The Reporter: Study tips for a new school year

The following story was written by students on the staff of The Reporter as part of Hilliard Bradley High School’s Journalism Production course.

by Amanda Nashalsky, Get Involved Co-Editor

Now that school has started, it is around that time of year where people realize they need more effective study methods. The skills you learn in your high school years can be used in college and possibly a career when deadlines are set, and a great work ethic will get it done on time. Whatever grade you’re in, this next year should be getting progressively harder, so the intensity of the review should be getting harder . Especially for the incoming freshman who have never experienced the high school setting, and haven’t been faced with the responsibility and freedom in their previous years.

Some people like Laura Powell (9) find Quizlet to be a great tool to study before any big tests, especially because teachers sometimes make their own Quizlets specifically for their unit. Powell said she enjoys using tools on the app like “the flashcards and the little tests to help prepare for the real thing.”

Another tool used are little quirks to help the material stay in your head. Cameron Whitt (11) said that he “waits until night to study because I heard that it is better to study before you go to bed.” Another strategy used similar to this is that if you are writing in blue pen you will remember it more. This may or may not be true, but it can never hurt to try!

Caroline Rogers (10), who is taking some challenging classes this year, “uses flashcards of key terms and writes down all homework in a planner”. This is a great way to keep organized and to really understand the material.

Lastly, a senior Khalysah Rashid uses simpler methods to study with her lighter schedule by “getting lots of sleep at night and studying in short periods of time not all at once.”

These are just a few of the methods that students use, but any other method is just as productive if it works for you. Different people find themselves learning in many different ways like a visual learner needing to see the connections, an auditory learner needing to learn through listening/lectures, or a kinesthetic learner who is more hands-on with their approach. Some of these examples are from students of each grade and are simple ideas when looking for something to remember. Students can also ask their teachers for help or visit test preparation sites like sylvanlearning.com for study tips.