Winsor Lower School teachers are aware that good study skills have to be taught and practiced. Studying, approaching nightly homework, reviewing notes and taking assessments are all given attention. Study skills are taught in the context of each class and not as a stand alone process.
Some specific study skills and organizational strategies used in my class:
Students are expected to write assignments in their planner. All assignments are written on the whiteboard in the classroom. Students are welcome to come back after class to check the whiteboard.
All homework is listed online on Haiku. I also post a recap of what was done in class to aid students who may have been absent.
Projects and assessments are scheduled in advance (at least a week's notice is usually given). Due dates are posted in the classroom and on the class calendar on Haiku.
Any handout given in class will be available online as well. I will post a link in Haiku and students will be able to find it when needed.
I utilize several online tools to help students extend their learning outside of the classroom:
Google Apps for Education: Students use Google Apps for Education for writing assignments and communication with teachers and peers. Embedded into our work, are discussions of organization and document management, development of positive digital behaviors, and respect for creative work and copyright.
Haiku: Haiku is a school-wide tool that extends learning and discussion outside of the classroom. Students will be able to respond to prompts from me, interact with classmates, contribute to class discussions and wiki pages, and view posted media and resources.
Quizlet.com: Quizlet is a free site where students can create their own flashcards for review. Many Winsor teachers use this site for their classes.
Quia.com: Quia is a website where teachers can create flashcards, quizzes, and games to help students review material. When I have created something for students, I will post the link in the homework.