AgendaSession 1 - Learning About Learning & Organization
Session 2 - Time Management & Memorization Strategies
Session 3 - Handling Homework, Note Taking & Test Taking
Study Skills for School Success!This study skills workshop was created for you. It was written with the following in mind: Students want to do well in schoolStudents who consistently do well in school practice good study habits and are well organized Study skills and organizational skills do not come naturally to most people they must be learned
Learning About Learning 1Study Skills ProfileInterpret ResponsesWhat Does This Mean?
Learning About Learning 3How Much Do You Retain (Remember)?
10% of what you READ20% of what you HEAR 30% of what you SEE50% of what you SEE and HEAR at the same time70% of what you SAY as you talk90% of what you SAY as you DO a thing
What Does This Mean for Me?
Learning About Learning 4Left-Brain/Right-Brain
Left BrainRight BrainPrefer to work aloneFavor a quiet classMay choose to write an essay rather than work in a groupPrefer to work in groupsEnjoys collaborative group work May choose to complete an activity rather than write an essay
Organization 1TopicsSupply Update ListHome/School Communication FolderColor-Coded SubjectsLabeling AssignmentsSchool ZoneStudent Work Area
Organization 2Supply Update List - Sample
SUPPLY UPDATE LIST
TODAYS DATESUPPLY TYPEDATE NEEDED10/1/103 X 5 Index Cards 11/1/1010/6/102 black pens11/6/1011/3/10New battery for calculator11/10/10
Organization 3Home/School Communication FolderAt school - put papers for parents in your Home/School FolderWhen you get home - put papers in your School Zone (described later)Have parents check School Zone Put signed papers back in Home/School Communication Folder
Organization 4Color-Coded SubjectsAssign every subject a colorMatch your notebook/binder tab color to the folder colorUse colored tabsOn journals & workbooks, use a marker to stripe the pages with the color for that subject
Organization 5Labeling Assignments
Give Every Assignment a Heading and a Title!
Julie Cantillon September 1, 2006S.S. Pg. 120 Review Questions
Organization 6School ZoneSpecial place where you put parent papers, a place your parents check every dayCould be a basket or a bulletin boardGreat place for notes for teacher, field trip permission slips etc.Leave yourself reminder notes in your School Zone
Organization 7Student Work AreaWhat does your current work area look like?How should it look? You remember more if you do your homework in the same place and same time each night!Necessary supplies
Time Management 1Use a large monthly calendar to write down ALL activities and due dates (post in School Zone)Block off study time in advanceTurn off cell phones, IM, TV, etc.Fix a snack - you dont need an excuse to get up! Have all necessary supplies in your Student Work Area
Time Management 2Estimate how long each assignment will take before beginningDo your least favorite assignment first to get it over withEven when you dont have much homework, spend 5-10 minutes reviewing that days notesTell yourself, If I just finish five problems, Ill give myself a break. By the time you finish five problems, you may be ready for five moreKeep the finish line in mind!
Study Skills Test(StudySkillsProfile Document)
Memorization Strategies 1
Two Types of Review
RoteElaborativeRepeating over and over until it can be recalledAlphabetSong LyricsMultiplication TablesStates and CapitalsVariety of strategies to help enhance meaningEssaysProjectsDebates
Memorization Strategies 2
Two Types of PracticeWHICH IS BETTER?
MassedDistributedMaterial only makes it to your working memoryMaterial will soon be forgottenCramming for a testMaterial makes it to your long-term memoryReview and revisit material oftenInformation should be reviewed ten minutes after learning and every seven days to keep in long-term memory
Memorization Strategies 3MnemonicsTechnique that allows learners to remember information using short retrieval cues
EXAMPLES:In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blueMy very earnest mother just served us nachos (to remember the order of the planets)WHAT ARE SOME OTHERS?
Memorization Strategies 4Types of MnemonicsChunking (grouping items for better recall, particularly numbers)Acronyms (using the first letter from a group of words to form a new word)Visualization (creating pictures in your mind or on paper)Peg Method (visualizing words literally attached to familiar objects)
Memorization Strategies 5Types of Mnemonics Continued5. Place Method (similar to peg method, but uses numbers and a poem instead of landmarks)6. Linking Method (linking each item to the preceding using crazy images)
Handling Homework 1Steps for dealing with homeworkUnderstand what the assignment is and write it downProper materialsUnderstanding directions of the assignmentRemember to bring it back to school and to the proper class
HOW CAN I DO IT ALL?
Handling Homework 2Homework Journal Use your homework journal to record ALL assignmentsWhen is the best time to record assignments?Ask questions about your assignmentsCross out or check off each assignment as it is completedReward your progress!
Handling Homework 3Prioritize Assignments - size up your task!Do least important assignments last (i.e., assignments that are not due the next day)Number your assignments in order from first to lastHow to Prioritize AssignmentsStart with most difficult assignmentEnd with extra credit or assignments that are not due the next dayThink of a time when you did not prioritize. What were the consequences of this?
Handling Homework 4Doing Excellent WorkUse good, readable handwriting or typeUse complete sentences whenever you canMake your answers to questions thorough, using examples and detailsBe sure your answers are accurate by double-checking your work (especially in math)By doing these things you will save time re-doing assignments! You will also learn more and you wont need to study as much!
Handling Homework 5Homework HabitsPlace your book bag in your Student Work Area as soon as you get homeTake out any papers in your Home/School Communication folder and post in the School ZoneComplete your homework in Student Work AreaEstimate how long each assignment will take (use a timer)Schedule short break times - preferably between assignmentsAs SOON as each assignment is complete and a parent has checked it, put it immediately in your Home/School Communication Folder
Take Quiz How to Remember Stuff.
Test Taking 1Be an ACTIVE studier - simply re-reading the chapter and other information is PASSIVE studyingUse distributed practice - review every night of the week, even if there isnt a quiz or test coming upAsk questions before the test!
Test Taking 2
QUESTIONS TO ASKREASON FOR THE QUESTIONWhen will the test be?This lets you know how much time you have to prepare.What type of test will it be (essay, multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank)? This will tell you how to study for the test.Will there be a review in class?Teachers often have a review for the test in class either in a special study session before or after school.Will there be a study guide or a review worksheet for the test.A study guide or a review worksheet can be a big help to prepare for an upcoming test. Will this be an open-book test?On open-book tests you can use your textbook or your notes to help answer questions.Will there be any questions about information from the lecture that is not in the book?Often the teacher will talk to the class about ideas that are not covered in the textbook. Make sure you have all the information in your notes.How much time will be given to finish the test?This will let you know how fast you have to work.
Test Taking 3What is the purpose of tests?When studying: recite, write, visualizeRECITEDescribe or explain topics aloud; put in your own wordsTeach the information to someone elseEngage in a simulation or role play
Test Taking 4WRITEMake chapter study review cardsUse a set of flashcards (vocabulary, definitions,VISUALIZEClose my eyes and picture in my mind any chart, diagram, word, map, event, time period, scene, experiment, or character that I am trying to remember
Test Taking 5Before the testFollow the teachers test proceduresAsk last minute questionsListen carefully to instructionsRead directions carefully and underline/circle important partsUnload (transfer information in your brain to the back of the test paper)
Test Taking 6During the testLabel all parts of the test - dont forget your name!Answer all questions; if you are not sure put a check mark next to it and go back laterBegin with the section you want to get out of the wayPace yourself if the test is timedDouble check each answerUse the test as a source to get information for questions
A Space That Makes You Want to Study (Or at least helps you get homework done better, faster, and more comfortably.)
No one homework spot will work for everyone, but follow these guidelines to create a study space that will work