Tips For Success

Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School
School Counseling Department

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

    • The first step to studying is to get organized
       - Write down assignments
       - Make sure to take good notes
       - File your papers in the appropriate section
       - Use post-it notes or make lists to help you remember important things

   • Find a "study/homework spot" to use every day. Make sure it is:
       - Well lit
       - Quiet
       - Comfortable and Attractive - The space should be inviting, but not too comfortable that it will be distracting
       - Neat
       - Stocked - paper, pencils, pens, erasers, dictionary, etc.

   • Develop and stick to a routine.

   • Review class material regularly.

   • Participate
       - Ask questions in class or after class if unsure about the material
       - Go for extra help if you are struggling
       - Make sure you correct and understand any mistakes you may have made

   • "SQ3R"
       - Survey - Look over an assignment and try to pick out the clues
       - Question - Think of questions regarding to the material
       - Read - While reading the assignment it may help to take notes
       - Restate - Test yourself by summarizing, in your own words, what you have read
       - Review - go over the material right away and a few days later to be sure you know what you covered

   • Techniques to help memorization:
       - Acronyms
       - Sentences
       - Flash Cards
       - Grouping - studying similar things together
       - Recitation
       - Rhymes
       - Images
       - Personalization - make a personal connection to the information (ie. relating a date to a birthday)
       - Singing

   • Don't procrastinate
        - Set goals and stick to them

   • Relieve Stress
       - Don't stay up late
       - Review every day
       - Eat healthy meals
       - Be positive
       - Do deep breathing

   • Test Taking Tips
       - Scan the test
       - Do the easiest problem first
       - Don't spend too much time on one question
        - Pace yourself
       - Ask questions if you do not understand what the test is asking
       - Read each question carefully
        - Make sure you are answering all parts of the question
       - Don't worry if others finish before you
        - Take your time and be careful
       - Look over the test before you hand it in

The Parent Institute, 1999, http://www.parent-institute.com