Does your child study every day? Did you know that she should be?

Studies have shown that studying every day, as opposed to right before an exam, can enhance exam scores.

Who wouldn’t want that?!?

So, what should she be studying? Class notes!

If chapters are assigned readings, it’s a good idea to take notes on those, too.

Better Study Tips: 

First, although electronics are highly valued in our society, I encourage students to handwrite their notes – – and then write them again.


The process of writing them has an effect much like memorizing; your student is more likely to be able to recall the material later.

Next, avoid distractions. For me, I could never study and listen to music.

I found myself paying attention to the music, rather than my notes!

For others, like my daughter, music and studying go hand-in-hand.

Have your student find a comfortable spot away from the things and people that would distract, so her attention is fully focused on her notes.

A few minutes a day, per class, is all that’s needed.

Finally, use a note-taking method that is logical. For many students, they write in bullet points, which is fine.

Others outline.


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Some, though, just write random notes all over the page, sometimes in paragraph format, both of which are potential problems.

I encourage students to use the Cornell Method. It’s a simple, logical way to organize notes and be able to study effectively.


Take a sheet of notebook paper and draw a line to the left of center.

At the top of the page, write the class name and the material under discussion for the day. Also include the date. 

To the left, write main concepts and key ideas; to the right, list examples, reasons, statistics, etc., that illustrate the main concepts.

Easy, right?

It is, but it’s also very effective.

Leave lots of space to add more notes as you read assignments or talk with others.

It’s also great for adding in questions posed by classmates and responses given by your teacher/professor.

Using these simple tips, your child will be a study whiz in no time!

(Miss my post about more effective writing?  Click here to read it!)

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