Study Skills

By: Shayla Sprankle

What are study skills?

Study skills are the skills you need to enable you to study and learn efficiently. They are an important set of life skills. And they help you remember different things that would be needed for a test or something you need to remember.

Note Taking

Note Taking

Note Taking: is the process of writing down important information from a text, lecture, or other learning opportunity in order to review and remember the information later. There are many different formats for is the process of writing down important information from a text, lecture, or other learning opportunity in order to review and remember the information later.


There is different ways to take notes. One of the ways are the Cornell strategy.

~Cornell Method~

Description:A two-column format focuses not only on recording lecture notes, but also organizing and reviewing those notes

Advantages: Helps to keep notes organized. Helps to keep notes organized.

Disadvantages: Requires the student to closely follow the lecture. Daily review of notes is essential

Learning to take useful notes is however an essential skill simply because there is so much information you have to process

Some tips while Note Taking: (can be used for all)

  • Try to use both words and diagrams as it makes your notes easier and more interesting to refer back to
  • Read over your notes as soon as you can after you have made them,this is another way of committing them to memory.
  • Look at them again within 24 hours. The more you look back at them the more it starts to stick.
  • File them and organize them well. There is nothing worse than taking excellent notes and then losing them.
  • Remember good note taking is a great life skill to know

When can I use them?

  1. Anytime you would normally have students take notes is a good time for Cornell Notes.
  2. Use them for traditional lectures.
  3. Use them for Power point presentations.
  4. Use them with written materials




Test Taking Strategies

  1. Have a positive attitude -A positive attitude goes a long way toward success.
  2. Make a plan -Make a list of the most important topics to be covered and use that as a guide when you study. Be sure to plan extra time to study the most challenging topics.
  3. The Night before - the night before the test you should do a quick review and get to bed early. Remember, your brain and body need sleep to function well
  4. The Morning of the test- don't skip breakfast the morning of the test.
  5. Test Time- make sure you have everything you'll need scratch paper, extra pencils, your calculator. Make sure you read the instructions all the way through
  6. Manage Your time-Scan through the test quickly before starting. Save more time in the end for you to focus on the hard stuff.
  7. If your Stuck- Reread the question to make sure you understand it, and then try to solve it the best way you know how.
  8. Neatness counts- Be sure that your writing is legible and that you erase your mistakes.
  9. Multiple Choice Questions-The process of elimination can help you choose the correct answer in a multiple-choice question. Start by crossing off the answers that couldn't be right. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices before selecting your answer.
  10. When your done -when you complete the last item on the test, remember that you're not done yet. First, check the clock and go back to review your answers, making sure that you didn't make any careless mistakes.Spend the last remaining minutes going over the hardest problems before you turn in your test.

Effective Study Skills

1. How you approach studying matter- Don't push yourself on top of it, do it when it is best for you.

2. Where you study is important-Find somewhere where you are comfortable and can focus hard on what you need to look over.

3.Bring everything you need, nothing you don’t- Don't have nothing that is going to distract you the whole time while your trying to study

4. Outline and rewrite your notes- Make sure you keep your notes organized that way when the time comes to look over something you know exactly where to find them at

5. Use memory games- Different ways of studying is always fun so why not make a game?.

6. Practice by yourself or with friends-figure out a way that is best for you to study

7. Make a schedule you can stick to- Make time in your schedule or when you know you are best focused

8. Take breaks- If you don't take breaks eventually you will continue to study and get bored and not memorize it. So take breaks and get up and stretch

9. Keep healthy and balanced- while your studying healthy snacks are something that could help put nutrients in your body.

10. Know what the expectations are for the class- Most teachers tell there students what to expect on a test and how they expect things to be done.

~There are multiple of ways to take notes, there are also multiple ways to study. Everyone just has to find the way they learn the best. All you need is a good way to take notes and a good place to study them.~