The Importance of Study Skills
Study, as defined by Oxford Dictionaries, is the “devotion of time and attention to acquiring knowledge on an academic subject, especially by means of books; a detailed investigation and analysis of a subject or situation.” Merriam-Webster defines study as an “application of the mental faculties to the acquisition of knowledge”. My personal definition is a combination of both. To study is to devote time and energy/attention to gain an understanding and knowledge of a subject.
Study skills, therefore, are the set of strategies that are used to adequately acquire and gain knowledge about a chosen topic or subject. When we possess these skills or strategies, we are able to increase the efficiency of learning. We are also able to increase the likelihood that what we are to be learning is retained in our long term memory for future use. Which brings us to the definition of learning.
Learning is a lifelong skill, that when successful and...
I started my Physics course this Summer telling my students they are not allowed to say "I don't know," unless they can't read, listen to a recording, watch a video, or ask a question of someone more knowledgeable. When I was in school we did not have access to information like students do today.
In my humble opinion, students need to bulk up on two things like body builders do using supplements. What are those two things students need to bulk up with? Asking quality questions and learning how they learn.
Take for example, Google is an awesome resource, but if you ask the wrong question or use terms inappropriately, you will not get the answer you seek. Ask a bad question one gets a bad answer. Ask a wrong question one gets a wrong answer. Ask an incomplete question one may very well get an incomplete answer. Its that simple. Quality of questions is paramount and good questions come from meticulous vocabulary management. Therefore, students must become...
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you do to help make learning fun? This depends on the subject and the student's age. I have created Jeopardy games, given play money/candy as rewards for answering correctly, played board games (while studying), gathered books on subjects that interest the student, and much more.
Do you offer any guarantees? Yes, I am not satisfied until you are. If your child receives a grade on a test/quiz that is below a "C" then I will review the material with the student at no charge.
Can you guarantee my child will improve? I can assure you that I will give your child all the tools necessary to improve their grades. It is ultimately up to the child to improve.
What are the typical grade improvements you see? Most children will improve a minimum one letter score within only a few weeks of tutoring.
Do you offer ongoing tutoring rates? Yes, students who meet a minimum...
The best part about tutoring is you have a student's brilliant mind all by themselves to help them explore and enhance their own understanding and analysis of the world around them. If you can find the spark within the student, the passion that ignited them, there is no stopping them from learning and growing in excellence in academia. I truly love to see a student's eyes light up when something complicated is connected to a story, a poem, or a simple anecdote from life scenarios.... once students see they can learn by connection, integration, and story telling from their own world, they become empowered to love and create the world around them! Welcome!
1) MEANINGFUL: Ensure that it is the most meaningful to the client/student. Get to know your client/student, and the skills strengths and currently less strong areas. Build up both areas of skills and strategies in a positive manner.
2) ENJOYABLE: Allow learning to be enjoyable. It can be, even when preparing for a deadline or important examinations. Turn it into a game. Research shows that students, both kids and adults, learn faster and retain more if it is enjoyable. This can only happen if the tutor actually loves to learn and to see the student excel.
3) OWNERSHIP AND LEARNING PREFERENCES FOR FASTER COMPREHENSION: Provided the goals are being reached within the required time frame, allow the client/student to choose (or even create if the individual desires to) which preferred ways the client's goals can be reached. Ownership of the learning process, even if it is part ownership, enables clients to learn faster and to retain more. While not ignoring...
I normally tend to teach by relating to things seen in common life.
Theories to practical day examples in easy and simple wordings.
My goal is to get the message across, after all we are learning to build our intellect, think and apply it in our daily lives.
I believe everyone has the ability to succeed in what they put their hearts into.
All it takes is a little bit of patience (alot of it in the beginning), developing curiosity into thinking further about it ( thats where I come in), alot of practice, which leads into mastering the subject ( leading to develop a passion in the subject, who becomes a familiar friend).
