Study Tips to Help Students Excel in High School

Using proven study tips can help students achieve academic goals.

In high school, the pressure is on. Good grades and extracurricular activities are all geared towards getting into the college of your dreams. With the extra work load of advanced classes and, for many students, a part-time job, the need to effectively complete assignments and study becomes harder still. However, a few pieces of advice can help any student do better in school.

1.  Time management is your most important skill.

Frequently, a high school student comes home with what seems to be an insurmountable amount of homework. “How am I ever going to get it all done?” they ask, and then wind up being unable to complete any of it because of disorganization. Simply being able to pause, and plan out what needs to be completed in the available time should see every assignment completed, with spare time left over for all-important socializing and recreation.

2.  Work on your studies every day.

Cramming and pulling all-nighters may seem like the cool thing to do, but they are counterproductive. Simple things like reviewing your notes each night can keep the material fresh in your mind, retained in your memory and eliminate the need for panicked last-minute attempts to memorize everything.

3.  Stay organized.

It is very easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of paperwork, textbooks and notebooks that high school requires. Keeping it all organized will better allow you to find needed information so that you can use it for studying. Also, nothing tanks your grade faster than missed homework assignments. Adding a bunch of needless zeros into your grade can drop an A down to a C (or worse) very quickly.

4.  Participate in class.

This may sound like common sense, but when you actively participate in class discussions and activities, you retain more of the information that is being presented. Contributing to the class and paying attention will have your mind thinking about the material, not just passively absorbing information that will soon be forgotten.

5.  Set goals for yourself.

No one plans to fail, but committing yourself towards a desired end will motivate you to try your best to make those goals a reality. Just remember to make sure that you set reasonable goals. Setting an unreasonable goal will only result in failure. If this happens, you will be even more frustrated and disappointed. Figure out a good set of goals, and work hard to achieve them

6.  Learn how to take good notes.

Being able to follow a discussion and jot down the most important points is one skill that you will definitely need in college. High school allows you the opportunity to learn and refine this skill. Your teacher can always help you improve your note taking, and comparing notes with other classmates can reinforce important concepts.

High school is an important time in your education. Parents and teacher expect you to work independently and complete assignments on time. With the right attitude and the belief that you can do well, these study tips can help put you on the path of high school success.