Quick tips for Better Grades
Want to move up a letter grade or two? The key lies in getting the most out of your study time. Learning the best ways to study takes practice, but it's worth it-those skills will help you way beyond high school. Here are some quick and easy tips to get you going:
- Pick a time and place.
- Specifically, look for a time when you are most productive and a place that allows you to concentrate. Late afternoon and early evening are good choices.
- Check the setup.
- The right physical conditions can improve your study time. That means good lighting, the right temperature, and a table or desk with a comfortable straight-back chair.
- Stick to the schedule.
- Study at your chosen time and place at least four days a week, and you'll pick up the habit in no time.
- Cut the distractions.
- If your study area is free of noise, TV, phone calls, or what have you, you can motivate yourself to study more easily.
- Before you start, rank your assignments from hardest to easiest - then do them in that order. It will make your work go faster and seem easier.
- Have the right tools on hand
- Use a dictionary, atlas, thesaurus, pens, paper, tape, scissors, stapler, whatever you need to get the job done.
- Take a break when you need one
- With a 15 minutes break, you return to your desk refreshed and ready to go.
- Review your material
- Review your class work before and after class.
Follow these tips, and you will be on your way to better study skills - and better results!
Taken from Your Choices, Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), Kathleen Bannerman, Assistant Principal, West Seneca Central School.
Internet Sites on Study Skills
- Ask Jeeves for Kids - Need a specific question answered then come and ask Jeeves what you want to know and he will give you the answer.
- Public Broadcasting System - They provide information on history, science, technology, and news.
- Study Skills – This website has about everything. Topics cover every aspect of studying. This site offers online study skills workshops.
- University of St. Thomas – Wow! You can view the study skills tips on these pages in 18 different languages (not that you want to, but still…). Studying is broken down into categories, starting with preparation and continuing through test taking.
- How to Study – Here you will find information on managing your time, improving your reading, thinking and listening skills. There are also strategies for test anxiety.
- Dr. Kizlik's Study Skills – You can read what Dr. Kizlik has to share about study skills or you can ask the experts – STUDENTS – a question. You can even post your own study skills tips at this site.
- Math Power – This helpful website has study skills just for math. Thanks Professor Freedman!