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About Me Name:Mauricio Najarro College:Williams College SAT Score:2400 Has a rich and diverse teaching background, starting as a writing tutor and workshop leader while finishing up his undergraduate degree Has worked as a high school instructor in El Salvador, Washington, D.C., and Oakland, CA. Taught SAT strategies for over a year and a half with another test preparation company before coming to Revolution. His encyclopedic knowledge of the material complements his teaching style-patience and flexibility with each individual student and a thorough approach for each test strategy.
What we’ll cover tonight 1.What are study tools and strategies? 2.Why are study tools and strategies so important? 3.Important tools and how to use them 4.Study Tips
Students: Complete your Study Skills Inventory. Be honest! Parents: Talk with your student to help him/her identify study strengths & challenges. Study Skills Inventory
What are study tools & strategies? Study Tools: steps, procedures, or resources to help you acquire, organize, remember, and use information Study Strategies: the ways in which you choose, use, and stick to your study tools
Why are they so important? Turn to your partner and discuss: Why do you think it’s important to develop good study habits while you’re in high school? What has helped you study successfully in the past? When do you have a hard time getting motivated to study?
Why are they so important? High school (and then college!) requires more student independence – you are more in charge of your schedule, your work, and your grades.
Why are they so important? Studies have shown that… Students at all levels who possess good study skills are more likely to achieve academic success Students who believe that studying is important are more likely to achieve academic success People who know how to study are also more likely to be successful in other pursuits
Important Study Tools Different tools can help you effectively acquire, organize, remember, and use information, as well as plan when you’ll actually study.
Calendars Keeping a monthly calendar will help you see everything that’s coming up Take time every day to fill out all of your upcoming assignments and obligations – practices, games, rehearsals, volunteer work, and even fun! – on your calendar.
To Do Lists Along with your monthly calendar, track when specific assignments are due. Mark the priority level so you can immediately see what has to be done and when. Record each task’s due date, steps for completion, and notes to remember.
Grade Tracker Track every assignment’s grade in each class, as well as your overall grade. This is a particularly helpful tool if your teachers wait to return your assignments until the end of a unit.
KWL Chart A KWL Chart helps you organize your thinking about your learning – either when you’re learning something new or studying what you’ve already learned The chart gives you space to list: what you know about a subject what you want to know what you’ve learned by studying
KWL: Practice! K: what do you KNOW about black holes? work with your partner for five minutes to list everything you know W: what do you WANT to know about black holes? work with your partner for five minutes to generate at least five things you want to know L: what did you LEARN about black holes?
Note-Taking Template Structured note-taking will help you take better notes in class and study from them before a big test – one of the most important skills for any subject or grade Use this form to... take notes in class identify key points from those notes summarize the overall ideas
Learning Styles Before you can set up a study system for yourself, it helps to know a little about how you learn best.
Visual Learners Clues You need to see it to know it You have a strong sense of color You have trouble following long lectures in school You may be artistic Study Tips Use graphics to reinforce learning – movies, illustrations, and diagrams Color code your notes Write out directions when you hear them Write your notes as flow charts
Auditory Learners Clues You prefer to get information by listening You may have difficulty following written directions You rely on someone’s tone of voice rather than facial expressions Study Tips Record lectures if your teacher allows you to Learn by participating in discussions about a topic Softly read test questions aloud
Kinesthetic Learners Clues You prefer hands-on learning, like experiments You can assemble parts without reading directions You may not like to sit still You learn better when physical activity is involved Study Tips Take frequent breaks in your study periods to move Try experiential learning by making models or role playing to help you remember Trace letters and words with your fingers to help you remember facts
Tips for Success Designate a specific space for studying (your desk, a quiet room) and always work there Bring everything you need to study – and nothing you don’t. Talk to yourself – literally! Say things aloud to help them stick.
Tips for Success Ask yourself questions about what you’re learning, and answer yourself in complete sentences. Take regular, short breaks to help your brain absorb what you’re learning Ask someone to check on your progress and praise your successes
Discussion Turn to your partner and discuss: Which tool(s) that you learned about today do you think will be most helpful in your studying? How will you change your study strategies based on what you’ve learned tonight?