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Study Skills

 

Introduction:  
  Why Study?
Face it. In order to learn the harder stuff in school, you have to study. If you never do then your grades probably reflect it. If you're going to survive the next three years in high school, you're going to need to know how study efficiently and consistently. Studying is the one of the bulding blocks of learning.

Is there a right way to study?
This is a tricky question. There are many ways to study and some styles and techniques are effective only for certain learning modalities. But there are some basic rules that apply to everyone. Not knowing how to study can become a major problem for you once your faced with a class that actually challenges you. The simple fact is that everyone can improve how they take down information, review information, and recall information. How people improve upon these things is a matter of preference.
Task:  
  Before we can begin we need to make sure that you are prepared. You wouldn't go out into a football field without your helmet and your pads would you (that would be rugby)? You wouldn't go to class without all your supplies would you? Of course not...that would be crazy.

So here's what you'll need for this amazing journey:

1) Your interactive journal - You'll need this to write down notes and answer questions. It also doubles as a floatation device in the event of a water landing. Just kidding...it doesn't float very well.

2) Something to write with - You'll need this to write with. And to tap incessently on the table to annoy someone.

3) A computer that allows pop ups - Which I'm assuming you have.

4) Your Brain - Dr. Amen would be proud.

Once you have all the above and I have instructed you to proceed...go forward into the region known as "Process" there you will find the next stage in your personal development.

Good Luck.

P.S. Stay on the sites that have been chosen for you. Trust me...the other sites aren't as interesting.
Process:  
  Step One: What kind of Learner Are You?

Your first task is to figure out what kind of learner you are. You've done this before, but chances are you have forgetten. Take a short survey to see what kind of learner you are. Once you have finished, return to this page by clicking on the appropriate tab and look on the table below to see how your learning style affects your success in the classroom
Jot down any of the bullet points that apply to you!!!

If you scored mostly a's you may have a visual learning style. You learn by seeing and looking.

Visual Learners


-take numerous detailed notes
-tend to sit in the front
-are usually neat and clean
-often close their eyes to visualize or remember something
-find something to watch if they are bored
-like to see what they are learning
-benefit from illustrations and presentations that use color
-are attracted to written or spoken language rich in imagery
-prefer stimuli to be isolated from auditory and kinesthetic distraction
-find passive surroundings ideal
If you scored mostly b's, you may have an auditory learning style. You learn by hearing and listening.

Auditory Learners


-sit where they can hear but needn't pay attention to what is happening in front
-may not coordinate colors or clothes, but can explain why they are wearing what they are wearing and why
-hum or talk to themselves or others when bored
-acquire knowledge by reading aloud
-remember by verbalizing lessons to themselves (if they don't they have difficulty reading maps or diagrams or handling conceptual assignments like mathematics).
If you had mostly c's, you may have a kinesthetic learning style. You learn by touching and doing.

Kinesthetic Learners


-need to be active and take frequent breaks
-speak with their hands and with gestures
-remember what was done, but have difficulty recalling what was said or seen
-find reasons to tinker or move when bored
-rely on what they can directly experience or perform
-activities such as cooking, construction, engineering and art help them perceive and learn
-enjoy field trips and tasks that involve manipulating materials
-sit near the door or someplace else where they can easily get up and move around
-are uncomfortable in classrooms where they lack opportunities for hands-on experience
-communicate by touching and appreciate physically expressed encouragement, such as a pat on the back

Step Two: Time After Time
How many hours are there in a day? Now that you have your learning style, all you have left to do before we really begin is to work out how you spend your time in a day. See how you spend your hours during a single day. Once you know how much time you really have, you can figure out when to study.

Write down how you spend your time. Don't worry, the website did the math for you.

Step Three: NO-NO's
We're going to start with how you shouldn't study. For those of you that think you know how to study, this step is specifically tailored for you! That's right. You. Click on the document link below and read the article. Make note of at least one thing that you used to do, but now will never do again. See...this web quest is already changing your life!
Make sure you jot down at least one or two study "no-no's", how they're bad, and how to fix it.

Step Four: YES-YES!!!

So now that you know what not to do, all you have to do is to figure out what to do. Get it?
After you read the article, make sure you write down at least two tips that you found particularly useful and explain why.
Resources:  
  http://www.metamath.com/multiple/multiple_choice_questions.html
http://www.studygs.net/schedule/index2.htm
http://www.studygs.net/attmot4.htm
Evaluation:  
  So how was the journey? What did you learn about yourself and how can you use this information?
Conclusion:  
  So who else knows how to study?
Using the skills you have learned throughout your life only adds to the epic. You add another chapter to the grand story every time you take notes and study.

Who would have guessed that studying and learning could be so grand.

This Web Quest is available at www.teach-nology.com