ST. MARIES JT. SCHOOL DISTRICT #41
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2
PA R E N T / S T U D E N T N E W S L E T T E R
Study Skills & Test Taking Skills “A Road Map to Success”
Many books and articles have been written on the subject of study skills. There are also many helpful tips on the internet. Your student’s educational success depends on his or her ability to develop good study skills which includes using time effectively. For some students, motivation and good study habits come naturally. Others must work hard to develop these skills. This newsletter is designed to encourage parents to work with their students to develop effective study skills. Since all students are different, help your student explore a method that works well for him or her. Some important tips are highlighted below. Take time to go over these tips with your student. Organize Your Time. Remembering. Remembering is repetition and relevance. If you repeat information enough times, you’ll remember it; however, you will remember the information better if you associate the information with something you know. Make up a one-page summary sheet for key information, facts, terms, etc. that you might see on the exam. Studying is only the beginning. No matter how hard you study, if you do not have good test taking skills, you won’t have the highest possible results. The 3 “Rs” of Test Taking 1. REST—Get a good night’s sleep. 2. READY—Study for the test. 3. READ—Read the instructions and questions carefully. Test Taking Tip - First answer the questions you know, mark and skip the ones you don’t know, then go back and answer the skipped questions.
If you would like more information about the GEAR UP Program and the activities planned, contact Virginia Beebe, grant manager, at 245-5543; Helen Kevo, UpRiver and C.E.C. middle school GEAR UP site coordinator, at 245-2608; or Corina Cox, high school GEAR UP site coordinator, at 245-2142, Ext. 18.
When to Study Schedule your study time. Allocate your time where time is needed. Do not study immediately after a heavy meal or prior to going to bed. Study when you are well rested and alert. Schedule breaks every 30-40 minutes. Review regularly. Don’t stay up all night studying. If possible, study in short intervals several days before the exam. Where to Study Find a quiet place to study without distractions. Have all your study books and notes ready before you sit down. Sitting at a table or desk is much better than lying across a bed.
Coming next month . . .
Elks’ Christmas Basket Project Volunteers are needed to help wrap gifts for the Elks’ Christmas Baskets. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Sunday, December 14 Elks’ Lodge 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
Use a calendar or day planner to keep record of daily assignments, test dates, and other important due dates. Listen Carefully. Listening is 80% of learning. Take Notes. Taking notes is 20% of your classroom time. Date, label, and number your pages. Keep all notes together for each individual class.
Service Learning Opportunity! Skateboard Park Meeting Thursday, November 20, 2008 5:30 p.m. City Hall Ninth Graders: Report your service learning hours to Corina Cox at the high school GEAR UP Office to get credit.