How to Succeed in School Without Really Stressing

Who said that growing up was ever easy?  When we were “coming of age,” there were at-risk behavior temptations.  Teen anxiety and family conflicts over school grades did exist.

With modern technology, multi-tasking  increased, and the ability to focus exclusively on homework decreased. This, combined with teen involvement in many activities, has increased adolescent stress and anxiety. It has necessitated the need for more efficient study strategies and “stigma free” mental health assistance.

This article will focus on SPECIFIC  STUDY  STRATEGIES  FOR  YOUR CHILD  to  increase school grades, build self- confidence, and   decrease  some  school  stresses and  anxiety. The strategies have been effective in my graduate studies, and in working with students in private practice:


Closets, desk, school notebooks, and  folders.  Your study room should have good lighting, and good ventilation. Use   a  CALENDAR  to   plan  study time. Write date and topic on NOTEBOOK  pages.   Keep separate subject FOLDERS for past notes, handouts, extra  papers. Try color coding folders and index cards by subject.  Having AN ORGANIZED STUDY  ROOM  MAY  DECREASE  TEEN’S SCHOOL  STRESS.


in each class. Develop SHORT HAND system to write or type quickly.  Capture MAIN IDEAS and FACTS .Your notes should include what the teacher writes on the board, and what the teacher says   to write.  Also, ADD WHAT YOU THINK IS IMPORTANT. Notes might highlight a classmates’ presentation, or include corrections   to homework problems.  PRINT out computer notes. Review and organize all notes.  Place in designated folders.  GOOD  NOTES  MAY  DECREASE SCHOOL  STRESS.


A good  set  of organized, hand written  or computer printed notes  per subject may give you more confidence as you begin to study.  Use a MULTI-SENSORY technique to get the information from your notes into your MEMORY bank.  READ , SAY some  information aloud, WRITE out what you think difficult.  Have some fun:  teach or pretend teach the information to someone else! KNOWING  A VARIETY OF STUDY TECHNIQUES MAY DECREASE SCHOOL  STRESS.


Become familiar with the type of QUESTIONS your teacher asks: open-ended, multiple choice, etc. CONVERT NOTES INTO TEST.  Number and write about five questions per page in margin. Using corresponding numbers, underline answers .  Create GAMES using the content of notes. ANTICIPATING  TEACHER’S QUESTIONS   MAY DECREASE SCHOOL  STRESS.


To do well on major tests, DON’T SAVE   STUDYING  UNTIL  NIGHT  BEFORE the test.  If 10 chapters on the test, review five the first day, five the second day.  Make sure you review all 10 on the night before the test. BY  CHUNKING INFORMATION which may help you feel less overwhelmed while increasing your ability to retain larger amounts of information, you MAY DECREASE SCHOOL STRESS.

Unlike the newborn’s ability to suck his or her thumb, not every child is born with the ability to organize, and study effectively.  However, effective study strategies can be taught and learned. When applied, these strategies may increase the student’s grades, confidence, and decrease school stress, and anxiety.

Questions about your child’s school performance or study skills?  

Contact  Ronnie Silver, LDTC, Learning Consultant and Study Skills Coach

Adelphi Educational Services silver, (201)-573-0377