WHERE CAN I GO FOR EXTRA...
As a guidance department, we highly
encourage our students to take advantage of the many opportunities for
additional help available to them:
- Free after
school tutoring c/o HHS National Honor Society students. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 302, 3:00 to 3:30 pm. No appointment necessary, all subjects.
- 1-800-ASK-ROSE: Free Math and Science help for Indiana
students grades 6-12 care of Rose-Hulman University students.
- Visit www.brightstorm.com and www.khanacademy.org for help on a
variety of subjects, particularly Math and
- Visit the
individual webpages of your student's teacher(s). Often times
students/parents can view previous assignments, an online textbook, and
helpful web resources specifically tailored to that subject matter.
- iPhone Apps:
- iHomework: Helps
students keep up-to-date with their school work, grades, to-do's,
teachers' information throughout the school year. Allows the student
to have a school organizer anywhere they go with constant reminders coming
from their phone.
- iFlash: Allows
student to upload their flashcards to their phone. This will keep
students from losing their flashcards and allow them to have the
capability of studying at any time.
- iProcrastinate: A simple
task management phone application. Allows students to put in
due-dates, break down tasks, and "star" items that you want to
have quick access to.
- Maintain good
communication with classroom teachers.
All teacher emails are available on our HHS website: www.highland.k12.in.us/HHS.
- Monitor student
grades, attendance, and more via our Ed Ease Parent System. Contact Jenny Cooper in our Main Office
to be assigned an activation code to create an account if you do not have
one set up. 922-5610.
- Maintain good
attendance, stay organized, and prioritize all responsibilities.
STUDY SKILLS WEBSITES
Note Taking Method: http://coe.jmu.edu/LearningToolbox/cornellnotes.html
Learning Strategies: www.muskingum.edu/~cal/database/general/index
Skills and Study Guides: www.askrose.org/students
Management Skills: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/time.html
GENERAL STRATEGIES FOR MAKING
The most important thing is to be and ACTIVE
learner. This means that when you are in a learning environment, you have
to actively involve your brain. Ask yourself questions about the material
being covered. Ask the teacher about the material. Think about how
the new information fits with things you already know about the subject.
It doesn't matter how you do it, but you have to THINK! If you are
actively involved when you learn, you will drastically reduce the amount of
time needed to learn the material.
Reading complicated books
for class is difficult because often times the material is new, there is a lot
of it, and you may not find it incredibly interesting. In other words, it
can be BORING. There are ways to make learning from reading more
some reading strategies:
1. In general, do not start on
page 1 and read to the end. If the material is boring to you, you just
wasted a lot of your time. Again, you have to be an active learner.
2. First, look at all of the pictures and read the captions.
Many textbooks will try to cram an entire paragraph worth of information in the
captions of the pictures.
3. Next, read the titles to the sections and think about what will be
in each section. The key word here is THINK.
4. Then, read the first paragraph in each of those major sections.
The first paragraph is usually a summary of the material to come.
5. Next, read any bolded vocabulary words and see if you
understand how they fit in with what you now know about the material.
6. Then, if there is a summary page at the end of the chapter,
read it carefully.
7. Finally, read the rest of the material. But remember, reading it
without thinking is a waste of time.
If you only do steps 1-6, you already know more than both people who don't read
at all and people who read without thinking. It also only takes about 20
minutes if you do it properly.
Another excellent technique to use when reading difficult material is thinking
aloud. Simply by hearing ourselves talk, we are often able to better
focus on the task at hand. This works in all aspects of learning.
LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM
Truly paying attention in the classroom and
being an active learner can drastically decrease the time needed to master
material. Your teacher is there to help you understand the material, but
YOU must make the effort and ultimately be responsible for your own
learning. It is not the teacher's job to be entertaining, so you must try
to engage yourself to learn effectively.
Here are some tips to maximize your learning
in the classroom:
DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Most teachers don't give you homework because they
want to waste your time. They assign the homework because it will
increase your understanding of the material.
2. Form your own opinions about the material and be ready to discuss
them in class.
3. Avoid distractions. If you know that sitting next to your
friend will be distracting, don't sit there. If you like to look out the
windows, sit away from them. You are in school to learn, not to
4. During lectures, evaluate what you hear. Constantly ask
yourself if you understand the new information and how it relates to what you
5. If you don't understand something, ASK! That is what
teachers get paid for. If you don't want to ask in class, see the teacher
before or after class, during his/her prep time, or set up an appointment.
