Study Tips

Tip #1: Vocabulary is Key!

Students need to know the definition of words and be able to understand what is meant when the words are used in context.

Ways to Learn Vocabulary:

Make flashcards by writing the word on one side and the definition on the other. Lay the cards with the definition face up. Write the list of vocabulary words down as a word bank. Ask yourself to find the definition that matches one of the words. When you pick a definition, flip the card over to check if your answer was correct. 

Write the words and definition on separate cards. Shuffle the cards and lay them face down. Play a game of memory with your mom or dad, even your brother or sister!

Website to Help:

Flashcards By Scholastic


 Tip #2: Read For the Main Idea!

Students need to be able to explain the main idea of a lesson.

Ways to Find the Main Idea:

Headings will normally explain the main idea for a section of a nonfiction book. Turn the headings into questions BEFORE reading the text. Set the purpose for reading! For example, if the heading is “Learning Together At School” change it into “How do we learn together at school?” or “When do we learn together at school?” After reading that section of the book, answer the question that you made.

You can also set the stage for reading by previewing the review questions at the end of a lesson. Read the questions and then read the lesson. This will give you an idea of what to look for while you are reading.

Don"t just read the paragraphs! Read the pictures, the captions, and the diagrams too! Pictures, captions, and diagrams will often highlight the main ideas of the section. After reading, discuss the pictures using vocabulary from the lesson. If there is a diagram, practice illustrating and labeling it. You will most likely need to know it!

Websites to Help:

Venn Diagram

KWL Chart

What"s The Main Idea?

Tip #3: Make It Real!

Students need to know that they are learning things for a reason. They need to make connections to the real world. 

Ways To Make Connections:

Think of examples of where the content fits in with "real life." Talk about learning. Ask your child every day why what they learned is important. If your child is unsure, ask for details about what was taught. Guide the students into making connections. Encourage students to be inquisitive. Take advantage of the learning opportunities available everyday in the real world. 

 Tip # 4: Plan for Study Time

Students need to know that studying at home is a priority! Here are some ways to provide a productive and positive learning environment.

  1. Set aside a time for learning. It is best to set aside a time every day to work on homework. Try to keep the same time as often as possible.
  2. Find a quiet, well-lit place for studying. Students should not be watching TV or listening to the radio during homework and studying time. All of their attention should be focused on their learning. The place should also be well-lit so students are not straining to see their work.
  3. Be prepared to start the homework and studying. Gather all materials needed before beginning.
  4. Read and review your child"s homework with him or her. Ask questions. Show your child you care. Be involved.