Study skills are skills that students can LEARN! Even kids that get distracted, can do better if they follow these simple study guidelines:
- Plan specific times for studying. Stick to your schedule. Studying before everyone else gets out of school may allow you more time with your friends.
- Be well rested and well fed before you start studying. If you’re exhausted, reading might put you to sleep. If you’re hungry, you’ll be thinking about dinner, not about algebra.
- Conquer procrastination. Cramming is not good for retention. If you’re working on a project or a paper, time between is beneficial. When writing a paper, I recommend writing a draft, putting it down for a few days and then re-reading it with a fresh set of eyes–you’ll see more errors and you’ll end up with a better flowing paper.
- Establish a study zone–make it comfortable–make it yours. This doesn’t have to be the kitchen table or a desk. It can be your bed….complete with headphones….and comfortable pillows.
- Prioritize your work. Do the most difficult tasks first–when you are fresh.
- Set goals for your study time. I use to set goals/rewards for myself–I could call my friend after I read three chapters or after I understood a concept.
- When possible, make studying fun. Studying for me was always a solitary endeavor. I couldn’t really study with friends or listen to music–but lots of kids can. If you can–if you really can–then make studying enjoyable.
- Even if you can’t make studying fun–make it rewarding. Appreciate what you’ve learned. Appreciate the dedication and self control that allowed you to learn a new concept. Be proud of yourself.
Maybe you can think of additional study skills–ones that incorporate fun into the learning process. Because after all, fun learning is forever learning.