What are Study Skills? Study skills are techniques that students use to effectively learn.
Why do I need Study Skills? Effective Study skills are essential to do well academically, get good grades, and learn throughout your life. Techniques to study vary from person to person based on their learning style and preferences. What works for one student might not work for another. It is important to discover what study skills work for you now so good study habits are developed and in practice for college and learning in future careers.
How do I develop effective Study Skills?
- Figure out what kind of learner you are: Visual, Verbal, Bodily-Kinesthetic (Tactile).
- Get organized: Have a notebook and folder for each subject (color coded and labeled), keep your locker and backpack clean, use your assignment notebook!
- Find a good place to study: Quiet with few distractions, comfortable, uncluttered space.
- Schedule time specifically for studying: Start studying for tests at least three days before a test or quiz. Make sure to take breaks every 20-40 minutes.
- Discover and practice ACTIVE study techniques that work for your learning style. If something doesn’t work, try something else until you find what works for you. Just reading over your notes is not enough!!
- If you are having trouble with any part of this process, see your counselor for help.
Study Skills Techniques for Specific Learning Styles
- Visual Learners: Learn best with pictures, diagrams, films, and demonstrations
- Color code notes with highlighter by topic
- Write things down, re-write notes
- Underline main points in your notes and reading assignments
- Make colored flashcards
- Verbal Learners: Learn best through listening and hearing information
- Recite out loud the things you want to remember, read notes and assignments aloud
- Make note cards and review aloud
- Underline main points in notes and review underlined portions aloud
- Read your notes aloud, and repeat
- Bodily-Kinesthetic Learners: Learn best through doing, touching, hands on activities
- Write things down to remember them better
- Rewrite your notes
- Make note cards
- Pace or walk around while trying to memorize or review note cards
- Do something with your hands while studying, tapping a rhythm on your desk, eat, drink or chew gum
- Underline and highlight reading materials and notes
- Review underlined/highlighted portions aloud
Study Skills Resources
- Education Corner
Study skills guide for students to help discover ways to effectively learn. Some of the topics included are: active listening, reading comprehension, note taking, stress management, test taking, time management, memorization, and studying resources by subject
- Get Smarter
Tools to help improve math and science skills. This website includes interactive quizzes, games, and tutorials to help students learn more about specific math and science topics and improve their skills.
- How to Study.com
This site offers articles, tips, and assessments regarding learning, studying, test taking, and much more.
- How to Study.org
This site offers tips, articles, and resources covering topics such as: learning, time management, organization, study skills, note taking, test anxiety, and memory.
This site offers learning guides for most subjects and common books read in high school, test prep material for standardized and AP tests, and college readiness resources.
- Study Guides and Strategies
This site covers topics including but not limited to: study preparation, note taking, effective study habits, testing techniques, writing and reading skills. It may be especially helpful for bilingual students, as many of the study guides and strategies are offered in different languages.
- Study Stack
This site features a flash card approach for many different academic areas and AP and standardized tests.
- Effective Study
Effective Study is a website armed with efficient and effective study tips founded by Edward Khoo. This platform is intended for students like you who will be entering into a new chapter in high school and college.
- Norwich University Study Skills
Juggling classes, study time, and a personal life can prove difficult for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. They can easily feel as if there just isn’t enough time