S4 Study Skills


Presented by: S4 Study Skills 10/18/2016

Encourage Active Note Taking – Cornell Notes

· 11 Skills Needed for Good Note Taking: Is quite difficult.

1) Organizing information on the page

1) The large box at the right is for class notes, or Supportive Details (bullet points, lists, diagrams, charts). Leave a lot of room between ideas and topics for additional notes or adding questions to ask the teacher

NOTE: The student should abbreviate and paraphrase. Do not use complete sentences because we write about 40 words per minute, but speak 150 words per minute. It’s important to be able to write notes quickly

· Rewording while taking notes forces student to think about it – connect with the material –which greatly enhances learning.

2) Good copying skills,

3) Categorization skills

4) Identify the topic

5) Identify the main idea

6) Select relevant details

7) Paraphrase

8) Infer and interpret

9) Good listening skills

10) Legible handwriting

11) If a student is using a computer, make sure the battery is fully charged

· Cornell Notes- A student can draw them by hand, print blank sheets from the computer, or purchase pads of them at Staples

o Paper Design- Divide the paper into 3 sections:

1) Subject/Date/Topic area: The top of each page is for these basics

2) Key Points area: Draw a dark vertical line about 2 inches from the left side of the paper from the top of the page to the horizontal line

3) Summary area: Draw a dark horizontal line about 5 or 6 inches from the bottom of the page

o How to Write Notes-

2) The left column is for writing Key Points – questions, dates, vocabulary words, people, etc. - soon as possible after class. It is used later for review and to study

3) The Summary is a few sentences incorporating all the Key Points, written at home or as soon after class

o Spend at least 10 minutes a week reviewing all your previous notes. This will help with studying and retaining information. It prevents cramming

o You can fold the paper along the vertical line and use it as a study tool. It is like a flash card. The student can Face Time a friend and they can test each other or the student can test him/herself

2. Set Goals

· Goals are essential to get the desired results, but it is critical that steps are manageable

· Goals help us make decisions and choices related to the goal(s). They help us prioritize

· Goals keep one’s focus on the end result (“prize”)

3. Encourage Active Reading

· Active reading encourages students to be engaged and connected to the material, ensuring they are processing the content and integrating the knowledge.

· Encourage student engagement by asking:

o What was read?

o What are the key points and important details?

o How is the student’s reading comprehension?

o Does the student differentiate between how they reading a textbook and fiction?

o If they cannot answer the questions or explain the information, it says they do not know it. What do they need to get it?

· Take Cornell notes while they read

· Reading Textbooks – Are already set up to assist with active reading and are based on learning strategies (ask questions, use visuals, and summarize to learn)

o Use the questions in the book (Key Points in Cornell notes)

o Use the visuals – pictures, graphs, bolded and/or underlined text (Supportive Details)

o Use the summaries provided – highlights all key points (Summary)

· Reading Articles

o For Key Points, look at the topic sentences of each paragraph. Phrase it as a question (Who, What, Where, When, Why, How).

4. Dream Big, Think Small – SMART Cards

· Chunk out work- Break work or studying into smaller, manageable task/chunks. Check tasks off as they are accomplished. Pace yourself; don’t cram.

· Use SMART Cards (like flash cards)

o Create and learn a few per day.

o Front

1) Word, term, concept, Key Point (from Cornell Notes)

2) Chapter and page #

o Back

1) Definition/explanation in their own words

2) Draw a visual

3) W rite a connection or personal example

o Study with them.

o Punch a hole in the upper left corner and put on a binder ring. As student learns what is on the card, remove the card.

o Make a different ring for each subject.

o The student can Face Time with a friend and test each other with SMART Cards

o They are portable so you can use them in a car, etc. to study and be test self

o Keep SMART cards for future tests.

· Quizlet

o The student can make SMART Cards on Quizlet or use an existing Quizlet.

5. Manage and Schedule Time – Planner

· Transfer the online information to a personal paper planner, so everything can be together

· ALL homework, projects, tests, appointments, after school activities, games, practices, events. You need all of this in your planner to properly plan and manage your time

· If it is in your planner, you can see what is coming up; plan for it and do it

· Chunk work. Give yourself due dates. Your planner can always be revised as needed

· Plan work ahead (2-3 weeks) to AVOID cramming. Studying the same amount of time but spread over many days gets much better results than cramming

6. Keep Stuff Organized – Binders

· Organization only starts with a neat binder and knowing when something is due

· Develop a filing system for online for documents

o Name documents, download Google desktop free, Have files

· Binder System:

o Go through School Binders, backpack, folders, etc. weekly and after each quiz/test

o Organize past papers by subject in a home Binder

o Use tabs to separate each: Notes & handouts/Homework/Completed Work/Quizzes & Tests

o Try one large binder and one small binder or folder of the same color for each subject. When a topic is completed, papers from the small school binder are 3-hole punched and placed in the large at-home binder

7. Work with Purpose, Crispness & Velocity

· Do not multi-task; it is not a desirable skill. Science shows multi-tasking is not good. It decreases focus, concentration and retention. Our brain is not wired for multi-tasking

· Set a timer for 20-30 minutes for each subject. For a child that works too slowly, when time is up, work is taken away. If child rushes through homework, they need to continue until time is up


 Click here for a blank copy of the Cornell Notes form S4s-eCornell-Notes.pdf