Great article from Edutopia about differentiated instruction
Tutoring / teaching doesn't have to be boring. A good teacher / tutor, is one who can make a lesson feel like it is not a lesson, but, it is, a lesson. Deep. Here are my five "outside" the box tips that help make learning fun.
1. Personalize the lesson for each student.
2. Within the lesson, incorporate what the student likes and is interested in.
3. Humor. Got to have humor.
4. Lessons should be "outside" the box style of lessons. Not just blah, blah, blah lessons.
5. Creativity, imagination, and most of all, different. Basically the same as tip #4.
* 4 and 5 are similar, does this still count as 5? Please?
Learning takes place anywhere. Who said you can't have fun learning? I sure do...
Learning can definitely be fun if you find the individual's learning style. We all process and learn new information in various ways. You have visual, auditory and kinesthetic as the main learning styles but there are more. Some ways in which you can assist students in learning is by seeing, saying, feeling relating and memorizing along with repetition to name a few.
However, nothing is dead set, if it means me getting beach sand, tap dancing or even rapping in order to assist a student in understanding, that is what we could and should do. We have to get creative, move away from the chalk board and the worksheets. It is time to make learning interactive and fun.
Children who struggle with learning are very receptive if they feel as though they are having fun and that they are not going to feel stupid if they answer that question wrong. I encourage teachers and tutors who have a genuine passion for assisting children in learning to make it fun, fun, fun...
Understanding your child's / student(s)' learning styles is one of the most important factors in helping them reach success. At the end of the day, why else did we become parents or teachers but to watch the next generation learn? The problem is that we often assume that everyone learns and processes information the same as we do. If they don't, does that mean there is something wrong with THEM?! Absolutely not!! Respecting and building on the natural learning style of the learner, in my opinion, is the most important role of the tutor.
In my day, everything was pretty much done by taking turns reading aloud. The problem for me was that I was not good at processing information while reading aloud nor was I savvy at auditory processing. For several years I was treated as though something was wrong with me and given that I had an older sister who processed information "normally," I internalized that message for a very...
Learning can be exciting and tutoring gives the advantage to find out what works for one student, and tailor lessons to his or her learning style. Here are 5 tips that I think about to make my tutoring lessons fun!
Use real life examples in the news. There is a lot happening in the world, and articles about current events are a great way to teach grammar, vocabulary or reading comprehension. Reading comprehension can also be tested by removing key words from sentences in fun articles that forces the student to use deductive reasoning to guess the right one.
Use examples in a subject area that the student likes. If a student likes watching basketball, think about probability examples or any math problems. Connecting new concepts to a known (and liked) hobby is a great way to ensure that students maximize comprehension.
Listen to music. I found that listening to songs is a great way to teach a new language to a non-native speaker. Songs are fun to listen...
We all have one: that one subject that our brains just refuse to understand, and no matter how much we study or how hard we work, we never feel like we really truly GET what is going on.
For me, that subject was always Physics. No junior high or high school teacher could ever answer the unending string of "...but WHY?" questions that I needed answered before I could understand even the most basic concepts of our Introductory course. It wasn't that I couldn't understand, but rather that I wasn't being taught these ideas in a way that made sense to me.
As an adult, Physics is now actually one of my favorite subjects to read about because I have found some books written for people just like me, people who need explanations fulls of examples and explanations and lots of pictures! I may never discover black holes or split an atom, but I now know enough that I can understand the people who do those things. :-)
1. Get outside the box, or seat rather, and move! Incorporating kinestetic activities can help any learner stay focused for a longer period of time. With younger students I like to use quick directional games: Simon Says, Search the Area...etc. For older students a few stretches would help get those juices flowing again.
