One of the most important — and often overlooked — skills for students to learn is simply how to learn. "Learning is a process, not an activity," says Saundra McGuire, author of Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation.
We often expect students to know how to learn, but many of them have not been taught the most effective and efficient means to learn — the skills that will help your student in high school, college, and beyond.
In our five-step course, we break learning down into habits of organization, note-taking, time management, studying, and test-taking. Because each student learns differently, our personalized approach is tailored to each student in order to help discover the strategies that work best for their learning style.
With the right tools, students' grades can more accurately represent their intellectual potential.
Part 1: Learning Style
Determine student's learning style and discuss current study habits. Review current strengths and assess potential areas of improvement. Set goals that are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonable, Timeliness). Create habit of planning and recording study habits.
Part 2: Note-Taking
Understand the importance of text notes as well as practice annotation and creation of notes using student’s individualized learning style. Learn the value of note-taking to commit material to memory, reduce time and improve results when studying for tests.
Part 3: Study Tools and Habits
Learn to plan effectively for your own study habits to better manage time and stress as well as employ strategies such as flashcards and color-coding to study efficiently. Practice creating a study guide through the combination of visual and auditory notes.
Part 4: Memory + Test Prep
Examine and practice effective memory techniques including ways to memorize large volumes of information. Discuss time and stress management during tests. Explore best practices for test-taking as well as discuss specific strategies for each question or test type.
Part 5: Learning From Mistakes + Self-Accountability
Learn how to evaluate mistakes and learn from them. Discuss the importance of self-advocacy and self-accountability inside and outside of the classroom. Review goals and reevaluate. Set a study plan including personalized habits and tools.
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