The Secret to Success
Something that sets Hargrave above other independent schools and military schools is our unique How to Study Program. All Cadets participate in How to Study everyday. Developed and continually revised by the Hargrave faculty, the How to Study Program can make a difference between academic success or continued academic frustration. The course covers ten basic topics, which Hargrave has designated as vital to academic success.
Cadets are taught proper room and desk arrangement, clearing away the clutter, time management and eliminating procrastination.
Every Hargrave Cadet receives a daily planning book and is required to write all assignments, test schedules and other pertinent academic information in the planner. Cadets are instructed in its use as an organizational and planning tool and are expected to utilize it daily. Constant checks are made by classroom faculty and by evening study hall supervisors to ensure compliance.
SQ3R is a method of study which helps a student to improve in their school work. The system teaches the student to approach the overall learning process using S-survey, Q-question, 3R-read, recite, review.
Techniques for remembering lists, key facts, names and places, are taught. The utilization of mnemonics, sentencing and other memorization techniques result in improved performance on major tests.
Creating a study budget helps make studying a "habit". Students become accustomed to studying a certain subject at a certain time. This aids in concentration and the student is not easily distracted which leads to personal satisfaction and pride from a job well done.
Most students know little about how to take notes, organize and expand their notes or how to review daily class notes. Hargrave teaches specific ways to improve note taking and review of classroom notes for quizzes, tests and exams.
Through the use of the SQ3R technique Cadets are shown the best method of attacking various reading assignments for each subject. The SQ3R method has been used successfully for over 20 years at Hargrave and should result in higher achievement in all academic areas.
Students learn to understand preparation for the various kinds of test: matching, true/false, fill-in-the-blank and essay.
Cadets are made to realize the importance of proper listening skills. They learn to recognize teacher cues and begin to improve note-taking and test preparation through increased awareness.
Success of the student is their responsibility. No one can make a student successful if they are not willing to put effort into the program. A positive attitude is the most important ingredient in the success formula. Correct attitudes are the foundation on which all the other study tips must be built. In addition, students are encouraged to set personal goals which helps to raise the student's self-esteem and build their confidence.
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