Helloooo. Happy back to school season! Whether you are learning in person or online, these 7 study tips for high school students are important to know.
Do you hate studying for tests or quizzes? Do you not know where to start? This post will walk you through finding how you study your best, how to start, and includes 7 study tips for high school students.
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How do you study productively and efficiently?
The first step to studying productively and efficiently is to know what situation and circumstances you work the best in. You need to decide whether or not you work best with others or by yourself. If you need to have background noise such as music or complete silence, and a clean or messy area is also an aspect you should consider.
You also need to evaluate whether you learn content better digitally or when written. Most people are able to understand and retain information easier and more quickly when it is written.
Next, how do you learn the best? Are you an auditory or visual learner? For me, I study best when I can hear the information. That is why when I study, I read my notes out loud and work through them. If you are a visual learner, then it can be helpful to rewrite information or to draw out pictures.
The last aspect you need to consider is whether you understand your content best when you study a week in advance or the night before. Some people learn very well when under pressure, while others falter. It is important to know which person you are.
After you have found how you work optimally, you can start the pre-studying activities. These pre-studying preparations will make your actual studying go by much quicker and be more effective.
What to do before studying
Before you even start studying, there are a few things you need to get organized and do to make your time spent much more productive. The first thing you should do is organizing your materials.
You need to gather all of your relevant notes, worksheets, practice problems, quizzes, and tests. All of these previous materials will be helpful to review and look back on.
Next, you need to make sure you have a complete understanding of the material. To do this you should contact the teacher or a peer. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, then you can watch a YouTube video describing your topic.
Lastly, you will want to be a list of everything that will be covered on this test. This will act as your study guide and allow you to make sure you don’t forget to study anything. Once you completely understand a concept on your study guide, you can cross it off and move to the next one.
Now that you have discovered how you work most effectively and efficiently and completed the pre-studying activities, you can start actually studying.
1. Create a practice test
I suggest creating a practice test when studying for classes like math or science. This will allow you to get a feel for what to expect. It also makes you think more about what could possibly be on the test.
Practice tests bring to light what you need to study more and what you already know. You can have a classmate make you a test or you can make one for yourself. If you decide to work with a classmate, then you both should make a practice test and then switch.
2. Remove distractions
When studying, you need to remove all distractions, specifically your phone. Your iPhone can be very distracting when trying to focus, so remove it from your desk. I like to put my phone somewhere I can’t see it such as on my bed or out of the room.
By removing distracting items, you will be more focused and less likely to stray away from the work you need to complete.
3. Practice problems
For math especially, it is super helpful and important to do practice problems. You can’t just expect yourself to know how to do a specific problem when you haven’t done it before. Studying your math notes can only get you so far, and doing practice problems will solidify the information.
For practice problems, you can find many on Google, YouTube, or in your textbook. You can also rework through practice problems in your notes, but that shouldn’t be your only practice. Remember, the more practice you have with a certain type of problem, the more comfortable you will feel solving it.
4. Use your notes
Don’t neglect the importance of reviewing your notes, especially for history classes. My notes are the primary material I study for my history class. You need to know your notes like the back of your hand.
It is helpful when studying history notes to imagine a story. This will help you keep your information in order and be much easier to remember when taking the test. When reviewing my notes, I like to read them out loud. Then pause and try to say them out loud without looking at the notes.
5. Watch YouTube videos
If you don’t understand a specific concept and have already asked a teacher for help (but you still don’t understand), then you should watch a YouTube video. I do this all the time for math when I need extra clarification (which is most of the time).
Khan Academy videos are also very helpful and will work through practice problems with you. Sometimes watching a 7-minute video can help you understand a concept better than a 30-minute lecture, so just try it out.
6. Set timers
To stay on task, set timers when studying. You can use the clock app on your phone, a website on your computer, or my personal favorite: the BeFocused app. The BeFocused app sets timers in intervals so it is perfect for studying.
Giving yourself time limits will keep you accountable and on task. They will also prevent you from spending too much time on one subject.
7. Make flashcards
Flashcards are super helpful when studying vocabulary in English or in your language class, but take so much time to make. That is why I use Quizlet. Quizlet is a website that allows you to make digital flashcards.
It is super easy and not to mention… FREE. So make sure you check it out if you haven’t already. I’ve been using it since 5th grade and absolutely love it!
7 Study Tips For High School Students:
- Create a practice test
- Remove distractions
- Practice problems
- Use your notes
- Watch youtube videos
- Set timers
- Make flashcards
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