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Study Guides Will Improve a Student's Grades

An all too common questions is: "When will I ever use this?" Information and technology is changing rapidly. In fact, there is a saying among researchers: “If it works, it’s obsolete.” It is hard for many to keep abreast with progress. What students are learning in school today may be obsolete by the time they graduate from college.

It is also highly likely that students will change careers many times. So what is important for students to learn in school beyond content? What will they use? What should they study? What is timeless?

Regardless of content, a student should become an active learner. Active learners will develop their skills at processing and communicating information. An active learner will focus on the following:

How to learn, study, and remember information and skills
How to acquire new information and link it to old
How to process information and synthesize ideas
How to communicate information efficiently and effectively
This article focuses on a few study skill suggestions. It is crucial to be able to learn new information in a fast paced world. It is so important for a learner to “get it, get it right, and strengthen it.” There are many study skills one can incorporate into practice. Students should actively search for the study skills that work for them. Study skills that work will last a life-time – and also, will help to build a student's self-efficacy and self-esteem. A list of study guide suggestions follow:

How to Actively Learn

Learning new words is learning new ideas: High school students can take control of their learning by always looking up new words and finding out what they mean. They should keep a dictionary and a thesaurus close at hand.

Make clear lists: Students should make a list of everything that they need to get done. They should check off assignments once completed. They should include clear due dates.

Make a commitment: Active learners will resolve to keep up-to-date from the start. They will avoid procrastinating. They will complete most of their work as early as possible.

Independent work is best: Students will do all assignments independently – they will never copy! Students who copy are passive learners. Passive learners do not give their mind a chance to think on its own.

Organization is key: Students should keep an excellent folder and notebook. All problems should be clearly stated and solutions given. All test and quizzes should be corrected and used as study guides for exams and finals.

All actions without solutions are dead: Active learners will always show their work (the solution) needed to solve a problem (the action). Active learners will never turn in a list of answers without giving an explanation or a solution.

Advanced Reading: Students should do any required reading for the topic before class. They should write an outline of the section or chapter. They should actively take notes as they read to help them remember.

How to Preview and Review Material

Always summarize: Students should make a summary of all required reading. They should take notes while studying and focus on main ideas.

Check for Understanding: Active learners are never satisfied with memorization without understanding. For instance, after memorizing a formula, they will study how to apply it and when to use it.

Self-Test: Students should practice answering self-created questions. They should also rework problems they covered earlier.

Take Short Breaks: Students should study for a half-hour, and then take a five minute break. They should think only about the assignment. Also, they should switch subjects after two half-hour sessions of studying.

Prioritizing: Students should work on their hardest assignments first. They should do as much studying as soon as possible.

Class Notes: Students should review each day’s class notes at the end of the day. They should make a quick review of the weeks study.

How to Study for Tests?

Timing is Crucial: Active learners will start studying at least three days before a test. Consequently, their studying should be light the night before the test.

Review: Students should review before the teacher reviews in class. It is good practice for a student to make a quick review of their class notes each day – jotting down any ideas that are still fresh in their mind.

Rework: Students should rework problems done in class and in the text. They should seek to master such problems in order to help them prepare for new problems.

Sleep: Students should get a good night’s sleep the night before the test. They should eat right and stay in shape.

Teach It To Know It: An active student will practice teaching the new information to someone, such as a study partner. It is good practice to teach newly acquired information back to someone – helps a beginner recall the information later.

How to Take a Test?

Materials: Active learners will get to class on time. They will be ready with all needed materials – such as, bringing two pens, two sharpen pencils, and a calculator with them.

Details: Student should read the instructions carefully – asking questions to clarify what is being asked for. They should pay very close attention to details.

First Answers: Students should answer the questions they know best first. They should never change and answer unless they know for certain their first choice was wrong.

Learning how to study can be an effective learning tool. An active learner will focus on “getting it, getting it right, and strengthening it.” Each of these three steps involves learning specific study skills. A few new study skills applied to one's learning may be all that is needed to improve one’s grades. The above suggestions serve as a springboard for those high school students wanting to improve their gra ...

News Release: Study Guides Will Improve a Student's Grades
Submitted on: March 13, 2018 03:37:27 PM
Submitted by: Lena Graham
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