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Ten Study Skills Tips for All Students
Posted by: Gayle Stiller Published: 8/4/17

In school, a child takes English, History, Math, Science, and other classes. But a key area of academic development is not taught in a specific class, and without it, a student will struggle to excel in school. That skill is studying! The following tips are recommended for all students regardless of their grade level:

  1. Time management is tricky. Having a planner to record all major deadlines, due dates, events and extracurricular activities in one place helps students visualize their week so they can manage their time and stay on task.
  2. Break down daunting projects. For example, to make studying for a Math test more manageable, write down all of the key concepts and review them one at a time.
  3. Organization isn't overated. Keeping notes, projects, and reading material in logical order helps kids find what they need right away. This allows more time for actual studying.
  4. Good notes matter! Practice at home by having the student pick out main ideas from a conversation with parents about news reports or magazine articles.
  5. Study slow and steady. Review information daily. Studying in small groups with friends can encourage this.
  6. Harp on homework. Getting homework done thoughtfully and on time is a fundamental study skill.
  7. Concentration is critical. Avoid distractions - cell phones away, televisions off, etc.
  8. Directions are not always direct. Parents can encourage kids to listen carefully and spend extra time reading directions. Students need to know it is OK to speak up if they don't understand directions.
  9. Help is available. If prepping for tests is a tough ordeal and a child is losing confidence, a lack of study skills could be to blame. There are places to go for help. Students need to take advantage of these resources.
  10. It's fine to have fun. Parents can come up with "rewards" with their kids - extra time with a parent, a favorite treat, later curfew - to let them know their efforts are recognized. Support and encourage them and keep a sense of humor!

~ Courtesy North American Precis Syndicate Inc.