Successful Study Skills!

Activities to Improve Study Habits

This is part of a series of Successful Study Skills SMORES

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Successful Study Skills...

is intended for Austin ISD middle and high school students for use in enhancing their study habits. However, anyone may benefit from the suggestions, tips, links, and information provided. We hope you have SUCCESS in your STUDYING.

Successful Study Skills # 1

This Study Skills SMORE will provide suggestions for:

*Getting down to the business of studying and avoiding procrastination

*Creating a successful study space

*Tips for organizing your study time

Motivate Yourself to Study!

For many students, motivating themselves to study is more difficult than the actual task of studying! Here are some tips for getting READY to STUDY!


  • Be refreshed. Always make sure you are refreshed or you might feel sleepy or tired. This will cause a major disturbance while studying!

  • Have a snack. Before studying, always have a fruit or a salad, or something that contains healthy fruit or vegetables. Never go hungry when you are studying. Drink sufficient amounts of water. Try keeping a bottle of water beside you while you are studying.

  • Inform your parents and siblings. Always tell your parents and your siblings to not disturb you while you're studying. Siblings tend to be noisy and distracting. Be sure to keep your door shut or find a space of your own until you complete your work. Use ear buds to block out noise distractions.


  • Stay focused. Don't get diverted by anything! Never keep your computer "on" while studying except when you need it. If you keep it "on" unnecessarily you may be tempted to go online. Put your phone on silent during study times!

  • Study hard. Now all you have to do is concentrate and study!

AVOIDING PROCRASTINATION!

Study Skills for People Who Hate to Study

Creating a Successful Study Space!

Previously, it was believed that the only place to study was in a quiet place in a straight-backed chair. However, research on successful studying is now reporting that successful studying is different for every learner. It is important to know yourself and how you learn in order to have the best study experience. Below is a short video with some things to think about for creating your Successful Study Space!
How to make your study space a better place!

Some things to THINK about when analyzing your study time!

This short video provides a unique perspective about how you should study. Draw your own conclusions and make your study time work for you as an individual learner!
How to study smarter, not harder - From How We Learn by Benedict Carey

Seven Ways to Better Organize Your Study Time


1. Set aside enough time for study. Study time is a major priority in order to be successful in school. While 6 hours may be too much for one student, it may be what is necessary for another. Therefore, you must examine your own needs and then schedule your time appropriately. Use a planner or calendar to schedule your study time and make note of important tests and assignments.


2. Make use of your free hours. Everyone needs some relaxation and recreation time. Be sure to plan and schedule these times into your daily routine. But, be sure to also schedule daily study and homework time!


3. Study at the same time daily. Having specific hours set aside each day will maintain the systematic organization of your schedule and keep you actively involved in studying.


4. Schedule a weekly review. Plan to review all class notes from the beginning to end once a week. This only takes a short time and will reduce the amount of study time needed before an exam.


5. Schedule daily reviews. Spend 15 - 20 minutes reviewing your notes immediately following class or when classes are done for the day. Again, this will reduce the amount of study time needed before an exam.


6. Account for project time. Remember to allow an appropriate amount of time during the course of the week for long-term projects (i.e., papers, group projects, journals, etc.).

Don't forget to put project due dates in your planner or calendar!


7. Allow for flexibility. Although your schedule should be very systematic, you should allow for some flexibility. It is important not to over schedule and to allow for a variety of "non-academic" activities.

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Check out the link below to an infographic on the Best and Worst Study Habits!

This Study Skills SMORE is presented by the Austin ISD Advanced Academics Team
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