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7 study tips for high school students

- Metro Creative

Assessment­s such as quizzes and exams help educators recognize areas where students are excelling and where they might need a little extra help.

In addition to tests in the classroom, high schoolers generally take standardiz­ed testing for state or provincial assessment purposes,.

Testing may come easier to some students than others, but having solid study techniques can improve students’ performanc­e on a wide range of exams.

In fact, research by Stanford scholars, whose data was published in Psychologi­cal Science, found that applying a strategic approach to studying helped college students improve their exam scores by an average of one-third of a letter grade.

The testing preparatio­n resource PrepSchola­r says it is important to build and maintain strong study habits to help students avoid undue stress and lastminute cramming.

The following are seven techniques that may help foster good study skills.

1. Find value in the lessons

Many students lament that what they learn in school just isn’t relevant in daily life. That can make the subject matter feel less important and uninterest­ing.

Finding value in what one is learning and seeing how it can be applied outside of the classroom may make a student more inclined to learn and retain informatio­n.

2. Avoid distractio­ns

Study time is time to take a break from social media, video games and any other distractio­ns that can pull a student away from studying.

Constantly checking notificati­ons can interrupt thoughts and make it hard to learn the material.

3. Establish a study schedule

Develop a system and a schedule for studying.

Students should establish a fixed habit of studying each day or week, whatever is best for him or her. Over time, studying will become routine.

4. Establish dedicated study spots

Students should locate places that work best for them as study and homework stations.

Certain individual­s may need the quiet of a library or a bookstore. Others may do best with the hum of conversati­on around them or in a group.

There’s no right or wrong study spot. Maintainin­g consistenc­y will help the mind associate a place with studying.

5. Use grades as benchmarks and motivators

Blaming a teacher for a poor grade won’t get a student anywhere.

Rather, grades should indicate how well one is learning the material, and in turn, the effectiven­ess of students’ studying habits.

Students can tweak their habits if they find their grades are not where they want them to be.

6. Rephrase material

Textbook language can be dry and unappealin­g.

Students can try putting the material into their own words or rephrase passages to make them easier to remember and recall.

Similarly, teaching or sharing the material with another person also may improve retention.

7. Make a formula sheet

Depending on the subject, having a sheet with shortcuts, formulas or diagrams can put the material into smaller bursts of informatio­n that are easier to digest.

Along this same vein, writing informatio­n down can help improve recall.

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