Study Tips

Strong study skills are essential to succeed in school and in life. It is not enough to just sit inside a classroom and hope to soak up the knowledge an instructor is presenting. Students must put effort into learning, understanding, and applying the material. The earlier students develop these skills, the greater their chance of academic success.

There is no magic solution when it comes to developing good study habits. Not everyone learns the same way. So, not everyone will study the same way. Some people need absolute silence to review textbooks, lecture notes, and handouts to prepare for an exam. Others study better in a group bouncing ideas off one another. The study skills you develop will be based heavily on your learning style.



Studying does not have to be a difficult process. The biggest mistake people make is developing a study plan that is different from the way they learn best. Not only are they trying to learn new information, but they are trying to adapt to a new way to learn that information too! Make it easy on yourself. Ask yourself a simple question: Are you a visual (see), auditory (hear), or tactile (hands-on) learner? Students should develop study skills that are tailored to their unique style of learning to achieve more productive results.


There are a few key elements every successful student needs to include in a study plan.

  • Time-Management - It is not the amount of time students spend studying that matters. It is what one can accomplish during that time. Students are encouraged to develop a study plan and learn how to manage their time effectively to maximize results.

  • Motivation – Students who are unmotivated and have a poor attitude will not be very productive during their study sessions. Taking ownership of grades and school work is one way to help students improve their motivation for studying. Students should pick a time of day where they can get motivated to prepare for tests, write essays, and solve problems.

  • Concentration - The ability to concentrate is one of the more important study skills students need to develop. Students will not always be able to study in absolute silence or be able to spend as much time as they would like on a particular project. It is important to learn how to overcome distractions in order to be more focused.

  • When in doubt, ask – Students need to ask when they have questions. Teachers, family, or friends are here for help. It is important to address the problem area as soon as possible. Otherwise, students can end up having to spend even more time studying to catch up.


Standardized exams are not just a requirement for college anymore. A variety of professions now have their own standardized exams for licensing or certification purposes. The study skills students develop throughout school will be extremely beneficial as they prepare for these important exams. Hours and hours will be spent reviewing flashcards, reading study guides, and answering practice questions.

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