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To keep your brain sharp over winter break, the best thing you can do is read. Read widely!  If you typically only read mysteries, branch out. Read expository, comics, and newspapers. By doing this, you will stretch your mind, be exposed to new vocabulary, and comprehend new material.    In addition, keep your math skills sharp. Teach someone else what you just learned at school. This makes you the expert and cements your learning.    Finally, be inquisitive!  Strive to be a life-long learner. Sometimes schools do not motivate students to achieve this goal. Assigned reading takes away from the intrinsic rewards of reading self-selected material. Let's face it--it can take a lot of time to fulfill the demands of school. Did you know that the amount Anericans read after graduation varies widely?  On one end of the spectrum lies people who never read. On the other end of the spectrum lies people who read four books per month. Guess... read more

Kinesthetic Learners learn to read and write by doing! I could always identify my kinesthetic Learners in line easily because they are the students who hold their hand out and touch the wall as they walk down the hallway. For these students in particular, we would air-write our spelling words (think jet-puff clouds). Pretty much all students enjoy using shaving cream on their desks to write math facts. Tactile Learners especially like this. Glitter writing or sand writing is also good for this, as are the magnetic letters, which can be found at the dollar store. These are some strategies to keep students engaged so that it is not so much pencil and paper work.

When your teacher says, "study for your test Friday," what exactly does he mean? It's a bit ambiguous, and many students do nothing at all. This lack of studying typically does not result in good grades. (There are, however, those few students who do not study and still earn a 100). The most basic form of studying is memorization. One will only find this on spelling tests. More than likely, you will need a system in place to effectively "study". I would recommend finding a study partner or small group with which to study. This works best with people of similar academic ability. This way you can also call each other daily to check homework, especially in math. Cornell notes are one tool that I would endorse. Classes called Avid use them extensively. Google will give you examples and directions on getting your notebook paper ready for taking Cornell notes. For younger students, there are several acronyms that help with reading comprehension... read more

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