What Essential Study Skills Must All Students Learn To Master?
All too often, bright kids and their parents experience the frustration of poor grades on exams in spite of spending countless hours studying. More often than not, these students lack efficient study skills and have the potential to excel tremendously with strategic support in this area.
Below is merely a sample of test taking skills or practices that successful students regularly utilize and implement in preparation for exams:
Accurately predict what will likely be on the test
Be able to differentiate main ideas from details
Create study aides to help either memorize or practice concepts and ideas the test will cover
Take good notes during lecture and regularly review and consolidate them
Develop awareness of the concepts the test will likely cover that are not currently mastered but need to be prior to a test
Identify patterns in the manner their teacher\professor constructs their tests and use those patterns to help prepare for subsequent tests
Analyze what went wrong in previous tests to better prepare for future tests
Create self-tests by converting their notes into a question\answer format and test themselves on the material
Begin to study for major tests at least 4-5 days in advance
How many of the test taking skills above do you (or your child) currently practice or possess?
Where Do We Begin?
When working with a new client, I initially assess their study skills and habits and current approach to academics in order to identify strengths and areas for growth.
I also like to get the student’s grade breakdown in all subjects to identify their performance in the various academic areas of homework, classwork, tests\quizzes, projects, etc.
With this information I have a clear picture of how the client approaches their academics and I am then able to fill in the gaps and help with the necessary strategies and guidance to make lasting change.
Eran Grayson is a time management consultant and executive functioning coach in private practice. He specializes in helping college students and busy professionals who are struggling to meet the demands and expectations that are placed upon them due to difficulties with time management, planning, and organization. As an ICF certified coach, Eran is trained to work with a variety of individuals and needs. He is frequently sought by business executives and entrepreneurs who are overwhelmed with too much to do and not enough time to do it all. In addition, his background in educational therapy and expertise in time management has made him a valuable asset to the ADHD community which he has served since 2003. Eran provides a non-judgmental space for his clients to increase their self-awareness, identify their obstacles, and achieve their goals. He has dedicated his professional career to serving his clients and helping them grow and transform their lives.