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TAUIRA study guide






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This pukapuka will help you out with your study skills, preparing you for assessments, tests and your exams. There’s also some general advice on how to stick it out and stay in kura!

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ood on you for registering with Kia Ora Hauora! This Kia Ora Hauora study guide is designed to help you pass your assessments and exams at kura so that you can follow your road map to your health career.

In order to make the most of this study guide there’s a few things you have to make sure you have organised first.

Prep List: Make sure you’ve got these gears before you get started. Pene / Pens

We know that even brain surgeons need a bit of awhi to keep them on track! It doesn’t matter what year at kura you are you can still use this study guide.

Pene rākau / Pencils

So go on, pānuitia inaianei koutou! Have a nohi, have a read so that you are sussed for passing your exams at kura. Make sure you spread the word. Tell your whānau and kaiako about this study guide so that they can help you read through it and offer you their own korero.

Papakupu / Dictionary, thesaurus

Pepa / Refill Ukui / Eraser Pene miramira / Highlighters

Rūri / Ruler

Study area: Make sure you’ve got a nice quiet study space so that you aren’t distracted. This could be in your room, or at school. As long as the area is quiet and comfortable for you - that’s all that matters.

Plan of Attack: Make sure you know what you have to study for each subject. Work out the different standards you have to prepare for and go hard for them. Know what you have to do to achieve, to achieve with merit and to achieve with excellence for each standard. Print these out and put them in a separate file so that you can find them easily.

Kāpehu / Compass

Keep things the same:

Tātaitai / Calculator

Make sure you study at the same time each day. Keeping a routine will help you to stick to your study plan.

Rātaka / Diary Kutikuti / Scissors

switch it off Turn off your mobile phone during study to block out any distractions.

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t’s always important to remind yourself every now and then why you are at school. You gotta keep things real to keep you going! Wanna be a physiotherapist? Wanna be a nurse? It doesn’t matter which health career you want to get into, you need to stay in school and pass your exams to get there. Set your goals and achieve them!

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If you haven’t already make sure you complete a career road map on the Kia Ora Hauora website Have a look at your road map. It will show you what subjects you need to take and where you can study. Now is the time to set some goals to make sure you get through your road map successfully.

You need to make sure your goals are:

1. Realistic 2. Have a time frame 3. Measurable It’s important to have long term and short term goals. Long term goals could be achieved over a number of years, however short term goals are designed to keep you on track right now. You should aim to have these done and dusted over the next few weeks. Remember “The marae wasn’t built in a day”. ic ed Write down three long term goals here m a ar p ker 1. wor h t l a y he 2. u n it m m co 3. omoter


Write down three short term goals here 1. 2. 3.

Photocopy this page and stick it up with your road map where you can see them every day. Give a copy of your road map and your goals to your favourite kaiako. Show your whānau. Send them to your cuzzy who’s already on the study path.

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Main topic


Suss your style!

Don’t just read through your class notes. Cut these down into smaller notes, yes, summarise your own notes. By doing this you’re forcing yourself to connect more info together and therefore remember more.

Write the important words in full first so then you can shorten them later on e.g Periodic Table could be PT

Try and write your notes how you would talk about them so you remember

Tika or teka? Make sure you take good notes that are:

• Brief • Easy for you to understand • Organised

There are many ways to take notes. What works for your mates might not work for you.

Linear (lines)

This is when you write your notes line by line, with the most important ideas at the top of the page. Have the main heading and sub headings so that you know what the key ideas are and what topics are related to the key idea. Make sure you always have some evidence or some examples to prove your point. This could be a quote or an example of a maths equation. example

Make sure each page is labelled with your subject, and the topic e.g Chemistry 3.2

• Three Column Method

Most important idea = main heading Sub heading 1 - example to prove point

This is where you split your pepa up into three columns. Use the first column for headings and key points, in the second column put supporting examples and evidence for the idea, and in the last column write down any personal questions, ideas, or comments to ask your kaiako. example

eah we know you’ve heard this deal all before! But it’s really important to prepare well for your exams and assignments by taking good study notes.


Sub topic


Not sure how to take notes?

Sub topic


Supporting Examples

Sub topic

• MIND MAPPING If you like to write down your thoughts and ideas as you think of them then mind mapping could be good for you.



Sub topic

Write down the main topic in the middle of your page. Write down each of the sub topics that relate to this key idea around the page and link them to the key idea with a line. Think of the sub topics as the whakapapa of your main subject. As you think of more ideas your map will spread across the pepa and you can see how everything is linked together.

Personal questions, ideas, or comments

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ave a go at mind mapping here. Write down your subject in the centre and add other sub topics that relate to it around it. Remember to link the ideas with lines as you think of more information!




riting is a skill that you will need at kura, university and in your mahi. Most of us can write a pānui or a text message but to get through your exams you will need to know how to write essays. Essays have a structure. Information has to be written in a set order. Think of it like a whaikōrero – every aspect of the kōrero has a set place.

Essays are broken down into three pieces:

The Introduction

This introduces your topic so that the reader knows what the essay is about.

The Body

This is where you write down everything about the topic - the who, what, where, why and how.

The Conclusion

This is where you summarise all of the key points you have made in your essay so that the reader knows your views and key points you are trying to get across.

Essay Tips The hard part about an essay is that you have to sound smart. This isn’t as easy as it sounds! Remember to spell check and read your essay aloud. If it sounds funny you know that it probably doesn’t make sense.

