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Effective Study Skills: Each Student’s KEY to Academic Success!

As an educator and educational consultant, it has become clear that the reason many students do not earn high grades or reach their full academic potential is due to less than ideal study skills. Not all students innately know how to approach their school work in the most effective and efficient ways. Students often tell me they know what to do, but just aren’t doing it.

Carol Wood, Total Learning Concepts

Well, it’s not quite that simple!

Good study techniques are comprised of many components; such as, organization, goal setting, motivation, note-taking, test taking, memorization, reading strategies, communication skills, positive attitude and more. Effective study techniques must first be taught, then understood and practiced by the student in order to be successful. It is not enough to study “harder”. Students need to learn how to study “smarter”!

SOUND STUDY ORIENTATION is comprised of two components; Study Habits and Study Attitudes. Study Habits consist of the manner in which a student approaches academics and the promptness in which he/she works. This includes note-taking, listening skills, memorization techniques, methods of test preparation, test taking strategies and more. Study Attitudes reflect how a student “feels” about teachers, texts books, course curriculum, and school expectations. Whether a student agrees with or likes the teacher or school, in order for him or her to have optimum study orientation, all areas of effective study habits and attitudes are to be properly executed.

To further describe the importance of good study orientation and what is necessary to enable students to reach their academic potential, there must be three areas in place; a solid reading, writing and math foundation, good grasp of current course material, and excellent study orientation. If any of the three areas are weak or neglected, it is probable the student will not reach his or her full academic potential. Thus, college and career opportunities could be missed. 

If you want your student’s academic situation to improve and college and career goals realized, then help him or her to assess, repair, and then maintain their academic foundation, current course material, and sound study orientation!

Carol Wood is the Founder & CEO of Total Learning Concepts, Inc. Visit www. for information