Study Tip Archive - December 2008
"I use yellow sticky notes when I read my books. Whenever I have a question I write it on a note and stick it on the page. Sometimes I have 2 or 3 notes on a page. I ask my teacher to help me with my questions."
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
"It's so so easy to forget all about school during a long break. Try to do a little review when you have a few minutes. You don't want to forget everything and have to start all over."
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
"I use part of my winter break to get ready for the next semester. I organize all my papers and notes from the last semester. I make sure I have whatever supplies I need for the next semester. Once that's done, the rest of my break is fun, fun, fun."
Student, 11th Grade
Yuma, Arizona, USA
"Keep your study place pleasing. When your mind is not mentally prepared to study, leave your study for a better time. If you parents don't have the ability to help you in your studies, you might have to use a tutor."
Student, Plus One Grade
"I use a four color pen, the kind that has blue, green, red and black. When taking notes, each color represents something. Formulas are in green, vocabulary is blue, things to look up online in red and regular notes in black. It helps me figure out what I need to do at-a-glance!"
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
"Even though my oldest daughter is now in high school I take time every day to talk with her about what she is doing in school. I don't pressure her, but I make it clear that doing well in school is her major responsibility at this time. I also let her know that I support her and am there to help when needed. So far so good."
Houston, TX, USA
"Keep an assignment book to keep track of your assignments, homework, and any notes that you need to study. If you keep these things together, you will be very organized."
Student, 6th Grade
Vernon, Connecticut, USA
"Don't take all hard courses the same semester. Try to balance. Take some hard courses and some that are easier. Also, try not to take all classes that have a lot of reading."
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
"Before you are studying, get rid of all distractions, and get together all the things that you'll need to study (notes, textbook, flashcards, etc.). Be sure to concentrate on what you're studying, and to use things such as acronyms or rhymes to memorize things. You may want to study with a buddy, but make sure that you actually study. Don't cram, and be sure to get a good night's rest and eat a healthy, protein-filled breakfast the day of the test."
"Write neatly on an essay test. Teachers are human and they can get annoyed when they have to work too hard to read what you write. This can cost you points."
Student, 7th Grade
Odessa, Texas, USA
"Don't let preparing for the SAT get in the way of doing your schoolwork. Keep working hard on getting good grades. They count even more than SAT scores when you apply to colleges."
Student, High School Junior
Orlando, Florida, USA
"After I take my notes in a class, I use a red highlighter to mark what I think is the most important information to remember. I read all of my notes very carefully before tests. I use the red-marked information for a last minute review."
Student, 10th Grade
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
"When I read my texts, I look for things that might be questions on a test. I write a question and make sure I know the answer to it. I've become real good at this, and my test scores show it."
San Diego, California, USA