• Study Skills & Tips

    Why set up a study center?

    It's a good idea to have one place or area in your home where studying is the only thing you do. (Don't study on your bed; you'll think of sleep!) A study center is a great way to keep school books, paper, and supplies organized.

    Where should you study?

    You might convert a corner of your bedroom or another room for your study center. Make sure it's quiet and free of distractions, such as TV, telephone, and stereo. Your study center should be well lighted or near a window for natural light.

    What should your study center include?

    Include the basics: iPad, charger, dictionary, thesaurus, paper, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, calculator, ruler and clock.

    When should you study?

    Choose a time that works best for you. For most students, studying right after school works best because school is still on their minds.

    Whom should you study with?

    You'll usually study best by working alone or with one or two other classmates. If you choose to study with others remember to stay focused on what you're there for...to study!

    Organize your time and set priorities for your work!

    Why take notes in class?

    Note taking is a valuable skill that you'll need for high school, college, and on the job, so it's best to learn now.

    Writing things down helps you to remember important information. Plus, it helps make you a more active listener.

    Some teachers cover material in class that's not in the book. If you don't write down the material, you won't have it to study later.

    Write the day and the title of the topic for the day.

    Record information that your teacher writes on the board. It's not necessary to write down everything your teacher says, only the main points.

    Highlight or put a check mark or a star next to information your teacher repeats or emphasizes.

    Write down questions your teacher asks. They might be on a future test!

    Put a question mark by anything you don't understand. Ask your teacher to explain these points later.

    If you miss a class, ask to copy a friend's notes.

    See your teacher for any make-up work

    Don't wait until the last minute to study.

    Correct any homework problems you got wrong.

    Show your work when solving problems. This will increase your understanding of the process.

    When solving word problems, ask yourself these questions: What information is given? What does the problem ask for? What do I have to do to find the answer? Does my answer make sense?

    Remember, answers are important, but an understanding of the process is more important. If you don't understand the process, ask your teacher for help.