Study Tips From Our Visitors - 2008 Archive

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Fortitude is necessary. Do not give up. Keep working until you get it or ask for help. My education is my key to a good life as a professional. I stay well fed and get good sleep so I can be attentive in class and when I work at home.

      Shandu K., Student, 8th Year  New Delhi, India  04/11/2008


I always set priorities. For now schoolwork comes first. I think of it as my job and work real hard at doing it well. But I leave some time for fun too.

      Paul Lombardi, Student, 10  Valdosta, Georgia, USA  11/24/2008


Stay positive when the teacher hands you back a test which isn't at a high standard. Look at the things you got right and not the things you got wrong. You can do this also when you hand up a test that you feel didn't go as good as it should. Here in Ireland, our head mistress makes sure we stay positive and of course focused on our work. Don't forget to study though! Think of it this way - without learning, you have nothing to write down on the page!

      Aoife Come, Student, 2nd Year - Age 15  Galway , Ireland  11/03/2008


If the majority of the notes in your class are presented as PowerPoints, print them out before class and review them. Then when you go over them in class, take side notes. When it comes time to study for an exam, the material will come much more easily.

      Stephanie D., Student, College Freshman  Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA  01/23/2008


Use a tape recorder to help you remember things for the test.

      Vincent Head, Student, 6th Grade  New Market, Alabama, USA  01/24/2008


After I take my notes in a class, I use a red highlighter to mark what I think is the most important information to remember. I read all of my notes very carefully before tests. I use the red-marked information for a last minute review.

      Ricardo Hermia, Student, 10th Grade  Erie, Pennsylvania, USA  12/05/2008


Always keep in mind that you are not studying for anyone else but for your own good in the future. Never study by force because unless you develop the right attitude before you start a study session, distractions will run through your mind. So remember to keep your mind empty of concerns and totally focused.

      Perwyn Marques, Student, Standard XI  Bahrain, Bahrain  02/07/2008


Review your notes as soon after class as you can. That's when everything is freshest in your mind. Add to them if you left something out.

      Sharon Weiss, Student, High School  Vancouver, Washington, USA  10/03/2008


This may sould really dumb, but when you study it is good to make notes into a song. This will be just like memorizing your favorite song on the radio. You can sing it to yourself during a test or quiz. Trust me, it will help. It helps me! Thank you, and happy studying!

      Heather H., Student, 7th Grade  Green Lake, Wisconsin, USA  01/27/2008


Keep an assignment book to keep track of your assignments, homework, and any notes that you need to study. If you keep these things together, you will be very organized.

      Rebekah S., Student, 6th Grade  Vernon, Connecticut, USA  12/17/2008


I keep all the papers my teachers give back to me. I keep them in a folder with the last one on the top. I use these when I study for a test.

      Sasha G., Student, Ninth Year Student  Antwerp, Belgium  09/20/2008


I enjoy studying with my friends or a study group a few weeks before a test. It helps you to share and collect new information or any notes that you missed.We also discuss the topics that we feel are hard to master. A couple of days before the test, I review all the notes from my teachers or friends. It helps me a lot!

      Sakinah Zulkifilie, Student, Form 3  Ayer Keroh, Malacca, Malaysia  11/14/2008


For girls, it has been proven that scents help you to remember things, so wear a specific scented lotion or perfume while you study, then wear it again during the test. I have tried it and it works. Believe me!

      Samantha O., Student, 6  Pequannock, New Jersey, USA  06/05/2008


Make your assignments interesting. With TV and the Internet there is a lot of competition for kid's attention. Catch their attention.

      Mrs. Delores Johnson, Teacher, Middle School  Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA  10/04/2008


When you have words or abbreviations to study write them on flash cards and write the answer on another one and match them up.

      Charlie Blackburn, Student, 10th Grade  Pageland, South Carolina, USA  01/07/2008


When I write a list of things I have to do for the coming day I draw a circle around anything that I absolutely must do.

      Amaya Warren, Student, 10th Grade  Austin, Texas, USA  11/19/2008


I always get up in the morning and review lessons. At night I do homework. I have almost no free time because of studying at two universities at the same time, so there are many assignments.

      Leakhena Sreng, Student, Year 1  Phnom Penh, Cambodia  01/30/2008


My child is studying countries of the world this year. When her class studies a country I am going to look up traditional recipes on the Internet for that country. Then we'll have a dinner like people of that country might eat. This will give my daughter a real feel for the culture of that country and will give our family a fun eating experience at the same time.

      Sylvia K., Parent  Providence, Rhode Island, USA  09/15/2008


Create a study timetable and study at least one hour each day. Take short breaks. Make flash cards and summarize your study notes on these. Make use of time spent at the bus stop by reviewing these cards. Finally, take a positive attitude about studying!

      Linda Bannister, Teacher, Secondary  Saint Catherine, Jamaica  01/30/2008


Prepare yourself for your exams. Plan a timetable to review your notes and technique. Do not spend most of your time earning money on a part-time job.

      Elizabeth Simpson, Student, S5  Edinburgh, United Kingdom  01/21/2008


I prefer to study after midnight. I speak with loud voice teaching myself and walking. If I just sit, I won't study, so I keep moving here and there and nobody disturbs me.

      Najla Tho., Student, 2007  Dharan, Saudi Arabia  10/18/2008


I use a four color pen, the kind that has blue, green, red and black. When taking notes, each color represents something. Formulas are in green, vocabulary is blue, things to look up online in red and regular notes in black. It helps me figure out what I need to do at-a-glance!

