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Study Skills - Tips for Success

Students should be sure to utilize the following strategies:

  • Check your Schoology calendar or use an agenda to keep track of your assignments.
  • Come to class prepared with all necessary materials.
  • Ask teachers for assistance when you do not understand what is being taught in class. You can do this by:
    • Raising your hand and asking a question during class time.
    • At the beginning or end of the class period when teacher is free.
    • Arranging to stay after school with your teacher to get extra help.
  • Complete homework and turn it in on time to avoid losing points due to lateness.
  • Review class notes on a daily basis to familiarize yourself with the material and edit anything you may have written in a hurry.
  • Set a study time each evening to complete homework.
  • Plan ahead for long-term projects and studying for tests/quizzes. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE NIGHT BEFORE TO BEGIN STUDYING!
  • Ask your parents/guardians for help at home with homework and studying.
  • Have a study buddy in each class who you can call if you have questions about an assignment after you have left school.
  • Make sure to find out what assignments and class instruction you missed when you are absent. Remember to go around to your teachers in homeroom the morning you return to school to ask what you missed.
  • Keep yourself organized with a folder for each subject. Remember to file papers in the correct folder before leaving each class.
  • Clean out your binder on a weekly basis so it is easy to find what you are looking for quickly.

What Parents Can Do To Help

  • Check your child’s grades in Schoology on a regular basis. This will allow you to know your child’s current grades and if any assignments are missing.
  • Check your student’s homework on a daily basis.
  • Provide your child with a quiet, consistent study place where all study materials are present. This eliminates avoidance tactics of getting up to get a pencil, more paper, etc.
  • Review class notes, study guides, and review exercises before tests.
  • Help students to use a long-range planner or calendar to ensure that your child begins working on projects and studying well before due dates and tests.
  • Contact your child’s teachers to ask questions regarding specific classes.
  • Encourage your child to read on a regular basis. Turn off the television and read together. Ask your child questions about what he or she has read.

If you have tried these suggestions and your child continues to have difficulty with homework/grades, you may want to contact your child’s school counselor.