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Study Habits to Get Into

Okay so now you're in middle school. Junior high. The kings and queens of the hill as far as I.C. is concerned. You are allowed more privileges than the younger students, more opportunities to do some cool stuff, and you're given more responsibility. You also have a lot of school work to keep track of.

Think about it. You have four different teachers you see everyday for your core classes, plus music, art, and phys ed. That's a lot to keep up with, especially if you have homework every night. And as you move on to high school, things only get worse with more work in more subjects. Getting into some smart study habits now, while there's still time, will not only improve your grades, but also help you stay organized. So here are Mr. Kersey's Super Useful, All the Kids Love Them and You Will Too Study HabitsTM that will turn those long nights of difficult homework and stress into pleasant study sessions that just prove to your jealous siblings how smart you are.

  1. Study every day, Monday through Friday. You don't have to study long, but you should read through your notes for whatever it is you are currently studying in class every night. For example, review your notes for the current history or geography chapter we are working on. Believe me, it'll take five or ten minutes, and when quiz or test time comes around, you'll be totally ready. You'll avoid those long, boring, stressful cram sessions the night before a test.
  2. Try to do homework or study at the same time every day, and in the same place. Get into the habit of doing homework at the same time. It'll make it easier for you to keep a good routine if you follow a schedule. You should also have a quiet place to do your work, like a bedroom or dining room table. Do yourself a favor and don't do your work in front of the TV or with your stereo blasting. Silence is best for homework.
  3. Ask for help. This may come as a surprise to some of you, but teachers aren't mind readers. Ask for help if you don't understand something or are confused. Even your parents might actually be able to remember some of this stuff.
  4. Do your best. Give your best effort on school work. As long as you do your best and ask for help when you need it, you'll be fine. God gave us all different talents. Math might be hard for you, or history may seem too complicated. Just give it your best shot, and everyone, including you, will be happy.