North Berwick High School’s Business Education Department

How to get the most from this blog!!

Posted by busednb on November 1, 2013

6 things that are useful about this website.

  1. The homework tab at the top of the page holds copies of all the homework booklets.
  2. There are also links to the online Past Papers provided by the SQA website.
  3. Slideshare will hold useful powerpoints for use of revision.
  4. The competition page hold the links and information related to current class competitions.
  5. Have a look at the useful links on the left hand side.
  6. Delicious Busednb holds further useful links.


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Upcoming NABS for Mr Burgess’s classes

Posted by busednb on November 1, 2013

Higher BM – 1st NAB ENTERPRISE – 4th November 2013 – both classes

(S4) BM – Marketing and Operations Assessment – Mid December

(S3) BM – 1st Assessment – 7th Novemebr


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How to Make a Study Plan – This may be of help to some folks!

Posted by busednb on October 26, 2009

(This is an adapted excerpt from www.study-skills.ca )

Most pupils struggle with studying, and often put it off until the night before the exam.  After a late-night cram session, students arrive at the exam tired and anxious because of the large amount of information they have tried to learn.

The easiest way to study for an exam, and avoid the cram sessions, is to make a study plan.

  • Group or solo? – The first step to making a study plan is to decide whether you want to study alone or in a group. When planning study times and organising study sessions for a group, the needs and schedules of the group are a factor. As a result, you must decide whether you will be studying with a group before continuing with making a study plan.
  • Time – There are two time elements that are crucial to an effective study plan. The first time element to consider is the amount of time you have until the exam, while the second is the amount of time during the day that you can set aside for studying. Try to study for at least two to three hours per day for major exams like prelims and the final exam. If you are limited on the amount of time until the exam, such as one week or less, then you will need to increase your daily study time. Set up a schedule with clearly marked study times for each day and include breaks and leisure time too.
  • Content – The content to be studied depends on the type of exam. There will be your courses notes,  mind maps, textbooks which contain a great deal of material that will help with the exam. By looking at the content areas of the test, you can determine what material to study. Break the content into chunks e.g. take one topic or unit at a time, and then assign specific chunks to the study times that you have listed on your schedule.
    • Chronological – Assign chunks of material to study times in chronological order. In other words, study the material in the order that it was presented. Remember to allot more time for studying the most important information.
    • Critical first – Assign study times so the most critical method is covered first, and then work down to the least important information. Allow more time for covering the most critical information. If you are having trouble with the most important information, re-assign time from the least important information.

The Studying Process

Once you have set up study times and assigned material to them, it is time to study. When reading textbooks, take notes on the information. Use a highlighter. The idea is to make key information readily available for review. In addition, making notes and looking up ideas to supplement notes reinforces the material in your mind. Quiz yourself as you finish each area you are studying to determine what you still need to review.

Study plans are as unique as the person making them. The most effective study plan will take into account your schedule, the times each day when you are able to study without interruption, and the amount of material that needs reviewed. By spreading out the study times and breaking up the information, you make it easier for to absorb and retain the necessary material before the exam.

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