Studying and Organization
By: Mrs. Reszka, School Counselor
When taking notes, make sure the subject and date are at the top of the paper. You can use graphic organizer, a "T" table format, or plain lined paper. If your teacher does not have a preference then use what works for you. Make sure the topic and relevant information is written down so you understand what you wrote. Each day is a fresh page of notes. You should write down when your test or quiz is on the top margin of your notes.
Clean out your desk on a weekly basis to make sure everything is in place and you have everything that you need. Color coding your notebooks, folders, and book covers may be helpful. Use a planner to write down your homework and test dates. Write down the test dates and project completion dates on the day you find out and on every day leading up the the due date.
Refer to your planner when packing up your backpack for dismissal. Do not rush to get out the door. Check that you have everything you need for homework.
Organization is important at home also. Your homework and studying space needs to be organized. Keep the area clean and only have out what you need. When you are done with your homework make sure everything is back in your backpack for the next day. Use a calendar at home and write important dates from your planner on the calendar. There should be no surprises and no last minute preparation-plan ahead!
You need to take time each day to review important information. Depending on what type of learner you are, you can reread your notes out loud, rewrite your notes, draw pictures, use highlighters or markers to help important information stand out, make up your own study guide, use manipulatives, make index cards, use mnemonic devices, or reteach the information to a friend or family member. Get creative with studying. Repetition will reinforce skills or concepts and help you retain the information for tests and beyond. Take breaks in between the studying and chunk information-break information into smaller pieces.
Participate in class and ask questions if you don't understand something. If your teacher is available before school, during lunch, or in between subjects, ask for clarification or to work through another problem with them so you know if you are doing it correctly.
Test Taking Tips
- Review information learned that day each night-studying is a process
- The night before the test get a good night's sleep
- The day of the test eat a good breakfast
- The day of the test make sure you are prepared (writing utensils, eraser, glasses, etc.)
- The day of the test dress in layers
- Keep Calm and have a positive attitude
- Do not rush though the test, take your time
- Read all directions and answers
- Underline or circle key words or symbols
- If you get stuck on one question move on and go back to it later
- Check all your work