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5 ways to help your student maximize their study time

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Below are the top take-aways from Parent University’s class on Organization and Study Skills, provided by Learning Foundations of Centennial.

  1. Know your student’s learning style.
    -Is he or she an auditory learner who retains information by hearing and speaking the information out loud?
    -Is he or she a kinesthetic learner who has to do the task required, or, if there is no task, must be moving or fidgeting to retain information that is provided to them?
    -Is he or she a visual learner who must see the information in pictures, videos graphs or words in order to retain the information provided? 
  2. Color code folders, classes, and notes. In order to organize subject matter and connect the information in their brain, color coding notes and creating their own annotations in books helps the brain to reconnect with the information they were studying and recall the information. Students may review their different colored notes during study time and be able to recall the information in an organized manner during test taking.
  3. Use multiple colors to memorize information. Students retain information better when they write the information down in different colors and speak it out loud to cover all the learning styles. Writing the same information down in different colors inputs the information into the brain as separate input and helps information retention. Speaking the information out loud helps auditory learners to process, while kinetic and visual learners process through the movement and visual input of writing.
  4. Ritual creates memory recall. Before taking a test, have the students do the same thing they were doing when they studied. If he or she was chewing a flavored gum during study time, have them chew the same flavored gum during the test. Smell is a very important factor in memory retention. 
  5. Use mnemonics to help them remember information. PEMDAS is an example of using mnemonics to organize steps to solving a math problem. Singing the ABCs helps your children learn the alphabet. ROY G. BIV helps students know the order of the colors of the rainbow. Many students are relational learners, so in order to help them retain information, parents need to help them connect what they are learning to something in which they are interested.

Learn more from DCSD Parent University classes that are geared towards helping your students increase their likelihood of success! Enroll online today!

February 3, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category:

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.