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What study skills for high school finals should I implement?

I’m generally an average performer but I want to outdo myself in exams to get admission into a good college. I want to know high school study tips that may be useful. I’ve never committed to a study plan long enough to know what works but I’ve tried different study skills for students with minimal improvement in my performance. Are there effective study skills for high school I can use to prepare for the finals?

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Bethany Evans on January 26, 2018

I have come to learn that study skills is not ‘a one size fits all’ kind of plan. Some tips maybe be effective to certain personalities, lifestyles and/or stage of the education process. Before I can give you good study tips for high school, here are some factors you must consider when making a study plan to best suit you:

Your concentration span.
Know how long you can concentrate on studying before you lose focus and become unproductive.
The volume of work you need to cover.
Check the syllabus, the topics you haven’t yet read and the volume of each topic to know how much you need to cover.
The time available before the exams.
If it is a week or a few days, you must consider how much time you have available to be ready for your finals.

High school study skills:
1. Assess expectations and make goals.
Find out what is expected for the test including questions, conduct and grading. Make goals based on these.
2. Designate an appropriate study place.
This is important because not every place can be a study area. Clear a table in your bedroom, your house study, basement or backyard. Alternatively, you can simply use your schools’ library.
3. Eat and rest well.
You cannot be productive if you are tired and/or hungry. Before you begin your study session, fuel your body by eating a well-balanced meal. Avoid over eating, as you will feel lazy. Go to sleep early so that you can wake up early feeling rejuvenated.
4. Rewrite textbook notes into shorter handwritten notes.
Avoid reading a textbook like a storybook. Read each part pausing to take short notes of key points. Writing short notes helps you understand and review what you are studying.
5. Clear your thoughts and think positively.
This study skill for students is useful to learners in all stages. Before you begin studying, clear your mind of any unrelated thoughts. You can meditate for a few minutes each day.
6. Eliminate potential distractions.
This is the number one reason why students struggle with concentration. Do not take things you do not need with you to a study area. This may include your phone, laptop or music player.
7. Practice what you have learned.
Practice is the only way you can memorize what you read. Ways to practice include taking practice tests, quizzes, teaching others, flash cards and mnemonic devices.

Tad Fraziera year ago

This is such a simple but helpful guide. If you start early, you will definitely see impressive results. Since you are about to sit for your finals, I will list a few more study skills for students to help you be prepare for the exam:

Create a study guide.
Create a study guide of your own to use together with the one provided by your teacher. If possible, do research and read on concepts not well covered in your notes.

Summarize your work in visual aids.
Visual aids include diagrams and flow charts. They will help you condense large study materials to fun, easy to understand information. Read on a topic and then try to create a flow chart from your memory.

Drink a lot of water.
Always carry a bottle of water and a healthy snack to your study room. Your brains productivity relies on proper nourishment and hydration.


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