      Ronda E., Student, College  Fairbanks, Alaska, USA  12/20/2008


I think if you always have a book in your hand this will help you, because you can study whenever you want to. Besides this, always study the material that is studied in the classroom. Try to study at night because it is peaceful and you can concentrate. Use a pencil to mark important topics in books and when in a hurry, only look at those points. This is very helpful for remembering all the things you studied.

      Samidha Shrivastava, Student, 21  Muzaffarpur,India  03/14/2008


Be sure you know what information will be covered on a test. You don't want to study stuff you don't need to. Stick to what you have to study.

      Tommy A., Student, Fifth Grade  Tampa, Florida, USA  08/08/2008


Always take regular breaks if you have been working hard at studying. If you reward yourself for working hard, you can train yourself to want to study. Your brain will realize it can get what it wants by concentrating, so you should take in a lot more information.

      Charli S., Student, 9  Cairns, Australia  02/29/2008


Math is tough for me. Always has been. Now I have to learn formulas. I know I have to remember them. I put them on cards I carry with me and keep going over them. But I also try to understand what each part means. This helps me remember them and use them the right way.

      Kenneth S., Student, 9th Grade  Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA  07/11/2008


We have to use an agenda book our school gives us. I put a paper clip at the corner of the current week. Then I can get to it quickly.

      Jonathan Bennett, Student, 7th Grade  Chicago, Illinois, USA  09/20/2008


Study harder than you usually do.

      Nik Adcock, NULL  Rosebud, Arkansas, USA  03/18/2008


It's so so easy to forget all about school during a long break. Try to do a little review when you have a few minutes. You don't want to forget everything and have to start all over.

      Shana B., Student, 7th  Duluth, Minnesota, USA  12/25/2008


I study for exams to be prepared. Skimming and scanning my reading notes makes it easier to remember. I make sure I keep a dictionary handy when I read. Then I can look up the meaning of any word I don't know.

      Lela Joseph, Student, Bachelor of Management (BIM)  Sarawal, Malaysia  11/30/2008


We should always start our work (studying) with some positive self talk. By doing this our mind will set itself to accomplish the given task. When we start with a negative set our mind makes itself weaken and tries not to complete the given task.

      RAKSHITH R., Student, I Puc  Bangalore, India  11/27/2008


Just be who you are and no one else. It's cruel to be too hard on yourself.

      Katie Harris, Student, 12  White Bear Lake, Minnesota, USA  02/08/2008


I have a great science teacher. He always writes comments on how we could have improved our score when he returns tests. Maybe you can ask your teacher to do this. It really helps me do better the next time.

      Karen L., Student, 11th Grade  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA  09/04/2008


Teachers don't give the grades. You earn them! You must understand this.

      Fred Zulueta, Student, 8th Grade  Cerritos, California, USA  05/12/2008


If you sit down and really put your head to it without any noise or distractions, what you are studying will go into your head more easily.

      Laura Dermody, Student, 2nd Yr  Dublin, Ireland  10/16/2008


When you study, try to keep your study time on a schedule for each class so you don't study too much on one class and it ends up too late to study for another class. This way you can change the schedule around, like the day before a test add more time for the class that you have the test in.

      Kaleb Remy, Student, 8  Morristown, Indiana, USA  03/12/2008


My study tip is don't write all of your information. Just write what is really important.

      Ruth V., Student  Baldwin Park, California, USA  01/23/2008


Use 'Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally' to remember the math variables: parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction.

      Jonathan Vargas, Student, 6th Grade  Chicago, Illinois, USA  03/24/2008


Read before class, take notes in class, and again read after class. This way you can have it in your mind fresh. Always rewrite the definitions of the words that are bold in the chapter so you can learn their meanings.

      Flor Mtz., Student, Nursing Student  Pharr, Texas, USA  10/20/2008


Sometimes the stuff I have to study is boring. I try to make it fun. Sometimes I make up a song about it. Other times I think of something funny about it. Then I can study it harder and remember it better.

      Naveen S., Student, 10th Grade  Faizabad, India  09/13/2008


When I read I write down questions I think will be on the test. I make sure I know the answers before I take the test. This has helped me get good marks.

      Mona Krantz, Student, 7th Grade  Highland Park, New Jersey, USA  10/27/2008


I use part of my winter break to get ready for the next semester. I organize all my papers and notes from the last semester. I make sure I have whatever supplies I need for the next semester. Once that's done, the rest of my break is fun, fun, fun.

      Kelly O'Brien, Student, 11th Grade  Yuma, Arizona, USA  12/23/2008


You should never try to be the best of all. Just try to give your best. It will gradually take you the top. Trust me, it will work like magic. Feed your brain with oxygen, soya beans, dark colored fruits and vegetables, dark chocolates, green tea, fish and nuts. These things will keep you healthy during your exams and they are said to improve your memory power too. All the best!

      Nilavani J., Student, 9th Grade  Chennai, India  03/27/2008


Write neatly on an essay test. Teachers are human and they can get annoyed when they have to work too hard to read what you write. This can cost you points.

      Rosa Garcia, Student, 7th Grade  Odessa, Texas, USA  12/12/2008


You can put your study info on some index cards or on a foldable.

      Cheyenne Perdue, Student, 8th, 2008  Brasleton, Georgia, USA  11/10/2008


Always try to study weeks before your exam,as it has been proven that...PERFECT PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE...studying the night before an exam is a no-no!

