STUDY SKILLS

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In my last blog  on Assessment, I discussed different assessment strategies that teachers can use for all students in their classrooms.  In this post, I’ll be focusing on strategies to help develop appropriate study skills.

I have found over the years no matter what grade level there is something most students lack and that is proper study skills. This goes across the board for students of all ability levels and is something they really cannot get too much of. Simple accommodations are all important skills for both the student/ child’s academic and working career and should be taught and reinforced early on and throughout their schooling. This way it will become second nature and will no doubt help them improve.  These accommodations can be as simple as:

  • a quiet, distraction-free work environment,
  • reviewing assignment (proofreading) before handing it in,
  • time management of assignments (through an agenda or calendar),
  • organization (colour-coding, different binders for different subjects), and
  • taking good concrete notes.

Things like homework calendars for organization, understanding the particular disability and using either adaptive technology or other tools to address the specific need.  For example:

  • Comprehension – through making connections, prediction, graphic organizers, visualization, and explaining difficult words.
  • Spelling – through use of adaptive technology and computer programs designed to help.
  • Retention issues – visualization, graphic organizers, using melodies to memorize, having child recall information in a variety of modalities and often.

Another important strategy is using specific instructions and repeating them often so that it minimizes miscommunications. Having the students/ children  repeat the instructions back in their own words is also a great tool for you to assess whether or not the student/ child really understands what you are trying to explain.

In my next blog post I will discuss why communication between teachers and parents is essential for the child’s success.

Do you have any suggestions about study skills or strategies that have worked for you?