Learning Tips/Study Skills

These links and ideas will help you become an even better student. Learning how to learn is an important task; one that will serve you throughout your life.

Time Management There are just 24 hours in each day. What you do with that time makes all the difference. Use your Google calendar or some other tool to keep track of each assignment. For long term deadlines, map out the steps to meet the deadline and include them in your daily planning. It’s okay to take breaks while studying, but get back to the task at hand in order to stay on schedule.

Good Study Habits Good study habits include these basics:

  1. Always be prepared for class, and attend classes regularly.
  2. Complete assignments thoroughly and in a timely manner.
  3. Review your notes daily rather than cram for tests the night before.
  4. Set aside quiet time each day for study -- even if you don't have homework or a test the next day!
  5. Determine a place where you study the best and return to that place daily.  It will help with your memory.

Concentration Listen to your teacher and stay focused. Be sure that you understand the lesson. If you don't understand something, ask questions! You've heard it before, but "the only dumb question is the one you don't ask" is absolutely true. If you've been paying attention, it definitely won't be a dumb question.

Good Note-Taking You can't possibly write down everything the teacher says since we talk at a rate of about 225 words per minute. But, you do need to write down the important material. You decide if using the iPad or writing them with pen and paper works better for you. If notes are provided on the board, photograph them with your iPad. If notes are provided by the teacher, file them in that class folder to review later. 

Be sure to validate yourself after a test by going back over your notes to see if your notes contained the answers to questions asked on the test. If not, you need to ask to see a classmate's notes or check with the teacher for help on improving your note-taking.

Completion of Assignments Teachers assign homework for a reason. While it may seem like extra work at times, it definitely has a purpose. Put your homework to good use. Remember, you'll only get out of it what you put into it!

Review of Daily Notes Don't wait until the night before the test to review your notes. Go over your notes each day while the lecture is still fresh in your mind. Add any missing pieces. Compare your notes with a classmate's notes. This isn't cheating -- it is mutually beneficial. Review your notes each day to reinforce your learning.

Organizational Skills Keeping yourself organized will save you valuable time and allow you to do everything you need to do. Remember: "A place for everything and everything in its place." Keep all your study materials (calculator, planner, books, notebooks, iPad, etc.) in one convenient location. 

Motivation You need to be motivated to learn and work hard, whether or not you like a specific subject or not.  View it as your current job – to learn as much as you can and to perform at school to the best of your ability.


Habits of Mind

This document explains 16 key elements to get the most out of your learning.