put fleas in box with glass lid. They won’t jump 30 feet after smashing into glass ceiling.
Anxiety is how come were are here.  Our ancestors are the cautious  otherwise would have been destroys by tigers 1000s of years ago. Assisting success see picture
From goals to action.
It takes 6 weeks to form a new habit.  Only takes a couple of minutes to change a mood.  Your brain believes what you tell it.  Hold the power posture it makes a difference.  Talk about our role models.  There are people in the world who inspire us.  I fail over and over again in my life that is how I succeed. Michael Jordan’s missed 9000 shots.  Stress makes you stupid.  Those who mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind.  Turn hardest opponent into an allie. Put you with people that are better than you. Fall down 7 times and get up 8
Stephen Bradbury.
Look up Mountain dew monk ad.


HBR IDEACAST 453 Mastering the habits of everyday life – my notes

Habit and willpower are different things.  It takes will power to start a habit sometimes. The benefit of having a habit is that it gets us out of the habit of using will power.  Decision making is demanding and draining – once it is a habit you are freed up to use willpower where it is needed. high functioning people were not using a lot of willpower they we using habits and had a lot in reserve for willpower. Their habits were automated – hence I just run 6km as a habit.
4 tendencies framework.
It has to do with how you respond to an expectation. ie outer and inner expectations
1. Upholder:  can easily meet outer and inner expectations  – small percentage.
2. Questioners:  they will do it if they think it makes sense.
3. Blighters: meet outer expectations but have trouble meeting the expectations they set for themselves. Organised at work but not at home
4. Rebels – resist outer and inner expectations- very small percentage