for the    Inexperienced

For The Inexperienced

By:Monica Spencer

 Hints for Highschool Success:

  • Always stay organized; it makes finding your notes a lot easier.
  • Try and make new friends.
  • Join clubs or find out what your hobbies are.
  • Jot down notes in class so that you're prepared for future tests/quizes.
  • Attend class as much as possible.
  • Don't skip!
  • If you are unsure of a lesson, ask the teacher(its not like elementary, theres more students and not always lots of one-on-one time).
  • Don't procastinate, Studying the night before a test never works!!!!
  • Don't stress. 
  • Have fun!!! Enjoy highschool because it's some of the best years of your lives!
  • Always try to participate in all classroom activities.
  • See your teacher after class if you're unsure of something or if you need guidance.
  • Stay organized.
  • Use your time wisely, if you're goofing around with your friends than you wont get anything and you can be prepared to redo that class again next year...
  • Make sure you have a good relationship with your classmates.
  • Ask the students beside you if they understand what they're doing before asking the teacher for help.
  • Don't follow off topic.
  • If you keep organizers in your binders than it's easier to find notes when they're needed.
  • Always come prepared with all your books.
  • Don't talk over the teacher(it's rude).
  • Put your hand up when asking something, don't interupt any of your other classmates.
  • Try to encourage other classmates to participate in activies, maybe some of your friends who are more shy/quiet can participate more.

Classroom Success: 


  • Try and keep all of your notes as organized as possible.
  • If you can use a seperate book for your notes it will make everything a lot easier to go back and study off of.
  • When the teacher is explaining something to the class always be an active listener-the teacher won't always repeat themselves just because you werent paying attention.
  • Use point form/abbreviations.
  • Using mind maps makesit alot easier to express  your thoughts about something-doing them in elementary school actually served a good purpose.
  • Write out things in your own words so that when you go back to look them over, you know what you were talking about.
  • Review your notes as much as possible so that they are stuck in your head-so you won't forget it.
  • Find a note-taking technique that works best for you.

How To Take Good Notes: 

  • Get a seperate note book for your notes. It makes it easier to study for exams when you have your important notes/deffinitions in a seperate spot.
  • Write neatly so when you go back to look at everything, it's right infront of you.
  • Learn to take notes that works best for you-it's important to develope a note taking method that works best for you.
  • Learn how to be a good listener-the teacher usually won't go back to the previous notes just because you're a crappy listener.
  • Review over your notes so that you have those ideas inside your head and so that you don't forget it. 
  • Always right point form.
  • Don't write word for word because you usually wont have time to do that.
  • Mind-maps are still helpful! In elementary school you do alot of mind mapping and it's alot more helpful than it seems.
  • Outline the important stuff because it saves time.
  • Use pen.
  • When something important is said in class, it's a good idea to jot it down briefly in your notes even if she didn't say to.
  • Make sure things are in your own words(unless it's deffinitions) because it can make it easier for you to understand.
  • Before you take your homework home, try to finish it during class because it will save you from doing it at home-if you have a part time job than you probably won't end up doing it anyways.
  • Make sure before you take the homework home, you understand the lesson, or ask a parent at home, they most likely had to do similar stuff to what you do now.
  • Homework is important because it gives you a better understanding of what you did in class, it gives you the chance to figure stuff out on your own.
  • Your teachers will check your homework, you usually won't get assigned too much homework so just do it!!
  • If you do your homework at the same time everyday, it will just become a routine for you so you won't forget to do it.
  • Get together with a classmate/friend, if they're doing the same work it can be easier to understand things from a friend.
  • Take advantage of any free time-during classes sometimes you will get free time, you can use that free time to finish any homework instead of socializing. It may not seem like a good/fun idea to you but then you're homework free when you get home.
  • Keep your mind from wandering by taking notes, underlining sections, discussing topics with others or relating your homework to something that you're studying from another class.
  • Don't multi-task when you are doing homework because you will just get totally side tracked.
  • Turn off your phone- I don't know about you, but when I'm doing homework thats usually when my friends will text me, than I don't end up getting any homework done.

 Homework Skills:

  • Don't read aloud-usually if you read it aloud it isnt as effective as when you read it to yourself. 
  • Take extra notes if you want, as you study.
  • Study a little bit every night, not at all once. It can overwelm you!!

 Study Skills:

  • Believe it or not, sometimes listening to calming music can help you when you're studying, if it's distracting to you then don't listen to it.
  • TURN YOUR PHONE OFF- I know from previous times studying and having your phone with you, really doesnt help,it's just distracting!
  • You have to motivate yourself. Don't procastinate, just study. It will pay off.
  • If you make yourself a schedule for when you can study along with everything else in your busy life, there will always be time to study.
  • Study in a quiet spot. People talking around you doesnt usually help


  • Make sure you get a good night sleep the night before you write the test/exam.
  • Eat a good breakfast in the morning.
  • Read the questions slowly and carfully-take your time, even if you are on a time limit, its good to take your time and get the answers right, rather than rushing through them and failing.
  • Don't get distracted by other students who are writing the test.
  • Be relaxed and confident-don't panic and stay confident that you are going to do your best.

 Taking a Test or


  • If you have time, at the end of your test try and go over the questions that you've answered to the best of your ability.
  • Answer the questions in a strategic order- if you do harder questions first to get them out of the way, or do easier ones first to keep up your confidence.
  • Arrive early for the test and go through and review your notes before the test/exam if you can.
  • Make sure when you know that there is a test or exam coming up, always do the review that you get, there's no point of showing up if you don't know what you're doing,
  • COME PREPARED, make sure you just know your stuff and you will do just fine :)