Study Skills

Make homework a positive experience by following these guidelines:
    1.  Have a set place for doing your homework. It should be:

                -well lit
                -well supplied
              -60 to 90 minutes

   2.  Have a set time for doing your homework.: Most importantly BE CONSISTENT!

   3.  Avoid distractions:  TV, phones, friends, siblings, games systems etc. Your homework will go more quickly and you will get more out of it if you               avoid such distractions.

   4.  Use a planner!  A planner helps you keep track of what homework you need to complete and you can check it off after you've turned your                            assignments in. Remember, you only get credit for homework if you hand it in! All OHMS students receive a planner at the beginning of the school            year. 

   5.  Do the most difficult (or the ones you like least) assignments first. Getting them out of the way will give you a sense of accomplishment and the                    energy to go on.

   6.  Make sure an older family member is around for help if you need it. Students whose parents are involved with helping them with their homework do         much better in school. If a family member is not available for help arrange with your teacher to get help before or after school.

   7.  Break down big assignments into smaller more manageable pieces. Don't try to finish your entire assignment the evening before it's due.


How much time should I spend on homework?

The following is an "average" amount of time students should spend depending on their grade level. Students should usually plan on 10 minutes per grade level Mon-Thurs. Students should also plan on spending time doing homework one day during the weekend.

    Grades 4-6        45-60 minutes a school day

    Grades 7-9        70-90 minutes a school day

    Grades 10-12    100-120 minutes a school day

Seven Habits of Highly Responsible Students:

     1.  Set Goals: Goals help students focus on what's important and what's not

     2.  Plan their time: Using a daily planner and a monthly calendar will help students plan their time

     3.  Study every day: On the days when no homework is assigned take the opportunity to review vocabulary words or study for a Math test

     4.  Take notes in class: Teachers often "spell out" what they think is important for students to know and what's likely to be on a test. Notes are also                  extremely helpful to review before a test.

     5.  Have the tools you need: Come to class prepared with paper, pencils, pens, etc.

     6.  Keep your commitments: Do your assignments well and turn them in on time! Keeping your school commitments will help you feel a great sense             of satisfaction.

     7.  Get ready ahead of time: Take 5-10 minutes before bedtime to get everything ready for the next day.