Whitesboro Central School District

Whitesboro High School

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