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6 Study Skills To Help Your Students Achieve Success

Great study skills don’t exactly come naturally to most students, especially those in grade school. And, as students progress from grade to grade, their homework load will increase making it even more necessary to develop excellent study skills early on. We’ve put together this simple list of practical study skills that your students can begin implementing now which will help them be more successful in their classes.


Help your students find the main idea of the text using a highlighter. Be careful that they don’t get “highlighter happy” and highlight the entire text!


A trusted tool for many classrooms is the handy flashcard. Have your students make their own to learn vocabulary terms, dates, and other information.

Limit distractions

Try to make it a priority (as difficult as it may be) to turn off all devices - tvs, tablets, phones, social media, etc. Set a time frame for these things to be turned off and let your students know that it’s simply “limitation” rather than “elimination.”

Make connections

Help your students better comprehend information by asking questions such as “has something like this happened in my life?” or “how does this relate to the world around me?”

Note taking

Your elementary students may not need to take many notes at this time but it’s not too early to learn. Try having them ask interview questions and write down the main point they gained.

Acronyms & Mnemonics

These well known memorizing techniques are excellent tools for your students!


Acronym: NASA, MLK, ASAP

Mnemonics: Every Good Boy Does Fine (music staff)

Try focusing on one of these study skills each month and see what a game changer it can be for your classroom. If you keep up the consistency, you’ll see your students excel greatly!

Harper Educational Consultants have been helping school districts in Mississippi attain the best educational skills available.

To schedule a consultation and see how we can help you in your school, contact us here. Together, we can see transformation in the educational system!

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