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Middle School Study Skills

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Allison Petersen

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Middle School Study Skills

Mrs. LeCraw
Mrs. Petersen

Mr. DeVore's Do Over
Thinking Questions:

1) Why did Donnie need a do over in the first place? What could he have done differently to not need one?

2) What changed to make Donnie see himself and his abilities differently?

3) When was there a time when you felt like Donnie does at the start of his book? Be specific.
Learning Mindset
The Truth about Learning
To become a better student you simply need to know how to learn better.
All students can be effective learners in every subject
Learning an acquired skill; your brain is constantly growing and taking in new information
Studying is not the same as learning

Learning to Learn
It's up to you to take control of your own learning
Learning is based on EFFORT and HARD WORK
Being "smart" has nothing to do with it
People are not born smart or dumb
God created our brains to learn!
If you assume you are not "smart" or good at a subject you are creating a NEGATIVE learning mindset
A POSITIVE learning mindset means you are constantly working to improve and know you can do better.

Smart vs Hard Work
Time Management
Keeping Your Schedule
Take out your planner
Monthly View
Long Term Projects, Papers, and Assignments
Big Events in your life at home, sports or extra curricular activities

Monthly View
Weekly View - Rotation Days/Schedule
Fill in your schedule on the worksheet
What does your typical schedule look like?
When do you have time for homework?
How much time for homework do you have each day?

Weekly View
How would having a positive mindset help you to improve as a student?
Planning for Long Term Projects
Your teacher says you have a project due in a month. But you have nightly homework every night and you never feel like you will get to work on the project. What do you do?
Prioritize Prioritizing
Step 1:
Make a list of tasks to complete
Step 2:

Prioritize based on when assignments are due
Step 3:
Think about how much time each one will take
Step 4:

Create a plan of attack based on due dates and time you have to work
Step 5:
Work on the hardest task with the highest priority first
Do it when you are fresh and energized!
Put distractions aside so you can focus on prioritizing
Task List
Math Homework (20 problems - due Monday))
Read Book for English (ongoing)
Vocabulary note cards (due Friday)
Study for History Test (next week)
Make note cards for History Test
Work on project for Science (due in 2 weeks)
Finish workbook page from Spanish class (due Monday)
Work on essay for Language Arts (due in 1 month)
Note Taking
Working Memory
Long Term Memory
Information held for
seconds or minutes
Information transferred
to long term for safe keeping
Example: A person's name
How to Transfer Information
Write the information down
Write down your understanding of the information
Chunk information into small pieces
Draw connection mind maps
Put the information into your own words
Talk about the information in detail
Take Action by setting goals and staying focused on them
How Your Brain Learns
Make it a habit to plan ahead
How can planning and prioritizing help you be a better student?
Cornell Notes
Quality of a Good Student #2:
A good student is organized and knows what he or she needs to accomplish.
Quality of a Good Student #1:
A good student is confident and
willing to learn.
Quality of a Good Student #3:
A good student is always
aware of his or her own learning.
Realities of Note taking
You won't remember everything, so take notes
You don't need to write everything the teacher says or has on the board
You need to review your notes or they become worthless
Summarize and Synthesize notes: "If I had to explain this to someone, how would I do it?"
Practice Note Taking
Test Taking
Quality of a Good Student #4:
A good student knows the teacher's expectations and strives to meet them.
Test Preparation
Know the type of test to expect.
Know your teacher's expectations
Study for the right type of test
Questions to Ask:
When is the test?
What concepts will be covered?
Will the questions be similar to the previous test/quiz?
What types of questions will be on it?
Will there be any short answer or essay questions?
What material will we review in class?
What material am I expected to know on my own or through a study guide/worksheets?
3 Types of Questions
Study by making note cards
Study by practicing problems
Short Answer/ Essay
Study by writing out your answers to potential questions
Teachers will tell you that the laziest boy in the class is the one who works the hardest in the end. They mean this:

If you give two boys, say, a proposition in geometry to do, the one who is prepared to take trouble will try to understand it.

The lazy boy will learn it by heart because, for the moment,
that needs less effort.

But six months later, when they are preparing for the exam, that lazy boy is doing hours and hours of miserable drudgery over things the other boy understands, and positively enjoys, in a few minutes.

Laziness means more work in the long run.

- C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity

The Lazy Boy
5 Teacher Tips
1) Let your teacher know you care about learning
2) Build a relationship with your teacher
3) Be an active participant
4) Be willing to take constructive criticism
5) Be a positive influence in the classroom
Seeking Feedback
Information provided to you on how you did on an assignment.
Can come in form of a rubric
Constructive Criticism:
Critique of your work that provides clear ways you can improve. From small assignments to big ones.

Seek It Out:

Understand how you can improve!
Be accepting, not defensive!
Become a better learner!
Take the Time To Synthesize
What are some ways you can reinforce your learning to help the new information get to long term memory?
Know how to improve
How can you find out how to improve on a test, project, or essay?
How to Transfer Information
Write the information down
Put the information into your own words
Chunk information into small pieces
Draw pictures and/or make connections
Explain the information to another person
Working Memory
Long Term Memory
Information held for
seconds or minutes;
only holds a few items at a time
Information transferred
to long term for safe keeping and accessed for later memory
Example: A person's name
How the Brain Learns
Every time your brain learns something new it creates new pathways and connections.
It tries to connect new ideas to existing ideas and understandings.
To learn you need to connect the new information coming into your brain with the old information you already have.
What did you notice about this game?
How were you able to transfer the water from one cup to the other?
What made it hard or easy?
How did the small amount the straw could keep make a difference?
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