7 Study Tips for Middle School Students

1. Find a proper place to study.
·       Make sure to have good lighting.
·       Enough space for your materials.
·       Few distractions (ex. no TV).
2. Gather all your materials.
·       Organize your materials (ex. books, notebooks, worksheets, folders, pencils, pens, highlighters).
3.  Break information into smaller chunks.
·       Create your own study guide using the major topics and subheadings (using your textbook, notes, worksheets, etc…).
·       For example, use graphic organizers to outline information in a simpler way (more complex information becomes easier to remember this way).
4.  Create flashcards or study cards to quickly review information.
·       For example, you can write the vocabulary word or key word on the front of an index card and write the definition or description on the back of the card. Then you can quiz yourself easily.
5.  Use visuals/imagery to remember information.
·       The Loci strategy allows you to visualize important information through association.
a. For example, let’s say you need to remember 3 facts about bees:
Honeybees carry pollen on their legs. There are 20,000 different kinds of bees. Worker bees live for about 40 days.
b. Now visualize a room in your house; let’s say the kitchen.  Imagine a honeybee flying in your kitchen window with yellow pollen stuck to its legs and then landing on your kitchen table with 20,000 different kinds of bees.  Picture a bee with a construction worker’s hat on landing on the number 40.
          This is just an example of what you can do so that you understand the ideas.  Remember to use visuals that are meaningful to you and also make them interesting so that you will remember key facts (for instance, in an exam).
6.  Practice using the information.
·       For example, for a math concept, practice the method.  Do not just review by looking at the concept – apply the method with real problems.
7.  Write it down.
·       Reading is important, but when you combine it with writing you are more likely to remember the information.
·       This comes in handy when you need to memorize a poem, for example.  Writing it down reinforces the words in your mind.

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Kimberly Patterson
Kimberly Patterson is an educational consultant with Preiss-Murphy School... more