A Stride Student Advisor Shares Favorite Studying Tips For High School Students
By Lilly Kolbet, Stride Student Advisor
Studying can be a bit of a challenge for most students now and then. The tips that are shared below in the blog will help you, as a high school student, to study better. These study tips are shared with the hope that they will help you to get and stay organized, as well.
The first studying tip that I’d like to share with you, as a high school student, is on notetaking. Be sure that you are consistently taking notes! You will want to do this for each and every class. Whether you take notes by handwriting in notebooks or by using a digital format, the act of notetaking itself is of primary importance for studying and subject comprehension. Using sticky notes, color coding your notes, and/or other organization tips may help you further, depending on your own preferred style.
Here are a few examples of aspects of notetaking that can help you organize your studies better…
• Use plenty of bullet points
• Add images, if you are a visual learner
• Write quotes or equations into your notes, depending on the class and subject matter
• Write down key words and their definitions
• Color code your notes for organized studying
• Highlight key words
• Double space things, so it is easier on your eyes
The second studying tip that I’d like to discuss is selecting the best time of day for you, personally. Any amount of time that is set aside for studying for 10 minutes to one hour will do for scheduling. You will just want to make sure you are selecting windows of time that are best tailored to your individual needs. Are you more of a morning person? Then set up 10-15 minutes first thing in the morning, before classes, to review your notes and delve into subject matter studies. Perhaps you do best in the evening hours? Then after school study sessions may be better suited for you. Also, remember that breaks are important, and you will want to schedule segments of time during each school day to allow yourself to take a break, regroup, and recharge.
The third tip that I’d like to share for studying is very simple… don’t cram. Make sure you have set times during the day to study. If you partake in a cram session, you actually won’t retain a thing, and it will only make you tired. You won’t get the best possible grades that way either.
My fourth tip for studying, as a high school student, is to partake in 1:1 sessions with your teachers. They will definitely help you… most of my sessions do. You’ll need to have the date and time for them already set up with your teacher, and be sure to email them in advance for confirmation of the sessions.
My last tip for studying is to eat snacks and exercise regularly, to abate hunger and get the blood flowing to your brain. Yes, this works! Your brain works better when you are getting the nutrition you need and when you get the blood flowing. Protein snacks also help, as well, as they are very satiating. Peanuts and granola bars are great favorites of mine!
Be sure to read another Stride Student Advisor blog about the structuring of online high school schedules, here!
Make sure to visit 5 Tips For New Online High School Students, to get a Stride Student Advisor’s important advice for switching to online learning and career prep.
And, you can also read a blog post about How To Choose The Right Career Path from another Stride Student Advisor, for more inspiration along your professional journey!
To learn more about Stride Career Prep's Student Advisory Council, be sure to visit https://www.k12.com/stride-career-prep/about/student-advisory-council.html
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