Studying in an effective manner not only improves grades but can also help test anxiety.


Minimize distracting noise. Some people need some sound while some prefer silence. Find what works
for you.

Consider a “do not disturb sign” and turning off your phone. Let voicemail take your calls for a
while. You can catch up with people later.

Use proper lighting. It’s hard to feel motivated sitting in the dark! If you use a desk lamp, place
it opposite the dominant writing hand and don’t have it too close to you.

In terms of temperature, it is better to be cool than warm. Warm rooms tend to make people sleepy.

Have plenty of room to work; don’t be cramped. Your study time will go better if you take a few
minutes at the start to straighten things up and organize your materials.

A desk and straight-backed chair is usually best. Don’t get too comfortable ~ a bed is a place to
sleep, not study.

Have everything (book, pencils, paper, coffee, dictionary, laptop, calculator, tape recorder, etc.)
close at hand. Don’t spend your time jumping up and down to get things.

Studying requires the correct attitude. Be calm and patient with yourself as you review the
material. Beating yourself up will do no good. Try to open your mind as much as possible by putting
other things aside and letting go of frustration.

Focus on the areas that need the most attention. Many students feel that any time studying counts
as real studying, but studying is less effective if you do not target the areas that need study.
For example, if you know how to do all the math or science questions of one type, do not focus your
attention on those questions. Instead work on the questions or concepts you find the most
difficult. That way you are work on improving your knowledge instead of just reinforcing what you

Good class notes are important as they make studying and review much easier. Don’t expect to learn
everything later on your own. Pay attention in class and make your own good notes wherever
possible. If you’ve been absent, ask the teacher or a friend if there are notes you could
photocopy. Taking good notes familiarizes you with the material; further review and study
solidifies it up.

Use your class materials when studying. Good notes can often help you work on the material you find
most difficult. If your teacher has given you worksheets, data booklets, quizzes, etc. during
class, use those to help you study. Effective studying uses all the resources you have, not just
an open text book.

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BOOST- Advanced Functions 4U Review…

It’s January and students are beginning to prepare for final assessments and exams. BOOST is a great way to review the material from Advanced Functions 4U.  BOOST covers every topic in the Advanced Functions course and students can choose any of them and watch the short video lessons, or do the practice questions (with video solutions ) or work on some of the tricky problems that come with each of the lessons. It is a very efficient way to look back at concepts and problems from the course  that need refreshing. Students can sign up for just 1 month for only $30. If they sign up this week they can use it right through the exam period. Go to:

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ARCHAEOLOGY SUMMER COURSE is being offered from August 7 – 23, 2020 at Claremont Nature Centre in Pickering, Ont. Two credits are earned through fieldwork, classroom studies and online learning: IDC40/U (Gr. 12 Interdisciplinary Studies and DCO30 (Creating Opportunities through Co-op Gr. 11). Email: or visit for more information

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Announcements from the Guidance Office

Potential Graduates need to have all their hours completed and turned in to the Guidance office by May 31st.

Potential Grads:  Many external awards are available to apply for.  See the External Scholarships & Bursaries link for more information or visit the guidance office.

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Information Days at DHS

Universities and Colleges will be visiting DHS throughout the year.  Information on upcoming presentations will be listed here.  If you are interested please sign up in the Guidance Office.

Community, family, former & current students are invited to attend any of these presentations.

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Scholarships & Bursaries

Students are encouraged to check the links in the black bar near the top of this page as well as visiting the guidance office for bursary and scholarship information.   We also encourage you check the post-secondary institution websites and search other sources.

The Local Bursary and Scholarship booklet is available in early April of each year.

Information on Ontario Universities can be found at, here you can find a Finance tab for scholarships offered by Ontario Universities.

The website   has a list of events happening such as information fairs and open houses.

There are some sites, that you may want to check out, listed in the External Scholarships and Bursaries link above.

For the O’KEEFE Scholarship and to enter the Animation Portfolio Workshop Character design contest go to: and you might earn a  free tuition or some great prizes!  Contest is open until April 24, 2020.

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Local Scholarships and Bursaries

Local Bursary/Scholarship are posted in early/mid April.  Please watch the Local Scholarships and Bursaries link in the black box above.  Outside financial awards may be available, and have a variety of deadlines, please check the link for external information and remember this is not a complete list.

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