SUBJECT SKILLS + SMART STUDY =
In this chapter you will be able to…
Make the most of your time by getting
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mastering Specific Tests
Provides short – answer test hints and essay test
hints, so you’ll be prepared for any test you take.
YOU CAN SUCCEED!
Being enthusiastic about learning.
Deciding that you can do well on tests.
Making friends with people who support your hopes
Not be a quitter.
Preparing for the future.
Using your time wisely.
BE A CLASS ACT
Be prepared. Bring
books, notebooks, homework, pencils, pens, and
Sit in front of the room. This reduces distractions and
shows the teacher that you are serious about
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.
Jan. Feb. Mar.
Week 1 Write down all
Week 2 No TV until
No music while
Week 3 Take better
Get a study
Visit the library
Week 4 Reread notes
Read one extra
book a week.
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.
TIME Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Weekend
3:00 PM Snack/
4:00 PM Home wk Home wk Home wk Home wk Home wk Study
5:00 PM Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
6:00 PM Soccer
Chores Chores Soccer
7:00 PM Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading
8:00 PM Study Study Study Study Study Study
9:00 PM Prepare for the next day (pack backpack and lunch, set out
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.
Make a List like the following.
Home Supplies School Supplies
Assignment pad Assignment pad
Binders/ Notebooks Binders/ Notebooks
Paper Gym Clothes
Pens/ Pencils Homework (COMPLETE)
Pencil Sharpener Paper
Ruler Pens/ Pencils
School Books School Books
Phone #’s/ Emails of buddies Watch/ Clock
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,
Study in a calm, quiet place.
Turn off television, radio, and other distractions.
Study at the same time each day so people know to leave
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
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
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
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
3. Keep It Brief!
Come up with an abbreviation system.
4. Organize Your Notes
Keep notes in binder, organized by topic with
5. Write Clearly
Your notes will be useless if you can’t read them.
BE AN EXPLORER
Try each reading method several times with
different types of texts such as
stories, textbooks, web pages, newspaper
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
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Practice these reading techniques 15 to 20
minutes a day. Follow the schedule and you’ll see
Try reading at the same time every day, in the
same place, so you get into a reading routine.
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
Preview the Text
Table of contents and subtitles
Pictures, illustrations, photos, charts, and maps
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
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
Were there any comments by famous people?
How is the story describes in the jacket flaps?
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
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?
PICS, ILLUSTRATIONS, PHOT
OS, 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
PREVIEW THE CAPTIONS
What facts do I get from the captions?
By the captions, what does the book describe?
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
Practice Predicting by the book you have choosen.
SET A PURPOSE FOR READING
Purposes for Reading…
Confirm a belief
Learn new information
Learn new vocabulary
PURPOSE FOR READING
Use What you know
Use a KWL chart to help understand and organize
what you are reading.
SKIM THE 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 topic, main sentence
Find sentences containing information on the
See what the paragraph is about
UNSTATED MAIN IDEAS
Find Topic, Main Sentence
Look for details about the Topic
Make an hypothesis
FIND KEY DETAILS
Information on main topic
Statements that can be proven
Numbers for additional information
FIND KEY DETAILS
Explanations for why something happened.
Statements that explain what something means
Words or phrases to give more depth into detail
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
Who? Person, people
What? Subject, topic, main idea
When? Time, date
Where? Place, location
Why? Reasons, explanations
How? Process, explanations
• To make
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
S – Survey
Q – Question
R – Read
R – Recite
R - Review
S – Skim
M – Mark
R – Read
R – Reread
Definition Clues – stating def. in the passage.
Contrast Clues – telling what it is NOT.
Commonsense Clues – your knowledge.
Reread confusing parts
Look at pictures, maps, etc.
Visualize the details
Restate reading in your words
Ask yourself questions
Help, use a reference
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.