Last week the Ed Techs sent out two surveys to glean information on study skills to share with students and parents in a webinar. We also compiled all of the great feedback we got from both students and staff.
NARROWING IN ON STUDY SKILLS and STRATEGIES
Because “study skills” encompasses reading, note-taking, managing distractions and time, and much more… we asked both staff and students a variation of this question...
In your opinion, what would be the one skill (in reference to study skills)
that our high school students need to improve?
Students and staff chose from one of 3 options (e.g. effective note-taking strategies, study skills and test prep, and concentration and time management). As you can see from the graphics below… study skills is clearly important from both the staff and the student perspective. As we have a webinar on Note-taking and one on Managing Distractions, we thought it might be a good idea to focus on study skills for this post… especially as finals are right around the corner.
What strategies (digital or otherwise) do you use to study
and/or review content for your class?
NAVIGATING CLASS/COURSE STUDY TIPS and STRATEGIES
One more thing we added was an open-ended question for staff.
What advice would you like to give to students
about studying and study skills for your class?
We took all of the information that was submitted and created a Study Tips Bundle! The Study Tips have been gleaned from our WHS staff. They are not intended to be a comprehensive guide... but more to share tips and best practices. You will also notice that some tips change based on the content area... so be mindful of that. In addition to the tips shared for each content area, there is a “General Study Skills” section of tips that apply to all content areas at the end of the document.
NOTABLE TIPS from COLLEGES and UNIVERSITIES
If you are looking for additional information on the topic, some links to articles and site shave been provided below:
- Concordia University Portland: “5 Study Skills that Can be Taught”
- Thinker Academy: “5 Study Skills to Accelerate Learning”
- Berkeley Student Learning Center: “Academic Success and Strategic Learning”
- Lifehacker: “Study Less, Study Smart: the Best Ways to Retain More in Less Time”
- Washington Post: “Study Techniques that Work - and (Surprisingly) Don’t)”
- College Atlas: “Study Skills for College Students”
- University of Illinois: Academic Center for Excellence
- University of Central Florida: “Study Skills Inventory”
We also wanted to let you know that we have started a Tech Talk video series if you would like to see the full content for this session or check out any of the previous topics:
-Kristi, Katie, and Elizabeth with the help of the wonderful Lisa Johnson