Back to School Study Skills: Three Steps to Memory Success

Getting your head back in school can be difficult after a long, relaxing break. Students are already worrying about how they will  memorize all the information for the weekly quizzes creeping up on their syllabus, the ACT and SAT looming in the distance or that oral presentation waiting at the end of the semester. Help them conquer their testing fears and get the most out of their study time by encouraging them to incorporate tried-and-true study skills in their next study session. Knowing how to prepare for tests, understanding how memory works, and learning to prepare for test days can help alleviate test anxiety and increase test performance. Pass along the following three steps to memory success before the next test:

  • RECITE the material by repeating the information aloud in your own words. When you hear the information aloud you alert another sense which increases your ability to store it.
  • REHEARSE the information. Play the information over in your head. Say the information clearly so you can properly and accurately remember.
  • WRITE the information. After you have recited and rehearsed the information, copy it all on paper until you are able to write it without looking.

STUDY SKILLS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS has a whole chapter dedicated to understanding how memory works and learning memory techniques. It also includes helpful assessments and tips to discover your learning style, develop your critical thinking skills, and set goals and mark your accomplishments. Click here to read a free sample chapter or visit to see our growing database of study skills for all-aged students.

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