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Learning Levels and Test Prep

Check out the learning levels introduction video before watching this video. Understanding learning levels can help us prepare for exams.  Because we do not teach study skills most students assume that most tests about remembering facts.  While students do need to know basic facts their tests are often asking them to master the material at a higher level.  Watch the video to see how understanding learning levels can help increase your tests scores. Like 0

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Study Stepping Stones: The Frustration of Busy Work

Class structure and homework types can create different types of gaps in knowledge and these gaps can impact test scores.  For more information check out my previous post. When I was discussing this idea with students we identified another important type of work to understand busy work.  Watch the video below to see why busy work can feel so frustrating.   Like 0

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Avoid the Word “Study”

When making a study plan do not use the word “study” or “studying” because these words are so general.  It is very easy to stick “study Spanish” into our planners.  But what will we actually do to learn Spanish better?  Watch the video to learn how using descriptive words can help you study faster with less stress.   Like 0

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Increasing Your Test Scores: Finding Material Gaps

Do you ever feel like you are studying for tests and doing all of your homework but not getting the scores that you want? This is an incredibly frustrating situation and often the advice is to “study harder” or to “study longer” but these approaches do not always work.  Watch the video below to explore why some classes are harder to study for and what you can do about it.   Like 0

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Studying for the SATs: Khan Academy and College Board

Do you feel overwhelmed studying for the SAT? There is a lot of contradictory advice floating around. Paying for books or tutoring can also get expensive, and there is often no evidence they can fill exact gaps or increase scores. With all that students need to do in high school, they need to know that the time they are using to study is effective. I suggest that students use Khan Academy’s FREE SAT platform to study for their exams. Using…

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Note Taking Template: Science

Taking useful science reading notes can drastically improve a student’s achievement. Doing well in science class requires students to understand interconnected concepts, formulas, vocabulary, and applications. This template helps students connect these critical parts and master their material with less stress. This template is designed to support students use cognitive science-based learning strategies. Students will learn how to summarize concepts, incorporate images, form insightful questions, and create real connections. It helps students avoid common time-consuming study methods such as re-read…

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Quizlet Tips and Tricks

One of the most effective ways to learn new material is to quiz or test yourself. An excellent tool for self-quizzing is Quizlet. Quizlet offers students a lot of advantages over traditional flash cards because it uses an algorithm to help students avoid illusions of knowing. In addition to traditional flashcards, students can create quizzable diagrams from photographs, screenshots, or the Quizlet Database. The combination of text and visuals create a potent learning tool. It is a powerful tool that…

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Finals: Success Story

I wanted to share a fantastic story of a student that I coached through preparing for her high school finals. This was her first experience studying for finals, and she wanted to do well.  However, she was very resistant to the idea of adding new study strategies, because she was convinced that she could do well with her usual methods. We came up with a plan to test her theory. We decided to randomly divide her classes into two categories, my…

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Studying for Open Note Exams

How do you prepare for an open note exam? Every finals season I have students who are convinced that they do not need to study for their open note/book exams. They are often under the impression that because they have access to resources during the test that they do not need to prepare. They are unaware of the lurking danger of open note tests; that they will run out of time to complete their exam. Students generally run out of…

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