Tag: study skills

How Using Colored Pens Can Make You a Better Student

How Using Colored Pens Can Make You a Better Student

“Open your notebook to page 116. It’s time to take notes.” One of my students took out her pencil bag; in it was a veritable treasure trove of colored pens. As I lectured, she switched colors for each sub-topic. Her notebook was beautiful, but it 

How Do I Study?: Answers to Your 7 Biggest Questions

How Do I Study?: Answers to Your 7 Biggest Questions

“So, I tried to study for my test last week, but I still did horribly on it. Please help!” “I try to focus, but the next thing I know, I’ve lost an hour to TikTok.” “My parents are pressuring me to get better grades, but 

Study Breaks to the Rescue: 6 Ideas for the Best Breaks

Study Breaks to the Rescue: 6 Ideas for the Best Breaks

When I was in college, my mom went back to school, too. I always knew she was supposed to be studying when she’d call me “just to chat.” Ha! However, she was onto something. We all need to take study breaks.  Ever tried to study 

Will This Study Strategy Boost My Test Grade?

Will This Study Strategy Boost My Test Grade?

“So, that sounds interesting. Do you think that study strategy will work for me? Will it help me do better on my next test?” I’d just spent 5 minutes explaining a study strategy to a new tutoring client. Understandably, he got down to brass tacks 

Morning Lark or Night Owl? Why It’s Important to Know

Morning Lark or Night Owl? Why It’s Important to Know

Some of us are morning larks and some are night owls. I am most definitely a morning person. If I had a lot of studying to do in college, I went to bed at my usual time and woke up a few hours early (in 

Top 5 Study Distractions and How to Avoid Them

Top 5 Study Distractions and How to Avoid Them

You need to get work down. That book read for Lit class, chemistry homework, or studying for your Spanish exam. But everything seems to work against you, pulling your focus. You can’t seem to get any work done. What’s wrong? I live this every single 

How to Paraphrase Your Notes & Learn More

How to Paraphrase Your Notes & Learn More

“Ok, what is gerrymandering?” I asked Kierra. She had stayed after school for extra help before the unit test and I was quizzing her on important terms. Kierra recited the textbook definition of the term back to me. “Right, but put it in your own 

5 Powerful New Study Habits to Try This Fall

5 Powerful New Study Habits to Try This Fall

Maya was a new client and had a big test coming up in the next week. I asked her, “What are your current study habits? What’s your plan for studying for this test?”  “Um, a plan? I don’t really have a plan. Maybe I’ll re-read 

Can I Study Better by Listening to Music?

Can I Study Better by Listening to Music?

“Can we listen to music while working?” If I had a dollar for every time a student asked this question, I wouldn’t need to work on this blog right now. Kids asked all.the.time. When my students picked their own music, I noticed a LOT of 

Why Rereading the Textbook is a Waste of Time

Why Rereading the Textbook is a Waste of Time

During my freshman year of college, I saw lots of people study up close for the first time. Living feet away from thirty other 18-year-olds, I could watch as they studied independently and together. And I saw tons of different methods.  My roommate was a