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Back To School: Teaching Kids Good Study Habits

It’s a challenge to teach kids how to be organized in their study habits.

With kids from elementary school through college, we try to teach our kids early on how to be organized, and this year we’re going to be even better at it.

I’ll share some of the habits we try to teach our kids below, and share some new ways we have found to help them stay organized.

Back to school Study Habits at tatertots and jello

Post-it Brand was kind enough to send me some of their cool new Post-it Study collection, and its goals fit almost exactly the system we have been teaching our kids,

especially when they are in middle school, high school and college:

We teach them how to Mark important information so they can easily Find it later,

how to Review so they can remind themselves of important information, and

how to Remember due dates and important dates — and plan ahead!

teaching kids study habits at tatertots and jello

Here’s what we do:


We teach our kids how to mark their books (if they are allowed to) with important facts, and how to highlight important concepts to make it easy to review later.

We also show them how mark their notes when they review them for the first time — so they can review more efficiently next time.

post it study line to help kids improve study habits

I’m excited about the new Post-it Study collection because it includes cool products that will actually help with marking information so that it’s easy to find.

For example, the Post-it Study Message Flags — with color-coded arrows — make it easy to mark important sections. I also like the Post-It Study Page Markers because they’re easy to write on and annotate. In fact, that’s one of the challenges with school textbooks — you can’t write in them. The Post-it Study Note Taking Tabs are awesome to address this — they’re transparent notes with tabs so you can take notes in the textbook — and remove them later. (The Post-it Study Note Tabs are similar, only opaque.)

Post-it Study Collection Marking

(left to right: Post-it Study Message Flags, Post-It Study Page Markers, Post-it Study Note Taking Tabs)

We show them how by marking a page, they can review that page in seconds the next time instead of having to re-read it before a test.


As they review, we hope that they learn that if they stay organized as they go, it’s easier and faster to review. With tweens and teens that’s always an uphill battle, but we try to teach them!

We also teach them that it’s not only okay to review notes and textbooks before a test, but that it’s a smart thing to do. A book and note review works really well if you have marked efficiently as you’ve studied, and you can then even make a new set of study notes, if you plan ahead. And that leads us to …

Remember and Plan Ahead

We try to teach the kids how to use a calendar, be it paper or electronic, to mark not only important dates (tests, due dates), but also “workback” dates for each of these. For example, if a final exam is on the 21st of the month, we coach them to add a reminder to start reviewing and consolidating test review notes two weeks in advance, and then starting test study and review one week out.

(I’ll share a cool system we’re trying this year with you next week!)

Post-it Study Collection

Thanks to Post-it Brand for letting us try their new Post-it Study Collection!


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What are your favorite study tips?

Let us know in the comments!

Have a great day!


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This post was sponsored by Post-it® Brand … but the opinions and project are all mine! For more information, see my disclosures.


  1. Great study habit ideas. The post-it note tips were great. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great ideas and tips. Love all these ideas. Thanks!

  3. Laura Reese says:

    NO one told me that I had to go back to school with my kids! But it is actually true and I could use all of these tips as my oldest starts school (and I get to help her do it). Thanks!

  4. I know I would love studying more with bright colors like that!!! Seriously though, I struggle to keep focus reading and such, and underlining and highlighting is key to my studies!

  5. Great tools!! Can you believe my daughter’s school is all on ipads, so they rarely use a book or paper any more!

    I wish we had all these post it’s a few years ago!

  6. I so totally wish I had these study aids when I was in school! What a great idea!

  7. Oh how I wish these cute and helpful products were available when I was in school!

    My high school kids won’t have paper textbooks anymore. Nope, they have digital textbooks and every high school student is issued an iPad to use for the school year. And there are awesome apps available for digital notetaking too.

    I guess I will have to use these cool Post It products for my scrapbooking!

  8. Love this post Jen! These tips for studying are awesome. I’m going to share them with my kids. And I love the Post-it tabs that you used. Perfect!!
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  9. I still can’t believe you have a college aged kid! Crazy! I love these products too. I use them for so many things. Wish they had made them when we were in school:-)
    Amy @ Living Locurto recently posted…Print on Post-It Notes – Free Printables for School Homework

    • Me too!! I love all of their back to school organizing things. It would have been so great to use when we were in school. I can’t believe I have a college age kid either – time goes by so fast!!


  10. Oh my- how I love little things to keep everyone organized. Swoon :)
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