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essential study skills to assist incoming middle school students

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  • Study smarter, not harder 6 th grade study skills unit Ms. Ites
  • Reading skills – overall strategies
    • Look to chapter & section summaries: gives you a good idea for overall info going to be covered; directs your reading.
    • Check out all VA: maps, diagrams, & pics
    • STRATEGIES:
      • SUMMARIZE info; chunk into main ideas
      • CLARIFY: make sure you understand all words & ideas
      • QUESTION: create your own ?s to understand the text as you read
      • PREDICT: try to determine what will happen next in reading / how current ideas will connect to new ideas
  • Notes
    • Always complete an overview
    • Pre-read
      • Vocab
      • Graphics (maps, charts, pictures)
      • Summary / review
    • Organize using logic / time
    • Make connections/ pick out the good stuff
    • Only write in notes form; NO PARAGRAPHS
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  • Notes – social studies
    • First page of chapter
      • Understand notes format (chapter number and section – 20.2)
      • Connect to schema (what you already know)
    • Chapter review
      • Guide your reading; these are the kinds of questions the teacher will ask on tests
    • Look over all VA
      • Graphs, charts, pictures, & colored boxes
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  • Social studies: sample notes
    • Choose sec’n 1,2, or 3
    • Write out the notes for that section, using info we’ve discussed
    • After you are done:
      • Review your notes & highlight the “good stuff” – things mentioned in the chapter review
      • Use a pencil to make connections between topics / predictions
  • Notes - science
    • Always complete an overview (left-hand column on 1 st page of chapter)
    • Look over the Chapter Highlights for:
      • Vocab
      • Summary of info covered
    • Look over graphics in Chapter
    • Organize using logic
    • Make connections/ pick out the good stuff
  • Science – sample notes
    • For Chapter 1 Sections 1-6
    • Write out the notes for that section, using info we’ve discussed
    • After you are done:
      • Review your notes & highlight the “good stuff” – things mentioned in the chapter review
      • Use a pencil to make connections between topics
    • Take quickie notes for Chapter Review
  • Notes - math
    • Label all work (by topic/ concept)
    • Write down all teacher examples
    • Review examples given in book to gain further understanding
    • Write down all new terms / functions
    • Make connections between new processes & schema (previous knowledge)
    • ONLY USE PENCIL; it is easier to fix mistakes and avoids cross-outs
  • Notes – LA
    • Note important info to plot / story / setting
    • Write down YOUR VERSION of vocab words
    • Look at VA & off-set boxes
    • Make sure info in review questions is covered; this is a great way to make connections
    • Highlight the good stuff
  • ORGANIZATION
    • Where do you study? Why?
    • Explain how the following can affect your studying:
      • Lighting
      • Your own sound “requirements”
      • The room’s layout (furniture, desks, etc.)
      • Noise (outside your control)
      • Time of day
  • GOOD STUDY ENVIRONMENT: LIGHTING
    • Good lighting is necessary for a good study environment.
    • You should have:
      • At least 1 overhead light
      • At least 1 ambient light (lamp)
      • At least 1 source of natural light (window)
    • Tube florescent lighting and dim lighting can cause eyestrain (eye headaches)
    • The best solution is a mix of overhead & ambient lighting
    • WEBSITE: http://www.designmyroom.com/projects/Preparing.aspx?BaseDesignID=27
  • GOOD STUDY ENVIRONMENT: PACKET SUMMARY
    • LIGHTING: 3 sources are best
      • Natural
      • Ambient (lamp)
      • Overhead
    • SOUND (NOYSE): based on YOUR preference
      • If necessary, create your own “white” noise
    • NOISE: sound OUTSIDE YOUR CONTROL
      • If necessary, create your own “white” noise
    • LAYOUT: organization of room
      • Clear path of movement
      • Clear areas for study
      • Organized resources
    • TIME OF DAY: BASED ON YOUR STRENGTHS!
      • CIRCADIAN: affected by sunlight cycles (sleepier in winter)
      • OVERALL, MOST MS STUDENTS ARE BEST BEFORE 7PM
      • IF YOU HAVE AN ACTIVITY AT 7:30 OR LATER
        • Do your homework RIGHT AFTER SCHOOL
  • GOOD STUDY ENVIORNMENT: SETTING
    • Using the website http://www.designmyroom.com/projects/Start.aspx and your knowledge of good study environments, create the “perfect” study room. Once completed, you will present for the class in the computer lab and print off a copy for Ms. Ites’ wall display
  • PRIORITIES
    • How often do you set goals?
    • Do you accomplish them?
    • How could you accomplish them more often?
    • WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE WRITTEN GOALS?
  • PENCIL ME IN
    • Staple or tape each page of your calendars into your planners
    • Using the master calendar, write in your upcoming due dates in pen
    • Transfer those dates into study times in your weekly planner sections
    • On your Sundays, write mini-goals for your week
  • GOOOOAAAAAALLLL!
    • After conferencing with Ms. I, write down your goals for this school year; include your “due dates”:
      • EASIEST SUBJECT
      • MOST DIFFICULT SUBJECT
      • BEHAVIOR
      • EXTRA CURRICULAR – SCHOOL RELATED
      • EXTRA CURRICULAR – PERSONAL
      • FAMILY / HOME
    • (EXTRA SPACE TO WRITE IN YOUR 6 GOALS FROM THE PREVIOUS SLIDE)
  • MONTHLY GOALS
    • Set 3 monthly goals you hope to accomplish in October; write them on the BACK of the October monthly calendar
    • 1 must be a school goal, 1 must be an extra-curricular goal, and 1 may be any goal of your choice
    • YOU MUST BE ABLE TO REACH YOUR MONTHLY GOALS BY MEETING YOUR WEEKLY GOALS; THEY NEED TO BE SPECIFIC.