      Sandisiwe Mbeje, Student, Law 1st Year  Mthatha, South Africa  10/19/2008


Spelling is tough for me. I write words I need to learn in my notebook. I try to use these words when I write. Everytime I do, I put a check next to the word on my list. When I get to 20, I cross the word off. I also use spell check a lot.

      Trisha L., Student, 6  Sheybogan, Wisconsin, USA  08/27/2008


I struggle with how much help I should give my 4th and 7th graders with their assignments. I used to almost do it for them. They were great at leading me on. I finally decided that I would help them understand their assignments, but the the work was all their own.

      Naomi R., Parent  Albany, New York, USA  08/07/2008


It is important to have enough sleep. You should have at least 10 hours of sleep. This refreshes your mind for the next day. Therefore, you will do well in school.

      Albert M., Student, Grade 5  Seattle, USA  11/25/2008


I have my students write a list of what they have to do in school every night. They cross out things when they do them. This helps them with planning and organization and just takes a few minutes.

      Helena R., Teacher, Fifth Grade  Columbia, South Carolina, USA  04/11/2008


Don't take all hard courses the same semester. Try to balance. Take some hard courses and some that are easier. Also, try not to take all classes that have a lot of reading.

      Oscar Dellios, Student, University  Boston, Massachusetts, USA  12/14/2008


What is your priority - fun or education? The answer should be both. But don't let fun get in the way of education. By the way - learning is fun.

      Edward H., Student, High School  Yonkers, New York, USA  09/09/2008


Before you are studying, get rid of all distractions, and get together all the things that you'll need to study (notes, textbook, flashcards, etc.). Be sure to concentrate on what you're studying, and to use things such as acronyms or rhymes to memorize things. You may want to study with a buddy, but make sure that you actually study. Don't cram, and be sure to get a good night's rest and eat a healthy, protein-filled breakfast the day of the test.

      Elaine T., Student, 6th  Plano,TX, USA  12/14/2008


Managing your time is extremly important!

      Jon R., Student, 10  Coram, New York, USA  11/05/2008


Never be afraid to ask for help from teachers. When you're in high school try to take courses that challenge you, and stick to those courses and try hard to get good grades in them. You can earn college credit and even gain a better understanding of materials for college students and be ahead of the game.

      Lane Dunbar, Student, 12th  Phoenix, Arizona, USA  04/15/2008


When you study for a test make believe you are the teacher. Write questions you think your teacher will put on the test. Then write answers and keep studying the questions and answers. You'll do great!

      Anthony L., Student, 9th Grade  San Francisco, California, USA  09/11/2008


Get enough sleep at night. It's harder to concentrate when you get less than six hours of sleep the night before a test.

      Anu Rithi, Student, 8  Pondicherry, India  04/23/2008


Study well, but not for too long, or you will not learn what you're studying.

      Brett Caples, Student, 7  Searcy, Arkansas, USA  03/18/2008


Do an outline, study 24 hours before the test, and rewrite everything as a summary. Go to a quiet place to study.

      Rosa Torres, Student  Phoenix, Arizona  07/26/2008


Try, and if you can't figure it out then ask a teacher. They love when you ask for help.

      Jordan Dyer, Student, 6th Grade  Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, USA  01/18/2008


If you want to be successful in your studying, in essence, you have to concentrate and ignore the surrounding noisy distractions. Secondly, you have to make connections between what you study. Do not only study that page and then ignore the previous one and turn to the next page. Last but not least, imagine in your mind what you study. You know you can do these things and read and memorize more than 10 pages in half an hour.

      Bakil Al-Salehi, Student, Sophomore, Electrical And Electronics  Sana'a, Yemen  10/20/2008


When you study something don't lean your body, Scientifically, this will put you in a sleepy mood. Sit straight and study.

      Jeba Joselin, Preparing For Competitive Exam  Hosur, India  09/25/2008


If you are taking a foreign language class, play bingo with a parent. Put words in English on a paper, and give your parent the foreign words. As your parent says the foreign words, you try to get bingo with the English words. It's a fun matching game. Try to involve some treats.

      Osaze O., Student, 11th Grade  Columbus, Ohio, USA  01/17/2008


Be attentive in class and make notes. Review them the same day and before your test.This will help a lot!

      Ankita Gupta, Student, 8th Grade  Kolkata, India  03/20/2008


I always do things such as reading that require the most concentration in the morning.

      Ronit Kishore, Student, 9  Delhi, India  02/21/2008


I use yellow sticky notes when I read my books. Whenever I have a question I write it on a note and stick it on the page. Sometimes I have 2 or 3 notes on a page. I ask my teacher to help me with my questions.

      Lauren Riccardi, Student, 5th  St. Louis, Missouri, USA  12/29/2008


Whatever you read, review is the most important thing. If you read something, review it after 10 minutes and again after 24 hrs. It is best if you review without looking at the book or source. At first it may be difficult, but when it becomes a habit you can catch everything very fast.

      Pawan Bhatta, Student, 12  Dhangadhi, Nepal  06/05/2008


Concentrate on 1 subject at a time and take a break after 45 minutes because your brain can only remember so much at one time. Also, study the material at least 3 days before the test.

      Anna Doutt, Student, 6th Grade  Richmond, Virginia, USA  05/20/2008


Don't procrastinate. Don't get too tense before exams. Be cool and calm. Cultivate the habit of good writing from the start. Develop good handwriting because it'll fetch you higher marks. Study the subject with involvement.

      Sudha J., Student, 12  Bombay, India  05/05/2008


You need to have control over yourself. Forget all your tensions and use your fresh mind at study time Go ahead and clear all your doubts in the examination hall. Just relax and take it easy.

