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Overview

 Investing in study skills is a must for all around positive outcomes in the classroom. 

 

Kids who focus on studying:

  • take ownership of their own learning 
  • tend to remember what they learn better and longer
  • are better at applying what they learn 
  • have good study habits in place 
  • make the classroom more dynamic
  • help instruction flow better 
  • engage with learning more
  • have a greater depth of knowledge.

All this helps the instructor to be more engaged with the teaching.  

The diagram below shows how instruction typically proceeds in such classrooms.

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Parapros can help struggling learners take tests better and learn better at the same time. Here is a preview of some of the methods you will learn to help kids study or create an environment that helps them study better:

PEOPLE WHO LEARN BY SEEING
  • Benefit from maps, infographics, and other visual representations 
  • Find color coding useful 
  • Like to develop their own note-taking layouts 
  • Learn better when they associate an image with an idea or fact 
PEOPLE WHO LEARN BY HEARING
  • Enjoy the use of rhythm, rhyme, and music in learning 
  • Benefit from having background music on while studying 
  • Can associate certain sounds with different kinds of information (e.g., 
    shaking a bell while reciting the steps in the cell division process) 
  • Improve test performance by listening to music or sounds associated 
    with a subject before taking a test in that subject 
PEOPLE WHO LEARN BY TALKING AND WRITING
  • Benefit from the “classics” of studying: writing, re-writing, re-phrasing, and saying things repeatedly 
  • Love to read content aloud, improving recall by associating a dramatic inflection with a certain piece of information 
  • Do well with role-playing activities 
PEOPLE WHO LEARN BY DOING
  • Can associate certain movements with information (e.g., “Hop on one foot when spelling this week’s words! Hop on the other foot to repeat the syllable rules that go with those words!”) 
  • Love to build things: making physical representations of concepts helps them learn 
  • Use physical games, such as passing a ball back and forth, to help them improve recall 
PEOPLE WHO LEARN BY PUZZLING
  • Learn best when told the reasons behind what’s taught 
  • Love to ask, and discover answers to, questions 
  • Benefit from study rituals and routines that are the same every time 
  • See the “big picture,” but sometimes have a hard time with details 

Take Notes:

Looking at the list above, think about a learner with whom you are familiar withTake two characteristics and give proof or examples that demonstrate how they learn in this method. 

Module: Helping with Instruction

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