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Study Smarter, Not Harder


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essential study skills to assist incoming middle school students

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Study Smarter, Not Harder

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