I have a daughter who is a high school freshman and her end of the year exams are quickly approaching. Caitlin enjoys school, has kept good grades most of the time and enjoys many after school activities. When she transitioned from middle to high school, it was a huge shock for her. I found the advancement to high school was an adjustment for all of us. To be honest, I had forgotten how difficult that change was and how different things are when you first enter high school. For the first time, we saw her grades slipping and she was struggling to keep up in her classes. We decided to be proactive and help her come up with some effective study habits to help improve her grades. Here is a list of what worked for us:
5 Effective Study Habits
- Join A Study Group: This is something we did not need in middle school but in high school, it has become a must. This became most evident when she had a huge test on Nazi Germany coming up and she was lost. She got together with a few friends and they shared tips on how to study, quizzed each other and they aced that test!
- Designate A Time And Place: This was a big one for us because we found Caitlin was trying to study in areas not conducive for success. She wanted to be with the family and still study and it was not working. Now we have her study in her bedroom for an hour before dinner and an hour after. This gives her plenty of time study as well as eat, play with Henry and hang out with her dad and I.
- Set The Mood: Some people like to study in the quiet while others need music or background noise. I must have my headphones on with music playing and so does Caitlin. My husband on the other hand can only study with ESPN on the television while Henry needs peace and quiet.
- Have The Proper Study Tools: You cannot study effectively if you do not have everything you need. Caitlin has all of her textbooks and assignments online, so she needs her tablet to study and do homework. She also needs a tablet stand, like the TwoHands from Felix. This makes it easier for her to read and frees up her hands for taking notes. She also needs her pens, index cards, notebooks and laptop to make the list of tools complete.
- Do Not Cram: Studies show cramming for a exam at the last minute is not the best way to go. If you do this consistently, it can actually be harmful to your health. These late night cram session can be filled with stress, making poor food choices and very little sleep. If you pay attention in class, participate in discussions and follow these tips, you should not need to cram!
We absolutely love the TwoHands for Caitlin’s tablet we received from Felix. The TwoHands is a cute pair of hands who are willing to stretch out and hold your tablet or e-reader for you! You can re-position them to fit just about any size device in portrait or landscape, leaving your hands free to do other things. With the unique design, you can easily angle your device to best fit your needs. TwoHands is not only perfect to hold Caitlin’s tablet for studying, but to watch movies, peruse your social media, play games or even create a recipe in the kitchen. TwoHands is available in 6 colors including green, blue, red and more for $25 on the Felix website.
We also received the delightfully adorable and versatile MonkeyOh from Felix. This friendly monkey is a 3-in-1 docker/stand/cord wrap for your iPhone or iPod. He is flexible, has sturdy monkey feet and a non skid bottom made of rubber to keep his booty in place. When he is not keeping your cords neat and acting as a dock while your device is charging, he can act as a stand as well. He can hold onto your phone so you can watch your movies, play games or talk on speaker phone, allowing you to keep your hands to yourself! He comes in 4 different color combinations, so there is sure to be one to fit in with your decor. The MonkeyOh can be purchased for $15 from the Felix website. Be sure to stay social and keep up with their latest news and follow Felix on Twitter.
What study habits work best for your student?