• What is the best way to study for a test? If you can answer that question for each learner, you just may be a millionaire! Studying is an art that our students must begin to practice, but most importantly, find effective strategies that work for the individual student to utilize their time as effectively as possible. Here are a few suggestions of how to study:

    The Ten Study Habits of Successful Students

    aSuccessful students have good study habits. They apply these habits to all of their classes. Read about each study habit. Work to develop any study habit you do not have.

    Successful students:

    1. Try not to do too much studying at one time.

    If you try to do too much studying at one time, you will tire and your studying will not be very effective. Space the work you have to do over shorter periods of time. Taking short breaks will restore your mental energy. One of the most effective strategies for a sixth grade student is to participate in a study group. Click here to read more about setting up a study group. 
    2. Plan specific times for studying.

    Study time is any time you are doing something related to schoolwork. It can be completing assigned reading, working on a paper or project, or studying for a test. Schedule specific times throughout the week for your study time. Click here for tips to create a study calendar and plan your time effectively.
    3. Try to study at the same times each day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Studying at the same times each day establishes a routine that becomes a regular part of your life, just like sleeping and eating. When a scheduled study time comes up during the day, you will be mentally prepared to begin studying.
    4. Set specific goals for their study times.
    Goals will help you stay focused and monitor your progress. Simply sitting down to study has little value. You must be very clear about what you want to accomplish during your study times.
    5. Start studying when planned.
    You may delay starting your studying because you don't like an assignment or think it is too hard. A delay in studying is called "procrastination." If you procrastinate for any reason, you will find it difficult to get everything done when you need to. You may rush to make up the time you wasted getting started, resulting in careless work and errors. Click here to take a procrastination quiz to see if you are a procrastinator! 
    6. Work on the assignment I find most difficult first.
    Your most difficult assignment will require the most effort. Start with your most difficult assignment since this is when you have the most mental energy.
    7. Review my notes/binders before beginning an assignment.
    Reviewing your notes can help you make sure you are doing an assignment correctly. Also, your notes may include information that will help you complete an assignment. Make sure your binder is organized! (If not, see your teacher for help ASAP!)
    8. Tell my friends not to call me during my study times.
     Two study problems can occur if your friends call you during your study times. First, your work is interrupted. It is not that easy to get back to what you were doing. Second, your friends may talk about things that will distract you from what you need to do. Here's a simple idea - turn off your cell phone during your study times.
    9. Call another student, check with my parents, brothers or sisters, or see a teacher when I have difficulty with an assignment.
    This is a case where "two heads may be better than one."
    10. Review my schoolwork over the weekend.
    Yes, weekends should be fun time! But there is also time to do some review. This will help you be ready to go on Monday morning when another school week begins.
    Interested in reading more about notetaking, setting goals, and study groups? You can find this
    list and more at http://www.how-to-study.com/ Check back for updates and more info!