Study Tip Archive - November 2009
"Try to write neatly on an essay test. If your teacher has trouble reading your handwriting, he may not understand what you are trying to say and you'll lose points."
Student, HS sophomore
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
"Don't panic while studying. Calmly study everything without any disturbances. Don't get up from your study place until you finish what you have to do. If you are weak in a subject, write the information until you learn it."
"Self-confidece is a key to doing better on a test. Having a little treat for yourself at the end of a study session can be the key to not procrastinating."
Toms River, New Jersey, USA
"When a teacher talks very fast in class, I leave blank spaces in my notes when I can't get something down fast enough. I don't want to stop because then I'll miss what's next. Then after class I check with other students to fill in the blanks."
Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
"If you know a test is coming soon, say in about a week, try to study about 10-20 minutes each day. When the time of the test comes, you'll have studied at least an hour! It's better to spread out your studying over a long period of time, instead of cramming it in on one night. It helps the information soak in."
"Commit to studying those subjects which you think are difficult for you. Always take notes during class discussions."
"Try to get the hardest stuff done first. Then everything else will seem like a breeze when you're working."
Dallas, Texas, USA
"Have a clear mind, peace, and quiet. Keep the goal you're trying to reach in mind. That's the reason for you studying."
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
"Start by reading the summary of a chapter to get the gist. Then read the objectives of the chapter.
Learn key terminology. Then form questions you expect to have to answer. Read the chapter contents and try to recall them once you finish.
Jot down only the points that are very important to recall. Record these if possible and listen when you have free time. Keep short notes with you to review at idle times like when waiting at a doctor's office or standing in a queue to best utilize your valuable time. Practice writing the answers to the questions you formed.
UAE, United Arab Emirates
"Use context clues to understand what you read."
Parent, Grade 5
"By preparing flash/index cards and by also rereading them as much as you can, you will remember what you learned."
Student, 2nd form
Kingstown, Saint Vincent & Grenadines
"I have a copy of the World Almanac. Sometimes when I have a few free minutes I just turn to a page. If the info is not interesting I turn to another page. I love facts and sometimes they are very useful for school. Anyhow it's fun."
Student, 8th grade
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
"I make a a song about the information I have to learn and then I sing it."
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
"I plan my study time and study topics before I start. First, I read the chapter to learn the main objectives of the chapter. I headline the main topics in pencil. Then I come back to the first portion of the chapter and start reading carefully through the chapter."
""Don't panic when others try to boast about how well they are prepared for the examination.""
Student, First year
"I have found that the way to greatly improve my study skills and comprehend my school work better is to take time to set up a study area. Find a comfortable room to study that is quiet and has plenty of light (preferably not a bedroom or a soft couch). I have a laptop and I like to set up shop at my kitchen table, but a desk works just as well. Before I start I avoid distraction by completely clearing the table of place mats, centerpieces, and whatever else is in the area that doesn't pertain to the study session. After the table is cleared off, I think of it as a blank canvas for a study area. I then gather materials that I will be using for that study session; my laptop, a notebook, a few pens and pencils, and textbooks. I arrange all of these materials according to what will be most functional. (e.g. I am left handed, so I put my notebook and writing materials to the left of my laptop and I put my text books to the right of my laptop). I then proceed to make sure I am comfortable, but not too comfortable by getting into some sweatpants, and putting a pillow or cushion on my seat. The last and most important touch to a study area for me is giving the area a little flare and mood by lighting a candle and putting it in the center of the table. Candles, especially scented ones, are proven to improve memory. Also,staring at the flame gives a calming effect. I also make sure there's a bottle of water and some hard candy in a dish next to me as well. The hard candy helps me when I am stumped or am losing concentration, and just like any workout, whether it be brain or body, water is the key to rehydration, which helps to improve concentration. By taking the ten minutes to set up my work area it gives me motivation, inspiration, and preparation. These are the three keys to effective studying. "
Student, College Freshman
Royalston, Massachusetts, USA
"Always be cool and relaxed. Ask your teachers about your doubts then and there. Don't keep problems in your mind. If you have any problems express them to your parents and teachers. Try to understand meanings and concepts as you study. If you are weak in any subject, spend one hour daily on that subject. If you come across any new word, immediately use a dictionary to find out the meaning."
Student, 11th standard
"I believe that the environment sets a study mood if it's a good one. I change things in my study place every once in a while to keep it looking fresh. My mind is fresh when I'm in a relaxing environment. I get tired of the same old things. So just think about what having a different mood each day will be like."
Washington, North Carolina, USA
"Exams can stress one out to a great extent, especially if you forget important points while answering an exam. To remember answers well it is important to summarize the answers in points. Write down the points for each answer on a piece of paper & put them up where you can see them daily, say on a bulletin board or stick them up on a wall. Just go through the points daily. If you do it this way, you will remember the answers at the exam."