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Study Skills for Successful Students. Created by Mrs. Lara Barnett. Seven Parts: . Organization. Time Management. Note Taking. Homework. Study Skills. Test Taking Skills. Stress Management. Organization. The Go Between. Homework Pocket Folder One pocket for Homework

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Study skills for successful students

Study Skills for Successful Students

Created by Mrs. Lara Barnett

Seven parts
Seven Parts:








The go between
The Go Between

  • Homework Pocket Folder

    • One pocket for Homework

    • One pocket for important papers to give to parents

  • Homework Assignment Book/Daily Planner

    • Record the following:

      • Homework assignments

      • Test Dates

        • Map out how you will prepare each night leading up to the test

      • Project Due Dates

        • Map out what you will do each night to prepare for the project

      • Gym days (remember tennis shoes)

      • Field Trip Dates

Organization for the school day
Organization for the School Day

  • Keep Subjects Organized

    • Colored Binders & Folders

    • Folder with Pocket Dividers

  • Before Class

    • “Do I have my text books, folders, & homework for this class?”

  • During class put papers in correct binder or section

  • After Class

    • “Did I copy down my homework?”

    • “Do I have everything I need to complete my homework?”

    • “Is my work space clean?”

Organization at home
Organization at Home

  • Designate Quiet Place to Complete Homework

    • Have all materials need to complete homework

      • Pencils, erasers, pencil sharpener, rulers, dictionary, calculator (for checking work), extra paper, crayons, glue, etc.

    • Extra lighting

    • Flat work space to set books, assignment book, homework folder, and need materials

    • Checklist for packing book bag after completing homework

    • Friend phone list

  • Designate Location for Book Bag & other School Items

For the day
For the Day

  • Create a “To Do” list for the day

    • Keep it with your assignment book

      • Add to it

      • Check things off

  • Designate a specific time to complete homework each day

    • Create a time frame of ten minutes/grade level

      • 3rd grade should spend 30 minutes

      • 4th grade should spend 40 minutes

      • 5th grade should spend 50 minutes

Manage time for homework
Manage Time for Homework

  • Plan how much time to spend on each assignment

    • Give more time to the bigger/more important projects

  • Decide in what order you want to complete the work

    • Will you do the important things first?

    • Will you save the easy assignments for last?

  • Take 3 minutes to plan how you will accomplish your homework assignments and you will have lots of extra time for fun.

For the week
For the Week

  • Use Assignment book to help plan for the week

  • Test Dates

    • What will you do to help you study in advance?

      • Set aside time each day to study a portion of the material

  • Project Dates

    • Plan what part to complete each day leading up to the due date

  • Add these items to your assignment book and check list

For the month
For the Month

  • Use a Calendar to help you plan

  • Mark dates for:

    • Tests and projects

    • Gym classes

    • Practices- soccer, kickball, piano, etc.

    • Clubs- art, cooking, technology, Good News, etc.

  • Plan around these dates, so you do not have too much on your “To Do” list for that day

    • Complete known homework a day early

    • Do extra studying for tests and work for projects the day before

3 steps for good note taking
3 Steps for Good Note Taking

  • Before Class Begins

    • Complete reading assignment from previous night

    • Review notes taken the day before

    • Have materials ready to take notes (pencil, notebook, text book)

  • During Class

    • Know the reason for taking notes

    • Always listen for key words

      • “Now remember…”

      • “It’s important to note…”

    • Write down everything the teacher writes down

    • Make notes of questions you have and things you missed

  • After Class

    • Rewrite notes

      • review

      • add information and make notes clearer

      • Discuss confusing information with a classmate or teacher to get better understanding

4 strategies of note taking
4 Strategies of Note Taking

  • Fill-in-the-blank

  • Noting What I’ve Learned

  • Column Note Taking

    • With Pictures

    • Without Pictures

  • Outline Notes

Fill in the blank

  • Teacher provided

  • Requires focusing and active listening

  • Fill-in information as it is presented to you

  • This type of note taking acts like a study guide for students

  • Example: Unit on Matter

Noting what i ve learned
Noting What I’ve Learned

  • Simplest form of note taking

    • Usually used for inexperienced note takers

  • Students are provided the Main Idea and Subtopics to fill-in

  • Students must fill-in the details of the subtopics

  • Example: Unit on Matter

Column note taking
Column Note Taking

  • Similar to “Noting What I’ve Learned”

  • Requires more active thinking on the students’ part

  • Requires the student to create questions concerning the material

  • This can be used to help the student study on their own as well

  • Example with Pictures: Unit on Matter

  • Example without Pictures: Unit on Matter

Outline notes
Outline Notes

  • Most difficult for students to develop

    • Requires a great deal of focusing, listening, and organizational skills.

    • Must know main ideas, subtopics, and supporting details

  • Teachers must guide the students by modeling

  • Example: Unit on Matter p. 1, p. 2

Underlining highlighting
Underlining & Highlighting

  • Important detail of each paragraph or section

  • Answers to questions

  • Definitions

  • Example: How Can Matter Be Classified?

Study skills for successful students

  • Have a designated time frame & location each day

    • Location should be free of distractions

  • Have a plan to accomplish the tasks

  • Finish the work without constantly getting up

    • Check each item off as you finish it

  • Read the directions carefully

  • Frustrated? Ask for help!

    • Call a friend in your class

    • Ask parents

      • Parents shouldn’t do the work for them, but explain it & provide encouragement

      • If that doesn’t work- write a note to the teacher


  • Create a plan to study notes each night or over several nights before a test

    • Parents should help with this plan

  • When studying you should

    • Speak

    • Write

    • Simulate

    • Draw

    • Manipulate

  • Use “Active Study Strategies” each night

    • Keep a log of the activities used

  • Have a study buddy

Before the test
Before the Test

  • Know when tests are scheduled

  • Think positively

  • Know what the test will be like

    • Time

    • Information to be covered

    • Number of questions

  • Review what you have been studying the night before

  • A good night’s sleep

  • Good breakfast

  • Picture how you will complete the test

During the test
During the Test

  • Glance at the whole test first

    • Length

    • Directions

    • Information being covered

  • Jot down any information you don’t want to forget

  • Budget your time

  • Read questions carefully

  • Look for clues to a correct answer within other questions

  • Circle important words in questions

During the test continued
During the Test Continued

  • Answer easy questions first

  • Ask if you are confused or unsure of directions

  • Teacher isn’t trying to trick you

  • Mark answers neatly

  • Guess if you don’t know

  • Check your work

  • Stay on task

  • Don’t quit or give up

  • Change answers only with great care

After the test
After the Test

  • Study your test carefully when it is returned to you

  • If you did well, be proud!

  • Resolve to do better

  • Stay positive and confident

Tips for types of tests
Tips for Types of Tests

  • True-False Tests

  • Multiple-Choice Tests

  • Matching Tests

  • Fill-In the Blank Tests

  • Essay Tests

  • Standardized Tests

    • Top Ten Tips for Guessing on Standardized Tests

  • Handout

Steps to manage stress
Steps to Manage Stress

  • Study in Advance

  • Sleep

  • Breakfast

  • Have a calm morning

  • Be on time for school

  • Think positive thoughts

  • Don’t rush!

  • Keep track of the clock

  • Review answers before turning in the test

Questions comments
Questions & Comments