Stay Ahead in High School
7 Tips for Building Study Habits and Skills
Use these tips to develop a solid work ethic:
- Discover a quiet place to study. Find a place that’s free of distractions and noise where you won’t be interrupted. Ask your parents, guardians, or teachers for recommendations.
- Plan a daily homework schedule, and stick to it.
- Sit near the front of the classroom. Studies show students who sit there get better grades.
- Identify a support system of friends and family —“study buddies” to help you get ready for tests, complete homework, and even proofread your essays and reports.
- Use your library. Believe it or not, you won’t find all the answers online (and you can’t even be sure they’re factually correct). Get a library card, make your librarian your new best friend, and you’ll be surprised how much the content of your work improves.
- Read the news regularly to get a better understanding of the world. Reading news articles can also help improve your comprehension skills.
- Build your vocabulary. When you don’t know what a word means, look it up! Register for “word of the day” notifications or download an app that introduces you to new words on a regular basis. Another way to expand your vocabulary is by using a thesaurus when you write.
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