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
Ø Pay attention
Ø Come prepared with all materials
Ø Do your work
Ø Ask questions
2. When you are absent
Ø Get the work you missed
Ø Go in for extra help when you don’t understand something
Ø Complete all missed assignments and pass them in as soon as possible.
3. If you know you are going to be absent
Ø Pass in your assignments before you go
Ø Ask the teacher what you will be missing and see if you can do any work while you are gone.
Ø 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: You’ve just been assigned a test/exam. What do you do?
1. Find out what’s going to be on it.
Ø Ask questions. The more you ask, the more the teacher will answer.
o The more specific the better: “What’s 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.
Ø 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.
Ø 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.
Ø Go through all your notes and assignments with the teacher or a classmate
Ø Copy and missing notes/work
Question #3: How do you study?
1. Set up a study schedule
Ø When can I find time to study?
Ø 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
Ø Find a place with few distractions
o DVD, phone, TV, games
Ø Comfortable, yet not too comfortable
3. Study Time
A. Ways to study
Ø Re-reading your notes
Ø Re-writing your notes
Ø Make up Mini-tests (for yourself or to switch with someone)
Ø Talk about your notes with someone
Ø Have someone ask you questions from your notes
Ø Teach it to someone else
Ø Take breaks
Ø Set goals
Ex. Today I am going to finish Chapter 3. That means I don’t stop until I know it all
Ø Do not get stressed out; just breathe and do it until you get it done
4. Before the exam
Ø DO NOT CRAM
Ø Get a good night’s sleep
Ø Make sure you have everything you will need to take into the exam
Ex. Pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, calculator, notes (if allowed)
Ø 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.
Ø You may not have to do every question
Ex. Out of the following six questions, complete any three.
Ø 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
Ø 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.
Ø Look for questions you know how the answers to.
o Skip the questions you don’t know and come back to it later.
5. Different kinds of questions
A. Short Answer
Ø Answer the question only as it is asked
o Do not add anything extra
Ø Put something relevant down so that you have a chance at getting ½ a point
B. Multiple Choice
Ø Read the entire question and ALL of the possible answers first
Ø Cross off any that you know are wrong
Ø Do not leave it blank
C. True or False
Ø Never leave it blank
Ø If you think it is false but aren’t sure, try to come up with the true answer.
D. Fill in the Blank
Ø If you have a word bank and you can only use each word once, lightly cross out the words as you use them
Ø Fill an answer in every blank
E. Long Answer/ Essay
Ø Read the questions so you understand it
Ø Write an outline so you can include everything that is asked
Ø Write out the answer clearly, with as few mistakes as possible
Ø If you make a mistake, cross it out lightly or erase it and move on.
Ø Check it over before you move on
Ø Do not leave it blank
Ø Match what you know first
Ø Do not leave it blank
6. General Rules for test writing
Ø Write neatly and clearly
Ø Make your answer look it’s supposed to (a “c” can easily look like an “e”)
Ø Take your time
Ø Read over everything before you pass it in
Ø Make sure you have everything done
Ø Make sure that all of your papers are stapled together before pass it in
Ø Write your name on every page
Ø Ask the teacher for help if you need it