Introductory Information Student Wall Planner and Study Guide Success Planner STUDENT WALL PLANNER CHARACTERISTICS • Prepared in School colours with crest • Durable – last the student their schooling life • Easy to use and fully illustrated on reverse side • Simple to fill in, change, alter and update • Suitable for students Years 6 to 12 (+Uni) • Ideal communication tool for parents and student • Able to be used on a daily basis REAL BENEFITS Student Wall Planner allows PARENTS as PARTNERS with their child at home. Students are de-stressed by developing a duplicated routine Staff have a reference to assist students POSTIVE ASPECTS The entire package caters to the students’ three learning styles Entire study skills package (13 topics) The very latest educational study skills material Visual PowerPoint presentations for each study skills topic Simple but great marketing tool for your school TEAM APPROACH TheStudent Wall Planner works well with a constructive approach by school, parent and student. Student Student Wall Planner Parent School STUDENT WALL PLANNER AND STUDY GUIDE The Student Wall Planner and Study Guide Worksheets and PowerPoint Presentations are very powerful learning tools if used correctly! STUDENT WALL PLANNER Why was it developed? (1) Help students to be more organised in their daily homework and study routine (2) Provide parents with a tool so they can be more actively involved in their child’s daily homework, study and learning process STUDENT WALL PLANNER Simple enough for all high school students to use Place the Planner in the KITCHEN or similar place so parents can make regular reference to it – NOT in the student’s bedroom STUDY GUIDE TOPICS 4 x CORE TOPICS All students do each Year Each topic about 40 minutes with students 4 x A3 sheets for signing by: Students AND Parents AND Teachers 9 OTHER TOPICS A couple of topics per Year Group Each topic about 40 minutes with students 1 – SET YOUR GOALS With all Goal Setting there are three key points: Be realistic with your goals Set goals that are both positive and measurable Develop strategies on how your goals are going to be achieved GOALS FOR THE TERM 2 – LEARN HOW TO STUDY Study is: A routine that you organise and use to achieve your very best An activity that requires discipline 2 – LEARN HOW TO STUDY What Study is. What Study is NOT! Homework versus Study Think About Your Homework and Study Habits Checklist: Study 2 – STUDY RECORD The Student Wall Planner has a Study Record section. Place a () in the box for each: 15 minutes (young high school students), or 20 minutes (middle high school students) or 30 minutes (senior high school students) of study you do for each subject area. Many students find this progress method encouraging. STUDY RECORD FOR THE TERM TIME ANALYSIS CHART (Average student – hours per week) Age H/work Assign Study Total 13 7 4 4 15 14 8 4 4 16 15 9 5 4 18 16 10 6 5 21 17 11 6 6 23 2 – ANALYSIS YOUR TIME When is the best time of the day to do Homework and/or Study: Early in the morning before school? After school – fresh in your mind? In the evening after a meal and you are relaxed? STUDY INFORMATION RECALL With a new concept being taught, if no study is done within 24 hours, on average, we forget up to 80% of what was taught. However if the concept is studied within 24 hours it will take 7 days before 80% of the new concept is forgotten. If you study the new concept a second time, within 7 days, it takes 30 days to forget 80% of the new material. DAILY HOMEWORK AND STUDY ROUTINE 3 – UNDERSTAND AND USE YOUR WALL PLANNER Often the case for improvement in study is NOT to study ‘harder’ but rather study ‘smarter’. Effective study comes from both a will within a student and a supportive environment around the student that also pushes them to stick to their study activities and routine. 3 – STUDENT WALL PLANNER The planner is designed to: Help students organise their time far more efficiently Allow students to become more aware of their study commitments in terms of assignments and assessments Allow parents to be part of their child’s study support routine 3 – PLAN FOR SUCCESS An important part of study skills is being organised and seeing the bigger picture and set timelines The Student Wall Planner allows students to map out their entire Term’s work in advance PLAN ALL SCHOOL BASED ASSESSMENTS, EXAMS AND ACTIVITIES 4 – PREPARE FOR EXAMINATIONS (*) Longer than 40 minutes Strategies that work OPS: Organisation Preparation and Practice Study Skills 4 – PREPARE FOR EXAMINATIONS Organisation Prioritise: Commitments/Balance Manage Your Time: Study Timetable Allocate time per subject Hold Yourself Accountable: Track and monitor progress Be Prepared: Know about the exam Rehearse each section Rehearse type for questions 4 – PREPARE FOR EXAMINATIONS Preparation & Practice Manage the Basics – Eating/rewards Study Actively - Turn study into action Take an Overview - Course & weighting Target - Key concepts Review Past Exam and Assessment Answers - Learn from your errors Rehearsal 4 – PREPARE FOR EXAMINATIONS Study Skills – Active Process by: Reading – learn to read with purpose Writing Skills – be active with your notes 4 – PREPARE FOR EXAMINATIONS Exam Timeline Countdown • 2 – 6 weeks • The Day before the Examination • On the Day of the Examination • During the Examination • After the Examination Examination Checklist 5 – KNOW YOURSELF - Learning Style VAK Find out which of the three learning styles suits you best: (V) Visual – seeing and writing (A) Auditory – listening (K) Kinesthetic – motor skills – action and doing Your best learning style will help you with increased data retention and Study. 