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           Monroe Township High School
Study Skills Workshop (30 min.)

         Study Habits
    Ms. DeMarco – Language Arts
         Mr. Esteves - Science
    Ms. Fennessy – Language Arts
    Ms. LoBello – World Language
   Ms. Profaci – Math and Special Ed
  Be Organized
1. Homework Pad or Daily Agenda
   *Write down the subject, chapter, page #s, and
    problem #s in your agenda pad EVERY DAY.

2. Three-Ring Binders
    *Buy a 3 ring binder for each class so you can easily
    insert handouts. If you miss a day’s notes, you can
    copy someone else’s and insert them where they

3. Color-Coded 2 pocket Folders for Each Class
     *Have a different colored pocket folder (or binder)
    for each class to quickly organize quizzes and tests.
  Be Organized
4. Phone Numbers for Classmates
    *Make sure you have the phone number of at least
    one person in each class.
5. Locker and Backpack
      *NEVER put loose papers in your locker, backpack
    or book. First in pocket folder, then hole punch into
      *Block: Set up an A Day and B Day backpack.
6. Get Organized Before Bed
      *Put completed homework in appropriate folders.
    Everything you need for the following day should be
    placed in the same room/area of your house each
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 How can being organized help
 you to become a better
 Be Successful in the Classroom
1.   Adapt to Different Teachers
      *In the classroom, the teachers are in charge and
     make the rules. Adapt to different personalities and
     teaching styles.

2.   Be Prepared
      *Bring books, pen/pencils, and paper to class.
     Complete all assignments. When you’re prepared,
     class participation is MUCH easier!

3.   Sit in the Front of Class if Possible
      *This makes it easier to pay attention and to stay
Be Successful in the Classroom

 4.   Be Aware of Body Language
       *Teachers know who is paying attention,
      taking notes, and listening.

 5. Always Do Your Homework
     *Homework reinforces learning and provides
    valuable practice time.
     *Grades drop every time an assignment is
Be Successful in the Classroom
 6. Participate in Class
     *Many teachers give participation points
    which will boost your grade.
      *Participating also keeps you focused.

 7.   Courtesy and Respect
       *Treat your teachers and classmates the
      same way that you want to be treated.

 8.   Involve Your Parents
        *Make your parents your allies. When they
      ask “What did you do in school today?” give
      them details of class activities and projects.
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 Discusstwo ways to
 successfully participate in
Take Good Notes
1. Listen Actively
     *When you actively listen, you try to
   understand the information that is being
   presented: Is it new? What does it remind you
   of? Clarify any questions you have in class.

2.    Take Notes to Help You Pay Attention
       *When you take notes, you don’t have time
     to think about anything else.

3. Recognize Important Information
     *Anything your teacher takes the time to
   write on the board or overhead should be
   considered very important!
Take Good Notes
4. Readability
      *Write the subject, date, and
   corresponding chapter/page # at the top of
   each page of notes.
     *Use symbols and abbreviations.
     *Write key words in margins.

5. Get Notes When you are Absent
     *Use your “class buddy,” or get to class
   early and ask your teacher for handouts,
   missed quizzes/tests, and notes.

6. Review Your Notes
     *Go over your notes to keep them fresh in
   your mind. Use a highlighter.
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 Sharethree benefits of taking
 notes during class.
     How to Read a Textbook
1.    SCAN
       *Read the title, subtitles, and everything in bold
      and italic print. Look at all pictures, graphs and
      charts. Read review questions and summaries.

2.    READ
        *When your reading has a purpose, your
      comprehension improves and it’s easier to stay
      focused. Turn each boldfaced subtitle into a

3.    REVIEW
       *Reviewing locks information into your brain
      before it has a chance to evaporate.
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The next topic is going to be
  about STUDYING, so…
 What is your most effective
  studying method?
1. Find a Good Place to Study
    *Have a regular place to study that is well lit,
   comfortable, and has a surface for writing.
    *Have paper, pencils, a calculator, dictionary and
    *It doesn’t have to be perfectly quiet, but you
   shouldn’t be in front of the TV!

2. Get Started
      *Begin with something simple or a subject you
3. Know Your Learning Style
     *Do you learn better by hearing or seeing
   the information? Think about how you learn
   and adjust your method of studying

4. Organize Your Study Time
     *Plan: Decide what needs to be done and the
   order in which you will do it.
     *Alternate types of work to keep your brain
   active (read/write/problem solve).
     *Large tasks: Break down into smaller parts.
     *Memorizing: Work on this first and then
   review it at the end of your study session.
5. Study For Tests
     *Know what to study. Pay particularly close
   attention in class the day before a test.
     *Try to explain the process or vocabulary word to
   another person.

