High School Study Skills

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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High school study skills include much more than just note-taking and test-taking strategies, as some students assume. While these skills are undoubtedly important, so too are "interactive" skills such as group learning, active listening, and conflict resolution. Learning is just as much about participating with other classmates as it is about "receiving" knowledge.

For high-school students who are reluctant to develop these skills, consider this: your college curriculum is likely to be much more interactive than your high-school curriculum is. In college, group projects tend to constitute a bigger portion of your grade. One reason for this is that colleges try to prepare their grads as best they can for the so-called "real-world" work environment, which is more often collaborative than individualistic.

Honing Your Group Skills

Group learning has a number of oft-overlooked benefits that can come in handy not only in classroom environments but in the workplace as well. One of these is the sharing of responsibilities, a lesson that teaches group members to value one another's contributions in reaching a common goal. The better able you are to see your objectives as congruent with those of your teammates, the greater the likelihood of your achieving those aims.

Another result of group learning, be it at the high school level, the college level, or the corporate setting, is a feeling of accountability. Unless you work strictly for yourself, which even the most rugged entrepreneurs seldom do, you'll likely be called upon to account for your efforts. Collaborative learning thus teaches personal responsibility, a quality that every employer looks for in his or her candidates. Having the right skills to best contribute to your team can be crucial in these settings.


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