Super Study Skills : Super Study Skills Unit Super Study Skills Introduction : Introduction SUBJECT SKILLS + SMART STUDY = SCHOOL SUCCESS
In this chapter you will be able to…
Make the most of your time by getting organized
Read more effectively
Prepare for a test without last – minute panic
Take the tests with confidence and skill
Study smarter to get the grades you want Section One : Section One Study Smart!
shows you how to set realistic goals and make the most of your study time. You’ll learn how to improve your memory and take great notes, too. Section Two : Section Two Read For Success
Teaches you how to take charge of your reading by previewing, predicting, and setting a purpose. You’ll also discover easy ways to get the most from a text. Section Three : Section Three Preparing for A Test
Shows you how to make the most of your pre – test study time. Should you study alone or in a group? Should you cram? The answers are in this section, along with ways to calm test jitters. Section Four : Section Four Test – Taking Skills
Takes you step-by-step through the actual testing situation. Before, during, and after the test: It’s all here! There’s even a section on evaluating your performance to help you do better next time. Section Five : Section Five Mastering Specific Tests
Provides short – answer test hints and essay test hints, so you’ll be prepared for any test you take. STUDY SMART : STUDY SMART You Can Succeed! : You Can Succeed! Start by…
Being enthusiastic about learning.
Deciding that you can do well on tests.
Making friends with people who support your hopes and dreams.
Not be a quitter.
Preparing for the future.
Using your time wisely. Be A Class Act : Be A Class Act Be prepared. Bring books, notebooks, homework, pencils, pens, and erasers.
Sit in front of the room. This reduces distractions and shows the teacher that you are serious about learning.
Pay close attention in class.
Take good notes.
Raise your hand when you know the answer.
Ask intelligent questions when you’re confused.
Treat your teachers with respect.
Come to every class. Goal Oriented : Goal Oriented Seize The Day : Seize The Day Study Schedules help you…
Break down the tasks into manageable parts.
Keep up with assignments.
Get into a study routine.
Make the most of your time.
Make a schedule like the one on the next page. Schedule : Schedule Assignment : Assignment Make a Goal Oriented Schedule.
Must include: three occurring months, 4 weeks, and all boxes filled in.
Make a Study Schedule.
Must include: time from home to bed, days of the week, and all boxes filled in. Get Organized : Get Organized Make a List like the following. Set Up A Study Center : Set Up A Study Center Good Study Areas In your room at desk.
In a calm corner of house.
In a library. Poor Study Areas In front of TV.
In your room on bed.
On the School Bus, Get A Study Buddy : Get A Study Buddy Look for classmates who…
Take school seriously.
Earn higher grades than you do right now.
Keep up with all the work.
Are rarely – if ever – absent. Improve Your Memory : Improve Your Memory 1. Link It
Connect new ideas to what you already know.
2. Repeat It
Repetition helps fix info. In your mind, so recite the facts aloud or write them down.
3. Play With It
Use memory tricks, little sayings that jog your mind. Improve Your Memory : Improve Your Memory 4. Write It Down
Write important information on index cards.
5. Sing It
Songs stick in our mind because of the rhythm.
6. Visualize It
As you study, form a mental picture. Take Great Notes : Take Great Notes 1. Write only the important information.
Important names, dates, numbers
2. Outline and Highlight
main idea / heading
people/ events/ categories
important information under the upper outline
additional information about the upper outline Take Great Notes : Take Great Notes 3. Keep It Brief!
Come up with an abbreviation system.
4. Organize Your Notes
Keep notes in binder, organized by topic with handouts.
5. Write Clearly
Your notes will be useless if you can’t read them. READ FOR SUCCESS : READ FOR SUCCESS Be an Explorer : Be an Explorer Try each reading method several times with different types of texts such as stories, textbooks, web pages, newspaper articles.
You will probably find one or two reading methods that you like a lot. Stick with them, but try new ones, too. Don’t get stuck in a reading rut. Practice makes Perfect : Practice makes Perfect Practice these reading techniques 15 to 20 minutes a day. Follow the schedule and you’ll see progress fast.