      Priya Priya, Student, 8th  N.D., India  03/27/2008


Record what the teacher says during class and when you get home write what you think is important.

      Shanese T., Student, Sophmore  El Paso, Texas, USA  02/12/2008


When you are study from a book or even from notes read them out loud when you study them. When you do this you comprehend the information better.

      Shea D., Student, 7th Grade  Ocala, Florida, USA  01/17/2008


Follow the KISS principle. Keep It Simple, Stupid! Don't make studying more complicated than it has to be.

      Kira H., Student, 11th Grade  Gilpin, Colorado, USA  06/11/2008


Keep writing what you have learned.

      Surender Grewal, Student  Shimla, Alberta, India  01/29/2008


In higher grades, things are different. You switch classes and meet new people. You might get confused about your schedule. It's hard to stay awake and listen to the teacher the whole time. So if you have a question, ask it. If you're stuck, ask for help. If you make a mistake, try again. If you're confused, ask a classmate. That's the only way to survive.

      Angelica W., Student, 6th Grade  Melbourne, Florida, USA  09/04/2008


Wake up early in the morning and try to study...Before exams do not study more than three hours or you will go blank.

      Barkha Prasad, Student, 8  Suva, Fiji  01/16/2008


Record quotes or formulas or what ever you are studying onto your ipod or mp3 player, and play them when you are going for a walk or going to sleep!

      Evan Seoighe, Student, Junior Cert  Kilronan, Ireland  01/30/2008


I assign students to other students as peer helpers. They are available to help with difficult homework assignments. They feel good doing this so it is a win-win experience for them and the students they help.

      Janet G., Teacher, Private High School  Cleveland, Ohio, USA  09/24/2008


I just sit in my room, on a comfortable chair and read away. For math, practice questions from a textbook or do past paper questions.

      Kernan Smith, Student, 13  Port Of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago  10/21/2008


Our brain operates with five different waves 1.Gamma 2.Beta 3.Alpha 4.Theta 5.Delta It is best to bring ourselves down to the Alpha level before studying by relaxation. The Alpha level is just above our subconscious. At that time there will be no limits to how much we are able to absorb.

      Lee Zhi Han, Student, Level 4  Singapore, Singapore  04/30/2008


What I do before I study is eat fruit or have a quick heathly snack to get my brain working. Then I can study my notes.

      Cherry B., Student, 7th Grade  Joliet, Illinois, USA  09/30/2008


In year 12, the thing that got me through was I studied all night until my favourite show came on every day. When it was on, I would take a break and watch the show. But when it was over, I went back to studying. This was the one thing I did besides studying every night, and it provided just the right break.

      Jodie H., Student, Bible College  Adelaide, Australia  09/01/2008


To make sure my students understand the directions for an assignment, I give the directions in writing and also verbally. Then I call on some students to explain what they have to do.

      Veronica Carrasco, Teacher, 4th Grade  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA  10/24/2008


Review notes from class before the next class.

      Gregory Fitzpatrick, Student, 2008  Markham, Illinois, USA  01/26/2008


The best way that I study is to get the general idea of what is covered on the test and then go through my notes and highlight the things that look like they'll help me the most on the test. I focus on that. It works for me and it is the best way to study without taking your whole night.

      Amea Sprague, Student, 9  Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA  01/10/2008


Don't cram the night before. Study in little increments through the week. Then, fully review 2 days before the test. The day before the test just chill. Remember to take breaks when you study.

      Matthew M., Student, 6th Grade  Long Beach, California, USA  11/24/2008


Homework comes before TV or play for my kids. I do let them watch tv or play outside for an hour when they get home from school, but then it's schoolwork time. They are used to this and it works - they get good grades. Oh - they're in fourth and sixth grade.

      Patricia S., Parent  Wilmington, Delaware, USA  04/11/2008


When you have reading matrials read them over again and look up words you don't know in the dictionary. If you don't understand the definition than look in the thesaurus.

      Esther Allain, Student, 8  Los Angeles, California, USA  11/11/2008


I set a study routine. On an given day I know I will study and what I will study. In this way studying becomes a habit that I do without agonizing over it. It calms me to not worry about it. I just do it!

      Cynthia L., Student, 10th Grade  Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA  07/10/2008


It's never too early to teach students study skills. I focus on organization. I'm a stickler for having my students keep neat notebooks with all work dated.

      Lois M., Teacher, Grades 3-4  Birmingham, Alabama, USA  08/31/2008


Don't rush study time...always pay attention.

      Brett Caples, Student, 7  Rosebud, Arkansas, USA  03/18/2008


I use flash cards to study vocabulary words. I write the word on one side and what it means on the other. I mix the cards up and look at the word. I say what it means and then look at the back to see if I was right. I have the cards with me and do this a lot of times.

      Howard Robinson, Student, 5th Grade  Louisville, Kentucky, USA  09/17/2008


I suggest you study in the early morning just after waking up. It's scientifically proven that studying from four am to six am is really beneficial because you can concentrate and your mind will be fresh and your brain functions fast at that time. I hope you will follow my suggestion.

      Chennamaneni Abhina Rao, Student, B.E.  Dubai, United Arab Emirates  11/09/2008


I set priorities. I do the most important things first and then go on to the others. Once I'm done it's fun time for me.

      Johanna S., Student, 10th  Flint, Michigan, USA  09/25/2008


Read the material over and over again.

