Study Tip Archive - June 2009
"As a Language and Public Speaking Coach, I have found that unless a student focuses on his or her purpose for studying, little is achieved.
Ask yourself: "What is my purpose?"
Firmly place in your mind the following: "I must understand this particular topic better."
Such conscious affirmation minimizes distraction and increases the motivation to study. (56 words)"
English & Public Speaking Coach
La Florissante, Trinidad and Tobago
"I find that using cue cards and writing all my notes on them really helps me learn the information."
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
"I take careful notes in my classes. This makes me stay alert so I don't miss anything important - especially things that might be on the test. When a teacher seems excited about something it's almost always on the test. I write that down for sure. "
Student, High School
Ponce, Puerto Rico
"If you want to be a perfect and brilliant student, study smart. Do not force yourself to learn something or study something. Just relax for a while, wash your face, and than listen to your favorite music while studying."
Dheric Britian Steert
Student, 6th year
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
"After reading a textbook chapter,videotape or audiotape yourself giving a lecture on the chapter. Whenever you have free time, watch or listen to it [like before going to sleep or while having breakfast). Watching yourself or listening to your own voice on tape helps your memory and boosts your confidence."
"When I work on math problems, I write each step as I do it. This makes me think carefully about what I am doing. If the answer doesn't seem right I can can back through the steps I wrote to see where I went off."
Student, 8th grade
Richmond, Virginia, USA
"I use white index cards with different color stripes at the top to study my science vocabulary words. This is how I do it. When I come across a word I don't know, I use a card with a red stripe (stop - I have to learn this word). I write the word on the front and its meaning on the back. I keep reviewing them. When I think I know a word, I rewrite it and its meaning on a card with a yellow stripe (caution - I still need to work on this word). When I am sure I know a word I use a card with a green stripe (go on to other words, but I still have it so I can review it once in a while)."
Student, High School
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
"Study at the same time each day. It is best to study in groups. When I study I keep my feet off the ground. Otherwise I get sleepy. Get at least 6 hours of sleep daily and especially sleep well the night before an exam.
Kuber Singh Rao
"I came up with a neat way to help me when I'm learning about countries in the world. I find their flag on the Internet and read about how the flag came about. I just read about the flag of Peru and learned how the colors came from the Incas. They ruled Peru before Spain did. The flags are also neat to look at."
Student, 7th Grade
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
"I have to spend a lot of time to remember my notes when I read them. I have a technique. I draw a picture about the subject matter of my notes. This helps me to remember my notes perfectly. All the best."
Student, 10th grade
"I expect to go to university after next year. In my senior year I'm taking advanced placement classes and the hardest elective I can find. I want to be challenged so I can smooth right into university demands. Don't take the easy way while in high school - you'll just pay for it later."
Student, High School senior to be
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
"Writing something 2 times is equal to reading it 10 times. So students of today, please be sure to write to come up in your life.
Student, High School
Bangaloru, Yukon Territory, India
" To make studying more interesting, I sit in front of the computer and surf the Internet on the topic or check on the topic in encyclopedias like Britannica & Encarta. It makes the topic feel more interesting & fascinating. "
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
"To be honest I get bored when I study. That's why I study with my best friend. She's in most of my same classes. We have fun when we study and try to turn things into learning games. We keep each other going. The time goes fast and I learn a lot. Oh yeah - she's very smart."
Student, Grade 7
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
"The vocabulary in my science courses is pretty technical. Here's something I came up with. When I have to learn a new word or term, I Google it. I read articles that come up that include the word. This gives me practice with the word and I get to understand it better and the ways it's used. And here's the best part - it's fun. I learn some incredible things."
Student, High School junior
San Rafael, California, USA