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Learn These Study Skills and You Can Expect Straight A's

By Scott Palat

By following these twelve tips, you will be guaranteed to get straight AAAAA's. Read each tip carefully.

1.Find a quiet area in your house in which you are

comfortable and can isolate yourself from distractions. Be

sure that this space includes a chair, table or desk, and

sufficient lighting. Ask others not to disturb you while you

are in this special location and turn off all phones, beepers,

televisions, videos, music, or anything else that your mind

will wander to instead of focusing on the schoolwork.

2.Find the best time to study. Some students tend to do

their best work as soon as they get home from school

while they are still in the school mode. Others need a

break and don't settle down to study until after practice,

playtime, a nap, dinner and/or family time. Just be sure to

allow yourself enough time to get everything done and still

get enough sleep each night.

3.Organize your day, week, month, etc. Set aside a specific

time each day to do your homework and study. Decide on

a reasonable minimum amount of time that you will spend

in this quiet place each day. For instance, lets say you

decide on 45 minutes as a reasonable amount of time to

dedicate to schoolwork each day. This means that even if

homework is completed in the first 35 minutes that you will

still stay in this area and study or review notes for the

next 10 minutes until the 45 is up.

4.Reward yourself for sticking to your schedule and being

productive. Decide on an activity to do once your study

time is completed. Plan on watching a television show later

in the evening. Tell yourself that you will play five minutes

of a video game for every fifteen minutes that you study.

Create goals and their rewards before you start studying

and work hard to reach them each and every day.

5.Variety is important. Vary the topics that you are spending

time studying. Get the mandatory homework out of the

way first and then go back and spend the additional time

reviewing material from different courses each day. If you

spent extra time reviewing history yesterday, spend the

additional time on science tonight. Some subject areas

may require more time than others. You should get a feel

for this a month or so into the school year.

6.Study the difficult subjects first and get them out of the

way. You will be able to absorb material quicker and make

more connections when you are mentally fresh.

7.Take regular study breaks. This can also serve as a mini-

reward. For instance, tell yourself that you are going to get

a drink or snack or listen to a specific song after you finish

re-copying your notes for science. Make the breaks short,

3-6 minutes or so, so you won't get side-tracked or lose

focus for the day.

8.Don't just re-read notes or the text. Ask questions. Create

flash-cards. Redo assignments. Create time-lines. Play

games. Re-write your notes. Get someone to quiz you.

Find websites online that review the same material. Make

up questions that you think will be on the test. Create new

outlines of the material by writing some specific topics and

filling in the details from memory. Studying should be an

active process, not just time spent re-reading something.

9.When you need to remember a group of terms use the first

letter of each to create a word (acronym) or a sentence

(acrostic). For instance, an easy way to remember the five

Great Lakes is the word "HOMES". By just remembering

the word "homes you can easily remember the names of

the five Great Lakes.H stands for Huron, O for Ontario, M

for Michigan, and so on. You can also create silly

sentences to help you remember long lists of terms. For

instance, remembering the sentence "Martha Visits Every

Monday, Just Stays Until Noon, Period", will help you

remember the planets in the order they are found. M for

Mercury, V for visits, E for Earth, etc.

10.Become a teacher. Find someone who is willing to listen to

you ", a classmate (this would be a great review for them),

Mom or Dad, a sibling, the family dog - and explain your

notes to them. Have them (except the dog) ask questions

about the material that they themselves don't understand.

It's amazing how much you can retain when you have to

actually teach material to someone.

11.Repetition, repetition, repetition. The material should

become second nature to you by the time test day arrives.

If it is not, then you need to devote more time to preparing

for the test.

12.Exercise often and before you sit down to study. Research

shows that students retain more after being physically

active. Go to soccer practice, take a jog, rough-house

with your dog, break a sweat first, then settle down and

focus on your school work.

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About The Author
Scott Palat graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Health and Physical Education degree. In 2002, Scott started because he saw a need to help struggling students complete their homework assignments and understand their schoolwork. Since this time, E Homework Help inc. and have helped hundreds of students get better grades.

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