      Derrick Davis, Student, 9th  Fort Eustis, Virginia, USA  10/31/2008


I bring home all my books and look through them first. Then I start reading them. A few hours or minutes later my parents or my older brothers quiz me on them, and the ones I get right a lot of times means I know them and the ones I don't get right I have to study again.

      Frankie Endo-ondo, Student, 5th Grade 2007-2008  Arlington, Virginia, USA  02/19/2008


To remember notes we can rewrite them and then rememeber them.

      Abiram K.abiram, Doctor  Colombo, Sri Lanka  08/01/2008


Don't let preparing for the SAT get in the way of doing your schoolwork. Keep working hard on getting good grades. They count even more than SAT scores when you apply to colleges.

      Roger Cohen, Student, High School Junior  Orlando, Florida, USA  12/10/2008


1. Have a pen. 2. Find a good place where you can study. 3. Take all the books you need to study with. 4. Take notes that will help. 5. Do your best!!!!!!!

      Dominique Bishop, Student, 5th Grade  Hyattville, Maryland, USA  01/17/2008


During exam time, it is very important to keep yourself hydrated. So you must drink lots of water. Always be positive about your exams. Do not leave out any part of the chapter. This will give you roaring success in the yearly examinations.

      Mohima Ghosh, Student, 10th Grade  Ambernath, India  02/28/2008


My child has to use a calendar the school sold. It has no room for comments. I think communication is so important. What I do is write notes on post-its and stick them on in my daughter's calendar. I also but a blank sticky so the teacher can answer. This has worked for me. My child is in fourth grade but this can work for any grade.

      Silvia Cohen, Parent  Brooklyn, New York, USA  08/08/2008


Pay attention in school to have good grades.

      Jose Casro, Student, 7th Grade  Richmond, California, USA  02/06/2008


I love index card studying. You don't need anyone and you can study on your own.

      Yvonna McCray, Student, College Student  Andrews , South Carolina, USA  07/07/2008


I was struggling with studies when I was in primary 5 (in Singapore they call it primary for grade). My teacher told me to write notes but with different colours and pictures. And for math, practice makes perfect. Following this now I am 2nd in the entire class!

      Trisha Priya, Student, 6  Singapore, Singapore  08/13/2008


I find it best to study sitting in a supportive chair with a high backrest. It keeps the blood flowing properly, I also recommend studying at a desk rather than in bed.

      Daniel Munday, Student, Grade 6, Standard 4  Cape Town, South Africa  10/14/2008


Here are some tips to study well for exams. 1- Study when you wish. 2- Refresh yourself for study. 3- Don't take study as burden but relax and enjoy the time when you are studying. 4- Identify the concept for each topic. 5- Look for hints in the topics which you are studying. 6- Practice mathematics. 7- If you did not understand any topics ask your teacher for help until the topic becomes clear to you. 8- Before going to school read the topics which you are going to study that day.

      Saaduddin Saad, Student, Pakturk International School, Pakistan  Quetta, Pakistan  11/25/2008


Use bright equipment!!! This works especially well for girls. If you use bright, colouful stationery, you will be more inclined to look at the highlighted section. Use your pens. I started decorating all of my study materials with ribbons and paint 3 years ago, and my grades have improved dramatically!

      Larna B., Student, 11  Brisbane, Australia  02/29/2008


The most important thing to remember is, if you are lagging behind in your course...DON'T ignore the current topics being taught in order to complete the previous ones. This won't help..and you will eventually keep lagging on....complete the current topics...then you can sacrifice some of your extra time to go back and complete the previous things.

      Kavish D., Student, 12  Kota, India  10/13/2008


If you don't know what you have to study or have poor notes, like myself, ask your teacher to help you prepare you a study guide.

      Regis Masiringi, Student, 7  Edmonton, Alberta, USA  05/08/2008


Write down questions and answers when studying for a test. Then cover the question, and think of different ways the question could be asked to get the answer.

      Lamont Edmond, Student  Lexington, South Carolina, USA  09/26/2008


I keep a dictionary handy when I read. Then I can look up the meaning of any word I don't know.

      Paula W., Student, College  Ottawa, Ontario, USA  08/08/2008


When you feel tired or bored, take a rest and then continue your studying. Don't forget to take some water and a sweet so that you can get enough energy for continued study.

      Mohd Kamarul, Student, Price Unversity Of Malaysia  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  10/27/2008


I think kids should take their time and pay attention to the teacher.

      Kim Houghtlen, Parent  Elpaso, Arkansas, USA  03/18/2008


When I study, I make sure I don't get distracted by anything else. Other activities must be put on hold til after I finish with my homework.

      Portia Dominguez, Parent  Shanghai, China  08/18/2008


1. Study for at least 2-3 hours a day. 2. Jot down all assignments for the day in a notebook. 3. DO NOT procrastinate. 4. Listen attentively in class. 5. Take down notes while your teacher is discussing. 6. Manage your time wisely. 7. Get lots of sleep. You'll just have to look at the results when you do all these!

      Abbie Es Carilla, Student, First Year HS  Pasig, Philippines  01/25/2008


Ask your teacher or professor about when your next test is, and as soon as you find out, start studying. Study 40 minutes a day about 2 hours after getting home If you don't go straight home from school, wait 1 hour. Read the notes you studied twice right before you go to bed. After reading the notes put on some nice classical music to help you relax and get a good night's sleep.

      Brittany Conner, Student, 9th  Concord, North Carolina, USA  10/05/2008


Ever since junior high I've kept my notebooks from each year. I use them for a quick review and sometimes even to find information.

