Study Tips

 DO—During School

  • Pay attention/listen/concentrate on lessons in class
  • Participate in class
  • Turn in assignments on time
  • Ask lots of questions
  • Notice when teachers hint about importance of particular points
  • Ask for specifics about what to study
  • Use free time to catch up on work
  • Leave your cell phone in your backpack during class

DO—After School Completing Homework

  • Start homework as soon as you get home/study soon after getting home so that you’re not too tired
  • Work when assignment is made/stay ahead on assignments
  • Have a schedule for studying—do most time-consuming work first—prioritize—manage time wisely
  • Study in a quiet place/noise-free environment with minimal distractions—turn off/put in another room cell phone, computer, ipod
  • Minimize disturbances while studying
  • Read texts, handouts, etc., multiple times—read for understanding rather than skim
  • Write down lots of details, not just bold or italicized terms
  • Think about the facts as you write your notes
  • Understand as well as do homework
  • Explain the concept to yourself while you learn
  • Literally talk aloud—teach yourself because teaching aids memory
  • Take advantage of study aids (online guides, Barrons) that help summarize
  • Keep ready access to texts while doing homework
  • Consult questions in text or on textbook website to assess level of understanding
  • If you get stuck on something in the homework, make a note to ask for clarification the next day

DO—After School Preparing for Tests

  • Reread chapter before test
  • Study material pertinent to a test
  • Study until material is completely learned 2-3 days prior to quiz/test
  • Study a little bit for a few days leading up to test rather than everything the night before
  • Try study groups
  • Have focused discussions/reciprocal quizzing with a friend

DO—Adjust Your Mindset

  • Develop a distaste for procrastinating
    • purpose→long-term contentment, whereas
    • goal→push, push, push leaving only memory of the journey
  • Relate what you learn to a larger picture
  • Keep the big picture frameless in your mind
  • Realize that with logic, problems become solutions
  • Get a planner/write down assignments/be organized
  • Always do classwork and homework
  • Be aware of what you have to do
  • Develop a routine for doing work and learning information so that you study more efficiently
  • Set a deadline—even if you go past it, you’re still more likely to get things done eventually
  • Embrace simplicity
  • Have a purpose rather than a goal—
  • Realize that time spent studying while allowing distractions is not productive
  • Learn to juggle school/sports/social life
  • Be neat
  • Find your own individual way


AVOID—During School

  • Being reticent to ask questions if you don’t understand
  • Relying on possibly ignorant peers—go to the source, the teacher
  • Trying to do important assignments at odd moments during the day
  • Not listening /goofing off/eating/sleeping/listening to ipod/getting distracted/texting/writing notes/only pretending to pay attention during class

AVOID—After School

  • Not doing homework
  • Viewing note-taking as just a hassle
  • Not doing work over the weekend

AVOID—In Your Mindset

  • Procrastination
  • Not caring about grades, school
  • Being too busy or too lazy to put forth necessary effort
  • Lack of focus
  • Waiting until the last minute
  • Multi-tasking—it may not be the best method
  • Becoming wrapped up in individual task while missing sincere appreciation of education
  • Trying merely to fill in the blank rather than find real answers
  • Unwise use of time
  • “Forgetting” about a test or assignment until the last minute
  • Thinking that there’s only one way to be successful—there’s always wiggle room if you leave space for it!
  • Even entertaining notion of cheating as an alternative to studying
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