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Thursday Tips

Weekly study skill tips for middle and high school students, parents and educators

Each week, during the academic year, S4 Study Skills publishes Thursday Tips, a free, original and engaging story for families, students, school administrators and teachers, featuring study tips, advice, and other helpful information in support of students' study practice.

Written to encourage more effective and efficient studying, Thursday Tips is designed to encourage a love of learning while fostering sound independent study practice. From time management, to preparing for a test or exam, to reducing stress while increasing effectiveness, to motivation, our stories provide a new and fresh approach to studying.

Thursday Tips has gained a loyal weekly readership following, and helped to establish S4 as an authoritative voice on study skills for all students.

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2013-2014 Thursday Tips

Oct. 16 Strategies for Interim Report Cards
Useful tips and strategies to make the most of interim report cards
June 5  Transitioning to the Next Grade: Building Confidence
Here are 4 practical tips for strengthening your confidence  
May 29 Transitioning to the Next Grade: Getting Organized
Being able to organize your time and materials is an important skill
May 22  Transitioning to the Next Grade: Active Learning
Learn how to commit to active learning for the upcoming school year
 
May 15 Transitioning to the Next Grade: Self-Advocacy
Learn how to boost your ability to self-advocate 
May 8  6 Great Ideas for Preventing Summer Brain-Drain
Use these tips to combat summer learning loss 
May 1  5 End-of-Year Questions Students Should Ask Themselves
Start next year strong by reflecting on this past year
Apr. 24  "It ain't over 'til it's over."
8 Lessons Yogi Berra Could Have Taught in Study Skills 
Apr. 17  8 Steps to Stress-Free Studying
Get Back on Track to Studying Without Stress
Apr. 10  Do These for Better Grades
4 Rituals for More Effective Studying 
Apr. 3 You Can Find Time
5 Ways to Find More Time in Your Day
Mar. 27  Avoiding the Spring Meltdown
How to Manage Your Workload and Spring Activities 
Mar. 20 March Madness
Basketball and Study Skills
Mar. 13  The Value of Quizzes
5 Ways Quizzes Will Help You Ace Tests  
Mar. 6 Does Your Student Need Extra Help?
5 Signs You May Need Extra Help
Feb. 27 Beat Procrastination
4 Symptoms and Cures for Procrastination
Feb. 20  Don't Just Learn...Over-learn
3 reasons why over-learning is essential.
Feb. 13  Love Your Library
7 reasons why you should love your library. 
Feb. 6 Study Group Game Plan
6 secrets of a successful study group.
Jan. 30 Touchdown Study Tactics
Manage your time; don't let time manage you.
Jan. 23 5 Ways to Remember What You've Learned
Use these tips to help you retain information to call upon when you need it.
Jan. 16
How to Find More Time In Your Day
Manage your time; don't let time manage you.
Jan. 9 Four Study Skills New Year's Resolutions
It's not to late to resolve to add these smart moves to your study practice.
Dec. 19 How to Keep Focused During the Holidays
We have tips for weaving in study time while not missing out on any fun!
Dec. 12 How to Motivate an Unmotivated Student
We've got suggestions for giving a constructive nudge.
Dec. 5 Five Reasons to Start Preparing for Midterms Now
January is right around the corner! Here's why and how to prep now for exams.
Nov. 21 Executive Functioning and the Thanksgiving Feast
What do study skills and a big turkey dinner have in common?
Nov. 14 Four Healthy Habits That Support School Success
Take care of yourself and reap the rewards: feel great, do great!
Nov. 7 The November Report: How Are You Doing?
How to stock of your progress in school and where you might make improvements.
Oct. 31 Tricks, Treats, and Goals
Halloween has a higher purpose this year: Learn to set and reach goals.
Oct. 24 Four Ways the United Nations Inspires Great Group Work
Working on a group project? The U.N. offers a model for success.
Oct. 17 Four Strategies for the Interim Report Card
You have the information in hand. Now what?
Oct. 10 Six Steps to Getting Homework Done More Effectively
Still searching for the best way to get homework done? Look no farther.

Oct. 3 The Best Time of Day to Study
A high school senior shares advice that worked for him.
Sept. 26 Making the Most Out of Study Hall
Seven ways to make those valuable study hall minutes to work for you.
Sept. 19 Four Terrific Tips for Using a Planner
Get in control with a well-organized planner. Here's how.
Sept. 12 Why I Study in Different Rooms
A college student shares a teacher-provided tip that helped her study and retain information.
Sept. 5 Maximizing Back-to-School Night
Be prepared for this key annual orientation event with our tips.
Aug. 29 Six Ways to Start the School Year on the Right Foot
Make a good first impression on your teachers and establish habits that will work for you all year long.