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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:

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