In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic study habit areas that should be considered by teens who are taking part in STEM school programs. STEM subjects are vital for many of life’s foundational skills, meaning that quality study habits for these courses will not only lead to higher grades, but will also better prepare students for their future.
At Beehive Science & Technology Academy, it’s our pleasure to offer the very best STEM curriculum and related programs you’ll find in Utah across varying age ranges, from elementary school to middle school and high school. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over some further concepts to consider, whether you’re a STEM student yourself or the parent of a student looking to impart some guidance.
Mark and Organize Information
STEM students will be exposed to lots of information on a daily basis, whether in textbooks, worksheets, or lectures. It can be easy for this information to become overwhelming and start to blur together. This is why one of the most important study habits for STEM students is learning how to take good notes and organize them in a way that makes sense.
There are many different ways to go about taking notes, so it may take some trial and error to find a system that works best for you. Some students prefer to take notes by hand, while others find it helpful to type them out on a laptop or tablet. Some students like to keep all of their notes in one place, while others prefer to divide them up by subject. There is no right or wrong way to take notes, as long as the system you use helps you to remember and understand the information.
Scheduler or Planner
Another important part of organizing your information is to create a schedule or planner that works for you. STEM classes can be demanding, and it can be easy to fall behind if you don’t have a good way to keep track of what’s due when. By creating a schedule or planner, you can ensure that you’re always aware of upcoming deadlines and have enough time to complete your assignments.
There are many different ways to create a schedule or planner. You can use a physical planner that you write in by hand, or you can use an online program or app. Some students prefer to keep their schedule on their phone, while others find it helpful to have a physical copy that they can refer to. Find what works best for you and make sure to update it regularly.
Finally, the practice of studying itself is important, but can be difficult to do when there are so many distractions around. It’s important to find a place to study that is free from distractions like TV, music, and people. If you’re having trouble focusing, try studying in a library or another quiet public place. You can also try using noise-cancelling headphones or listening to calm music that won’t distract you from your work.
With the right basic attention to detail, it’s easy to create study habits that lead to success in STEM programs. For more on this, or to learn about any of our STEM charter school programs, speak to our staff of educators at Beehive Science & Technology Academy today.