Parent Guide to Student Study Skills

Resources and suggestions to help students develop and strengthen their study habits in preparation for high school.

What are study skills?

School is about learning, but figuring out how to learn is a process that adolescents are still getting the hang of. There is no single right or wrong way to study - each student is an individual and will find something different that works. The idea is to identify what works best for each child and practice it!

What study skills are necessary for high school success?

W. T. Woodson school counselors identified a few areas that 9th-grade students often struggle with while transitioning to high school.

  • Time management, in general, is a big area of concern
  • Homework completion
  • Organization
  • Reading strategies

What can you do for your child?

Fairfax County provides a number of resources for parents and students.

  • Parent Resource Center Lending Library
    • Email: prc@fcps.edu | 703-204-3941
    • FCPS provides parents with over 4,000 books, DVDs, and CDs! Search the lending library online to find resources that can help you help your child! And don’t worry if you can’t get to the Parent Resource Center – your child’s school librarian can have most resources delivered directly to the school for your convenience!
  • Workshops and Events
    • FCPS hosts a number of workshops and events for you to attend to assist your child in many areas! Here you can also access handouts, resources, and information from previous workshops through the Workshop Warehouse.
  • Tutor List 
    • If you feel your child may benefit from tutoring, FCPS can help! Visit the Parent Resource Center for a list of tutors and simple tips to help you select a tutor for your child!

A few tips…

Eliminate distractions - Turn off the TV set, silence the cell phone, and limit internet activity. Your teen may not be as good at multitasking as they think! Designate a quiet, well-lit spot for studying.

Establish a routine that allows for balanced leisure activities - Help your child create an after school schedule. Plan a realistic schedule, building in study breaks after subjects that are most challenging, and allowing for soccer games and band practice.

Encourage your child to use their agenda or planner - help your child get in the habit of writing down each daily assignment in each subject and checking it off when it's complete. Request to see what they are working on and what is coming up that is due.

Play a role in your child’s success - Keep in touch with teachers through e-mail.  Ask for weekly progress sheets to be sure your child is keeping up with the class. Discuss setbacks and offer praise for accomplishments!

For more information, please visit the FCPS Department of Special Services web page.