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Study Skills and Test Prep (Tutor)

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Lead Tutor SARC

on 19 November 2014

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What to Include in your calendar:

A bit earlier we went over mini-assignments and some examples.

Looking at the test date and working backwards to create mini-assignments can be used as goals for designated study times that students should set aside for themselves. Mini-assignments allow for short-term, realistic goals. Study Skills and Test Prep What a Peer Tutor Needs to Know Before the Exam Here is a sample calendar. Notice how there is time blocked out for eating, studying, and other commitments. Create a Practice Exam! Being Neat
Time Management There are three elements that play a role in effective study skills Being a tutor does not only mean knowing your subject material but also knowing how to lead as a role model and mentor.

As the SARC mission statement indicates, tutors should promote student success.

Understanding and achieving efficient study habits are key to success in college. Study Habits Test Taking Tips Calendar Organization Willingness to Succeed Academic success takes dedication and hard work. Without the right skills, academic success can be even harder to come by. This can make college a frustrating place for many students. Attending Class Students sometimes try to replace class attendance with tutoring or SI. Is it important?
You will miss valuable lecture notes
You will miss assignments
You may be uninformed of important date changes.
You will fall behind and have to "play" catch-up
This gives less time for learning and understanding the material. How a tutor can discourage this:

Incorporate class into your session
"Where did your professor end in class yesterday?"
"What points did your professor stress?"
"Where there any updates in class ie. test day/time, homework dates, etc?" Watch this quick YouTube video from Professor Cole at UT Arlington. It stresses the importance of class attendance from a professor's stand point. Taking Notes and Reading Tutor Responsibilities Preparation! Preparation
Willingness In this training you will learn the characteristics of "POW" study skills and how to implement these through your tutoring sessions. Let's begin! --> Responsibility As A Tutor It is important to be ATTENTIVE during class. Taking notes is a great way of achieving this. The notes will also be a study tool for information only presented in class and to remember key points which were covered. Whenever a textbook is assigned to a class, the professor feels that reading the book is essential to understanding concepts and information for the class.

Did you know:
Reading ahead of class helps to solidify the information being presented. Lecture will not be the first time hearing the information which gives more opportunity for deeper thinking and interaction in the classroom. A first-timer is usually too busy trying to be receptive of the information to give it any more thought. How You can Refer to the Notes and Textbook

"What do your notes say?"
"Let's refer to the book..."
"Where did your professor leave off? Where did your notes from last class leave off?" Tutors can easily incorporate these study skills by asking questions that require students to have taken notes during class or by referring to the textbook. This will also reinforce using the textbook as a tool when studying independently. Tutors may sometimes find students without any notes or textbook at their session. It is good to state at the beginning of the semester that it is essential to effective tutoring to bring these materials and to try to refer to them at least once during every session. Reverse Planning Knowing the test date is great because it allows for students to plan their study schedules. By working backwards from the test day students can plan "mini assignments" to be completed so that they are prepared to study around the test day. Mini Assignment Examples:

- Create Flashcards for Chapter 5
- Read sections 1-3 of Chapter 6
- Relisten to Lecture from 3/20 All of the mini assignments listed above are considered prep for studying. The more time a student spends with the material the easier it will be to study for the exam. This is just one example of the positive effects of efficient preparation. How you can help! Be up to date on class assignments and test dates. A tutor can follow up with students on how they have been preparing for their next exam. Sample Scenario:
(follow the link) Have you ever noticed that when information is organized in a pattern it is easier to remember? As a Tutor:
Being organized on the board will help students form organizational study habits. Visual models are also a great study tool.

If students complain about how they can't figure out how to study for the class, a tutor can make suggestions such as..
"Keep all of your notes together and in order by chapter" Organized Notes Calendar! Time management is one of the keys to college success. This skill requires being organized and planning.

As a tutor it is important to understand how to successfully manage your time and how you can incorporate it into your sessions.

First, let's looks at how to manage time. There is a direct correlation to having organized notes/information for a class and amount of time spent studying. If all of the information is nicely laid out it will allow for optimal retention in a shorter amount of time. A visual way of representing the Cell Cycle How to Incorporate... Tell a Success Story
Give the students an example of a time when you excelled on an exam because of early prep and possibly compare this to times when you didn't.

Show how you organize your tasks
If you don't have your own calendar you can also show a sample and explain the benefits of time management. Provide another option that functions in the same way (to-do lists, weekly schedules, sticky notes, etc.)

Offer to give students an idea on how they can prep for exams in the class you tutor.
Take the time to plan how you would study for the next exam and present it during each of your tutoring sessions. Positive reinforcement can really mold a person's attitude towards anything. As tutors, we take on the task of not only helping students with the knowledge of the class, but also in their study habits and future success. Encouraging them can help make the task of learning feel accomplishing rather than demotivating. During the Exam Begin studying the first day of lecture.
Utilize great time management and mini-assignments to make sure all of the material is covered before the exam
Go to the last lecture before the exam
You should go to all lectures but the one before the exam is particularly good because it will include any last minute updates and possibly a review.
No All-Nighters!
Your brain needs sleep in order to organize information. Without sleep it will be very difficult to convey your knowledge.
Always have a back-up alarm ready Positive Attitude
You have prepped and studied for this exam ahead of time. You can do this!
Pace yourself
Ask for question clarification if you don't understand
Skip what you don't know
Come back to it later. The answer may be more obvious then.
Check over answers Resources:



SARC created handouts Creating a timed practice exam will give students to opportunity to "feel" what the real exam is going to be like.

The exam should cover material similar to the upcoming one and the number of questions and time limit should reflect how long the students will have per question in the real one.

Also a great way students can check for understanding! The Student Academic Resource Center mission is to strengthen comprehensive learning, enhance retention and promote student success by providing academic support services to UCF students and the surrounding community. This is accomplished through campus and community outreach, tutoring, supplemental instruction, learning assistance, and first year transition programs Many students come to college without the tools to successfully study for the demanding classes at the University level. As a tutor, you are a great resource for students to teach them these skills. We will discuss what good study habits look like and how you can incorporate them into your tutorial sessions.

Can you recall the SARC mission statement? Click below to review it. After reading it, answer this question: How can helping students with their study habits help us meet our mission?

SARC MISSION STATEMENT: Before moving on: In just a few sentences try to define the elements of POW along with how they each may play a role in studying. Next, we will review the 3 components of POW and how you can apply them to your everyday tutoring session --> POW After watching the video, answer this question: What is the relationship between missing classes and test grades? What could you say to your tutees to stress this point? Answer one of the following questions:
1. What are some other ways you have referred to the textbook during your session?
2. In your own words, explain how you would stress the importance of good note taking skills. Notice on the GoAnimate video that the tutor was able to help his student because he knew when the next exam was. What resource did he explicitly state he used to find this out? What else can this tell you? Obtain this resource in the most up to date version for the class you tutor for. Make a copy for yourself and include a copy in the materials you turn in for this training. Explain how you plan on encouraging your tutees to develop (or continue!) good time management habits. Give two specific examples. Think to yourself: What type of time management habits can help my student succeed? Let's look at a sample calendar from a student who displays good time management skills --> Think of a time when a tutee may feel overwhelmed with the class you tutor. Write a statement of positive reinforcement you could say. Explain how this could help with their willingness to succeed.
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