(translated: Why Do I Need Study Skills?)
Century Information & Digital Skills
So, you’re in high school and you have one, maybe two
years left in the classroom. Maybe you’re not sure that
you want to continue going to school after you leave
high school. If you’re planning to continue your
education, maybe you decided you’ll learn how to
study by watching how other college kids do it.
So what’s the point in learning how to study now?
You’re almost done with school and will never “study”
again, or you’ll have plenty of time to learn “how” once
you get to college….
Having good study skills is essential to all areas of
your life, not just school. The term, “study skills”
covers a broad area of skills and abilities –
The ability to manage your time effectively.
The ability to not just hear, but to listen.
The ability to read and write effectively.
The ability to organize what you hear, see, and
The ability to problem solve and find answers.
Imagine working for a company, and you routinely
arrive late. You forget appointments and meetings
because you forgot to write them down; you go to
meetings with your superiors, but you can’t
remember what your bosses said once you leave.
You don’t bother carefully reading company reports,
and you can’t find any files when your co-workers
Do you think you will be employed there long?
What about college? You don’t make it to class on
time, or sometimes not at all. You miss due dates
for assignments and papers; and forget to study
for tests. You skim the readings your professors
hand out, and really don’t remember what’s in
them. You rely on your memory instead of notes
to study for a test.
Do you think your grade will be affected?
What about routine habits like paying bills on time;
organizing documents and information for taxes;
gathering information for a mortgage application
or car loan; reading through important legal
documents; planning for vacations; or knowing
what to buy at the store.
Believe it or not, these everyday routines rely on the
same skills as good study skills.
Having well developed study skills will
actually help you become a more
confident, productive, organized,
effective, and intelligent person, both
in your personal and professional life.
Help you remember and learn new
Help you to do well on assignments,
homework, research, quizzes, and exams.
Help you move forward in your education.
More than just hearing, it’s paying attention.
Listen quietly, and socialize at appropriate times.
Taking Good Notes
Summarize what you hear, but be clear enough in your
notes that you understand them later.
Write quickly, but neatly.
Have pencil and paper or electronic tools ready to take
notes when the class begins.
Listen for clues from your teacher. If your teacher
stresses that something is important or should be
remembered, WRITE IT DOWN.
Record all homework and assignments along with
their due dates. Use an agenda or an app for an
electronic device to keep track.
Record your test dates and project dues dates using
the same tool (agenda or app for an electronic
Place reminders in your agenda or app a day or two
BEFORE the actual due date so you stay on track.
Decide how much time you should study, what time of
day, and how often. STICK TO THE SCHEDULE YOU
Read your notes out loud if it helps. Read through
your notes several times!
Connect the information to something familiar to
Make note cards or use memorization tool apps.
Rewrite your notes on these, and review them
DON’T try to cram at the last minute. Research
shows this does NOT work!!
Keep you notebook organized. Keep a separate
notebook or electronic note-taking folder for EACH
class. Color code your note cards to match areas
of your research outline. Create folders in your
electronic app and keep related electronic notes in
Keep your study area organized.
Keep all homework assignments in one area.
Keep handouts, papers, and class work neatly
organized so they are easy to find.
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