5 – KNOW YOURSELF - Learning Behaviours Knowing Your Dominant Intelligence(s). Checklists Graphing Knowing Your Dispositions or Habits of Mind 5 – KNOW YOURSELF - Learning Behaviours Knowing Your Level of Independence/Dependence: ACTIVE Learner OR PASSIVE Learner Changing your Habits 6 – HANDLING MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS The Multiple Choice Tests Structure of Multiple Choice Tests General Test Strategies Before Beginning the Test During the Test 6 – COPE WITH TEST ANXIETY How Do I Know If I Have Test Anxiety? What Can I Do About Test Anxiety? Keys to Making Progress in Tests and Avoiding Anxiety and Stress 7 – MANAGE THE BASICS Your Study Environment Physical Space Your Body Exercise/Sleep/Diet YourAvailability to Others Manage Peer to Peer Study Time Checklist 7 – MANAGE THE BASICS Make sure your workstation is set to give you the best application and remember: Good lighting A comfortable chair A desk that has enough room/shelving Eating properly Solid sleeping patterns Email, Internet, TV, telephone Routine Family support Friends support 8 – MOTIVATE YOURSELF What is My Current State of Motivation? Checklist What is Motivation? Type of Motivation Theories of Motivation So What Motivates You? Checklist What is Study Motivation? Regaining Motivation Take the 5 minute Challenge – getting started and gaining momentum Motivation Journal – Daily for 5 weeks 8 – MOTIVATE YOURSELF EXTRINSIC FACTORS (things outside the learning itself) Want to make lots of money? Want to do better than the others in the class? Not want to let down your teacher? Not want to disappoint your parents if you don't do well? Not want to fail? Also called PERFORMANCE GOALS because they focus on achievement levels 8 – MOTIVATE YOURSELF Your motivation triggers: INTRINSIC FACTORS (within learning) • interest in the particular assignment? • the need to know and learn? • the desire to improve? • seek knowledge because knowledge is power? • to be able to do the things you want to do in life? • to better yourself? Also called MASTERY GOALS as they focus on mastering the work 9 – IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY AND RECALL How much can we remember? What happens when we revise and study? Recall information over time What can we learn from this – Cramming Myth How to improve your memory and recall Mnemonic Devices Using clues in rote learning 9 – IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY AND RECALL For the average students after 5 repetitions they can retain almost 95% of what they learn 9 – IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY AND RECALL Fact: If you are to revise that knowledge once gained, then you will be able to recall that data faster and retain the information for a longer period of time. 9 - RECALL INFORMATION OVER TIME FOR A TYPICAL STUDENT % Recall Final 1st Semester Exams Exams Topic Test Time 10 – USE MAPPING STRATEGIES A concept map is a diagram which shows the relationship that exists between concepts It is used to help visualise key relationships that may exist. 10 – MIND MAPPING® PROCESS The Mind Mapping® process allows scope for the learner to: Think and work smarter Organise thoughts and ideas clearly Present information with maximum impact Learn faster and improve memory 10 – MIND MAPPING® PROCESS The Mind Mapping® process allows scope for the learner to: Save lots of time Be more productive Excel in any area chosen to study or learn 11 TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR TIME MANAGEMENT AND MULTI-TASKING Conquering Time Management – Prioritise & plan Confronting Tasks and Assessments – Completing tasks on time and with quality Weighing Up the Impact – Strengths & Weaknesses as well as Risks and Opportunities SWOT Analysis + Case Studies Juggling Time Commitments 11 TIME MANAGEMENT AND MULTI-TASKING Planning the Assessment, Assignment or Test Deconstruct the Assessment, Assignment or Task Group Members’ Responsibilities Avoid Traps and Pitfalls Gaining Momentum Planning for Contingencies On Completion – review the process 12 – NOTE TAKING AND NOTE MAKING Why we need to make and take notes Note Taking – practice of recording information captured from transient source – lecture, lesson Note Making – return to the notes and make decision about the relative importance of the information recorded Note Making is a form of STUDY 12 – NOTE TAKING AND NOTE MAKING Methods of Making Notes Templates for Note Making and Note Taking What Should You Write Down when Taking Notes? Use the Cornell Method Speeding Up Your Note Making and Note Taking How to Summarise 13 – EVOLVE AS AN INDEPENDENT LEARNER Independence offer more freedom Schools and parents expect: Maturity Behaviour Organisation Study Time Management Independence Responsibility 13 – EVOLVE AS AN INDEPENDENT LEARNER One broad goal that all students work towards being a better learner is that they should not depend heavily on others. Students should seek to become better independent learners. 13 – BECOME AN INDEPENDENT LEARNER In the case of independent learning, true progress is more accurately measured by your learning behaviour when confronted with challenging or extended work. 13 – TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND ACT Independent learners attempt their own ideas and solutions first before seeking assistance from others. Strong independent learners also treat their ‘struggles’ as new ‘challenges’ to learn from.