Practical ideas for high school study

Mother with son doing English homework on laptop.

At a glance

  • Mark key exam and assessment dates on a calendar.
  • Keep a notepad handy when reading over schoolwork to make notes or reminders.
  • Tell your child to take a complete five-minute break every 40 minutes when studying.
  • Good study approaches include making a summary of the main ideas.
  • During exams, look for task words such as ‘discuss', ‘compare' and ‘explain', that tell you what to do.

Many kids find study difficult or boring, but you can help make it more rewarding by using the following ideas.

Developing an understanding of key concepts through study is generally more important than remembering large amounts of information. 

The more kids process new material in ways that are personally helpful, the greater the chance of successful learning.

Keep up with assignments and assessment tasks

  • Mark key dates on a calendar.
  • Make an assignment schedule for each week.
  • Make daily ‘to-do' lists.

Review class work each day

  • Keep a notepad handy while reading to make notes or reminders.
  • Create flash cards of main ideas or key points (with details on the back).
  • Make up study questions to test learning.

Take breaks while studying

  • Your child will focus more if they're not tired.
  • Suggest to your child that they stand up after 20 minutes and walk around the room (while thinking about the topic).
  • Tell your child to take a complete five-minute break every 40 minutes.

Good study approaches for your child to use

  • Make a summary of the main ideas.
  • Use organisers such as columns, lists or tables and colour-coded folders for different areas of the subject.
  • Draw a diagram, or mind map, to show main ideas and links between them.
  • Reorganise the information and label the points.
  • Write key words in the margin.
  • Use headings, subheadings, underlining or bold-face when making notes.
  • Create a list of key terms.
  • Paraphrase a difficult passage using simpler words.
  • Try memory testing by saying aloud what has been learnt.
  • Cover a paragraph, diagram or page and say aloud what it was about or write some brief notes.


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