Study Tip Archive - August 2008
"It's never too early to teach students study skills. I focus on organization. I'm a stickler for having my students keep neat notebooks with all work dated."
Teacher, Grades 3-4
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
"Review as much as possible - it helps you remember stuff for tests. I do the most reviewing for my toughest classes. Sometimes I review with my best friend. He asks me questions and I ask him. We both get helped this way."
Dallas, Texas, USA
"Ever since junior high I've kept my notebooks from each year. I use them for a quick review and sometimes even to find information."
Student, 11th Grade
Los Angeles, California, USA
"Pay attention to your teachers and write good notes. On tests, teachers ask a lot of questions about what they talk about. My notes help me do well."
Student, 10th Year
"Spelling is tough for me. I write words I need to learn in my notebook. I try to use these words when I write. Everytime I do, I put a check next to the word on my list. When I get to 20, I cross the word off. I also use spell check a lot."
Sheybogan, Wisconsin, USA
"It took me many years to figure out my study style. It really helped me over the years. If you are visual, use bright colours and concept maps. But if you are more verbal, I suggest not only reading out loud, but trying to recall the text after verbally reading it. Furthermore, if you are a hands-on person, try to study in a study group. It really helps but make sure you get reliable people. Lastly, avoid eating very heavy meals on an exam day, as it makes you lethargic and sleepy. Sleep early, drink lots of water, and don't review notes 5 minutes before the test."
Student, Secondary 3
"When I study, I make sure I don't get distracted by anything else. Other activities must be put on hold til after I finish with my homework."
"I was struggling with studies when I was in primary 5 (in Singapore they call it primary for grade). My teacher told me to write notes but with different colours and pictures. And for math, practice makes perfect. Following this now I am 2nd in the entire class!"
"I keep a dictionary handy when I read. Then I can look up the meaning of any word I don't know."
Ottawa, Ontario, USA
"My child has to use a calendar the school sold. It has no room for comments. I think communication is so important. What I do is write notes on post-its and stick them on in my daughter's calendar. I also but a blank sticky so the teacher can answer. This has worked for me. My child is in fourth grade but this can work for any grade."
Brooklyn, New York, USA
"Be sure you know what information will be covered on a test. You don't want to study stuff you don't need to. Stick to what you have to study."
Student, Fifth Grade
Tampa, Florida, USA
"Keep faith in yourself. Don't give up. Hard work in school will give you a better life."
Student, High School
"Be Serious about school. Be sure to Try your hardest. Try to understand the information. Be determined to succeed. Be positive - say yes I can do this."
Student, High School Junior To Be
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
"I struggle with how much help I should give my 4th and 7th graders with their assignments. I used to almost do it for them. They were great at leading me on. I finally decided that I would help them understand their assignments, but the the work was all their own."
Albany, New York, USA
"To remember notes we can rewrite them and then rememeber them."
Colombo, Sri Lanka