Study Skills

Study Buddies – Reflection books

Each Friday you will get together with your randomly selected Study Buddy, and discuss the strategies each of you used this week, to revise, reflect and improve your skills. Some of the questions you may ask are:
• What was your goal for this week?
• What areas did you focus on?
• What strategies did you use to do this?
• Show me what you reflected on or completed.
• What questions do you have for your teachers?
• Which areas do you need help with?
• How successful do you think your study skills have been?
• What are you going to do to make it even better?

STUDY SKILLS

What is it that you need to do to “study” and develop “good homework habits”? What does effective and productive “study” look like?Buy yourself a notebook with dividers in it or a folder with dividers in it. Use that specifically as your study book.If you have no homework prescribed by your teachers each night, use some of the following strategies to assist your study program.

· Read over a chapter if you have covered one in class.

· Look at the discussion questions and jot down ideas or thoughts under headings like –

o Things I have learnt

o Did you know?

o Make your own glossary

· Create a Mind Map on each topic. Make sure you use colour and illustrations to reinforce the concepts in your mind. There are many websites which explain mind maps. This is one of them. http://www.jcu.edu.au/studying/services/studyskills/mindmap/howto.html

· Graphic organisers http://www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/assessment/preptoyear10/tools/graphicorganisers.htm

· Write down some questions you may have for the teacher the next day.

· List short term, weekly goals for learning.

· Be explicit in what you need to do to reach your long term goals.

· Have a dictionary on your desk and use it.

· Make a list of key words and what they mean.

· Create your own memory prompts eg. mnemonics when spelling – super sundae – dessert, acronyms which help you remember a process or procedure etc.

· Create a “to do” list and add to it as you get new homework.

· Clean up your locker and desk.

· Keep a timetable handy. Create a timetable for studying at home.

· Develop your own “cheat sheets” for different topics.

· Ask your teacher to help develop a class “cheat sheet”.

· Plan a narrative – get used to planning a story

· Write an essay / narrative/opinion piece/persuasive piece etc. in a set time limit.

· Use sticky notes in your text books. Highlight key words or ideas and write your thoughts on the stick notes.

· Highlight key, quotable phrases which you may be able to use in an essay.

· Create prompt cards – to help you remember different mathematical/scientific processes and go through these cards regularly, refreshing your memory.

· Keep a Writer’s Journal – list ideas for stories, sayings, funny photos that may inspire you to write, poems, stories,thoughts etc.

· Read – anything – for at least 30 minutes each night.

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