Try reading at the same time every day, in the same place, so you get into a reading routine. Stick with it : Stick with it Keep a “reading diary” by listing all the different things you have read. You’ll feel good looking back at all the fun you had reading.
Don’t give up! Learning any skill takes time and effort. But its really worth it. Be an Active Reader : Be an Active Reader Preview the Text
Table of contents and subtitles
Pictures, illustrations, photos, charts, and maps
Captions Preview the Cover : Preview the Cover What clues about the story do I get from the title? Based on the title what do I think will happen in the story?
What clues about the story do I get from the pictures? Front and Back covers? What will the mood be?
Who wrote the book? Have you read books by this author before?
Were there any comments by famous people?
How is the story describes in the jacket flaps? Previewing the Title : Previewing the Title What does the title mean? Does it have more than one meaning?
Why did the author pick this title?
By the title, what do you think will happen in the story? Preview the Table of Contents and Subtitles : Preview the Table of Contents and Subtitles What will this book teach me?
What main topics does the book cover?
How are the topics arranged? Previewing Pics, Illustrations, Photos, Charts, or Maps : Previewing Pics, Illustrations, Photos, Charts, or Maps What different types of pictures, photographs, and maps are included?
What do the visuals show?
What mood do they show? (MOOD)
Why were these illustrations included? What purpose do they serve?
By the Pictures, what do you think the book will be about? Preview the Captions : Preview the Captions What facts do I get from the captions?
By the captions, what does the book describe? Making Predictions : Making Predictions WHAT I KNOW + STORY CLUES = PREDICITONS
Based on what I know and the clues in the story, what do I think will happen next?
How accurate are my predictions?
What new predictions can I make using the facts I just read?
Practice Predicting by the book you have choosen. Set a purpose for Reading : Set a purpose for Reading Purposes for Reading…
Confirm a belief
Learn new information
Learn new vocabulary
Review notes Purpose For Reading : Purpose For Reading Saves time
Use What you know
Use a KWL chart to help understand and organize what you are reading. Skim the Text : Skim the Text Preview text
Skim, Read really fast
Focus on key words
Look for facts (often in first and last sentences)
Restate information at end of the page Find the Main Idea : Find the Main Idea Find topic, main sentence
Find sentences containing information on the main topic
See what the paragraph is about Unstated Main Ideas : Unstated Main Ideas Find Topic, Main Sentence
Look for details about the Topic
Make an hypothesis Find Key Details : Find Key Details Examples
Information on main topic
Statements that can be proven
Numbers for additional information Find Key Details : Find Key Details Reasons
Explanations for why something happened.
Statements that explain what something means
Words or phrases to give more depth into detail Steps for Outlining : Steps for Outlining Identify the Topic
Subject of paragraph
Identify the Main Idea
Stated or unstated information
Find Details that back up the Main Idea
Extra and important information under headings 5 W’s & H : 5 W’s & H Who? Person, people
What? Subject, topic, main idea
When? Time, date
Where? Place, location
Why? Reasons, explanations
How? Process, explanations Key Details : Key Details Key Details : Key Details Summarize : Summarize Preview passage, predict, read the passage
Find main idea and important details
Explain main idea in your words
Skim passage- make sure you’ve got everything
Begin summary with main idea then key details SQ3R : SQ3R S – Survey
Q – Question
R – Read
R – Recite
R - Review SMRR : SMRR S – Skim
M – Mark
R – Read
R – Reread Context Clues : Context Clues Definition Clues – stating def. in the passage.
Contrast Clues – telling what it is NOT.
Commonsense Clues – your knowledge. Strategy Checklist : Strategy Checklist Read slowly
Reread confusing parts
Look at pictures, maps, etc.
Visualize the details
Restate reading in your words
Ask yourself questions
Help, use a reference Assignment : Assignment Use steps of reading with the passages given.
Make a KWL chart with the passage given.
Make an outline of the passage given.
Make a question web for the passage given.
Try SQ3R or SMRR. Write on test what was easier for you or what wasn’t easy for you.