The State Library of Victoria has resources on research skills, essay writing skills and study skills - https://ergo.slv.vic.gov.au/learn-skills
Education Corner has lots of information about study skills including note taking skills, motivation tips and essay writing - https://www.educationcorner.com/study-skills.html
ASAP Science Study Skills YouTube video - https://youtu.be/p60rN9JEapg
Here are my top tips on how to survive high school. Pick one and set some goals to adopt it this week.
The saying, 'practice makes perfect' could be more accurately put, 'practice under pressure, with focus and that glorious end goal in sight, makes perfect.' This TedEd Talk explains how it is helpful to practice under pressure. For example, if you're sitting a practice exam paper, you could set up your physical environment to reflect the actual exam setting and set a timer. Focus on doing the task and don't overanalyse it. Visualise yourself doing well as this also helps you to succeed under pressure.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but according to Brainscape,* listening to music while you study can impede learning rather than help it. This also applies to classical music. Music can improve your mood, but can be distracting during study - even music without lyrics. They suggest saving music for study breaks. For more info see the video below.
German psychologist Ebbinghaus researched memory and coined the term the forgetting curve. Basically, you forget what you have learnt over time. Ebbinghaus found that you forget 95% of what you learn after three days. Fortunately, he also found that if you review the material multiple times in the following days and months, you can retain 95% of what you learn. The review sessions do not have to take long - the first one may take 15 minutes, but follow up reviews may only take 5 minutes. Here is a suggested schedule for review if you really want to make that info stick.
The Leitner System was designed by German scientist, Sebastian Leitner, and involves studying with flash cards and five boxes. All your flash cards start in Box 1. When you revise a card, if you get it right, the card moves to the next box (Box 2). If you get it wrong, it goes in Box 1. The next day you study the cards in Box 2 (the ones you answered incorrectly the day before). If you get it right, it moves to the next box (Box 3) but if you get it wrong it goes back in Box 1.
You revise the boxes on the following days: