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Research indicates that study improvement programs are most effective when supported by efforts at school and home. The suggestions below are coordinated with the main ideas in STUDY SMART. We believe they will support and help students use and develop the skills, attitudes, and strategies presented.

Study Ideas and Suggestions

Systematic Study
Lessons 1, 2, 3

  • Encourage planned study
  • Relate outcomes to the way the students study
  • Encourage experimentation with different ways to study
  • Ask how the students are studying systematically

Preparing to Study
Lessons 4, 5, 9

  • Ask students how they "prepared" themselves to study
  • Begin class or study with a survey or review of the previous class
  • Provide students a few minutes to think about the previous class or study at the beginning of class or study
  • Emphasize the need for good concentration

Acting to Learn (Listening, Note Taking)
Lessons 5, 6, 7

  • Ask students how they can listen differently to be better learners
  • Encourage students to review their notes
  • Promote structured note taking
  • Identify key words and ideas for students to use to check their notes

Acting to Learn From Text
Lessons 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

  • Encourage careful reading
  • Require outlines or other notes taken from text
  • Encourage questions
  • Ask students to restate text material in their own words

Lessons 8, 14, 15

  • Encourage careful reading
  • Provide students with sample test questions
  • Make up questions for students to answer (e.g. "Tell me about ...? or What is ...?")

Lessons 16, 17

  • Encourage use of memory aids (e.g. acronyms, rhymes, etc.)
  • Emphasize that memory is based on understanding
  • Ask students to explain what action they are taking to remember
  • Work with students to rehearse and practice material

Test Taking
Lessons 18, 19, 20

  • Provide practice tests
  • Encourage a plan to study for tests and give examples
  • Specify material which must be learned and its sources
  • Inform students what kind of questions will be on tests
  • Emphasize the value of study, what to study, and how to study to prepare for tests

Time and Organization
Lessons 2, 3

  • Encourage and discuss time schedules
  • Provide help with making schedules and setting priorities
  • Emphasize the relation between good plans and success
  • Help students concentrate by providing good conditions and places for study

Lessons 21, 22, 24

  • Review writing
  • Suggest alternative phrases and words
  • Discuss the writing process
  • Relate specific actions to the steps in the writing process
  • Emphasize the value of effort and revising

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