Study Skills for High School Students

Let’s face it, most students I know would rather do almost anything than study for their algebra test that they have bright and early the next morning.

Who wants to work on equations when it has already been a long day at school and you’ve been working on homework for hours?

I think we can all agree that although studying is not on our list of favorite things to do, it is still something that needs to be taken seriously in order to succeed in both high school and college.

We all know that cramming for an exam the night before while sitting in front of the TV and being surrounded by a group of your best friends probably isn’t the best idea.

So if this is what not to do, what are some good study skills for high school students?

It is beneficial to acquire good study habits beginning in high school so we’ve compiled a list that you should help you ace that next big test and all your exams when you move on to college.

6 Study Skills for High School Students

Pay attention in class

Nothing is worse than having to reteach yourself the material the test is because you were distracted during the lesson. It’s important to pay attention and take notes so when the time comes to study, you have all the material you need.

Organization is key

Keep all your notes and homework organized so that you don’t need to go searching for missing papers and problems. You should also have a neat place to study so you are not distracted and things don’t get lost when you are working.

Set up an appointment with your teacher

It is a good idea to meet with your teacher to go through the material before the test. Even if you don’t have any problems with what you are learning, going over it once more with a teacher can never hurt. I remember in high school, my teachers would come in before school on the day of the test, and even just an extra 15 minutes of review can boost your grade.

Start studying early

Every student has experienced the need to cram for a test. Sometimes time gets away from us, and a chemistry test that once was weeks away is suddenly scheduled for tomorrow. It is a good idea to look over your notes everyday so that you stay on top of what you are learning and you don’t need to save it all for the last minute.

You should also devote a reasonable amount of time to studying, because when you save it until you have everything else done, it is easy to just push it aside and go to sleep.

Study in the right atmosphere

Although the intention behind group study sessions are good, it is nearly impossible to focus on the material when you are in a room with a group of your friends. Make sure to study in a quiet space with a clear work area. When you lay on your bed it is easy to drift off so make a point to sit at a table or desk.

Clear the room of distractions such as your phone, the TV and music. More often than not you will end up focusing on those items instead of the material you need to review.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself

In order to do your best, you need to treat yourself right. It is nearly impossible to do well on a test when you’re tired, so getting an adequate amount of sleep is crucial. Eating breakfast, exercising, and dressing for success can also help you feel your best. Taking these small steps can have a big impact on your test score.

No one wakes up saying “I’m so excited for my test today!” but unfortunately test scores and how you do on assignments play a big role in your success in school.

Implementing these good study skill for high school students during high school can help you achieve your academic goals and continue being successful in college.

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Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism. She is involved with the student newspaper, new student programing, and greek life on campus. She has a passion for travel, loves animals, and is always up for an adventure. Shannon also enjoys movies, music and fashion.