The Way to Enter Harvard Easier

If you want to achieve what you want to do, you should have to study for it. If you are in high school, there are lots of reasons that you should study. One of the reasons is to get good grades. When you get good grades, you can do afterschool activities. Also you can act honorably to your parents, friends and yourself. Also you can be confident during the class. I think the most important reason for high school students is that you will be able to choose the university which you want to go to. My mom always tells me that if you study hard for only 4years, you can do what you want to do for the rest of your life. But if don’t, you probably won’t do what you want to do for the rest of your life. So as a student in a Monsignor Donovan, I decided to write an article of study tips. I asked the teachers what are the effective ways to study, and these are their advice.

Study

After asking several teachers I realized that the most important thing is taking notes, and asking questions.

Taking notes is important!

Teachers do not write on the board or overhead because they enjoy their handwriting; the information written down or repeated during class has already been deemed important (hint: will be on a test or quiz) so take advantage of it. Also reread your notes every day for that chapter until you have your test. Always prepare for tests at least 2 days in advance.

Asking questions is important

You have to ask questions if you don’t completely understand something the first time. You will see this material again in the class or on tests later.

English-Mr.Williams, Ms. Juhan

1. Read all of your assignments actively.

-Meaning read in such a way that you will remember and are engaged in the material. This can be through annotation, reading out    loud, summarizing paragraphs as you read, or highlighting important passages.

2. Participate in class discussions.

-Many of the important concepts are addressed in class discussions, and the only way to formulate your own opinions on these concepts is to talk with your teacher and peers about them.

3. Write, Write, and Write.

-While talking about your opinions is important, being able to write them effectively is something you can only learn to do with practice. Being an effective and strong writer only comes through discipline and repetition.

4. Learn your tastes.

-English is a subject with so many different genres and categories that it can seem overwhelming at times and even turn people away. My advice is to find and develop your tastes in reading and writing so you learn to appreciate and enjoy some aspects of it; hating the book you’re reading in school doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy another book outside of school.

Theology-Mrs. McGehee

1. Stay on top of reading and notebook entries.

-You don’t scramble to get it all together before the test.

2. When you get a study guide, look at each item and practice completing it without notes.

-For example, if an item on your study guides states, “Explain the theological truths alluded to in the Prologue to John’s Gospel,” see how much you can do without referencing your notes or textbook. Then check yourself against those materials, and keep trying until you can fulfill the task independently.

Math-Mrs.Holm, Mr. Juhasz

1. Look back over the material covered in class every day after school

-Take detailed notes in class. Review notes and textbook daily. It looks really easy to see someone else do the work, but it might not be as easy when you try it on your own.

2. For proofs

-Start with what you want to prove and work backward to see which steps are needed.

Latin-Mrs.Traut

1. Learn the process not the particular.

-Study how to use the word in the context, not just for the test.

2. Print off multiple copies of the charts and create a “test” for yourself.

-Practicing helps you to increase your Latin abilities.

3. Translate in pairs or groups of similar skill level.

-Studying with other people who has similar Latin abilities helps each other to learn the language.

4. “Annotate” each translation

-Write English sentence under the Latin sentence and Take notes, so you can remember the path

Spanish-Mrs.McGehee

1. Drill yourself on vocabulary flash cards at least twice a week.

-Practice constructing complete sentences with the new grammar and vocabulary you are learning.

2. Write a paragraph about the unit topic in Spanish, and have your teacher review.

-This is a good way to practice using vocabulary. You can have your teacher’s help.

3. Save your quizzes and correct any errors as a way to practice before the test.

-The material all shows up again. If you need more practice on a particular concept, ask your teacher for extra exercises, or come in to a help session to practice dialogue.

Science-Mrs.Herring, Mrs.Reinhardt

1. Work at least one problem of each type covered during the previous chapter.

-Practicing problems can help to get used to solving problems.

2. Go over the formulas

-Make sure you understand when it is appropriate to use a particular formula.

3. Review any new units that were introduced, and old quizzes.

-In Science, especially Physics, everything you learn is related to the information that you learned before.

If you are looking for a study site, Ms.Laniak recommends www.quizlet.com to students. Here you can make flash cards to study for any class. Typing the information in, and then using the cards often, will help anyone learn material easier

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