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STUDY SKILLS
  • Create a personal planner and coordinate it with your family calendar, your school projects, athletic commitments, and doctor appointments.
  • Speak with your teacher to obtain assignments in advance if he/she does not have a weekly syllabus.
  • Try to work ahead.
  • If a teacher assigns a major or paper due on a specific day, change that day to a week or two earlier than required. This pre-planning will save you challenges with computers and resources.
  • If you do not understand a concept, please do not hesitate to ask your teacher, parent, or a professional tutor for help.
SCIENCE / HISTORY
  • It is important to read a history or science chapter in advance of it being assigned.
  • Take notes as you read and preview the chapter.
  • If your course is online, as your teacher to check out a companion textbook or purchase one.
  • If you preview the chapter, then when the teacher introduces the subject/chapter you will already have a working knowledge of the vocabulary and concepts you have previewed.
  • Check with the publisher of your text because many offer online study guides and chapter summaries for their textbooks.
LITERATURE / ENGLISH
  • Ask your teacher for a list of all poetry/dramas/fiction/nonfiction you will read for the semester.
  • Obtain an unabridged audio book of any required reading.
  • Read along as you listen to the audio book.
  • Take notes on key events as you listen/read the book.
  • Investigate the library databases such as GALE Literature, PROQUEST’s Knowledge Notes, and EBSCOHost Literature for academic criticism and interpretation on novels/drama/and poetry.
  • Ames Public Library, AEA website (https://www.iowaaeaonline.org) and Ames High School Library
MATH
  • Read the textbook chapter on the next concept before your teacher assigns it.
  • Try solving new problems in this chapter.
  • Write down questions that you have so you can bring these up in class.
  • Create your own math practice homework in addition to what the teacher gives you.
  • Extra practice will solidify your understanding of math concepts so that you do not forget them when the teacher introduces new concepts later in the week.
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