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Developing strong study skills is important for students at all levels, whether just starting in first grade or returning to college after years of being away from school. For the elementary or middle school student: 1. Learn to read the directions. You’d be amazed at how many students – at all levels – neglect to read directions on assignments or tests. Learning from an early age to pay close attention to the teacher’s instructions is a key to future success. If anything is ever unclear, make sure you ask for clarification. It’s always better to ask for help understanding the assignment than to learn later that you misunderstood and did the entire thing wrong! 2. When you or your student start taking tests that involve a lot of memorization and begin to involve writing paragraph answers or essays, have someone quiz them on the material over the two or three days before the exam. When I was in elementary and middle school, my father – who loves history and science... read more

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