      Kimberly Valle, Student, 11th Grade  Los Angeles, California, USA  08/28/2008


I lost points on my last essay test because my teacher said she could hardly read my writing. That made me mad because I knew the stuff on the test. Next time I'll write more neatly, but you still have to know the stuff. So study hard and use good handwriting.

      Silvia Washington, Student, 10th Grade  Seattle, Washington, USA  09/09/2008


Get enough sleep and always make your own notes. I find that it's much easier for me to study them because they are mine.

      Nthabiseng Ncube, Student, University Of South Africa  Johannesburg, South Africa  02/04/2008


I monitor my fifth grade son's schoolwork. But I'm not all over him. It's his responsibility and his learning. I give support and reasonable help but, I don't do his work for him. If he doesn't do his assignments the right way, the consequences are on him.

      Scott O., Parent  Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA  05/14/2008


I give my students handouts that cover the information I talk about in class. I do this the day before class and assign it as a reading for that night. In this way my students have a mental set for the lesson. They don't like it, but I use occasional snap quizzes to help be sure they do the reading.

      Dorothy K., Private High School Science Teacher  Sactrmento, California, USA  07/14/2008


Try to apply things you are studying in a practical way.

      Arshdeep Singh Banga, Student, Certificate First Year  Longowal, India  01/08/2008


I advise you to drink a lot of water while studying. If you write with your right hand then close the left one and you will realize something magical. Another thing is to have a good night's sleep. Don't study after eating directly. After studying, watch TV for about 30 minutes and then say the information without looking at your notes.

      Hassan Mehanna, Student, Second Year Secondary  Beirut, Lebanon  01/12/2008


Review as much as possible - it helps you remember stuff for tests. I do the most reviewing for my toughest classes. Sometimes I review with my best friend. He asks me questions and I ask him. We both get helped this way.

      Odalis Garcia, Student, 10th  Dallas, Texas, USA  08/31/2008


Study. Study. Study. But ALWAYS take a break or you'll have a headache!

      Katherine Arana, Student, 9th Grade  Los Angeles, California, USA  09/09/2008


When I read my texts, I look for things that might be questions on a test. I write a question and make sure I know the answer to it. I've become real good at this, and my test scores show it.

      Elizabeth Vasquez, Student, 9th  San Diego, California, USA  12/03/2008


Just relax and keep focused on your paper and on what you studied. Think back and try your best.

      David Tomas, Student, 6th  Davie, Florida, USA  10/16/2008


My best friend is not good at school. I help her every day by being a teacher for her after school. It helps her a lot and I learn things better also.

      Sonia Y., Student, 9th Form  Kathmandu, Nepal  07/13/2008


Get plenty of sleep, eat eggs and toast in the morning, and repeat in your head - "I will do awesome!" Over and over. Its all in your head. Confidence is the key to succeeding in life.

      Liz Blue, Student, 9th Grade  Forks, Oregon, USA  04/29/2008


Keep your study place pleasing. When your mind is not mentally prepared to study, leave your study for a better time. If you parents don't have the ability to help you in your studies, you might have to use a tutor.

      Preeya Bansal, Student, Plus One Grade  Chandigarh, India  12/23/2008


I like to study in a quiet place without many distractions. It helps me think. I get distracted really easily, and I never end up being able to study. Try my tip!

      Janet Brittlaer, Student, 6th Grade  New York City, New York, USA  02/10/2008


Don't stop trying.

      Jordan Dyer, Student, 6th Grade  Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, USA  01/20/2008


First I have to set a goal. I don't think about other things. We have to think we are on our own and expand our thinking. Most important is concentration.

      Rekha G., Student, 20  Bangalore, Indonesia  02/27/2008


When I study I wait after I eat at least one hour so I won't get sleepy and I will have time to walk and sit and think about what I have read so that way I can fit it all together. As I start on a new day I look at things like "The Little Train that Could" and I am the little train. You have to have a postive outlook on what you do in life to be all you can be.

      Jerry Dickerson, Student, Freshman GCU 2008  Phoenix, Arizona, USA  11/19/2008


Go to a quiet place and read your book or your papers out loud and try to concentrate on what you are reading. Picture the words in your mind as you say them and try to sit in a place alone with no one in the room. Write little notes to help you and pick up your dictionary and keep it with you to help you with any word.

      Memo Manmony, Student, 6  Kuwait, Kuwait  05/03/2008


Pay attention in class to see what you are studying for. Take notes. Go to class and don't skip. Do your own work and you will learn more about the lesson.

      Kim Houghtlen, Parent  Elpaso, Arkansas, USA  03/18/2008


Read what you have to learn out loud. Pretend you are a teacher and read it to the wall or the bed. Also, pretend you are also a pupil and answer any question that you ask.

      Laura Martin, Student, 4th Year  Chapelhall, Michigan, United Kingdom  01/08/2008


When you are reading a novel, read a chapter or two at a time. Don't read the whole book in one day. If you are reading a novel for a class you are taking, then space out your reading. Read a chapter today, and then another chapter tomorrow. Space your chapters out so you won't read the book so fast that you forgot half the book because you read it so fast.

      Meagan W., Student  Rose Bud, Arkansas, USA  03/18/2008


Keep your work and papers for each subject in its own folder. Every day throw away stuff no longer needed. This way each folder is up to date and ready to use.

      Melinda W., Student, Tenth Grade  Helena, Montana, USA  05/14/2008


Even though my oldest daughter is now in high school I take time every day to talk with her about what she is doing in school. I don't pressure her, but I make it clear that doing well in school is her major responsibility at this time. I also let her know that I support her and am there to help when needed. So far so good.

