Good Study Habits
The first thing you need to do is take responsibility for your actions. You are the only one who can decide your priorities and how to use your time and resources.

Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by friends and fellow students. Keep in mind the bigger picture. Know what you have to do and when it needs to be done. Keep your goals in mind. Don’t let other people influence you into not doing your work.

Figure out your most productive times of the day. If you study best in the morning, plan to study your hardest subjects first. If you have trouble concentrating at a certain time, don’t get out your hardest subjects or your most complex project.

If you do not understand the course material, try some innovative ways to learn it. Don’t just keep rereading the material in hopes that you will eventually understand it. Ask your teacher for help. If your school has study sessions and peer tutors, take advantage of these offerings. Set up study groups within your class.

When you put your best effort in your work, then you have succeeded. If you are satisfied with what you have done and know that you have done your best, then your grade is the icing on the cake. Always give your best in the classroom and in study sessions. By doing so, you will know that you have tried.

Test Preparation
In order to make a good grade on your tests, you must learn the material and review it. Some techniques to learning the material include taking notes in class and from the textbook and reviewing these notes as quickly as possible after taking them. It helps to review the notes before going into class.

When you are ready to review for a test, make sure that your notes reflect what your teacher says will be material tested. Organize your notes so that you can study what will be on the test. Figure out how long you will need to study so that you can schedule the time. It is a good idea to figure this out ahead of time.
Often a test comes up more quickly than anticipated. When this happens, it is a good idea to look over the material that will be covered. Go through the chapters in your textbook and look for key concepts, ideas and words. Concentrate your studying on these main points.

It helps to keep all study guides and see if they will be useful for the test. Ask your teacher where you need to concentrate your studying. Make sure that you use any materials that the teacher gives to you, whether the material is handed out in class or on the website.

When the test is near, pay close attention in class for clues as to what may be on the test. Come up with some questions so that you can see if you have any answers or need to find them. If it is possible, go over some old tests given by your teacher so you will have an idea of the teacher’s testing style.
It may help to go into a group study session with other students in the class. Discussing the key concepts, ideas and words may help all of you to better understand the material.

Online Study Tips
Checkout and “Wired Study Tips” from
Texas A & M University on iTunes U
(1 1/2 to 4 minute podcasts by topic).