Study Skills

Why Teens Need Waaaay More Sleep (And how to get it!)

Why Teens Need Waaaay More Sleep (And how to get it!)

I first realized something was wrong with teen sleep while student teaching. I taught 2nd-semester seniors (whoever scheduled that clearly hated me!) School started at 7:20 and I watched my students walk in with coffee, caffeinated sodas, and candy bars to wake themselves up. While […]

How to Create an Effective Study Group

How to Create an Effective Study Group

Did you ever watch the show Community? It’s about a group of lovably weird community college students who join a study group that changes their lives. That’s right – they create the group to study for Spanish class, but end up staying together, becoming the […]

What People Get Wrong About Studying: 5 Myths Busted!

What People Get Wrong About Studying: 5 Myths Busted!

According to Hollywood, you need the following to study: Big books, and lots of them A notebook, in which you take feverish notes and every once in a while rip out pages, ball them up, and throw them on the floor Highlighters, for feverish highlighting […]

3 Reasons Why Your Teen Doesn’t Know How to Study

3 Reasons Why Your Teen Doesn’t Know How to Study

“Um, Ms. Porzel, why haven’t we ever learned how to do this before?” my student asked while we were setting up their planners for the semester.   I was teaching a small studies skills class to 9th graders. The course was focused on organization, study […]

The Most Important Skill NOT Taught in School

The Most Important Skill NOT Taught in School

“So, based on your daughter’s participation in class, she understands the concepts. However, that isn’t coming across in tests. How does she prepare for tests?” I asked nervously. (Teachers get just as nervous at parent conferences as parents!)   “Studying doesn’t work for her,” her […]

Learn how to Improve Your Study Skills Today

Learn how to Improve Your Study Skills Today

If asked to pick a fictional character that most closely describes me in high school, it’s Hermione Granger, hands down. That girl and I are way too similar. Super organized, high strung about school, and bit too judgmental. (I’ve calmed down since high school.)   […]

How to Study Effectively during the Holidays

How to Study Effectively during the Holidays

During December, I am a baking whirling dervish. I bake hundreds of cookies to hand out to family, friends, coworkers, and students. My freezer (and tummy are full.) However, in December of 2010, I was swamped. I was teaching full-time and attending graduate school part-time. […]

Study Groups: Pros and Cons of Studying with Others

Study Groups: Pros and Cons of Studying with Others

I am not a joiner. Of study groups that is. I have been in 1 study group in my entire academic career. That’s about 21 years, BTW. (This lady loves school.) I usually preferred to study alone.   Except when I didn’t. I was taking […]

The Truth About Improving a Low Grade

The Truth About Improving a Low Grade

It happened every year without fail – the week before school ended, a student came to me. “Ms. P – my grade is real bad. What can I do to improve my low grade?” One week before school ended.   My response usually went some thing […]

The BEST Way to Make and Use Flashcards

The BEST Way to Make and Use Flashcards

Imagine that it’s crunch time. Kids are in the thick of AP and IB exams with finals just around the corner. The stress level in the school and at home is rising. Out goes free time and in comes study sessions and flashcards.   Yep, […]