Academic Support

Top 10 Study Tips

Click each box to find out how to adjust your time management, note-taking, reading, and test prep.

Time Management

1. Make a weekly or daily to-do list

2. Use a calendar, agenda, or planner and write it with a pen or pencil

3. Get up early to get stuff done

4. Reward yourself when tasks are complete

5. Schedule your “me” time (so it doesn’t eat up study time)

6. Read the syllabus and make plans from it

7. Prioritize and schedule what you need to do – be realistic!

8. Set aside study/class work hours each day

9. Have a spot where all studying takes place

10. Make or join a study group


1. Copy teacher's Google Classroom notes

2. Paraphrase teacher’s words

3. Take up as much space as needed

4. Review your notes every night

5. Create your own abbreviations

6. Jot down any ideas that the teacher repeats

7. Notice verbal cues – “Now this is important”

8. Highlight your book/class materials

9. Write down all examples

10. Rewrite your notes after class


1. Read more than once

2. Highlight and take notes

3. Make margin notes

4. Don’t put off reading assignments until the last minute!

5. Review after reading

6. Keep from dozing off-don’t read right before going to bed and don’t read in bed

7. Read and understand captions and figures

8. Make a glossary of terms

9. Pace yourself

10. Pay attention to key concepts and end of chapter reviews

Test Preparation

1. Make flashcards

2. Rewrite/re-read your notes; reorganize into categories

3. Get help if you need it: use other learning resources

4. Don’t cram!

5. Know the test format

6. Get all of your questions answered

7. Verbalize what you know – tell/teach the material to someone else

8. Be caught up on all work for the test

9. Identify your problem areas

10. Take advantage of extra credit

Need extra help?

Check out these sites for some ideas on how to study smarter, not harder.

District Resources

SDP Office of Family and Community Engagement


Central High School

1700 West Olney Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19141


(215) 400-3590 (phone)

(215) 400-3591 (fax)

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