Organization & Study Skill Tips for Middle School and HS Students
1. Calm Attitude- Be calm & patient. Don’t beat yourself up!
2. A place to study/appropriate environment- Large desk or table surface. Room for all of your books, computer/tablet, pens, notes. Good lighting and a sturdy chair. Bring snacks to you, don’t leave to get them.
3. System for keeping track of important notes- tabbed binder, folders, clean locker and book bag.
4. Planner or Calendar to track assignments, tests and long term projects
5. Estimate how long each project/assignment will take- Develop a realistic schedule with built in study breaks, around the sports, etc.
6. Break up big projects into smaller ones- Break up research projects and papers into more manageable chunks.
7. Communicate with your teachers- Know what assignments are due, upcoming and missing.
8. Take good notes and pay attention in class- Write down the main ideas; abbreviate; draw pictures, diagrams ad flowcharts for visual concepts.
9. Develop memorization techniques- Lists, flashcards, acronyms
10. Focus on the areas that need the most attention-Assess strength and weaknesses. Focus on the areas that need help. If you have an “A” in science and a “C” in math, study the math.
11. Work with others- Study groups, partners, etc. Someone who knows the material well that you can practice with and review questions with.
12. Develop essay writing skills through practice- Organize your thoughts in an essay and have it reviewed. Essays are developed through practice and criticism.