Study Activities

  1. Schedule your daily study and assignment writing time. Do it in a quiet place.
  2. Don’t get caught by UNEXPECTED schedule changes – Be ready – Plan ahead.
  3. NEVER assume that there is NO HOMEWORK! You should always study and rework the material presented in class that day.
  4. Write down questions that come to you as you study and ask them in class the next day.
  5. Read the reading selections ALOUD, even on audio tape to practice pronunciation, phrasing, speed, fluency and comprehension. Listen to yourself.
  7. Learn chapter vocabulary. Begin immediately! Divide words into manageable daily sections. Do NOT attempt to learn everything the night before a test; this does not work.
  8. Make yourself flash cards for vocabulary and other important points – use them.
  9. Write out textbook activities in your own personal Activity Book. Then do them orally. Since you, personally, do not have the chance to answer everything we do together in class, this all needs rehearsing before a quiz or test.
  10. As the class advances, review old material occasionally – notes from tests and quizzes, notes, workbook pages, hand-outs, etc.
  11. Watch FL television. Choose anything that interests you. This will accustom your ear to the follow of the language and help you with vocabulary.
  12. Get FL newspapers to read. You are already knowledgeable about the news. Try to understand FL reports of the news you already know.
  13. Telephone other students taking your FL. Converse totally in the FL. This should impress your parents and give you more telephone time.
  14. Find people who speak your FL in your neighborhood, church, or circle of friends which whom you can practice.
  15. Be observant to FL cultural events in the community. Your attendance and reporting of it may be a good extra credit project.
  16. Practice DAILY beginning with 2 minutes, working up to 3, 4 and 5 minutes, to write about anything that comes to your mind in the FL. This is to develop quickness of thought, finger-tip vocabulary, description skills and written communication.
  17. Talk to your family as much as possible in the TL even though they will respond to you in English. They will be delighted to think their tax dollars are paying off.
  18. Get your rest. Being tired and overly committed will wear you down.
  19. For needed extra help, find a good student with whom to study, have a parent quiz you or find a tutor through your teacher or National Honor Society.
  20. Never Cram. Cramming is not fun and you will not retain the information. Don’t expect osmosis to work. It simply takes STUDY, STUDY AND MORE STUDY.