Study Skills 101

As determined by grade 7 and 8 students



Question #1: What can you do all year to make sure you will be ready for exams/ tests?

1. Go to class

      Pay attention

      Come prepared with all materials

      Do your work

      Ask questions


2. When you are absent

      Get the work you missed

      Go in for extra help when you dont understand something

      Complete all missed assignments and pass them in as soon as possible.


3. If you know you are going to be absent

      Pass in your assignments before you go

      Ask the teacher what you will be missing and see if you can do any work while you are gone.


4. Everyday

      Every night, and every week, look over what you did that day so that it goes into your long term memory and will be easier to remember later.



Question #2: Youve just been assigned a test/exam. What do you do?

1. Find out whats going to be on it.

      Ask questions. The more you ask, the more the teacher will answer.

o       The more specific the better: Whats going to be on the test will not give you a very clear answer, however, What kind of questions will there be on fractions? will give you a clear answer that you will understand better.

      Listen for hints and study them.

o       Often teachers say, On your test, you may need to know Right that hint down, or highlight it in your notes.

      Get extra help.

o       Not only will it help you do better, it shows the teacher you are trying and might get you extra points on the test/exam.

2. Make sure you have all the notes.

      Go through all your notes and assignments with the teacher or a classmate

      Copy and missing notes/work


Question #3: How do you study?

1. Set up a study schedule

      When can I find time to study?

      What do I need to study?

Ex. Mon- 2 hrs- 1 hr studying Math- fractions

                        1 hr studying Eng- nouns

Tues- no time

Wed- 1 hr- 1 hr studying Science- thermometers

Thurs-2 hrs- 1 hr studying Social Studies- chapter 2

                    30 min. studying Math-division

                    30 min. studying Science- weather cycle


2. My study space

      Find a place with few distractions

o       DVD, phone, TV, games


      Comfortable, yet not too comfortable

3. Study Time

A. Ways to study

      Re-reading your notes

      Re-writing your notes

      Make up Mini-tests (for yourself or to switch with someone)

      Talk about your notes with someone

      Have someone ask you questions from your notes

      Teach it to someone else

B. Studying

      Take breaks

      Set goals

Ex. Today I am going to finish Chapter 3. That means I dont stop until I know it all

      Do not get stressed out; just breathe and do it until you get it done


4. Before the exam


      Get a good nights sleep

      Make sure you have everything you will need to take into the exam

Ex. Pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, calculator, notes (if allowed)

      Eat a good breakfast


Question #4: You have the test in front of you. What do you do?

1. Put your name on it.

2. Take a few deep breaths and get comfortable.

3. Read over all of the directions for the test.

      You may not have to do every question

Ex. Out of the following six questions, complete any three.

      You may have to answer in a specific way

Ex. Put in the blank if the answer is true, F if it is false

Ex. Answer in complete sentences.

4. Read all of the questions

      Look at the value of the questions

Ex. You have 3 sections, and only 30 minutes.

          Section A- 20 points                 You would spend an equal

          Section B- 20 points                  amount of time on each

          Section C- 20 points                  section

   You have 3 sections, and only 30 minutes

          Section A- 20 points                 You would spend 5 minutes each

          Section B- 20 points                  On Sections A and B, and spend

          Section C- 80 points                  the other 20 min. on C.

      Look for questions you know how the answers to.

o       Skip the questions you dont know and come back to it later.

5. Different kinds of questions

A. Short Answer

      Answer the question only as it is asked

o       Do not add anything extra

      Put something relevant down so that you have a chance at getting a point

B. Multiple Choice

      Read the entire question and ALL of the possible answers first

      Cross off any that you know are wrong

      Do not leave it blank

C. True or False

      Never leave it blank

      If you think it is false but arent sure, try to come up with the true answer.

D. Fill in the Blank

      If you have a word bank and you can only use each word once, lightly cross out the words as you use them

      Fill an answer in every blank

E. Long Answer/ Essay

      Read the questions so you understand it

      Write an outline so you can include everything that is asked

      Write out the answer clearly, with as few mistakes as possible

      If you make a mistake, cross it out lightly or erase it and move on.

      Check it over before you move on

      Do not leave it blank

F. Matching

      Match what you know first

      Do not leave it blank


6. General Rules for test writing

      Write neatly and clearly

      Make your answer look its supposed to (a c can easily look like an e)

      Take your time

      Read over everything before you pass it in

      Make sure you have everything done

      Make sure that all of your papers are stapled together before pass it in

      Write your name on every page

      Ask the teacher for help if you need it