Study Skills

Studying regularly will help you to maximize your learning in each course and to stay up to date with your homework. Choose the tips that work best for you.

Create a Study Plan

  • Each week, plan what you will work on each day
  • Keep track of your plan on a calendar, agenda or electronic device
  • Share your study plan with your family

Set up the Mind-set, Time & Space for Studying

  • Find a place at home that is free of distractions, has a flat surface and proper lighting
  • Set a consistent study time for each day
  • Set time limits when you study, plan breaks (for snacks, movement)
  • Get enough sleep, eat properly and exercise
  • Make sure that you’ve brought home all necessary materials to do your work

Share Studying with Others

  • Find a study buddy or join/make a study group
  • Talk to a friend about what you’ve learned
  • Teaching a friend is a great way to support and extend your learning
  • Have someone ask you questions about what you’re learning

Take Notes

  • Take notes during class and review for homework
  • Make sure you include clear headings, unit title, the date and your name
  • When reading, or researching online, take notes
  • Read your notes out loud
  • Write questions to ask your teacher


  • Use your textbook and other reading material to review important information
  • Use sticky notes to keep track of key ideas, terms and concepts
  • Use a highlighter to underline main ideas in your notebook
  • To help you focus on what you’re reading, cover the other part of the page with paper

Help your Memory

  • Create or use acronyms (e.g. LOL J) to help remember facts/concepts
  • Write poetry or songs
  • Use visual aids and word associations such as pictures, charts, flashcards, graphic organizers and mind-maps
  • Make connections between the material you are studying and your personal life

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