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Developing Good Study Skills

Start as early as possible when developing good study skills.  These skills will be the foundation that will help you do well in middle school, high school, and college. 

What are good study skills?

  • Taking good notes - You will not know what to study for if you don’t take good notes.  If your teacher writes things on the board, they are usually important information that you need to write down.  After your class, look over your notes and try to see if you missed anything.  Make sure when taking notes that it is organized and readable.  Have a systemized plan on how to write your notes so that when you look at it three days or ten weeks later , you will still be able to understand it. 

  • Being an active listener (paying attention in class) - When your teacher is talking, do not let your mind wander off. If you start thinking about other things like lunch or how nice outside is, you may miss out on important information.  Focus your attention on your teacher (no matter how boring they may be) and make sure you are following along with what he/she is saying.  If you want them to repeat something or need clarification, raise your hand and ask.

  • Turning your homework/assignments in on time - Find a place that you feel you can study without any distractions.  If you have a lot of homework, try to start working on them during recess or free time in class.

  • Studying for exams - Do not wait until the night before to study for an exam.  Several days before the exam day, look over  your notes, books and study guides.  

  • Being organized - Note down all assignments and due dates in your organizer or calendar.  Also note down project due dates and upcoming tests.  Organize your schoolwork by prioritizing your assignments and creating a checklist.  Consider the due dates and the amount of time it will take you to complete the assignment.  If you have a big project, set up a timeline for yourself so that small portions of the project will be completed on a certain date.

  • Setting priorities - Do all homework and assignments FIRST before watching TV or going out to play with your friends.

  • Have good time management - You only have so many hours in a day to get things done.  If you are involved in extra-curricular activities during or afterschool, you need to make sure you can still get your homework done before bedtime.  If you have a lot of homework, give up your recess or free class time to get them done.  If you have an upcoming test, start studying several days before the test so that you are not overwhelmed the day before the exam.  If you are unable to get your homework done at a reasonable time each day, you may have too many extra-curricular activities taking up your time.  Remember, you still want to give yourself some time to just relax.

  • Ask questions - When you do not understand the material covered in class or you have difficulties with your homework/assignments, do not be afraid to seek help from your teachers.  They are there to help you.

  • Do your own school work and don't be afraid to make mistakes - You do not learn by copying another student's work.  It is best to do your own work even if you make mistakes. You learn from your mistakes.


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