Study Skills

Good Study Habits 

  • Decide what you want to cover during your study time. 
  • Find a quiet place to study and stay focused. Watching television while you are trying to study is not a good idea.
  • Take a short break when needed.
  • Allow more study time for harder subjects.
  • Keep a dictionary, ruler, pencils, erasers, paper, note cards, and highlighters handy.

Tips for Note Taking

  • Pay extra attention and take notes when your teacher says:
    • "Listen to what I am saying."
    • "This is important."
    • "Let's go over this again."
    • "Don't forget this."
    • "This will be on the test." (When you hear this, write "T" in the margin of your notes and circle it.)
  • Ask questions about things you don't understand.
  • Keep notes neat and organized. Write on a full sheet of paper with the subject and date at the top.
  • Write down what your teacher writes on the board or the overhead projector.
  • Try not to fall behind. If you miss class, get notes and do make-up work as soon as possible.

Tips for Test Taking

  • Listen closely to directions from your teacher. 
  • Carefully read all directions on the test before you begin.
  • Answer the questions you know first; save the hardest questions for last.
  • On some tests you must choose from several answers. If you don't know the answer, cross out the ones you know are wrong. Carefully think about the correct answer. If you're not sure, make a logical guess.
  • Read true/false statements carefully. If any part of the statement is not true, the answer is false.
  • Mark questions you need to come back to later.
  • Use all the time allowed. Re-read the directions and check over your answers.

Flashcards work well when you need to memorize information. Flashcards work well for: vocabulary lists, dates and events in history, famous people, math formulas, math facts and terms, and science facts and terms.

How to make Flashcards

  • On the front of 3" x 5" index cards, print vocabulary words, formulas, dates, etc. 
  • Write answers, definitions, etc. on the back of the card.
  • Study the cards several times.  Find a study buddy and quiz each other.