Life after high school: how do homeschoolers perform in real life? Great! The umbrella school that we are part of has graduated 14 classes of homeschoolers. These kids have gone on to attend college, joined the armed forces, served on the mission fields, taken on careers, or become homemakers.
Since we’re planning this week, how about some study tips that will help for high school (or college success)? I asked my facebook buddies how to plan to study well:
Joanna Tillman I used to take my handwritten notes and type them on the computer. Helped me retain
what I’d learned in class.
Angela Asher O’Shaughnessy Use color to differentiate the types of information. Diagrams or doodles can actually help some people.
Sarah Varnell one of the best tips my professor ever gave us was to read through your notes (briefly ~ 15min) for a class once a day every day. When a test came around you were already familiar with your notes and did not have to cram the night before. I would also add reading your textbook and going to class.
Kyle ThorpTurn off cellphone, twitter, email, etc, if they distract you while you’re studying. Much better to have 20 minutes of focused studying then two hours of multi-tasking.
Rebekah Groop Sit in the same spot every time you go to class, especially when you go to take the test. My psychology professor told me this definitely helps when it comes to recalling something if visually things are the same. Keep your notes organized using good penmanship, typing them up or rewriting them once you’re done with class, use highlighters, post-it-notes, etc. whatever you can do to stay organized! It makes studying way easier. And take one 5-10 minute break every 1-2 hours you study. It helps to give your brain time to rest, and shows if you’re actually retaining the material when you come back to it.
Brian O’Sullivan Wow, so far everyone has written tips that always helped me back in the day. Well except for the twitter, cellphone, FaceBook thing. Didn’t even have email back when I was in college! <LOL> BUT I totally agree – when you need to focus, unplug all of those electronic distractibles.
Constance Lindgreen and… THINK. reflect! and think again…about what you’re reading/doing, when you’re reading or doing it.
What are some study tips you can share?
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