Study Tips

Middle School Blues?  Follow these easy Study Tips!

Whether it is Back-to-School time, or any time of the school year, studying equals academic success.  However, some students do not know how to study.  The lessons taught in middle school are building blocks for high school and college. Starting good study habits now will help you later in life. It does take more effort to study and to become organized; however, academic success will make you feel good about yourself and your parents smile.  Follow these easy tips to improve your study habits. (

Select a consistent place to study

Some people need total quiet while others can study well with music in the background.  The key is to find a comfortable place and study there regularly, such as the kitchen table, a desk, a favourite chair, bed, etc. 

Don't wait until the last minute

Study a little bit every night instead of trying to cram the night before a test.  A good night's sleep before a test always helps.

Use your school planner!

On Monday, write down all of the weeks assignments.  Most teachers have them posted in the classroom or on the website.

Have a dedicated space for each class

For every class, dedicate a binder, folder or notebook.  There should be a place for class notes, handouts and homework assignments.  

Stay organized throughout the year

Don't use the "SHOVE METHOD" with coursework.  Place all work in the proper section of your binder for that course.  Take the time to put everything in it's place.

Make study cards

On the front of an index card (buy them at the Dollar Store), write a word or idea from your course work.  On the back, write the definition or important information.  Have a friend or parent ask you about the word and provide the definition/information.

Make your own study guide

One great way to study is to make a list of the important information from a chapter and write it in your own words. Copy down any words that are written in bold or in italics. Look at chapter headings, section headings and review sections at the end of a chapter for other important information to add to your study guide. Merge this information with class notes.

Talk about assignments with friends

Discussing assignments with friends is another great way to study. This is very helpful when studying for novel tests. Friendly discussions about books help deepen understanding.

If you are struggling, ask for help

Start by talking to the teacher. We also have free tutoring every Thursday from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in Room 103.  

Make academics a focus in your life

Studying takes time and effort. Get organized, ask for help and put forth effort aimed at improving your study habits now.

Studying = Academic Success! ~ Kellie Hayden


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