If you are a parent of a pre-teen or teen, you may be wondering how to keep your child focused and ready for upcoming tests or exams. Guess what…You are not alone!
Our grade 8 teacher, Mrs. Spenst is often asked questions like “How can I get my child to improve their grades?” or “Do you have any study tips we can use?”
Well, you asked, and she answered! Mrs. Spenst is happy to share her wisdom with the world, so here we present to you:
Our Top 7 Study Tips for Students
1. Create a plan for when you will study.
It’s easy to fall into the mode of procrastination; however, creating a plan for when you will study can help make that next test seem less overwhelming. I encourage students to slot in at least two or three study sessions prior to a test. This helps to reduce test stress and is beneficial for the longer-term retention of information. Also, studying a few days before the test will give students the opportunity to come to class and ask the teacher questions about concepts that are still challenging for them.
2. Find a comfortable space that works for you.
Think about a space at home that provides a good study atmosphere. Are you able to concentrate if the TV is on? If not, perhaps you need to find a new study space. Are there too many electronic / video game distractions in the basement? Maybe the kitchen is a better option. Find a spot where you can concentrate for at least 20-30 minutes at a time.
3. Take a few minutes to make sure that your notes are organized.
Doing this a few days prior to the test will give you an opportunity to ask for an extra copy if needed.
4. Try putting your phone or electronic device to the side for at least 20-30 minutes while you study.
Although a device can be helpful at times when you need to look up information on a given topic, texts from friends and Facebook updates can be distracting.
5. Create study notes on cue cards.
It is often best to put one or two facts on a card. For example, students can put the vocabulary word on the front of the card and the definition on the back. Students use their cards to quiz one another or they have a parent, guardian or sibling quiz them at home.
6. Sketch pictures for vocabulary words and concepts.
Sketching a picture on vocabulary cards can also be a great way for students to remember a concept. Associating new information with an image or picture is a great technique for memorizing information as well as understanding abstract concepts.
7. Write down answers to the review questions / topics.
Sometimes students only want to read and look over their notes. I always encourage them to write out answers to the questions. This will help them to understand their notes at a deeper level and chunk them into the correct categories.
You may have already done the most important thing without even knowing it! Just by reading these tips and taking an interest in your child’s education, you are supporting them. Knowing that you support them along the way is one of the best ways to help your child succeed.