6. Show outward interest during lectures. This will help you
focus and lets your teacher know that you are paying attention.
It is natural to get a little nervous before a test, but getting too nervous
negatively affects your performance. If you have studied, worrying about
what you don't know won't help you. When you take a test you must...
2. Remain calm.
3. Be comfortable, but remain alert.
4. Read all questions CAREFULLY! Missing a question because
you misread it is an unnecessary error.
There are also some strategies for performing well
on different types of tests:
Unless you are 110% sure, never change an answer on a test. Many
times you know the answer. Second-guessing yourself often leads to wrong
2. Multiple Choice Tests: The nice thing about multiple choice
tests is that the answer is there. You just have to pick the right
one. If you don't know the answer, know if you should guess. Some
tests punish you for wrong answers. If you should guess, narrow down as
much as possible, and then make a best guess.
3. True/False Questions: Words like "never, none, always,
every, entirely, only" usually indicate a FALSE statement. Words
like "sometimes, often, frequently, ordinarily, generally" usually
indicate TRUE statements. If you have no idea, guess FALSE. Read
the question carefully. For a true statement to be true, every part of
the question must be true.
4. Essay Tests: When answering an essay question, it is important
that you are actually answering the question! You should answer
the question thoroughly, but do not include false statements. This
is usually a red flag to the teacher that you have some misconceptions. No
detail is too small. Include everything you know about that
TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS
Do you find yourself stressed with all that you have to do?
Are you frequently finishing tasks at the last minute, right
before they are due?
Do you find you have a difficult time concentrating on one
job at a time,
because there are too many things to do?
1. Develop a to-do list.
Keep current and use the list to
set priorities. Use your agenda book or keep a list on your phone.
2. Set priorities according to the following:
(1) Critical, must be done today
(2) Important, must be done soon but not necessarily today
(3) Can wait, no significant time pressure; quick/easy to complete
3. Cooperate with your energy levels.
When are your most productive times? Complete
critical tasks at this time.
4. Set deadlines for important work.
Break large items/assignments into smaller tasks and do a
little each day.
5. Handle/Prevent interruptions:
(1) Your cell phone:
Turn it completely off, set on
"do not disturb," or leave it in another room.
Messages and notifications
will be there when you're done.
(2) Family | Friends:
Let them know that you have
something important to finish and need some time to get it done.
6. Organize your work area.
(1) Organize your book bag first. Get rid of anything you don't
(2) Find a way to organize important papers. Do folders work
best? A binder?
(3) Do you have a space to do your homework?
Claim a space:
A desk in your room? The kitchen table?
Let others know you need this
area to work.
7. Procrastination solutions:
(1) All tasks won't be interesting or fun. Know that it's ok to feel
frustrated and overwhelmed sometimes.
(2) Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part. Pick
a place to begin and go for it.
(3) Set small rewards. Example: I will study for 30 minutes,
followed by 30 minutes of TV.
(4) Don't be your own worst enemy. If you are negative and
pessimistic, it's only going to make things worse.
Do the best that you can.
8. Utilize time savers:
(1) Learn to say NO to distractions or activities that aren't going to
help you get things done.
(2) Plan what you want to do and set small goals.
(3) Learn to practice self-discipline. Set a schedule that is equal
parts fun and equal parts work.
(4) Learn to listen effectively.
If you aren't making good
use of class time, it's going to be more work for you later.
(5) Ask for help when you need it. If you don't know an answer,
star that question for later and keep moving.
Don't get overly frustrated
and give up. Take a 15 minute break and come back to it.
(6) Learn from any mistakes or failures and then move on.
No one expects you to know
everything all the time.
You are there to LEARN.
(7) Have a place for everything. Keep or return everything to its
C/O INDIANA UNIVERSITY NORTHWEST DIVISION OF CONTINUING
READING, COMPREHENSION, AND STUDY SKILLS
ARE TAUGHT BY PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTORS
FOR GRADES 6 - 12
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Ultimately, your education is YOUR
responsibility. It WILL directly affect the rest of your life.
Hopefully, some of these strategies will help you succeed in school.
Remember that you can do it, and that your success is UP TO YOU!