Studying in high school requires revised approach


Katelyn Kent

Studying for upcoming AP exams, a 2015 sophomore prepares for human geography with flashcards.

Going from middle school to high school is a big change. With this move up comes new responsibilities in learning, knowledge and studying. Students find ways to revise and improve their previous methods to ready themselves for this adjustment. 

Sophomore Anastasia Wright said she had some trouble adapting to the new workload of high school, especially when she began taking Advanced Placement courses.

“When I started high school with my first AP classes I had to learn how to study, which was difficult at first,” she said. 

Freshman Kellyn Hoffman said studying became more necessary as her schedule grew in complexity.

“I actually have to study now,” Hoffman said, “because my classes got harder and my parents still expect A’s” 

New study methods have arisen from students figuring out the ropes of high school.

“In high school I like to read over my notes, watch YouTube videos, and use platforms like quizlet to study,” Wright said. “This usually works for me, but for particularly hard tests I will do practice problems.” 

Wright added that the demand for work is different in high school, further motivating her to modify her approach.

“I think my habits have changed because of my workload and course difficulty,” she said. “The more time I needed to contribute to a class, the more efficient and effective I became at studying.”

Hoffman also adjusted her methods.

“Now I have to go over notes, and I find that writing stuff out helps me remember it,” she said. 

Wright said her new system is working.

“I’m now able to study faster and more effectively,” she said. “I’ve learned how my brain memorizes and applies things. I also start studying a couple days before, instead of the night before.”

By Hannah Talaia