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Spring Semester Study Tips For High School Students

Jan 23, 2019 05:10PM

By Megan Eichner

Regardless of the outcomes of the previous semester, it is never too late to pick up some new study habits to make the next semester more successful. Here are some tips for high school students to take charge of their learning experience.

Organization

·   Develop a system that works well for you and stick with it. Everyone has a different style, but organization is important for anyone’s success.

·   Use a planner or calendar to keep track of assignment due dates and test dates. If you know when events are coming, you can give yourself enough time to prepare.

·   Keep notes and papers separated by class to make studying simpler and neater.

·   Color code your notes with highlighters or pens to bring attention to important ideas, words, or formulas. This also helps with memory and studying.

·   Divide your notes into sections with headers and dates to make it easier to find certain information when you look back at them.

·   Have a place for everything in your backpack, and put things where they belong when you are done with them. This will prevent lost assignments, notes, and even pencils.

·   Have a safe place to put your cell phone in your backpack. This allows you to keep it close in case you need it, but you can put it away to focus in class.

Studying and Homework

·   Studying starts at school, not at home, so take notes even if you are confused.

·   Ask lots of questions while you are with your classmates and teacher.

·   If you are stuck without help from others, look for help online from reputable websites.

·   Start working on homework and studying for tests as soon as possible so you can ask for help if you are confused.

·   Use as many study methods as you can: read, write, speak, listen, and practice. One method may work best, but practice them all several times to enhance your memory.

·   Create a good study space that is free from clutter and distractions. This could be a desk or a table, but should not be your bed because your body will think it is time for rest.

·   Keep electronics out of sight and out of reach, especially your cell phone. It is easy to be distracted with a phone, so try to stick to a laptop or desktop computer.

·   Music can be helpful or distracting when studying. For a relaxed and focused mood, play music that has limited lyrics and soft instrumentals. Classical is best. 

·   Create a routine for when and how you study so that you can reinforce consistency. It takes time to build a habit, so you have to hold yourself accountable to follow your plan.

·   Always overestimate the amount of time it will take you to complete an assignment or project. Rushed assignments will not allow you to do your best possible work.

·   Study with friends and classmates. If you are confused they can help you, or you can help them and you will remember and practice what you learned.