Presentation on theme: "Improving Student Achievement"— Presentation transcript:
1 Improving Student Achievement STUDY SKILLS:Improving Student Achievement
2 Effective Study Skills Time ManagementGoal SettingListening SkillsNote taking SkillsUsing a TextbookMemory SkillsWhen, Where and How to StudyTest Taking Skills
3 Time ManagementMinimize stress and maximize productivityIncrease the amount of “quality time” one spends on himself, with parents and friendsEnd result: Better grades and more enjoyment out of school
4 Goal SettingSelf-assessment is a very integral part of maturity. Each day is a growing experience, providing successes and failures. Reflect upon these and learn.
5 Listening SkillsSixty to seventy percent of your time in class listening, your success in school and job/vocation is dependent upon how well you have mastered this skill.
6 Listening SkillsPrepare your body to listen. Sit upright and “focus” on the person who is speaking. This is ACTIVE LISTENING.Jot down ideas, but avoid taking “word-for-word” notes.At the end of each class period, reflect upon and write down the important facts.Block out distractionsAsk questions when appropriate.Listen carefully to both the questions and answers posed by other class members.Keep in mind, listening takes effort. A, “Here we are now, entertain us.” (Cobain, 1991), attitude will not help you succeed in college.
7 Note Taking Skills: Preparation Different colored pens, highlighters, underlining, use of upper case and indenting can be used to emphasize important facts.For reflective note-taking, use the Cornell Notes format.
9 Outline Format for Notes Main TopicSubtopic1. Main IdeaMinor Idea2nd subtopic2nd Main TopicMain TopicSubtopicMain IdeaMinor Idea2nd Subtopic2nd Main IdeaNote: bolded, underlined, or words written in different colors should be considered key vocabulary words and very “quiz worthy”. However, you should learn to focus in on what words or concepts I am emphasizing, because everything covered during lectures or reading is fair game.
10 (Overview: quickly scan) (Establish a purpose) (to answer questions) SQ4R-Reading to Learn(Overview: quickly scan)(Establish a purpose)(to answer questions)(answers to questions with the book closed)(Take notes!)(at short intervals)
11 Tips on Taking Text Notes Be an Active ReaderThink about the readingConsider how the parts relate to the whole; how the text relates to previous ideasCreate questions about new words/ terms, why emphasized points are importantExamine what you have learned from visuals
12 Tips on Taking Text Notes Be Aware of Textbook OrganizationLook for the pattern in elements like chapter /subsection headings, summary points, graphics, bolded wordsKnow where to find the index and glossary
13 More on Reading Read for comprehension Do all assigned reading Expand your notes from readingAsk questions about reading when you return to class
14 Tips for Studying with Notes ReviewReviewing your notes after/prior to class is an integral part of the learning procesIncreases retentionReduce time crammingRecite information from notesRewrite notes if necessary
15 When, Where & How to Study WHEN SHOULD YOU STUDY?Study small quantities of information on a daily basis rather than trying to cram large quantities within a short time period.Use down time
16 When, Where & How to Study WHERE SHOULD YOU not STUDY?Free yourself of distractions
17 When, Where & How to Study HOW SHOULD YOU STUDY?It is suggested that you spend a minimum of thirty minutes per class each night on studyingTry to internalize the informationUse of flash cardsIf you become frustrated understanding a particular concept, set it aside and come back to it later.
18 Ask questions if you are unclear of the directions. Pace yourself. Preparation for ExamsGENERAL EXAM-TAKING PRINCIPLES:Read over the directions.Ask questions if you are unclear of the directions.Pace yourself.Use the process of eliminationIt is suggested that you go over an exam at least three separate times. The first time, answer questions where there is no doubt. The second time, answer questions that need more thought. Finally, the third time, focus on the ambiguous and unanswered questions.
19 Preparation for Exams MEMORY SKILLS: Remember a list of words or names in order by turning the first letter of each word into a phrase:E.g., EGBDF- Every Good Boy Does FinePut list of terms or definitions into rhythmic patterns which you can recall in your mind during the examUse of index cardsOutlining
20 Test Taking TRUE/FALSE: Begin your exam with the assumption that all the statements are “TRUE.” Only answer “FALSE” if you can find a reason that makes the statement false. Be sure the entire statement is true before marking the exam. A small component of the statement may be false.“Always” and “never” statements are most likely false.
21 Quickly determine how much time to allow for each question Test TakingESSAY:Quickly determine how much time to allow for each questionRead the question carefully and decide exactly what is being askedAnswer concisely
22 ConclusionThe bottom line is: YOU MUST MAKE SCHOOL A PRIORITY IN YOUR LIFE, IF YOU WISH TO ACHIEVE YOUR ACADEMIC GOALS. There is no other option.