Study Skills Tips

Many students struggle with the concept of “how to study.” It is a daunting task! And one that requires answers to questions, such as;

  1. How do I organize my tasks and assignments?
  2. How do I manage my time?
  3. How can I take better notes in class?
  4. What are some test-taking strategies that will help me to pass my exams?

Listed below are the major study skills areas with some helpful tips for struggling students.


  • Find a quiet place where you can concentrate without distractions.
  • Sit in a comfortable chair.
  • Turn off the TV and music, unless quiet background music or noise helps you study. Some students require a little noise, but it shouldn’t distract you too much.
  • Study with a friend or in a group so that you can share notes and discuss content.
  • Take short breaks
  • Relate the information to things that are familiar to you – this helps you to remember things.
  • Spend more time on the harder subjects.
  • Try to study everyday – this will make your assignments less overwhelming!
  • Determine the best time for you to study during the day, and try to stick to this routine.
  • Summarize the information at the end of your study time to recall main points and details.
  • Reward yourself at the end of your study time!


  • Use outlines, charts, and flash cards to help learn new material. They serve as good reference materials when you are ready to go back and study for your tests.
  • Use a planner to keep track of all homework assignments and projects.
  • Organize your notes and assignments.
  • Keep a list of things you need to do. This will keep you on track with assignments and projects.

Time Management:

  • Prepare a schedule and maintain it. This will keep you focused and organized.
  • Determine how long you will need to spend on each assignment.
  • Divide your assignments into manageable periods of time. Don’t overwhelm yourself with lengthy tasks.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum. Don’t allow them to pull you away from our assignments.

Note Taking:

  • Summarize the main points from your teacher. Don’t try to write down every word.
  • Organize your notes – this will make it easier when you study them.
  • Review your notes on a daily basis to avoid a recall problem, and to keep them fresh in your mind.

Test Taking:

  • Know the type of test that you’ll be taking (essay, true/false, multiple choice, etc.). This will guide your study habits for that test since you use different study skills for each type of test.
  • Pace yourself! Don’t try to squeeze everything into one study period; study a little each night.
  • Get plenty of rest the night before the test.

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