Keep sentences short. You should always assume that the reader doesn’t know anything about your topic. Make sure you explain everything to cover all of your bases!


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Before you start writing write an essay plan so that you know what you are going to say. Don’t worry if you get writer’s block. Write a plan, go and get a glass of water then come back and have another try. Draft, draft, draft, edit, edit then hand it in to your kaiako! Sleep on your essay for a night. You may find mistakes or think of better ways to explain things after reading it a second time. Never hand in your first draft! 13

ave a go at your very own essay plan. Use key words and short sentences in your essay plan. Keeping your essay plan simple will help you to structure your key ideas in your essay. You can use it as a prompt to help you when you write your draft essay. Write down your essay topic here. •

Write key sentences and words you could put in your introduction in the here. • • •

Write down the topic of each of your main paragraphs here. These paragraphs will join to make the body of your essay. • • •

Write down some key words or sentences that would be useful for your conclusion here. • • •


essay planning


Essay example: Most may not know the name Theodor Seuss Geisel, however if you accompany his name with these famous quotes “I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I am!” and “We looked! Then we saw him step in on the mat! We looked! And we saw him! The Cat in the Hat!” then nearly all would mention Dr. Seuss. This essay will explore the life of Theodore Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, and how he became such a successful children’s book author. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in March 2 1904 in Massachusetts and was a famous American author, poet and cartoonist. He studied at three prestigious Universities from 1921-1926, as his plan was to take up a career in teaching. However upon his return from Europe in 1927, he instead became a humorist and cartoonist for the likes Judge, Vanity Fair and Liberty, prominent magazines of that era. While still contributing to these magazines, Seuss was offered a contract to illustrate a book, however the book was unsuccessful, yet his illustrations received great reviews. This gave him his big break into children’s literature, with his first book finally being published, after several rejections, ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street’. From then on Seuss began to write a couple of books per year in the 1950’s. With the publication of two renowned books in 1957 ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ and ‘The Cat in the Hat’, with The Cat in the Hat becoming one of the best-selling beginner books. Becoming the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, two Academy Awards and a Peabody award, Seuss became the author and illustrator of 44 more children’s books, with over 200 million copies sold and translated in more than 15 languages. Still after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children’s books worldwide. Dr. Seuss is still remembered today as one of the best children authors there is. From planning to take up a career in Teaching, to becoming a humorist and cartoonist for prominent magazines, to then being a worldwide famous author and illustrator of over 44 children’s books. His love and passion for children radiated through his books, in the process helping kids learn to read.






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et organised! Buy a diary to write in your deadlines and due dates. Be smart about your time management with assignments. Look at what assignments and exams are worth the most and concentrate your study time on them.

Is there one paper you have to reach achievement standard to get into health science? Go hard out for that subject! Keep all of your study notes together; you can use them in other assessments. If you are smart about your time and energy you will find that you can complete assignments quicker and will be better prepared for your exams.

Make a revision timetable. Set regular routines of study. Set study goals, daily and weekly.

Study smarter! There is no need to read a whole book back to front twice. Smarten up about how you remember your study notes.

Questions and answers. Write out some questions and answers and see how you go at remembering your mahi. Ask your kaiako, or classmates, or even better - some of your study group mates - to look over your mahi and see if you’re on track. Listen in. Recite your notes onto a tape recorder or your IPOD/ MP3 player, then you can listen in whenever you want - in the car, on the bus, at the gym, in bed, anywhere. Prompts. Place sticky notes with key words andphrases around your whare, so you'll see them often. Fridge? Wharepaku? Best to find the places you go a lot - so you look at them often.

cience is one of the coolest subjects there is, as it relates to everything we do. From the uncles cooking a hangi at the marae, to that way the light reflects off a kina moving in the water, science is all around us. Here is a cool way to help you study for your science exams! Go back to your science

notes and re-write each note into a question. Look at the example below.

Note: ‘The heart is made up of four chambers. These are the right and left ventricles and the right and left atria.’ You can turn this information into a question to test yourself. Q: What are the four chambers of the heart? A: The right and left ventricles and the right and left atria

Now it’s your turn. Go back to your study notes and re write them as questions and answers. Write the questions on the next page in the left column and write the answers in the right column. Fold the page in half over the answers so you can’t see them. Now test yourself!



Use the pull out calendar to help you plan your study. Stick it on your wall by your desk. Follow a set routine, but remember to leave time for kai and rest!

Check out other rawe tips at:



now it's exam time


his website ( is probably the best thing since sliced bread for secondary student subject support. It offers a one-stop-shop for achieving NCEA in maths, science, and English. The key things to check out on the studyit website are: • NCEA requirements • Ask questions and get feedback from real teachers who are happy to help • Study tips and advice • Practice exams you can try to help you prepare for the real thing

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t’s important to look after number one just before your exams. Make sure you are feeling healthy, well rested and prepared. Follow these tips leading up to your exams and you will be ready to go!

Relax. Me whakataā. Probably the most important step, because if you panic you're lost, and nothing’s going to sink in when you are worried.

Have lots of breaks - Get up and move around for 10 minutes every hour. Go make a coffee, walk around, see what everyone else in your whare is up to. But don't forget to go back and study after your break!

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Eat healthy, get some exercise and sleep - a lot of tauira push themselves hard and their health suffers. Look after yourself, healthy body is a healthy mind. Reward yourself regularly - whether big or small, something to remind yourself why you're doing this mahi.

If stressed, ask for help - don't be shy, there's a lot of help out there check it out!



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