Study Strategies that Work!

“Crunch Time” Is Stressful for Students. Here are Study Strategies that Work!

By: Oxford Learning Edmonton West (Callingwood)

“Will I pass?  Will I get all my assignments done?  I hate exams!  How will I handle next year?”  Anxiety levels are on the rise among both kids and parents as students head into the final part of the school year after spring break.  While young people in middle schools and high schools are completing end-of-the-year assignments and preparing to write exams and standardized tests, the experts at Oxford Learning – a leading expert in preparing children for lifelong success – recommend that now is the ideal time to put new learning strategies to work.  Students who adopt effective study skills can reduce their stress, maximize the last few months of the school year, and build a foundation to do even better next year.

Which Study Strategy is Best for You?

There is no one great way to study!  Everyone’s way of studying is different.  Don’t limit yourself to one method, try different ones and figure out which ones are best for you.

Study Notes:  Make sure that your class notes are complete, organized, and easy to read.  Study notes are effective for EVERY class, and are highly recommended for use in all forms of study.  When it comes down to studying from class notes, do not simply read them over and over.  Actively read them, and make connections as you are reading.   You can write down new thoughts and ideas in the margins, or underline parts that you need to study further.  A successful student will constantly evaluate their understanding of the material they are studying.

Quizzes and Practice Tests These are great ways to study.  Quizzing yourself before you start studying helps you discover which concepts you don’t understand or remember and in which areas you require the most focus and review.

Memorization Our brains store information in two areas:  short-term memory and long-term memory.  When you see or hear something for the first time, you file it into your short-term memory.  Unless you work to move it to your long-term memory, you will soon forget it.  Storing information in your long-term memory is a very important part of school.

Effective strategies to help you remember what you’ve learned are:

  1. Review all of your study notes and text material regularly.
  2. While reviewing your notes, read them out loud.  Cover the information you are working on and recite it.  Read it over until you have committed it to memory.
  3. Rewriting information can be helpful, especially definitions or vocabulary terms.
  4. Memorizing facts, formulas, and definitions is great for helping you pass a test, but it’s not effective beyond that unless you understand the material.  While you are using your memorization techniques to remember information, make sure you understand how to use it, when to use it, and how it relates to other concepts you have learned.  Understanding the material also helps you retain it.

About Oxford Learning

Since being established in 1984, Oxford Learning has grown to include more than 100 learning centres across Canada and the United States.  Oxford Learning goes beyond tutoring to help students reach their learning potential, not just for one grade or one year but for a lifetime.  The unique programs teach children to learn how to learn.  Just one to two hours a week can make a world of difference in developing the right skills and habits to succeed, no matter what the subject or the grade level, and breaking the cycle of hiring tutors year-after-year.

Oxford Learning is the only supplemental educator that focuses on teaching children to learn how to learn.  A customized supplemental education plan can be integral to advancing a student’s success.  Oxford Learning specialists conduct a personal dynamic assessment of every child who enrolls, and set a plan based on the student’s individual needs.  Just a couple of hours a week can make a lifelong and lasting difference in boosting a child’s learning abilities and self-esteem.

For more information, please contact Carrie MacDonald, Centre Director at Oxford Learning Edmonton West by either phone (780.433.0078) or email (edmontonwest@oxfordlearning.com).  Mention this blog and get your Dynamic Assessment for FREE!

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