      Elizabeth Atkins, Parent  Houston, TX, USA  12/17/2008


Regular study is most important for a better result.

      Jaincy Dwivedi, Student, 9th Standard  Delhi, Illinois, India  01/01/2008


I'm lazy and like to sleep a lot. So every night before school I set out my clothes for the next day and get my school stuff together. I can sleep a little later and still get to school on time.

      Vanessa Wilson, Student, 5th Grade  Dallas, Texas, USA  09/24/2008


Make flashcards and you will suceed!!!

      John M., Student, 6th Grade  Brookeville, New York, USA  10/08/2008


Adopt a trigger activity. Something that you do specifically to get in the mood to study. Pull your hair back in a ponytail, listen once to a favorite song, put on your tennis shoes...something that once it is done you will be ready to study and discipline yourself to do it every time you sit down to study. Training your brain to react to a physical stimulus lets you call upon your study brain when you need it to be there.

      Amanda L., Teacher, College  Wichita, Kansas, USA  02/01/2008


Read your notes whenever you have extra time like between class or during lunch. Review your notes just before class so you remember what your teacher said the last class. That will help you for sure.

      Breana Cole, Student, 6  Tujunga, California, USA  01/08/2008


Do not relax too much while studying. When you study be sure that your focus is on studying and not on any other things.

      Ara P., Student, 11th  Dapitan, Philippines  07/23/2008


STAND UP, STEP FORWORD, and TAKE ALL THE RESPONSIBILITY ON YOUR SHOULDERS. AND KNOW THAT YOU'RE THE CREATOR OF YOUR OWN DESTINY. ALL THE STRENGTH AND SUCCESS YOU WANT IS WITHIN YOURSELF! SO ALWAYS BE POSITIVE, BE YOURSELF. REMEMBER YOU CAN DO SOMETHING BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE. SO ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE AND TRY TO OBEY THAT!!! AND REMEMBER WINNERS DON'T DO DIFFERENT THINGS, THEY JUST DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY.

      Raj Karade, Student, 4  Moscow, Russian Federation  06/22/2008


This advice is for students who go from high school to college. Be ready for this new step. Be clear with yourself about what you would like to be. Try to get rid of useless wasting time tools. Look to yourself only and never look back.

      Mohammed Abdelsattar, Student, 1st Grade  Cairo, Egypt  06/09/2008


Feel confident about yourself and study everything in detail. Don't delay.

      Bilal Alsalihi, Student, Senior High School  Sanaa, Yemen  10/13/2008


1) We should manage our time. 2) We should read books with great concentration. 3) We should understand before we memorize. 4) We should apply various memory tips (mnemonics). 5) We change what we are studying every hour. 6) We should be practical rather than theoretical. 7) We should apply everything we read in our life. 8) We should be creative.

      Sailesh Wagle, Student  Kathmandu, Nepal  03/10/2008


Try finding the purpose of the test. What is the test about and what are the main things? Then think about what you learned and then what you think will be on the test. After you know all the major things, move on to the less important or unlikely things to be on the test.

      John H., Student, 8th Grade  Toronto, Ontario, Canada  10/09/2008


When you study make sure you are in an uncluttered environment.

      Shea D., Student, 7th Grade  Ocala, Florida, USA  01/17/2008


Jot down all your assignments in a pocket notebook. At the end of the day you will be left with a list of your overall study goals. This way you can quickly organize your materials and complete assignments in the most efficient order possible. It is the simplest and fastest way I know to reduce stress and increase productivity.

      Dereck Stairs, Student, BAS Sophomore  Missoula, Montana, USA  02/05/2008


My study tip is read your notes, homework, and vocabulary for about thirty minutes to an hour every day until your test, exam, or quiz. The last thing is that you can always trust how-to-study.com if you are stuck. NEVER PROCRASTINATE or you will not be successful in life.

      Triet Tran, Student, Seventh Grade  Katy, Texas, USA  03/31/2008


Study at least three times per week so you don't need to cram.

      Jasmine Ligacion, Student, Grade 5  Brampton, Ontario, Canada  05/27/2008


I study only when I am in the mood to study. I don't have fixed times.

      Aditya Uluvare, Student, A 2002  Mumbai, Indiana, India  05/24/2008


Get a good night's sleep. Do not study on a empty stomach. Read class notes, then reading assignments. Be attentive and keep focused.

      Theresa R., Student, College Junior  New York, New York, USA  04/07/2008


Studying is important. But school shouldn't be all work and no play. Spend some time in extracurricular activities. I play in the school band and it is a welcome break. Then I feel better when I go back to studying.

      Joshua Engelberg, Student, 10th  Madison, Wisconsin, USA  11/03/2008


Pay attention to your teachers and write good notes. On tests, teachers ask a lot of questions about what they talk about. My notes help me do well.

      Hermann Bergmann, Student, 10th Year  Munich, Germany  08/27/2008


I tell my students not to get what I like to call Highlighter Happy. Students are trying to highlight all of the important information and by the time they are through with their assignment, they have highlighted the entire assignment and missed all of the important items they really needed! Leave the highlighter in your bookbag and underline the information you need. If the info is important enough anyway, the teacher will gladly repeat the info.

      Amanda Roberson, Teacher, 8th Grade Language Arts  Ozark, Alabama, USA  01/29/2008


Study things you don't already know. It sounds obvious, but too many people study material they already know rather than things they don't.

      Duncan P., Student, 10th Grade  Golden, Colorado, USA  06/11/2008


First you must stay focused in your studying. Then if you are bored, try to relax for 15 minutes and study again.

