preparing to study


Find a good place to study. This means a desk with nothing on it except what you need for the task you are going to work on. Move everything out of the way. You want to concentrate on one thing: studying.

Make sure you have the following:

  • Your assignment notebook
  • Solid flat surface for writing
  • Good lighting
  • Chair
  • Books
  • Supplies
  • Clock
  • Solid flat surface for writing
  • Computer (optional)
  • Wear your glasses (if you are
  • supposed to)
  • Good Health

Improving reading skill


Getting More from What You Read!

A good reader does as many of the following as possible:

  • Seizes the main ideas
  • Thinks about what the author is saying
  • Is active not passive
  • Concentrates on what is being read
  • Remembers as much as possible
  • Applies what is being read to personal experience

strategy for reading


Here is a method that may work for you. If it does, good! If it does not, come back to this in a few weeks for a second (or third) look.
P = Preview what you are going to read.
Q = Question what you are going to learn after the preview.
3R = Read, Recite, and Review.

P = Preview what you are going to read

  • Uses less time than the Q and 3R steps
  • Can be very helpful
  • Look over carefully what you are going to read
  • Look for main ideas and subjects
  • Notice any new vocabulary

index cards


Index cards are usually 3 inches by 5 inches (3×5) or 4 inches by 6 inches (4×6). They are made of paper that is heavier than notebook paper. This page describes how you can use them for learning vocabulary (and other things, too!).

Flash Cards

  • Write the English word on one side and the word in the language you are learning on the other.
  • This is very helpful in learning a foreign language.
  • Write a specific subject’s vocabulary on one side and the definition on the other.
  • You might have a stack of biology vocabulary index cards and a separate stack of social studies vocabulary index cards.