Study Skills for High School

Instructor: Laura Gray

Laura has taught at the secondary and tertiary levels for 20+ years and has a Ph.D. in Instructional Design for Online Learning.

This lesson addresses the high school student and focuses on applying several strategies for improving one's study skills. Each method is explained in detail, and the benefits of each are discussed.

You Mean I Have to Study?

Yes, it will happen. From time to time, no matter how well you retain what your teachers have taught you, there will come a time when you have to actually sit down and study for a test. How, you may ask, should you go about this? Well, there are a number of strategies that can help you conceptualize the material you need to learn, whether it is for 'the big test' or if you are just aiming to keep up. If you are curious, read on...

Study Skills Strategies for High School Students

1. The first suggestion I can offer is to learn to take good notes. Believe it or not, this will make your studying much more efficient. As your teacher is speaking, try to identify the key words that he or she is using and write these down along with a short blurb about them. That way, when you go back over the material, you won't have a lot of unnecessary material staring you in the face, and you can quickly read over what you need. Key word identification, whether it is in your own notes or in text that you are reading, can help you eliminate the things you don't need to know so that you can focus on the important information.

2. Make flash cards. Yep, it's true. Remember back in the third grade when you were learning your multiplication tables? Your teacher probably used flash cards to help you memorize your multiplication facts. Flash cards work with a variety of other material, too. They are great for learning definitions, dates, formulas, and lists, so whether you are learning symbols on the periodic table or battles in the Civil War, flash cards can be a big help. Even the act of making flash cards helps the material seep into your brain, and once you have them, you can use them over and over again.

3. Talk it out. Whether you are talking to yourself or to another person, verbally repeating information helps it get into your brain. Try reading your notes aloud, either to a friend or to yourself, and then talk about them again, this time in your own words. If you have a recording device on your cell phone, record yourself 'talking it out' and listen to the recording several times. The repetition is good, and in addition, saying things aloud in your own words has a certain 'stickiness' factor when it comes to retaining information.

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