Study Tip Archive - August 2010
"At a designated time each day, set up a "tune out" time so there will be no interruptions. Turn off your land phone, cell phone, TV, computer, and CD/DVD player. A designated location with desk and proper lighting, plus a bottle of water, seems to work best. The study strategy is to read and take notes for 15-30 minutes, then take a break. Put in no more than 2 hours (less if possible) each night to avoid a buildup of stress."
Galveston, Texas, USA
"Study with your friends and work on harder homework and/or studying right when you get home, and work on easier things closer to sleep. Study before any test. Keep a running bring-home list so that you won't forget any binders or books; put them in your backpack if you know that you are going to need them for homework or studying. Make sure that you get help on any studying problems from friends or parents. Work hard."
Milford, Massachusetts, USA
"Before studying, close your eyes and take a deep breath. It will help you to increase your concentration. While you study, don't think about anthing except studying.
"Study with your full concentration and with enthusiasm. Doing this will help you to do well. "
"Keep a special binder for each subject. Once every month go through all of the papers. Put away any you have been tested on. Also, start to study a week before the test."
Student, Grade 7
Milford, Massachusetts, USA
"I've found that most of my college teachers don't review material that's going to be on a test. It's up to me to do that."
Student, College third year
Dallas, Texas, USA
"While studying one should try to stay positive by thinking "I can do this - it's easy." Try to make your study environment an enjoyable place. Remember that everyone learns in their own way. "
"Before I start studying I make sure that the table is clear of everything that can distract me. I also take 10 to 15 minutes browsing through the book to bring back my interest in studying."
high school teacher
Giyani, South Africa
"To study effetively one has to "breathe" the subject. That is to say, for the time when you have your subject at hand, you must totally be engrossed in it. You must involve all your senses into the subject:
-Listening (what has been read and spoken)
-Sharing (with your study partners)
If you follow this you can be a master of the subject at hand and will never forget the concepts.
"When your write a persuasive essay, don't just show why your position is right. You have to also show why other positions are wrong."
Student, High school junior
Peoria, Illinois, USA
"When I study, I write to help me remember information. This also helps me to increase my writing skills and is useful because I can easily look for my mistakes and can improve them.
Student, 10th grade
"Get a few close friends together (no more than 3) and get a small snack and study with each other! This will work great if you do not like to concentrate or study by yourself."
Liverpool, New York, USA
"I used to just sit and make goals but then didn't do anything, so I am going to follow the advice of my parents. A good study tip is: When you play value play, and when you work value work. Do the thing that you are doing with interest."
Student, 8th Grade
Chicago, Illinois, USA
"Start your assignment or revision today and don't wait till tommorow. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Learn from your mistakes and commit to not making them again. Try and try again until you get there.
"In college you have lots of time between classes. Use that time to go to the library to study. Don't just go back to your room and sleep."
Student, College junior
Boulder, Colorado, USA
"If you have a test within a month, start taking notes now. You can outline, summarize, or go over the material with a classmate who really understands it. This all helps to reinforce your learning."
Student, Associate Degree
Palmer, Massachusetts, USA
"For me it's better to study early in the morning, after after a good night's sleep, than to study before going to sleep. I'm refreshed and ready to go."
Student, 1st year
"When I take notes from a textbook chapter, I do it a section at a time. First I read a section to see what is important, and then I read it again and take my notes. This way I don't do a lot of writing about stuff that is not important. Also, it makes it easier when I study my notes for a test."
Student, College - 3rd year
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
"Whatever topics you read about in the textbook, you should write down what you remember without looking back. This will help you remember the information for a long time."