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Study Tips for a Successful School Year

Summer vacation has come to an end, fall is rapidly approaching and a new school year is underway. Whether you’re a freshman just getting acclimated to life as a high school student or a senior poised for one last hurrah before graduating and heading off to college, the new school year always brings with it a sense of excitement and anticipation.

By this point, you’re probably already getting settled in your fall classes, but here are some study tips and suggestions to keep you focused and organized along the way:

  • If you need an accommodation to get the most out of a given class, don’t hesitate to let your teacher know. Self-advocacy is a central component of the DREAM BIG curriculum, and it’s really never too early to start developing this skill. A successful, fulfilling future depends on it.
  • Take time early in the semester to make note of key dates and important deadlines for each class. Tracking them in a planner or on your phone means you won’t have to scramble at the last minute to complete an assignment or prepare for a test you forgot about.
  • Don’t be intimidated by large projects or term papers. Break them up into smaller, more manageable chunks of research and writing you can complete on a weekly basis. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress, and the fact that you weren’t rushing at the last minute will be evident in the quality of your work.
  • On nights when you have the most homework, tackle the difficult and time-consuming first. Even on occasions when you have little or no homework, still use the time to go over your study materials and notes. This will help you retain important facts and concepts so you won’t be cramming the night before an exam.
  • Studying in groups can bring a fun, interactive element to your schoolwork. By getting together with a few classmates to go over study materials, you can help each other understand difficult concepts. It’s also a great way to make new friends.
  • Studying doesn’t have to be restricted to your bedroom at home. Gather your books and head to a library, park or coffee shop—even a move to your own back deck can be a reinvigorating change of scenery.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of study tips and strategies, but it should give you a basic guide to success in the classroom. By establishing a strong work ethic and good study habits now, you’re setting yourself up for a much smoother transition to college and beyond.

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