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  • Goal Setting
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  • Study, Study, Study Skills!

STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!

One of the most important things that you can do as a student, is to develop good study habits. This will help you to be successful in school and achieve you academic goals. Below, there are links to some great articles about different things you can do to improve your study skills. Enjoy!

Test Taking Skills:

Good Study Habits:

Tricks for being a better reader:

Time Management K-2:

Time Management 3-5:

Staying Motivated:

Self-Discipline:

Memorization Skills:


Beating The Test Day Worries...
(Test Anxiety)

How do you overcome test anxiety?

  1. Attitude
  2. Being prepared
  3. Mental preparedness
  4. Knowing test taking tricks...

ATTITUDE:

  • Go in with a positive attitude (think positive thoughts instead of negative thoughts).
    • Negative thoughts: I am never going to pass this test!
    • Positive thoughts: I have studied hard and I am going to ace this test.
  • Remember one test will not make/break you.
  • Don’t assume the worst.
  • Use positive self-talk instead (be your own best cheerleader).
    • “I can do this!”
    • “I am an awesome student”
    • “You will get through this test, take deep breaths, and try your hardest!”

BEING PREPARED:

  • Develop good study habits
    • Plan to study in advance- don’t cram (study a little each night).
    • Study the topics you know the least first and then review all of the material.
  • Learn about the test (if you can)
    • Know what types of questions are on the test.
    • Know what information you will need to know to study for the test.
  • Get a good night’s sleep
    • Fuel your body

BEING MENTALLY PREPARED:

  • Build your confidence with positive self-talk
  • Relaxation techniques:
    • The Bodybuilder (tensing muscles and then releasing them by muscle group)
    • The Superstretch (stretching all of your muscles by reaching into the sky)
    • The Playful Wind (deep breath in to pull the boats toward shore, deep breath out to push them out to sea).
    • Breathing in “4” (Breathe in to the count of four, hold it to the count of four, breathe out to the count of 4).
    • The Palming Method (palms over your eyes and imagine your peaceful place- breathe deeply).

TEST TAKING TIPS/TRICKS:

  • Answer the easiest questions first
    • If you do not know an answer, skip the question and come back to it. You might find some helpful hints in other parts of the test.
  • Always read the whole question and all of the answers first before choosing one.
    • Never rush (the test is not a race)!
  • Circle key words in difficult questions.
    • If you are having trouble on a multiple choice question, eliminate answers that you KNOW are wrong first and then go back and see what is left.
  • Double check your work. Silly mistakes happen when we are anxious and rushing.