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30 Days to Better Grades: Day 25 – Study Guides

Better Grades - Study Guides

Some teachers provide study guides; others don’t. Primary students who are dabbling in their first science or social studies tests usually receive a teacher-created study guide. Older students, such as high schoolers, are typically expected to use their notes, textbook, or class readings to study.

If your child brings home a teacher-created study guide, use it. These study guides contain all the information the child will be held accountable for. They are gold. These guides may also provide a list of possible questions or essay responses the child may see on. Sample questions give you and your child an idea of what the test’s format will probably look like.

No study guide? No problem! Encourage your child to create his or her own study guide using notes and the textbook. Don’t require your child reread an entire chapter just to look for key points that may be tested. Textbooks usually include chapter previews and reviews so that you can focus on the major topics.

Even if the teacher provides a study guide, you may want to encourage your child to adapt its format to make it more user-friendly. Rewrite the vocabulary words and definitions on index cards to make flash cards. Highlight concepts that connect to one another. Underline key words in the questions that help with the answer. Practice writing responses to the essay questions. Find ways to match the study guide with your child’s learning style to help make learning permanent.

Today’s Task

If a teacher provides a study guide, use it. If not, use the textbook and class notes to create one. Learn to work smarter, not harder.


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