i-Plan to Be a “Student” Objectives: To learn to approach learning with a purpose To assume responsibility for self-edification (making myself better than I am) To have a learning plan
i-Plan to Be a Student STOP before entering school and put on the persona of a “student”.
Characteristics of a “Student” • Attend school regularly • Are punctual • Are prepared • Are involved • Think, speak, act & dress the part • Take P.R.I.D.E. • Expect more of themselves than others do
Characteristics of a “Student” Exhibit “WITH-IT-NESS”
I-Plan to Be a Student By studying “SMART”: use knowledge of learning styles and memory tips to maximize your study time By remembering: Studying is not a spectator sport – no one else can get it done for you! A positive first impression is important Study time does not equal knowledge gained!!!!!!! By being in school: success breeds success
Study tools You are about to be given a large cache (collection) of study tools. Choosing and using the right ones will make a difference in the outcome of your studying.
Study Strategies • Use your Agenda - check daily for assignments/books needed • Set a designated study place and time which match your learning style (Explained in iPlan to Manage Myself) • Eliminate distractions: cell phone, friends, tv, computer games • Make 15 min. of reading and 2-column note taking part of nightly routine • Be rested, well nourished • Study at a time that best matches your body clock • Adopt “smart” study strategies
Proven Study Strategies • Studying is active - simply reading and re-reading is not studying • Highlight/underline no more than 20% of what you read • Make remembering a habit • Remembering Takes Practice; Concentrating Takes Discipline • Plan to study in chunks – Your brain remembers best what you studied first and last
Primacy – Recency Effect Traditional 1 Hour Study Time *------------------------------* (1 start and 1 stop) Chunking 1 Hour of Study Time *--------* *-------* *--------* *-------* (4 starts and 4 stops)
More Study Strategies • Determine a purpose for what your are learning • Link what you are trying to learn to what you already know • Visualize the information • Summarize chunks of the material • Use 2-column note-taking method • Use note cards: place ? on front, answer on back • Quiz/teach/summarize to someone else
More Study Strategies • Use Learning Devises and Mnemonics: • Create an acronym to remember a list, i.e. HOMES for the Great Lakes • Use all of your senses: read it, picture it, act it out, rhyme it, sing it, type it, write it, say it aloud • Draw it, chart it, graph it, chain link it • Use your learning style • Clarify, categorize, organize and review information
Even More Study Strategies • Over-learn material • Make word links- use meaning of one word to associate with another • Use acrostics- sentence using first letter of each word • Hookups- using one word or series of words hook up information beginning with same letter • Make up analogies • Create and Experience- picture yourself doing something • Review before going to bed • Move around- use gestures, recite out loud • Find a Study Buddy • Write it, write it, write it again • Create note cards • Create study guides
Remembering Strategies Practice “N.E.V.E.R. F.O.R.G.E.T.” N – notice E – emote V – visualize F – free yourself from stress E – exercise/eat right O - organization R – rest R – rehearse G – guard your brain E – enrich your brain T – teach
Math Strategies Be precise: write numbers clearly, place columns precisely, copy numbers correctly Problem solving - Break problem into pieces: Read entire problem first Decide what type of problem you are solving Define terms Look for relationship of terms Write down formulas Make drawings Make applications
Reading Strategies 7 Keys to Comprehension Create a mental picture of what you are reading Relate it to what you already know Constantly ask questions and look for the answers Use what you know to predict what will happen Look for most important ideas Look for the “big picture” Fix-up what you don’t understand
Text Structure • Decide which type of text you are reading and choose a graphic organizer that matches: • Descriptive • Cause and effect • Problem solving • Compare and contrast • Sequence
Studying Text • Use SQ3R: • Survey the text • Question (ask yourself questions using chapter headings or bold text) • Read actively with pencil in hand • Re-read • Record (2-column notes or graphic organizer)
Listening Strategies • Listen well: • There is a difference between hearing (goes in one ear and out the other) and listening (paying attention to what is being said) • Focus on what is being said, not how you will respond • Enter class with a positive attitude- be determined to learn
Listening Strategies • Be an active listener- arrive in class prepared (NB, pencil, paper) • Sit where you can best listen – away from friends if they are a distraction • Use techniques to match your learning style • Use 2-column note-taking • Listen prior to writing • Practice taking notes at home (ex. take 2-column notes while watching a show on Discovery or Nova)
i-Plan to Be a Student • Complete the Academic Success Checklist • Complete Academic Difficulty Checklist • Develop/adopt characteristics of a “student” in a systematic manner • Strategically Study • Strategically Listen
i-Plan to be a Student Failure is not Fatal Success is not Final. Never, never, never…give up! Winston Churchill You are the only person on earth who can set limits on your achievements. May you always soar with the eagles!
iPlan to Be a Student RAM PRIDE- LIVE IT!!!!!!