We help students develop study skills that are best suited to their individual learning style. Often we start by working on organization, so that studying is less overwhelming.
If it is the beginning of the year we work with the student to make sure they have proper binders, notebooks, and folders set up for their classes. When the school year is already in full swing, we help students go through their papers, and show them how to organize their work (notes, homework, labs, etc.) so that they are easily accessible to refer to when studying. Together with the student we set up a system that will allow them to going forward manage the organization of their papers on their own.
Study skills vary by individual student, the subject they are working on and their grade level. Some techniques include:
- Planning: break down the material so that you are not reviewing it for the first time the night before.
- Look for Meaning: Find ways to relate the topic to something you already know.
- Mnemonic Devices: Example: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (PEMDAS – Order of Operations).
- Note taking, creating other visual aids.