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Study Skills for High School Freshmen
Transcript of Study Skills for High School Freshmen
Grade 9 counselor
Homework and studying
don’t happen magically
These are new.
You haven’t done them before.
e.g. A class grade of a B with an excellent mid-term (A), can boost your grade to an A.
The first step is to decide!
“I will study until I feel confident.”
Often the hardest part.
Don’t put it off.
Plan your studying time.
Don’t wait until you’re “in the mood”.
If getting started is hard, begin with something simple or a subject that you like.
Have a surface for writing that’s well lit, quiet, and comfortable.
Have the supplies you need.
“I like to listen to music while I’m doing busywork-type homework, but not when I’m studying.”
“The library is a really good place for me to study. It’s quiet, and I don’t have any of the distractions that I have at home.”
Find a good place to study:
take notes, use flash cards and diagrams, form pictures in your mind, use color (highlighters) in your notes
listen to presentations, discussions, films and music, read aloud, have discussions, listen to tapes, review information out loud.
move around while you study, use objects whenever possible, role play ideas and concepts.
If technology motivates you, use computer to re-do notes, look up topics on the Internet (but don’t get distracted!)
Midterms count for 10% of your ENTIRE grade for each class. (Finals are also 10%.)
e.g. If you have a B for the class at the half year, but then you bomb the mid-term, your grade can go down to a C.
Know your learning style
Before you start to study, make a plan. Write down in your agenda or on a calendar at home, what you want to get done each day leading up to your test.
Organize your study time
To remember The Great Lakes
(Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior)
arrange the first letters into
When you first get the test, write the letters down in the margin so you’ll have them.
Write down what you want to memorize and stare at it. Close your eyes and try to see it in your mind. Say it, and then look at it again. Do this until you know it.
Look for easy or logical connections. E.g. to remember that Homer wrote the
, think, Homer is an
Group and categorize information to make it easier to remember.
Write down any names, dates, formulas and facts on index cards.
Go over them as often as you can (minimum of 6 times).
Carry them around with you and go over them when you’re waiting to
be picked up or at the dentist’s office.
Divide into “know” and “don’t know” piles. Go over the “don’t know” cards
until you know them.
“If you have a lot to memorize, spread it out over a period of time
and just keep going over and over it.”
Know what to study
Know how to study for tests
Look over your tests from the semester. Many mid-term questions may come from these. (This is a reason to keep them together in your
Review often. When you review, you move the info from your short-term memory into your long-term memory.
Study review sheets
and study guides until you KNOW everything on them.
Spend time on the things
Test yourself. You really know something
if you can explain it in your own words.
Passive vs. Active Studying
Just reading over your notes.
Just thinking about it.
Thinking that if it looks familiar, that you know it.
If you don't really understand, saying to yourself, "oh well".
When you start studying on a topic, quickly tell yourself what you already know about it. Then ask yourself, "what am I trying to learn about this?"
Write out the answers to study guide questions
Copy over your notes and clarify things that don’t make sense
Take advantage of review sessions and after-school help!
Be a Good test taker
Get off to a good start.
Have the materials
you need (pencil, calculator).
Write down any formulas, facts, etc. on
the top so you don’t forget.
Put your name on the test and read the
Be a Good test taker
Before starting, look over whole test.
Develop a plan
Decide to study
for your mid-terms.
Make a study plan.
Put in the time.
Ask for help BEFOREHAND
if you need it.
Prioritize your work. Make sure you have enough time for
the most important things
. If something is overwhelming, break it down.
“If you’re not sure of an answer,
always go with your first instinct.”
Mark the questions you want to return to
You can do it!
Coming soon!: Mid-term exams!
January 28 - 31
They include material that you have learned since the beginning of the year.
You will need to study for them in order to do well.
“No one can ace a test without truly studying and understanding the material."
1 1/2 hour tests
2 tests per day
If you think, "I don't do well on tests," try instead,
"I need to re-think how I learn and study best."
do you know Roy G. Biv?
The colors of visible light in the spectrum in order:
Or, to remember the order of the planets, think
My Very Excellent Mother Juggled Seven Ugly Neckties.
Know what the test is going to cover so you’ll know what to study.
For essay tests, understand the BIG picture, main points and key facts (e.g. how resistance affects current).
For multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank tests, you need more specific information (definitions, basic concepts).
(includes phone app feature)
Use online tools!