One thing that I have learned teaching upper elementary is that some students have to be taught how to study. Most don’t come to us already knowing how to study. Sure, some students grasp the material quickly and retain it easily. However, the majority of my students needed me to explicitly teach them strong study methods they could do independently or with someone else. I want to share with you my favorite study methods that I teach my class every year. Some of these may help you when you are teaching students how to study in a more efficient manner. Stick around to the end to get these study habits posters for free.
This is a simple method that is easy to teach and easy for students to do on their own early on. They are experienced with using flashcards to review concepts from their previous years. They just need to realize they can create their own flashcards just as easily.
This is always a favorite way to study because the students love studying in a collaborative manner. I always emphasize that this method can be done with a sibling or parent, and does not always have to be a classmate. This encourages studying at home.
Create a Quiz
This method has the students being the teacher and creating a quiz from studied material. I love using this one collaboratively and having the students trade quizzes with partners. To say they love doing this is an understatement!
Read Over Your Notes
And finally, the tried and true study method of reading over your notes. I do like to explicitly teach my students how to read to study and retain information. I always explain that when you read to study and retain, you read differently then when you read for enjoyment. Sorry about the glare on that picture.
The best part about these poster is they are perfect to keep in Interactive Notebooks (or hole bunched into a binder). If you want to use them in an interactive notebook, print the pages four to a page, or reduce the size when copying/printing.
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