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Improve your skills and improve your grades with these tips, tricks, and resources.


While each person will study a little bit differently, research encourages some strategies over others to improve learning. We’ve created this Research-Based Study Tips handout for you!

Final exam time can be stressful. Check out this infographic for tips.


Set small goals with reasonable expectations about the amount of time and effort required to complete it. Why? Studies show that progress on your goals leads to satisfaction, positive emotions, and improved well being. This can motivate you to do even more.

  • Remember The Milk – With this app, you can enter tasks that need to be completed, such as assignments, and monitor your progress.


  • The Time Timer – This clock shows you the passage of time. It’s an excellent resource for people challenged with time management. You can purchase an actual clock or purchase an app for your digital device.


  • MindMeister – This website allows you to make mind maps. There are premade mind maps as well as templates to choose from. Use this for brainstorming, taking notes, organizing your thoughts to write a paper, creating to-do lists, and much more. There’s also an app available.
  • Ideament – Is an app that lets you easily draw a diagram - mind map, concept map, or flow chart - and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use it for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more!


Create fixed daily routines, block temptations, and enlist others in holding you accountable for not meeting deadlines. 

  • StayFocused – This Google Chrome extension increases your productivity by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites. 
  • Cold Turkey –  This add-on allows you to temporarily block online distractions to help you focus and finish your work sooner. 



Microsoft Learning Tools are free tools available in Microsoft OneNote, Word, and more that allow learners to improve a wide range of literacy skills, including comprehension, reading fluency, and written expression. It reads text out loud, break it into syllables, and increase spacing between lines and letters.

All Holy Family students have Microsoft accounts and have access to the Learning Tools, including Immersive Reader.

ModMath is a free iPad app that helps set up and solve math problems without ever picking up a pencil. The work pages can be printed, uploaded to Drop Box, or sent via email. 

Rewordify is a powerful, free, online software that improves reading, learning, and teaching. It can simplify difficult English and effectively teach words to build a better vocabulary.


Natural Reader is a text-to-speech that converts any written text such as Word, PDF, text, and webpages into spoken natural sounding speech. It has online and downloadable software options.
Read & Write for Google Chrome
This Chrome extension provides reading, writing and research support. Students can have websites, Google Docs, PDFs and ePubs read aloud while the text is highlighted. A picture dictionary provides additional support. The extension also provides text-to-speech support. Students can highlight and collect text for research and create and embed voice memos.
These built-in screen reading tools use synthetic speech to tell the user what is happening on the screen. VoiceOver is for Apple devices and TalkBack is for Android devices. VoiceOver also provides plug-and-play support for braille displays. Both are useful for nonreaders, English language learners, or learners who have trouble reading screens.


This voice recognition application allows users to speak and instantly see the text. Dragon Mobile Assistant is for Android devices. Dragon Dictation is for Apple devices.


Learning Ally has 80,000 human-narrated audiobooks including many textbooks. Students with qualifying print-related disabilities such as dyslexia, visual impairment, and other learning differences will receive an account through Holy Family.


Activities from Harvard

Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child has done extensive research in the area of Executive Function. They’ve created a 16-page guide that describes different activities to support and strengthen executive function and self-regulation at different stages of life. Here’s the direct link to the Activities for Adolsences.  

Here’s a video explaining Executive Function and Self-Regulation, which they call Core Capabilities.

Tips for Parents

The Search Institute’s Strengthening Executive Function in Children: Tips for Parents and Practitioners is a great guide to understanding Executive Functions and how parents can help their children develop their skills with practice.

How Executive Function Affects Homework

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