Tuesday, January 15, 2008

It's FINAL-ly here.

This is probably the most stressful week of the year for Goodhue High School students. For the first time ever we are required to have actual finals in ALL of our classes. Now this has thrown us all off our feet into unexpected panicism (new word I made up meaning sheer panic)! You can calm down a little though, unclench your fists, relax your posture, for I have found the ultimate study skill helper! So after you read these, you can go back to studying knowing that you will actually, well, study.

Study Skills You Will Actually Use

· Take responsibility for yourself: Recognize that in order to succeed you need to make decisions about your priorities, your time, and your resources
· Center yourself around your values and principles: Don't let friends and acquaintances dictate what you consider important
· Put first things first: Follow up on the priorities you have set for yourself, and don't let others, or other interests, distract you from your goals
· Discover your key productivity periods and places: Morning, afternoon, or evening?Find spaces where you can be the most focused and productive. Prioritize these for your most difficult study challenges
· Consider yourself in a win-win situationWhen you contribute your best to a class, you, your fellow students, and even your teacher will benefit. Your grade can then be one additional check on your performance
· First understand others, then attempt to be understood: When you have an issue with an instructor (a questionable grade, an assignment deadline, etc.) put yourself in the instructor's place. Now ask yourself how you can best make your argument given his/her situation
· Look for better solutions to problems: For example, if you don't understand the course material, don't just re-read it. Try something else! Consult with the professor, a tutor, an academic advisor, a classmate, a study group, or your school's study skills center
· Look to continually challenge yourself !!

Now shoo! Go back to your studying! You shouldn't be in front of the computer.

-Amy Jo

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