2. Use materials and topics that are of interest to the particular student.
3. Stay a their level and just beyond..pushing too far too fast only leads to discouragement.
4. Enjoy the strengths of that student
5. Take the time to plan the secession well.
While I was tutoring fellow students I noticed they did not want to do the actual work or look in the back of the book for definitions. They sat there and waited until I gave more to an answer or told them additional info. I told them that I would not just give them the answers because they would never learn that way. But how I did change them to start actually doing their own work was to relate the subject to their everyday lives. One student, who was a bagpipe player told me the cost of the bus, the amount of pay to play in a parade and other various expenses and I told him what you did there was basic accounting. He seemed kind of amazed that he had been doing this the whole time, just not out of a text book. Once I started relating his hobby to the subject he started being more interested and started doing more of his own work. So I find that relating a subject to the students or make it conform to their everyday lives will make them want...
I am one of those people in this world who loves to help students develop their full potential, recognize their strengths, and find the means to excel in their interests. Encouraging young people comes very easy to me and I am willing to sit down with anyone who has an interest to interact for the purpose of attaining new skills.
Some things in life come naturally, but for those who are in a situation; school, personal, or corporate, where your life depends on a level of success, I want to give you some simple tools that will help you achieve your goals.
I was not never one of the brightest students in my class growing up, but interestingly, I found my love of learning when I didn't have to learn. I learned because I WANTED to learn! Wow! What a difference that made. When I discovered my true talents and resources, I was able to excel in areas I never dreamed imaginable! So I know firsthand what it feels like to be on the low end of the learning...
1. Colors help the brain absorb information better. It also makes any subject at hand more interesting and appealing to the eye.
2. Note taking should never be a duty, I like to incorporate fun ways to write out notes that'll help with memory.
3. Music to set a relaxing but stimulating mood for the student.
4. Every 15 minutes, students need a quick break from focus to keep their attitude positive and upbeat.
5. The finish line should always be promising and have a silver lining. I like to let my students have something to look forward to when they complete their task at hand.
I used to ask myself that all the time when I was growing up. I was a horrible student all the way into the second semester of my 10th grade year! I had a difficult time concentrating in school and to be honest, there were just more important things going on in my life at the time. I have always struggled with weight issues and being bullied, teased and tormented in school was a daily battle. It's hard to concentrate on learning when survival is your priority and invisibility is your dream. I did well in high school though, and eventually graduated college with a degree in Criminal Justice.
What changed? I got involved. I had a teacher that recognized a potential in me and fostered that by inviting me to step outside my comfort zone and challenge myself. I LOVED sports. I know, sounds silly coming from the fat kid huh? I did though. I loved baseball, hockey and football the most and my teacher encouraged...
It is extremely important that all students (and preferably their teachers) understand how they learn. Once I realized that I learned best through reading and doing, education became easy for me, but I was in college by then. Oh, how different things could have been if I had learned this early. Teachers may realize it, my 6th grade math and English teacher knew it, but she never stopped to explain it to me.
The first time I meet a student I like to give them a Learning Styles Inventory like
VARK which has printable inventories and a separate inventory for younger children or
Education Planner which is geared toward the college bound and has some great resources for students, parents, and counselors. Once I have assessed the student's learning styles I can gear all lessons to fit that particular student.
Teachers are forced to adapt lessons...
Many students wonder how they can learn quicker, with a longer retention span, and better comprehension of the subject matter. The answer is simple. The way to learn and absorb the most content faster is by employing your personal intelligence style. So what styles are there? There are music, visual, interpersonal, nature, auditory, spatial, intrapersonal, and more. However, so many of us have been boxed into one method or structure of learning that we spend double the amount of time on learning a subject when it could take us only a few minutes if we learned it according to our true learning style.
A child that is auditory may not need to see the same vocabulary word ten times over if he just hears it spelled out once and repeats it. A student may find sudden success in learning that tricky multiplication table if he or she tries it to a song he or she wrote. A kinesthetic learner may find sudden focus when practicing a new activity outdoors instead of at a desk.
In 2013, I did this talk with teachers & parents, to explain very simply the many myths and misconceptions we have about learning difficulties. Come, watch me take you into the world of the child who struggles: