During our session with Freshman, Mr. VanMeter shared his top ten effective study skills and elaborated on each. For those of you that would like a recap or missed the session, we have included all 10 steps below.
1. WHAT WORKS FOR YOU?: Find a system/setting that works for you. What one person finds helpful may not always work for all. Use a variety of methods to help remind yourself of important dates and manage your time. (Planner/Calendar, Phone, I pad, Google calendar, etc.)
2. FIND a ROUTINE: Establish a routine that you follow to study each day in an environment with minimal distractions to be productive. Put away the phone. Make “to-do” lists daily and update accordingly after sessions. Check your definition note cards or study sheets throughout the day when you have time. (Waiting in line, lunch, riding in the car etc.)
3. DO HOMEWORK: Do the assigned homework. The teacher has chosen the material to study for a reason. Chances are that you will need this information for future assignments and/or tests and quizzes.
4. PRACTICE DIFFERENT STYLES OF NOTES: Practice different ways of taking notes depending on the subject matter. Studies show that sketches and diagrams are helpful reminders. There are many online programs/apps available to students to help them take better notes. Check with Ms. Johnson in the tech dept. for more.
5. CAN YOU RECORD A LECTURE?: Ask your teacher if you can audio record a lecture or lesson to listen to again later. Make sure to get permission as some may be concerned about privacy rights. If not, many classes have links to videos available on youtube.com that are integrated with their curriculum, as well.
6. GO TO TUTORING: Go to tutoring offered in the library after school. Sometimes having another teacher explain the subject matter from a different perspective or style can be helpful. Check for time availability.
7. GET ENOUGH SLEEP: Make sure that you are getting enough sleep. Physicians agree that young people should sleep at least 9.25 hours a night in order for their brains to be at optimum performance levels.
8. DON’T PROCRASTINATE: You should begin more challenging and time consuming projects/papers as soon as possible. Waiting until the last moment to begin not only negatively affects the quality of your work/grade but contributes to stress and anxiety.
9. TAKE BREAKS: Take breaks and reward yourself when you have completed what you have set out to do in that time frame. You will remember more if you study in concentrated time slots where you give your brain time to encode and review what you have just learned. Have fun when work’s done.
10. ASK FOR HELP: If you find yourself having trouble keeping up with your school work, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your teacher, counselor or myself. There are other ways and methods that we may be able to offer you, if you request our assistance. Also, don’t hesitate to make us aware of anything that could be contributing to your having difficulty at school that you feel we should know about. It is our job to help!
Kristi, Katie, and Elizabeth with the much appreciated words of wisdom from Lisa!