  If you pay attention and ask questions in class, complete all
       homework, and review old tests throughout the marking
      period, you’ve given yourself the best chance for success.
6. Review Often
    *When you review, you move information from your
   short-term memory into your long-term memory.

7. Use Tricks to Help You Memorize
     *Use flash cards to memorize vocabulary words,
   facts, and lists.
      *Don’t do it all at once...CHUNK!
      *Go over information that you want to remember
   right before you go to sleep!
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 Describe a time that you
 studied really hard for a
 test…and did not do well.
 What went wrong?
Test-Taking Strategies
1.   Get a Good Start
        *Have everything you need for the
     test (pencil, erasable pen, calculator).
     If you have a couple of minutes before
     the test, relax and review notes.

2.   Develop a Plan
       *Before you begin answering
     questions, quickly look over the entire
     test and develop a plan so you allow
     enough time to complete everything.
Test-Taking Strategies
3.   Mark Questions That You Want to
     Return to
      *Put a dot or light check mark by any
     answer you’re not sure of. After you go
     through all questions, return to the
     ones you marked and try again.

**Don’t panic if you don’t know the
   answers to the first few questions.
   Sometimes it takes a few minutes for
   your brain to get into gear.
Test-Taking Strategies
4.   Multiple Choice
      *Try to come up with the answer in
     your head before you look at the
      *Use process of elimination.

5.   True/False
       *Statements with always, never, all,
     and none in them are usually FALSE.
       *Statements with usually, often,
     sometimes, most, and many in them
     are usually TRUE.
 Test-Taking Strategies
6.   Essay Questions
    Organize ideas in outline or cluster web
    Draft essay in clear and concise complete
    Introduction: Get reader’s attention with
     personal anecdote or imagery. Then, state
     your position and what the reader can expect
     to learn from your essay.
    Body paragraphs: Present details, ideas,
     observations, and facts as evidence.
    Closing: Restate your position and state
     larger significance of your topic

Test Taking Strategies

7.   Math Tests
     *Before you start to solve a problem, try to
     estimate what the answer will be.
      *Don’t spend too much time on one
     problem. Move on and come back to it later.
      *Show ALL of your work.

8.   Open Book Tests
      *The key is to be able to locate the
     information quickly.
       *Highlight your notes and put self-stick
     notes or bookmarks in your textbook.
       *Answer all questions you know without
     using the book first.
Test Taking Strategies

9.    Check Answers
        *If you have time, check all answers,
      even the ones you know are correct.
      You may have read the question wrong
      or made a careless mistake. Always
      use all the time that you are given!

10.   Go Over All Returned Tests
         *Go over each question you missed
      and write in the correct answer. Check
      to make sure your test was graded
      correctly. File all returned tests in your
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 True or False…
 If you don’t know the answer
 to a question, you should mark
 it and come back to it later.
Reduce Test Anxiety
1. Some Anxiety is Good
      *A little anxiety before a test improves your
   concentration and alertness. Excessive worry,
   or test anxiety will lower your test scores.

2. Study Early
      *Review material ahead of time, several

3. Confidence
     *Walk into the test with your head up and
   you shoulders back. You will feel more
 Reduce Test Anxiety

4. Positive Thinking
      *Believe in yourself and your abilities! Say to
   yourself, “Bring it on!” “I CAN get through this!”
   “There’s no time like the present.” The more you
   practice this the better you will be at test taking.

5. Relaxation Techniques
      *Notice tension in your body during testing.
   Take 3 slow, deep (inaudible) breaths and think of
   a place where you feel very relaxed and calm.
   Rotate your neck and shoulders a few times.
 and finally…
 Get Help When You Need It
1.   Talk to Your Teacher
       *Let your teacher know if you are having
     difficulty. Make arrangements to stay after
     school or to come to school early.

2.   Get a Tutor
        *Free tutoring is available every day after
     school at MTHS.
        *Check with your Guidance Counselor to see
     if he or she has a list of outside tutors (fee).
Get Help When You Need It
   CMAC -- Math help Monday through Thursday (Walk-
    in) 2:15-3:15
   Writing Lab -- Monday through Friday (Walk-in)
   World Language -- Monday through Thursday
    (Walk-in) 2:15-3:15
   History – Monday & Wednesday (Walk-in) 2:15-3:15
   NHS Student Tutors -- Monday through Thursday.
    Walk-in or make an appointment with your Guidance
In Closing …

• Be organized
• Be successful in the classroom
• Study smart
• Use test-taking strategies
• Get help when you need it
It’s going to be a great year!

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