Freshmen - Learning and Studying Strategies

  • Organization & Time Management               

    • Use class time and study halls to start homework and get extra help 
    • Use your student planner to keep track of assignments and your activities
    • Create a schedule for completing homework, studying for tests and long–term assignments
    • Prioritize your work. Tackle the most important, most difficult or least favorite assignments first.
    • Go over your class notes each night. By doing this, you will make studying for tests and quizzes easier.
    • Have a designated work area
    • Turn off cell phone, TV and any other distractions
    • Have a snack and drink before you start
    • Have all necessary supplies in work area

     Be Successful in Class   

    • Be in school, on time, every day
    • Be prepared for each class; homework done, have needed supplies
    • Learn to adapt to different teachers
    • Participate in class   
    • Have a positive attitude. Treat others with courtesy and respect. Be aware of your body language. 
    • Take responsibility for your grades

    Note Taking and Studying

    • Be an active listener and studier. Be focused and pay attention.
    • Take notes to help pay attention, both in the class and when you are reading/studying independently
    • Recognize important information
    • Go over your notes each day. Highlight important concepts and keywords.
    • When studying, recite and discuss information so that your mind engages and is not wandering

    Use Some Form of the SQ3R


    • Look over material to be read
    • Note titles, headings and subheadings
    • Review questions or teacher made study guides
    • Summarize


    • Turn the title, headings and subtitles into questions. Write question in the margins. 
    • Read questions at the end of chapters
    • Ask yourself what you already know


    • Read one section at a time
    • Answer questions you have made up
    • Answer questions from the chapter or study guide
    • Study graphic aids 


    • Summarize in your own words what you have read
    • Write down in your own words what you have read using the notes you have taken
    • Underline or highlight important points (or make notes on them) 


    • Look over notes at the end of each study session
    • Make a study sheet or a practice test for content covered in that section
    • Make flash cards or other memory aids

    Memory Aids 

    • Use flash cards for vocabulary, facts and lists
    • Acronyms - using the first letter of the words you want to remember to make up a silly sentence like, "My very elegant mother juggled seven ugly neckties." (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune)
    • Chunking - Grouping items for better recall, especially numbers
    • Visualization - creating pictures in your mind or on paper
    • Look for easy logical connections - Homer wrote the Odyssey, "Homer is an odd name.”
    • Group or categorize information, write lists and diagrams