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Study Skills Parent Workshop
Transcript of Study Skills Parent Workshop
What are your child's study habits?
The Read/Write Learner
Note Taking: Cornell Notes
What is your learning style?…
And why should you care?
Good Study Skills Begin With:
The Visual Learner
On a scale of 1-10 (1=worst, 10=best), what would you rate your student's study habits? Why?
What type of distractions are they faced with when studying?
Where does your child study and what type of environment is it?
When they have to take an exam, do they feel comfortable and prepared or nervous and unprepared? Why?
Emphasis is on words and lists
Prefer to “intake” and “output” information by text
Tend to take a high volume of notes, especially in lecture-heavy classes
Believe that the meanings are with in the words
Effective Note Taking
Mind Map (Spidergram, spidergraph, spider diagram)
Learning styles are simply different approaches or ways of learning.
Once you figure out the best way you learn, you can come up with the best study strategies that fit your learning style.
Scans everything; wants to see things, enjoys visual stimulation
Enjoys maps, pictures, diagrams, and color
Usually takes detailed notes
May think in pictures and learn best from visual displays
Note Taking:Mind Mapping
Use color to highlight important points in text
Illustrate your ideas as a picture and use mind maps
Use multi-media such as computers or videos.
Study in a quiet place away from verbal disturbances
Visualize information as a picture to aid learning
Make charts, graphs and tables in your notes.
Participate actively in class—this will keep you involved and alert
When memorizing material, write it over and over
The Auditory Learner
Interpret the underlying meanings of speech through listening to tone of voice, pitch, speed and other nuances
Prefers directions given orally
Seldom takes notes or writes things down
Prefers lectures to reading assignments
Often repeats what has just been said; talks to self
Think aloud and talk to yourself
Participate in class discussions/debates
Read text out loud
Create musical jingles and mnemonics to aid memorization
Use a tape recorder
Recite information over and over to better memorize material
When in class, sit in the front to avoid other visual distractions
Write out the words again and again
Read your notes(silently) again and again
Rewrite the ideas and principles into other words
Turn reactions, actions, diagrams, charts, and flows into words
Write your information into lists
Arrange your words into hierarchies and points
The Tactile/Kinesthetic Learner
Needs to touch, handle, manipulate materials and objects, especially while studying or listening
Talks with hands
Good at drawing designs
Often doodles while listening, thus processing information
Good at “hands-on” activities
May find it hard to sit still for long periods
May become distracted by their need for activity and exploration
Take frequent study breaks and vary your activities
Make studying more physical—i.e. work at a standing desk, chew gum, pace while memorizing, read while on an exercise bike, mold a piece of clay, squeeze a tennis ball
Use bright colors to highlight reading material
Play music in the background while you study
Use spatial note taking techniques such as mind mapping
Another thing to consider…
Does your child prefer studying alone or in a group?
Studying Alone vs. In a Group
More control for you (i.e. time, style, location, etc.)
Use your vocabulary
Responsibility rests with you (i.e. self-testing, procrastination, distraction)
No assistance in filling in knowledge gaps
Only your perspective, your style, your consistent mistakes
Get a new perspective on material
Fill in knowledge gaps
Cover more material in less time
Can have distractions
you study matters!
you study matters!
for each study session
study time and breaks
is as important as mental preparation!
Establish collaborative goals
to increase focus
establish individual goals
to promote interdependence
of collaborator characteristics including size, learning style, and ability
Collaborative Study Methods
Collaborative Study Methods:
Have you used any of the
study methods mentioned before?
Which ones have you tried?
Which ones were successful?
Pick one of the methods mentioned that's new to you and try it out for a month.
Do you know about some of the FREE resources available to you?
Thank you for participating in our
Study Skills Workshop!
Please go to
to fill out a short survey about our workshop.
1. Does your child have difficulty grasping lessons taught at school?
2. Does your child have difficulty studying for tests?
3.Does your child know how to take useful notes?
Study Skills Workshop
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