Study Skills 101

Of all the lessons we learn in school, teachers rarely cover how to study but study skills can make all the difference when it comes to learning material so that you not only remember it for the test but for long after the class is over.

Whether studying for a final, preparing for the SAT or helping your elementary-aged child with school, developing study skills is crucial. 

Here are a few tips:

  • WRITE IT DOWN. Write and rewrite key ideas, definitions and terms. Even if you never take a second look at what you have written, it will help
  • SAY IT OUT LOUD. Try teaching or explaining your topic — even if you don’t have an audience.
  • PARAPHRASE, PARAPHRASE, PARAPHRASE. Paraphrasing is simply rephrasing something in your own words. It pushes you to explain a concept rather than merely reciting a memorized concept. In this way, you own that piece of knowledge.

For even more advice on how to study well, check out these books:

The Freshman Survival Guide
The Learning Habit
Make it Stick
Learning How to Learn
How to Become a Straight-A Student
Studying and Tests
The Everything Guide to Study Skills
Organizing the Disorganized Child

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