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FAST: Study Skills for School Success! Presented By: Miss Pinto Agenda We will discuss … • how to create an effective study zone • the importance of setting consistent homework and studying routines • learning about learning • suggested study tools Study Skills for School Success! This study skills workshop was created with the following in mind: 1. Students want to do well in school 2. Students who consistently do well in school practice good study habits and are well organized 3. Study skills and organizational skills do not come naturally to most people – they must be learned Discussion Time What does your child’s work space look like? Create a Study Zone How should it look? • Comfortable • No Distractions • Well lit • Organized • Necessary supplies • Personalize it Students remember more if they do their homework in the same place and same time each night! Organizing the Study Zone Study Zone should have… • a special place where your child puts parent notices • monthly calendar to write down ALL activities and due dates • Study times blocked off in advance Setting Study Zone Routines When student gets home they should empty Home/School Communication Folder and organize papers in their Study Zone Student adds new information to monthly calendar Parent checks Study Zone Student puts signed papers back in Home/School Communication Folder Student and parent create a To-Do list Setting Study Zone Routines Turn off TV, radio, or any other distracting devises and remove cell phones etc. Check and retrieve additional supplies if needed Fix a snack - you don’t need an excuse for your child to get up! Set time by estimating how long each assignment will take Ask student to number assignments in order from first to last (Most difficult or least favorite assignment first) Handling Homework 1. Ask questions about assignments 2. Discuss your involvement and role in tonight's study session 3. Student crosses out or checks off each assignment as it is completed 4. As SOON as each assignment is completed and parent checks it, the student should put papers immediately in their Home/School Communication Folder 5. Rewards student’s progress! Setting High Standards Expect Excellent Work • Expect good, readable handwriting • Use complete sentences • Answers questions thoroughly, using examples and details • Encourage student to double-checking their work (especially in math) By doing these things students learn more and don’t need to study as much! Memorization Two Types of Memory Working Memory Long Term memory Short term memorizing Learned material makes “Cramming” it to your “long-term memory” Learned material only makes it to your Review and revisit material often “working memory” Information should be Learned material will reviewed ten minutes after soon be forgotten learning and every seven days to keep in long-term memory WHICH IS BETTER? Learning About Learning 2 How Do People Learn? 1 % through TASTE 1.5 % through TOUCH 3.5% through SMELL 11% through HEARING 83% through SIGHT What Does This Mean? Learning About Learning 3 How Much People Retain (Remember)? 10% of what you READ 20% of what you HEAR 30% of what you SEE 50% of what you SEE and HEAR at the same time 70% of what you SAY as you talk 90% of what you SAY as you DO a thing What Does This Mean ? Test Taking 3 When studying students should recite, write, visualize • RECITE Describe or explain topics aloud; put in your own words Teach the information to someone else Engage in a simulation or role play Test Taking 4 • WRITE Make chapter study review cards (SQ3R) Make flashcards (math facts, sight words, vocabulary words and definitions) • VISUALIZE Close eyes and “picture in mind” any chart, diagram, word, map, event, time period, scene, experiment, or character that they are trying to remember SQ3R S = Survey Look over the chapter title and all the pictures to get an idea of what you are supposed to learn from the reading. Q = Question Come up with some questions that could be answered while you read. R1 = Read Think about answering the questions you came up with and what might come next in the reading. After reading a section ask yourself questions R2 = Recite about what you have read. You can take notes about the reading. Review what you have read by covering up the key phrases R3 = Review and seeing if you can recall them.
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