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This is how I have successfully explained and taught students to use the PQRST study technique... Preview, Question, Read, Study/Summarize, Test. The student should work through a chapter or study section of a text book such as a Science or Social Studies using the five steps of PQRST. Preview~ look at every picture, chart, map, and all headlines and caption reading each out loud and seeing what details the student can find in the visual aids. S/He is not to read the text paragraphs... just look at all the big stuff, and concentrate on what is the main idea and what are the visuals telling the reader~maps, graphs, pictures, captions, pull-out boxes with short explanations/definitions, etc. Really look at the details in each picture~note the setting, season, people, activity, etc. Look at the graphs and charts~note what the numbers are saying and the relationships between the parts may be. Look especially at maps and note the movements of people and events, especially if there... read more

Elementary skills include: 1.)a strong basic math understanding (order of operations, the basic arithmetic skills, some pre-algebra~i.e., working with one or sometimes two variables in simple equations, percentages, ratios, etc.) 2.)a strong understanding of the basics of both decoding and encoding (i.e., reading and spelling, with an emphasis on phonics), vocabulary development (with an introduction to the basic roots of Latin and Greek derivation), and how words and their parts work together 3.)basic understanding of the mechanics of the English language and writing (sentence structure, paragraph structure, thematic writing, word usage and facility with dictionaries and thesauri), including such writings as letters, summaries, short stories, etc. This also includes reports of various nature~book reports (character, theme, setting, etc); science reports (thesis, hypothesis, observation techniques, facts noted, etc); history~using original documentation as well as second... read more

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