Essential Study Skills Course

The Study Skills Class is recommended as the starting place for all 6th through 12th graders who desire to learn how to better plan, manage, organize and complete their work.

The course teaches the
FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS for STUDY SUCCESS.

These set of skills match what is being asked of a student in school. Mastering these skills will allow students to manage a rigorous curriculum with great efficacy and efficiency.

The course is broken down in to five (5) Modules:

Why Should Students Study “Actively”?

Most passive study strategies – like re-reading notes – can make students “feel” like they know information, but that is just an illusion of mastery.

Reviewing information allows us to become familiar with ideas but does not help the information transfer to long-term memory.

If we don’t do something active with the information, after 2 weeks we will forget 90% of what we learned.

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Strategies to make studying more active

MAKE, CREATE, DO

Making, creating, doing things with information will maximize learning and retention.

Studying over time while re-testing your knowledge with “Now it / Don’t Know It” strategies works best.

Student Favorites from our Active Study Strategies Workshop

All of these strategies get kids involved with the creation and manipulation of information … which is key to learning!

Sort, Match and Sequence:

Students learned how to move past Quizlet to make their own self-tests. Simply use stickies with the definition underneath and the term on top. You can also use two large “boards” with the terms on one and the definitions on the other, and then match! Works great for math terms and sequences too.

Charting:

Students learned how to move past Quizlet to make their own self-tests. Simply use stickies with the definition underneath and the term on top. You can also use two large “boards” with the terms on one and the definitions on the other, and then match! Works great for math terms and sequences too.

Foldables:

A workshop favorite, “foldables” help a student retain information because they are actively involved in the process of making them. They work for every subject, including math! Our vocabulary foldable helps students learn terms by putting a new word in contact with current knowledge, creating a “clue” for recall and drawing a picture for visual association.

Building New Strategies to Work Smart:

To move from passive to active strategies, students must learn the strategies and then buy-in and use them. In our workshop, students detailed:

  • Strategies they will START to use that are NEW,
  • Habits that they will CONTINUE to use that ARE WORKING, and
  • Old habits that they will STOP doing (like simply re-reading notes or not studying at all) that they want to CHANGE.