      Bem Tan, Student, Grade Six  Panabo, Philippines  04/11/2008


You can make flash cards and then ask an adult to help you study for your test.

      Jamie Barreca, Student, 8th Grade  Covington, Louisiana, USA  09/25/2008


One of the absolutely best ways I find to prepare for a test is to grab a set of flash cards and spend the first night brainstorming every possible question a teacher can ask you. Honestly, that is the most important step; think of everything. This should take you no longer than taking time to review all of these questions over and over until you know them. I passed this on to many of my students, and they swear by it.

      Jennifer Berry, Teacher, Grade 3  Truro, Massachusetts, USA  02/22/2008


My study tip is to use association and grouping. This will help you make better grades and reduce your study time. When you use grouping and association you will only study half the time and your grades will go up.

      Meagan W., Student  Rose Bud, Arkansas, USA  03/18/2008


When I study I talk to myself. This seems pretty weird but it actually works. I talk really loud and ask myself questions such as "Do you know what year military leader Wolfe died?" I know the answer and I say this in a game show host's voice. You will quite enjoy doing this. If you are studying for vocabulary words, go on the Internet and make your own crossword puzzle using the word or ask a friend to make one for you.

      Diane M., Student, 7  Toronto, Ontario, Canada  01/09/2008


Keep faith in yourself. Don't give up. Hard work in school will give you a better life.

      Shara W., Student, High School  Kisumu, Kenya  08/07/2008


Relax and go to a quiet place where you will be alone. You can read things aloud to yourself, or if you have to memorize something, write it down over and over until you have it 'written' in your brain.

      Billy B, Student, 9  Nashville, Tennessee, USA  04/21/2008


Every year I have more schoolwork to do after school. So I schedule more time in my day to do it. I even do some work on the weekend. Doing well in school is very important to me and I am willing to give up some other things when I have to.

      Angela Green, Student, 10th Grade  Louisville, Kentucky, USA  10/08/2008


You must have the motivation to study.

      Hamza Ben Younes, Student, Multimedia  Muscat, Oman  11/11/2008


Study real hard and you can do anything you want in school Do extra work so you can understand what you are doing in class and always do your best on tests too.

      Bill Kellogg, Student, 11 Grade 2008  Cranston, Rhode Island, USA  10/06/2008


I take some of my notebooks home and write the things down twice that I need to remember. Then I write questions down about the notes that I wrote. I go to one of the adults in my house to ask me the questions and make up some of their own so I don't know the answer automatically. I do this every three school days.

      Tiana-Jade Velez, Student, 6th Grade  Fords, New Jersey, USA  06/02/2008


My friends and I use a study technique that is a very effective and fun "quiz method." One will question and the others (normally two people) will answer. Try it, and you will realize that having a competition is the way to go!

      Amalina Anas, Student, Form 3  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  02/24/2008


Being an amazing academic decathlete, I've noticed that the greatest way to remember a TON of information is to outline it over and over again. I outlined a 186 page packet 6 times before I competed in Regionals, and by the 6th time, I already knew everything in the entire packet.

      Amazing Decathlete, Student, 10th Grade  Erie, Pennsylvania, USA  01/05/2008


My study tip is to make up a funny phrase or sentence to help you remember definitions, essays, or even stories.

      Jenessa Moore, Student, 9  Saginaw, Michigan, USA  02/05/2008


I try not to sit too much. You have to move around sometimes so your brain keeps working. I move around for a couple of minutes about every half hour. It keeps me alert.

      Rosa Perez, Student, 8th Grade  Santa Barbara, California, USA  09/29/2008


1. Avoid interruptions 2. Have a schedule 3. Take notes in class (notes that are written on the blackboard are very important) 4. Take a break every 20-30 minutes 5. Read the topics before starting 6. Question yourself about what you read 7. Answer the questions in your textbook 8. Relax when you take a test (don't put too much pressure on yourself).

      Mina Shaha, Student, 9th  Paris , France  11/17/2008


Read your definitions over and over. Use index cards.

      Holly V., Student, 7  Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA  02/22/2008


Be Serious about school. Be sure to Try your hardest. Try to understand the information. Be determined to succeed. Be positive - say yes I can do this.

      William Johnson, Student, High School Junior To Be  Cleveland, Ohio, USA  08/07/2008


If you are good at memorising, especially songs, try to make a rhythm or lyrics for a song from information about some subjects which you need help with. That way you can sing your song or rhythm and know your information about many subjects or just 1. Glad to help.

      Maryam Fiza, Student, Year 7  London, United Kingdom  01/05/2008


Study what you have in hand and concentrate on what you are reading. Most students roam in the mind while keeping books in their hands. Prepare and plan for your studying.

      Abdul Aziz Rahimoon Ali Akbar Rahimoon, Student, 12  Umerkot, Pakistan  11/30/2008


Creating a relaxing environment should help with a couple of healthy snacks by your side to keep yourself active in what you are doing. Don't let laziness take you over because you are much stronger than that.

      Amira Asad, Student, 8th Grade  Brooklyn, New York, USA  10/16/2008


When studying always make sure you have all the materials needed. Also, make sure you are in a comfortable study place so that you can concentrate.

      Katelyn Alexander, Student, 7  Rose Bud, Arkansas, USA  03/18/2008


I study the diagrams in my science text. I learn best by seeing things and that helps me a lot.

      Edward Williamson, Student, Secondary  Birmingham, United Kingdom  11/07/2008