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The Internet can be a wonderful resource for student. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other students, and play interactive games. But that access can also pose hazards. That's why it's important to be aware of what your student sees and hears on the Internet, who they meet, and what they share about themselves online. Just like any safety issue, it's wise to talk with your student about your concerns, take advantage of resources to protect them, and keep a close eye on their activities.




Successful students have good study habits. They apply these habits to all of their classes. Read about each study habit. Work to develop any study habit you do not have.

Successful students:

  • 1.      Try not to do too much studying at one time.

    If you try to do too much studying at one time, you will tire and your studying will not be very effective. Space the work you have to do over shorter periods of time. Taking short breaks will restore your mental energy.
  • 2.       Plan specific times for studying.

    Study time is any time you are doing something related to schoolwork. It can be completing assigned reading, working on a paper or project, or studying for a test. Schedule specific times throughout the week for your study time.
  • 3.       Try to study at the same times each day.

    Studying at the same times each day establishes a routine that becomes a regular part of your life, just like sleeping and eating. When a scheduled study time comes up during the day, you will be mentally prepared to begin studying.
  • 4.       Set specific goals for their study times.

    Goals will help you stay focused and monitor your progress. Simply sitting down to study has little value. You must be very clear about what you want to accomplish during your study times.
  • 5.       Start studying when planned.

    You may delay starting your studying because you don't like an assignment or think it is too hard. A delay in studying is called "procrastination." If you procrastinate for any reason, you will find it difficult to get everything done when you need to. You may rush to make up the time you wasted getting started, resulting in careless work and errors.
  • 6.       Work on the assignment they find most difficult first.

    Your most difficult assignment will require the most effort. Start with your most difficult assignment since this is when you have the most mental energy.
  • 7.       Review their notes before beginning an assignment.

    Reviewing your notes can help you make sure you are doing an assignment correctly. Also, your notes may include information that will help you complete an assignment.
  • 8.       Tell their friends not to call them during their study times.

    Two study problems can occur if your friends call you during your study times. First, your work is interrupted. It is not that easy to get back to what you were doing. Second, your friends may talk about things that will distract you from what you need to do. Here's a simple idea - turn off your cell phone during your study times.
  • 9.       Call another student when they have difficulty with an assignment.

    This is a case where "two heads may be better than one."
  • 10.   Review their schoolwork over the weekend.

    Yes, weekends should be fun time. But there is also time to do some review. This will help you be ready to go on Monday morning when another school week begins.

These ten study habits can help you throughout your education. Make sure they are your study habits.


Study Skills Resource Guide





You have to develop many different types of skills to be a successful student. You need skills that help you study, organize, manage your time, take tests, take notes, and cope with stress.


  • Find your own quiet place at home to study where you can concentrate and do better on your homework.
  • When studying, sit in a comfortable chair but not one that is TOO comfortable.
  • Don’t do homework in front of the TV – it is too distracting. While you’re at it, try to ignore the telephone – your friends can leave a message!
  • Quiet background music might help you stay focused while you are studying.
  • Study with a friend or a group of friends. Compare notes and ask each other questions.
  • Know what your learning style is, and study in a way that best matches your own learning style.
  • Take short but frequent breaks, like a five minute break after twenty-five minutes of studying.
  • Try to relate what you are studying to things you already know to remember information more easily.
  • Start with the most difficult tasks or assignments, and then move on to the easier ones to focus maximum brain power on the hardest tasks.
  • The quality of your study time is much more important than the quantity of your study time.
  • Get into the habit of studying every day.
  • Try to determine your best study time and plan on studying at that time every day.
  • Think of homework as practice, not work. You know that you don’t get better at things like sports or music or cheerleading unless you practice. School's the same.
  • Plan on a fun activity for yourself as a reward for when you are DONE with your studying.
  • After each study session, try to recall the main points and as many details as possible.
  • If you are not sure about something, ask a teacher, parent or friend for help. Asking questions is one of the most effective ways we learn!
  • Plan to spend MORE time (not less time) on the subjects that are harder for you.


  • Use things like outlines, charts, or flashcards to help you organize and learn new material. You’ll be reviewing the material while you are making these tools, and you’ll have them to use later when it’s time to study for tests.
  • Use a planner to keep track of homework assignments, tests and projects. Write in your planner every single day so that it becomes a habit!
  • Keep a notebook or folder for all your notes and homework assignments. You might need one for each subject to make things easier.
  • Keep a "To Do" list. Write down things you need to do, then decide what needs to be done right away and what can wait until later.


  • For each study period, decide what you want to accomplish and how long you will spend on each subject or assignment.
  • Break your workload down into manageable chunks and take your homework one step at a time.
  • Don’t procrastinate (that’s a big word that means putting things off). Give yourself plenty of time to get things done by planning ahead and sticking to a schedule.
  • Be aware of things that distract you or waste your time, and keep them to a minimum.


  • Be well rested before taking tests.
  • Don’t cram for tests! It’s OK to spend extra time studying the night before a big test, but don’t try to learn EVERYTHING that night.
  • Try to find out what type of test you will be taking (essay, multiple choice, True/ False, matching, etc.). It’s likely that test questions will be similar to homework you have done, because homework is "practice."
  • DON’T PANIC. Just tackle one question at a time. If a question is too hard, skip it and come back to it later.


  • Don’t try to write down everything the teacher says. Focus on the main ideas.
  • When you’re taking notes, use your own words.
  • Keep your notes organized. They will be as important as the text book.
  • Each night, review the notes you took that day. This will make things easier to remember when it comes time to study for the test.


  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. Try to prioritize your activities, and focus on the most important ones.
  • Work off stress through some kind of physical activity. Exercise is a great stress reliever because it takes your mind off of things that are bothering you.

Take care of yourself. Be sure to eat right and get enough sleep. Eating too much or too little, or sleeping too much or too little, can aggravate the stress that you already have.

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Anxiety is not always a negative thing, as it can stimulate us to perform beyond what we would expect. But too much anxiety can be debilitating. Testing can produce anxiety that can be detrimental to performing well on tests. Poor test performance may result in a descending spiral of dread, anxiety, and poor performance, thereby resulting in ongoing grade issues in courses that are test performance dependent.  To help families and kids, PHS has provided the websites listed below for the latest in supportive approaches in dealing with test anxiety.  Many of these resources are from college/university websites, where the demand for test performance is the greatest.  If you need further assistance, please see your school counselor or your family physician for recommendations.