Now that mid-term marks are upon us, students may find that they need to improve their study skills or strategies to improve their performance in some classes. Deciding you are going to study, running around and "getting ready" does not count as actual studying. So how do you prepare to study? First, you start well in advance of the unit test or exam you are preparing for.
Begin by going through your notes/binder. Are you missing any notes or handouts? If so, start with getting all that gathered together. Make sure your notebook is in order, and gather your textbook also.
Next, read all your notes, highlight or put a sticky note on concepts you do not understand. Use your textbook to look them up. If you don't understand them, ask your teacher next day in class.
Before writing study notes, look at the material you have to study, what are the most important concepts or ideas that your teacher focused on? Start with these. Writing out study notes is much more useful to the learning process and will help you to retain the information much better than typing notes. Always try to hand write your study notes.
After you have done the study notes, then you study. Don't just read them quietly to yourself. Walk around and read them aloud to yourself. Using more than one mode of learning helps move that learning into your long term memory, which is where you need it to be.
The good news is that in working through the process, you have been learning and reinforcing your learning all along!
Assign more time to subjects you find more difficult.
Study actively - preparing to study does not count!
Complete exam reviews provided by your teachers.
Finish study notes early - so you have time to ask teachers anything you do not understand.
Getting information into your long term memory requires repetition, review notes from 2 classes each night, for short periods (30 minutes each) with a break in between. That means every other day, you will be reviewing your notes.
Here at Ste. Anne's we
are committed to ensuring that all of
our students are well nourished and ready to learn. With the support of the Ontario Student Nutrition Program, we
offer our students a healthy snack in the morning, 3-5 times a week. We are
currently running a blended program which contains one serving from the
vegetables and fruit food group for every student. In addition, at least two
other food groups are available for any student wishing for more food.
Benefits to a Healthy
Provides children with a positive
start to the day
Helps children to learn healthy
eating habits that will last them a lifetime
Provides nutrients and energy so
that students are ready for a full day of learning
Creates the opportunity to try
a variety of nutritious items
Enhances nutritional status of students by replacing the consumption of foods with
low nutritional value with more nutritious choices, such as more vegetables and
students wishing to start their day off right are welcome to help themselves to
a healthy snack each morning in the atrium. Students can also see Mrs. Collins
during the day if they are in need of a nutritious snack.
more information on the Ontario Student Nutrition Program, visit their
When you miss school, you miss class presentations, notes, discussions, assignments, quizzes, and tests. It doesn't matter how good you are about making up your work, you can never make up all of what you miss, even if you're out of school. To get good grades, YOU MUST be in school every day.
Learn how to adapt to different teachers.
Part of your education is to learn how to adapt to different sets of rules, personalities, and teaching styles.
Be prepared for each class.
Have everything you need with you when you go to class (books, paper, pen, pencil). Also have all of your homework done. When you've done your homework you get more out of class, the material being taught makes more sense, and you can participate in discussions.
All credit given to Woodburn Press 2013. "How to Get Good Grades - In Ten Easy Steps"
"With good time management, you have time for the things you have to do, and you still have time for the things you want to do.
USE CLASS TIME AND STUDY HALLS
Always use the time teacher's give you in class to start on your homework, to ask questions, or to get help.
CREATE YOUR OWN STUDY PLAN
Some students study best at night; others study best earlier in the day. Many students also have activities, sports, and jobs that they need to work around.
At the end of each school day, determine how much time you have available, look at how much homework you have, and then develop a plan. To keep yourself organized and "on track," have a study plan in mind before you get home from school each day.
PREPARE FOR SABOTAGE
Identify anything that could interrupt or ruin your study plan, and then figure out how to eliminate or avoid it."
All content taken from:
"How to Get Good Grades in ten easy steps" Woodburn Press Co. 1999