The best study tips as a high school student

Claire Van Aken, staff writer

As a junior, I have developed some serious study skills over my last two years in high school. I learned things like how to manage all my assignments better, when is the best time to do my homework to fit my schedule, and what materials were helpful in my studies. 

The biggest tip and things to pay attention to during the school year, which is a given to some and blindsides others, is how to manage your time. You may have a study hall or free period woven into your schedule for school. If this applies to you, consider yourself lucky. This is a perfect time to even out your study time within the comfort of your home and in school. Use your study halls wisely. If it falls in the middle of your school day, do the first half of your day’s schoolwork at home and then take care of the rest in your study hall. This will help you as a student to tackle all of your assignments, but not all at once. If you don’t have a study hall, consider talking to your school counselor to have one added if you feel like you need it, and make sure your free time is consumed with your studies and some down time for your hobbies and interests. Know your balance.

It is common for high schools to schedule school-related extracurriculars right after school since you may already be on campus, but in other cases, you may have some down time before you have to be somewhere. I have found it extremely helpful to do homework immediately when I get home from school so this way I’m not forcing myself to study after a long practice or lengthy task. This is also helpful because your brain is still somewhat focused on your studies, and it will be easier to remember the material when you get home rather than after a couple hours of a break. 

In my personal schedule, I found that there were some materials that were so important to have throughout my sophomore and freshman year. Being organized is critical if your classes require many handouts. When you go back-to-school shopping, be aware of what classes you have, and what you will need to separate your materials. Personally, I get a single folder for every class so I can keep all the handouts organized. For algebra and a foreign language class, it may be easier to just get a binder. Along with algebra, it may be in your best interest to purchase or borrow and graphing calculator. If you are lucky, many math teachers will spare you one each class period. Also remember to keep your checked out English books in good condition for the next user. 

Sophomore year is so fun if you work hard and keep up with all of your school work. These tips helped me stay organized and prepared for my biggest challenges all year. It’s important to remember that your years in high school are very similar and you can still use these guidelines every single year, freshman or senior!