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Study Skills

Students who get poor grades in school usually need a lot of support in changing their poor grades to better grades. A collective effort between school and home can be helpful in accomplishing this goal.  


What makes a successful student ? 
Success is achieved and one needs to have a right attitude and work for it!
Getting organized is the first step.
Planning Calendar
Required materials
Time Management
Have a definite schedule for Home Work
Develop a schedule that can be followed
Take short breaks to keep up with the work load
A high school student works a minimum of 3 hours altleast !
Setting priorities
When we have a “lot of things to do” there is a tendency for being overwhelmed
Make a TO DO list
Prioritize in order of importance
Check off finished tasks
Parents can assist with planner check off.
Goal Setting
Planning and working on those plans is important
Short term goals and long term goals
Write goals and place them in important areas for them to see everyday
Rewards for goals accomplished (parents/students can work on it)
It is important to be at school and missed school days result in missed work; which will impact grades and credits!
Don’t stay home unless very ill
Vacations are considered unexcused absences
Arrange your Dr. appointments after school if possible
Cuts and tardies impact grades
Call the teachers or counselor if your child is absent due to illness for make up work
Excessive absences result in referral to the School Attendance Review Team

Resources for Students and Parents

Study Strategies: This guide is written for college students at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. It contains a lot of helpful information for high school students who want to improve their study habits.

The Importance of Studying: This guide, written by Dr. Bob Kizlik, is designed to help you develop effective study skills.

Study Skills Self-Help Information: This site from Virginia Tech has time scheduling suggestions, how to concentrate, how to take notes, how to read a difficult book, tips on improving reading speed, setting priorities, and strategies to use with difficult test questions.

Helping Children Succeed in School: This information, provided by University of Illinois Extension educators, gives successful strategies to assist parents in helping their children succeed in school.

The Learning Network: This site is designed to assist you in helping your child be more successful in and out of school.