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Tips for Success

Get organized

  • Write down assignments
  • Make sure to take good notes
  • File your papers in the appropriate section
  • Use post-it notes or make lists to help you remember important things

Find a study/homework spot to use every day. Make sure it is:

  • Well lit
  • Quiet
  • Comfortable and Attractive: The space should be inviting, but not too comfortable that it will be distracting
  • Neat
  • Stocked - paper, pencils, pens, erasers, dictionary, etc.

Develop and stick to a routine


Review class material regularly



  • Ask questions in class or after class if unsure about the material
  • Go for extra help if you are struggling
  • Make sure you correct and understand any mistakes you may have made


  • Survey - Look over an assignment and try to pick out the clues
  • Question - Think of questions regarding to the material
  • Read - While reading the assignment it may help to take notes
  • Restate - Test yourself by summarizing, in your own words, what you have read
  • Review - Go over the material right away and a few days later to be sure you know what you covered

Techniques to help memorization:

  • Acronyms
  • Sentences
  • Flash Cards
  • Grouping - studying similar things together
  • Recitation
  • Rhymes
  • Images
  • Personalization - make a personal connection to the information (ie. relating a date to a birthday)
  • Singing

Don't procrastinate! Set goals and stick to them


Relieve Stress

  • Don't stay up late
  • Review every day
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Be positive
  • Do deep breathing

Test Taking Tips

  • Scan the test
  • Do the easiest problem first
  • Don't spend too much time on one question
  • Pace yourself
  • Ask questions if you do not understand what the test is asking
  • Read each question carefully
  • Make sure you are answering all parts of the question
  • Don't worry if others finish before you
  • Take your time and be careful
  • Look over the test before you hand it in
The Parent Institute, 1999, http://www.parent-institute.com