How to Study Program

The Secret to Success

One of the outstanding features of Hargrave Military Academy, over other high schools and military high schools, is its unique How to Study Program. The program is required for all Cadets, which includes fall and winter semesters and summer school. 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 eight basic topics, which Hargrave has designated as vital to academic success. These topics include:

1. Getting Organized
Cadets are taught proper room and desk arrangement, clearing away the clutter, time management and eliminating procrastination.

2. The Student Planner
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 aid and expected to utilize it daily. Periodic checks are made by classroom faculty and by evening study hall supervisors to ensure compliance.

3. SQ3R
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.

4. Memory Skills

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.

5. Time Management - A Study Budget

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. This leads to personal satisfaction and pride from a job well done.

6. Note-Taking Skills
Most entering 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.

7. Textbook Reading Skills
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.

8. Test Taking Skills
Students learn to understand preparation for the various kinds of test: matching, true/false, fill-in-the-blank and essay.

9. Listening Skills

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.

10. Student's Role and Responsibilities

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.