Study Skills

Build Better Study Skills

You have homework, and you want to do it.  But you don't seem to get anything done! 
These tips can help:

  • Begin at the beginning.  Break large projects into small manageable parts.
  • List study goals.  Before each study session, you should make a to-do list. Post the list and cross off finished tasks.
  • Play beat the clock.  Estimate how long homework should take.  Then set a timer and challenge yourself to "beat the clock".
  • Organize materials.  It's hard to study when you can't find supplies.  Make sure you have an organizational system that makes sense, such as color-coded folders for each subject.
  • Review early and often.  Instead of cramming the night before a test, review material immediately after class and every few days.

When is the Best Time For Homework?

Some kids are night owls.  Others are up before the sun rises.  Finding your "prime time" for studying may be a key to success in school.  If you are an early riser, try scheduling homework before school begins.  You may find that late evening study hours are best.  There is no single best time for homework.  Experiment to see what works for you.  Remember, most kids (and most adults) need to take short breaks so they can do their best thinking.  Schedule brief breaks during homework time.

Plan the Perfect Study Period

Limit each study period to 30 minutes long.  Take a short break, five to ten minutes, between study periods.

Example:  Suppose you need 1 ½ hours for study. 

Your schedule should look like this. 
4:00-4:30 Study 
4:30-4:35 Break 
4:35-5:05 Study 
5:05-5:15 Break 
5:15-5:45 Study

Sometimes when a plan is made for study time, you will find that the whole 1 ½ hours is not needed.