1. Find a good place to study. This place should be comfortable and well lit. It is your responsibility to decide if you need a quiet location or if some background noise works for you. Choose a regular time and location to study each day. As a high school student, you should be studying at least 1 ½ hours each night.
2. Be organized. Develop a system for recording assignments.
3. Take notes in every class.
4. Everything the teacher says more than once and everything the teacher writes on the board is important.
5. Don’t delay. Get started on daily assignments right away. No excuses! Having no written homework in a subject does not mean there is no homework. You still need to review your notes and re-read your text to prepare for future tests and quizzes. Review is the key to learning anything! Review your notes daily, re-read your text several times, know the answers to all of the review questions in your text.
6. Schedule time daily to work on projects. Start by breaking the project into manageable pieces. Use a calendar to map out exactly when you will work on it. Set a goal to have the project finished at least 3 days before it is due.
7. Be in school, on time, every day.
8. Go to class prepared. That means get a good night’s sleep, do your homework everyday, get some exercise, eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water to keep your brain hydrated.
9. Realize that your attitude has a major impact on whether or not you are successful.
10. Don’t hesitate to ask your teacher or guidance counselor for help.
Some suggested web sites to help students become more successful in the classroom:
Study Strategies Site from the University of Minnesota that contains a study skill survey, learning styles, and study techniques
Study Skills Here is a good site for improving study skills, courtesy of Virginia Tech.