Steps to Academic Success

Middle school , high school and college students may strongly benefit from learning new organizational and time management skills. Strong organizational and time management skills are the basis of success in all academic classes including courses such as biology, math, chemistry and English. Techniques such as the Cornell note taking system and making study guides using a highlighter are keys to reducing anxiety for tests and creating a system for good study habits.

Organizing teacher handouts in binders seems like a chore, but clearly leads to a smoother process when it comes time to mastering the material for the next big test. Going back to basics such as making flash cards and outlines of key points and studying the material for 30 minutes a day for 3-4 nights helps convert academic material from short term memory into long term memory. A strong long-term memory increases performance on science, math and English tests.

Using a planner and tracking small tasks for each short term or long term assignment breaks down overwhelming deadlines into smaller more manageable blocks. All of these organizational and time management techniques lead to reduced stress and higher test scores.

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