Message From Brad Breasure, Asst. Principal
Ask your child how they study. You will get the when and the where but very little of the actual HOW! Below is How to Study - General Methods Plan. You can also see me present it on YouTube at howtostudy1. It is about 5 minutes. It should lead to a good discussion about how to earn better grades in less time.
How To Study - General Methods
When you are in the classroom:
Write down the teacher's questions. (They will be on the test.)
When you are at home:
Remove all Distractions.
When you read your textbook:
Read the Introduction. (You will know what is important to come.)
Read the Conclusion. (You will know what was important.)
Read the questions at the end of the chapter. (You will already have some of the answers from the introduction and conclusion.)
Skim each page by reading everything printed differently or by reading the first sentence of each paragraph. (You will find more answers to the questions at the end of the chapter.)
Read in small chunks and answer the question "What have I just read?"
You should look at your notes but really study:
Color coded index cards.
As you study the index cards:
Say them aloud and make an Audio test of them.
When you are finished and you think you know it all:
Write everything just to prove you know it.
Take the few index cards you do not know and:
Study them in a different place. (You may remember what you studied by where you studied it.)
Now you know it all. Relax. Look at the difficult index cards and:
Review them before you go to sleep.
If you have a timer, you can:
Play the tape while you sleep.
When you awaken, to refresh your memory:
Play the tape while you are getting dressed.
When you get into the classroom, you can:
Associate a place in the room for the few items you still can't remember.
As soon as you receive a test:
Write on the test paper itself what you are still having trouble remembering.
If it is an essay test:
Write the essay the night before and the answer will flow from the pen during the test.
If it is a computer marked test, you must:
Ask if you should guess because on some test you can get a better mark if you leave blanks.
The information above is courtesy of:
Richard P. Gallagher, CSP has been a professional speaker and author since 1979. He has presented in over 1500 schools from Boston to LA and has been written about in over 100 newspapers (USA Today) and magazines (Better Homes & Gardens). His book How to Study is in its 7th printing. 325 Borbeck Ave. Phila., PA 19111, 215-725-1793. www.studkyskillscentral.com.