Practice Good Learning Habits 

Create a Routine That Helps You Succeed

Following these tips can help you get more out of class, study time, and your entire high school experience.

  • Join in on class discussions. Don’t sit quietly in the back—participate in the conversation. 
  • Try to sit near the front of the classroom during class time. Studies show that students who sit there get better grades. 
  • Ask questions if you don’t understand something. If you didn’t understand, there’s a good chance the other students didn’t either. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! 
  • Email teachers for help on assignments after school hours. Discuss email policies with your teachers. 
  • Sharpen your basic skills in every class. You can sharpen all of your skills in different classes—like practicing writing in social studies, using algebra in science courses, and more.

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  • Stay on top of class assignments. Use checklists, planners, or phone apps to remind you about deadlines, assignments, and exams. There are a lot of free productivity and scheduling apps that can help. 
  • Take good notes by writing them by hand in class and then typing them later. That way you’ve taken in the material twice to aid the learning process, and saved another copy on your computer. 
  • Learn to proofread, correct, and rewrite your written work. Use online resources and reference books to practice. 
  • Develop test-taking skills. Read the whole question before answering and leave time to double-check your answers. You can also answer all of the easy questions first, then go back to the harder questions to keep a better pace.