Updated: Oct 17, 2019
Time over time, I get the question, “My student is very smart in school but when it comes to studying, they have a hard time. What do you suggest?”
Often times, students envision “studying” as memorizing. Memorizing can be useful for temporary use however, most school systems have accumulative Final Exams, covering material from the whole year. When studying properly, recalling information can become a breeze because they studied efficiently.
I’m sure you can see how that can be an issue especially for the future. Without understanding the fundamentals of learning, you aren’t going to fully gain the fundamentals of life. Study habits are wonderful because they teach us organization, independence and innovation all in one sweep. However, identifying a student’s learning style is the first step to successful learning.
To identify which type of studier your student is, it's important to understand the different categories. Some of the most common are: verbal learners, visual learners, physical and logistic learners. Some students do better in groups, some do better alone. As there are many tests to take to find the right answer, we have found it more beneficial starting with the basic strategies as they usually fall into one or more of them.
There really is not an exact formula to suggest because honestly, there are a ton of unique and great ways to increase study skills and rid the pre test jitters. I’ve jotted down my most recommended skills that are great building blocks for studying. These 5 suggestions are wonderful because if one doesn’t work you can try a different one, mix and match skills or even better use all five of them. These skills apply to any age learner.
As I had already mentioned, these are not all of the ways but these are my most recommended and great starting points for parents to work on with their students at home.
Flash Cards: Visual & Physical Learners
This is ultimately one of the best places to start. Not only is it simple but it is relatable to the visual & physical learners. I recommend writing with a sharpie or colorful marker, this makes it fun and more rememberable! Flashcards can be used in school, at home, or on the go.
Ways you can utilize this tool: Shuffle the cards and as you go through them separate them into piles for the ones “known” vs “not familiar”. Repetition is key!
Re-Writing Notes: Visual Learners
For visual learners, this is such an amazing way to gather information that your student may have missed when taking notes in class. Using a black, purple or blue pen is crucial while also highlighting important topics such as: vocabulary words, headers or important names. Those colors have been scientifically proven to enhance memory of that said subject when recalling it during an exam. Student’s should rewrite notes by shrinking them into an outline structure to make the information more detailed and clear.
Songs and Acronyms: Verbal & Logistic Learners
I’ve noticed that so many teachers love to teach acronyms and songs, especially for younger kiddos. I am all on board with these because just as we remember songs on the radio, students are just as capable of remembering material when applying it to a song. Songs work best for verbal learners with science and history materials. Acronyms works great with all subjects. Youtube has tons of great resources for starter songs on many subjects.
Re -Teach The Lesson: Logistic & Verbal Learners
Make this a fun activity for all involved. Bring out a white board or something for the role-play student to write on. Ask your student to teach you the subject at hand and ask questions for them to explain to you. This is an amazing tool because you learn how your student comprehends the material and how they verbalize it back to you.
Practice Quizzes/Tests: Visual Learners
These can be created by the students by hand or online. A great online tool to use for test/quiz design is Quizlet. The most effective design for a homemade practice guides are for the vocabulary to be written answers or matching, terms to be matching, specific questions to be multiple choice or true and false and create 2 short answers or essay question options. Mocking a true exam is effective to prepare your students for success.
Paige To Page Tutoring challenges all students to try one or more of these techniques to see how their studying habits improve!
Well, that is all for now and I am hopeful that this will help get your student started. Please comment below what you'd like to read about next from Paige To Page Tutoring! We are happy to be a useful resource to you and your family!