Start the School Year with Good Study Habits

It’s a lot easier to maintain good grades than to improve poor grades later. Plus, the study habits you learn now will help you in college and in your future career.

Study tips you can’t live without:

  • Know your learning style. Take a learning style quiz from a career specialist or counselor. This will help you plan study strategies.
  • Decide what to study, how long to study or how much to study before you get started. Set a goal and stick to your deadlines.
  • If you’re a motivated student, complete difficult tasks first. For procrastinators, start off with the easy, interesting parts of the project. Reward yourself as you accomplish tasks.
  • Have special places to study. Take into consideration lighting, temperature and the location of a desk, pen, paper, etc.
  • Study 30-50 minutes then take a 10-minute break. Stretch, relax and have a snack. If you get tired or bored, move to a different location, subject or task.
  • Allow plenty of time for reading, outlining and writing papers. Use less time for memorization, review and self-testing.
  • Use memory activities to review just before you fall asleep.
  • Study with a friend. Quiz each other, compare notes and predict test questions.
  • Speak up! If you need help, ask for it.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has been helping to improve the study skills of clients of all ages. Find out more about Optiminds programs by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or email us at: And be sure to visit our website at


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