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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Good Study Habits

Good study habits include many different skills. Some of the skills are; self-discipline, time management, memorization, concentration, organization, and effort. The effect of having a great desire and passion to succeed cannot be under estimated.

Attitude matters. Having the right attitude for study is about the best study habit a student can have. Researchers have found that how one approaches something or a task matter almost as much as what the task or thing itself.

Having the right mindset is important in order to study well. There are times you just not in the right frame of mind to study. The best thing to do is just to avoid studying and have some relaxation. If your mind is occupied by other things, just clear your mind before returning to studying.

Here are some lists of good study habits:

Organizing your Time.
It is important to plan your study time. It is advisable to leave enough time for each of your subjects and more time for the more difficult subjects. It is advisable to comply with the study time requirement for the particular subject as stipulated by your school, college, or university.

Prioritizing your time
Prioritize your time and put off other activities to allow you to focus and for adequate study time. If you are a slow reader, it is advisable you plan your time well and give yourself more time.

Keep a weekly and monthly schedule planner
Keep record of due dates of assignments, tests, papers, field trips, etc. Transfer important dates from your syllabus to your weekly/monthly planner. Prioritize your work in order to meet your deadlines.

Study in a place you feel comfortable.
Study in a place that is conducive. Where there is a lot of distractions become a poor study area. Study in a place you feel comfortable to study. Different people like different study environment. Study in an area that is set up for serious study. Have your learning tools and materials ready for study i.e your textbooks, notebooks, highlighter, pens, pencils, computer, dictionary, thesaurus, etc. Be sure the area is well-lit and conducive. It is advisable you choose a place free from noise and distractions, and not too comfortable. Keep interruptions like phones ringing, doors opening and closing, and people coming and going to the minimum. Also try to study in the same place every day.

Practice by yourself or with friends
Practice makes perfect. Continually learn and memorize what you have learnt. Go over what you are learning over and over again and good assimilation. Practice with yourself or friends by testing yourself with practice past exams questions, quizzes, or flash cards. Set likely exams questions for yourself and see how you perform. Go over what you have gotten wrong and find out why you get them wrong. Learn from your mistakes. When learning, take notes and write down key important points.

Group Students Using Creative Movement

After looking back at some of my past lessons, I discovered that I had created a multitude of strategies to group students using creative movement. Here are three strategies you may want to try. Each activity is most appropriate for elementary and middle school students and is based on having 20 students in the room.

1. Body Part Treasure Hunt: Prepare 20 cards that instruct students to perform an action with a specific body part; however, a group 5 cards should reflect a different body part (i.e. a group of 5 cards for actions with arms, a group of 5 cards for actions with legs, etc.) Place the cards in a hat or bag and have students to pick a card. Then, ask students to move according to the instructions on the card they selected (i.e. swing your right arm, stomp your left leg, etc.). Finally, direct students to find others who are moving the same body part and to stand close by them. Four groups of 5 students will form as soon as each student finds someone moving the same body part!

2. Number Placement Grouping: Give students a card with a 4 place number on it (i.e. 1,269). Out of 20 cards, there should be 5 cards having identically circled numbers. Tell students that the circled numbers represent the place of the number. For example, if a student has a card with the 6 circled, that student would be in the 10’s place. Set parameters of where students should stand once they know their places. Tell students that when you put on the music, they are to do a free style dance to the place where they should stand. Instruct them to stand still once you turn the music off. If you have 20 students, you will have 4 groups of 5 students!

3. Sixties Dance Grouping: Teach students 4 dances from the 1960’s (e.I. The Twist, The Monkey, The Mashed Potatoes, The Jerk). Out of 20 dance cards, 5 cards should have identical dances written on them. Place all the cards in a hat and allow students to choose a card. Instruct students that when you play the music for the dance on their cards, they should get up and do that dance. Once you stop playing the music, students who were doing the designated dance will form a cooperative learning group of 5 students!

Problematic Kids

Teachers are mostly trapped in this kind of situation wherein one or a number of their learners have difficulty showing the proper behaviors expected of them. Might be they had not been properly tutored by their parents or adults around them, and now showing disrespect to their teachers, or simply taking their stubbornness to the next level.

Well, here are things to consider before having a fight with problematic kid/s in class:

1. Show you care. Yes, a kid’s trust will be yours once you have shown that you can be trusted. Never initiate any action that could make the situation worse. Try to understand. Listen. Know where they are coming from.Then, do necessary actions upon knowing where you could start your mission.

2. Make them feel loved. When kids feel insecurity because of their parents’ failure in nurturing them, teachers can–and should–do the needed attention. By not overdoing it, they could guide them towards self-confidence and all.

3. Let them understand the situation. Some kids have the ability to get the whole picture of their bad behaviors, only they are having a hard time admitting to themselves and to adults around them that they are making their own existence difficult. Always ask them to put themselves in other people’s perspective so as to get the feeling of being disrespected, hurt or what. By doing so, they would slowly absorb the wisdom of being nice, good and obedient.

4. Help them. Once they have your trust and all, they will do the necessary change in their behaviors. And, of course, they could be one supporters when you are also down and weary and lonely and what.

Effective Study Skills

Mindset

Your mind is a powerful tool that can not only intake and record information, but it can also be used to positively affect your study habits. Because the mind is malleable, you have the ability to influence outcomes. Therefore, when studying, it is important to do so with a positive mindset rather than that of drudgery, dislike, and even anger. This is one of the study skills that will help you succeed. In 2007, Stanford’s Psychology Professor Carol Dweck conducted a study on how mindset affects learning. According to her study, students that had a positive approach towards learning and exhibited the motivation to do so were more successful at understanding and learning the material than their negative-minded counterparts. So, when you study for exams, it is vital that you approach the task positively, expand your mind to enjoy the material, and even find the motivation within yourself. When you do what you love, you only do it better. With that, it is easy to understand why mindset is one of the most effective study skills.

The Right Place

It’s understandable, with all of the technology and media around, it is oftentimes quite difficult to disconnect. This results in you studying in front of your television, near your cell phone, or in a loud and rowdy environment. With that, you have also probably noticed that despite “studying” in such an area, your exam results were not as high as you expected. Well, there is a good reason for that, which is that your mind is terrible at focusing at more than one thing at once. According to the University of Minnesota, the best place to study is in a quiet space, such as your home desk or library. You also should use the same space for your study sessions, as the mind begins to adapt and understand that it is study time. This leads to an effective study skills so you can study for exams the right way. In addition, it is recommended that you turn your cellphone off and avoid television, as they just pose distractions.