How to Study for a Test - Doodle Notes and Learning Stations Study Skills

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We tell our students to study for tests all the time, but often we forget to teach them HOW to actually study! That’s where this Study Skills resource comes in. It’s designed to give students practical tips and tricks for studying for tests in ELA or any class!

This Study Skills resource is designed to help students develop skills for studying for tests. First, students will complete highly engaging Doodle Notes about 3 Easy Ways to Study for Tests. Then, students will practice the study skills at 5 fun Learning Stations. They’ll practice giving their notes a refresh, developing acronyms, creating memorable rhymes, writing their own quizzes, and making a study skills bookmark filled with tips and tricks for preparing for exams. After designing doodle notes and practicing the studying techniques, students will have skills to help them study for their next test in ELA or any class!

About the “Doodle” Notes:
Students will learn 3 Easy Ways to Study for Tests along with tips for studying by completing a set of doodle notes. Doodle notes are color-it-in, fill-it-in, and doodle-encouraging note sheets. They’re not only visually engaging, they’re also effective in helping students increase their focus and ability to recall information. Plus…they’re really fun! In this resource, there are 2 options of Doodle Notes:

• Option 1: All the notes are filled in. With this option students will color, embellish, and add doodles to the notes as you review the information with the class.

• Option 2: Some of the notes are filled in and students need to fill in the remainder of the notes (like guided notes). Students will work to fill in the notes as you teach the content.

About the “Do” Activities
After students complete their Doodle Notes it’s time for them to “Do” some fun activities. Students will be rotating through 5 fun Learning Stations. The Learning Stations are designed to provide an engaging way for students to practice and master critical skills in small groups. Learning stations are extremely motivational since students are able to be in charge of their own learning. In addition, the differentiated activities meet the needs of individual students. These learning center activities help students to learn HOW to study while incorporating writing, reading, listening, and speaking activities.

Two versions of the Learning Stations are included:

• Option 1: Each learning station activity includes a set of sample notes for students to use in order to practice the studying skill.

• Option 2: Students will use their own notes from your class (and even notes for an upcoming test). Therefore, the tasks at each station instruct students how to use information from their current unit of study to practice the studying skills.

This detailed resource includes:
• Doodle and Do Resource Overview
• Lesson Plan for Doodle Notes (along with detailed tips for each study technique)
• Learning Stations Tips and Tricks
• Doodle Notes (2-pages) on 3 Easy Ways to Study for Test (2 versions)
• Detailed Stations Set-Up and Task Guide for Teachers
• Learning Station Cards (5)
• Learning Station Sample Notes (Understanding Fiction, Capitalization of Names and Titles of Persons, Strategies for Reading Poetry, Determining Author’s Purpose)
• Learning Station Task Worksheets (Give notes a refresh, Create a memorable rhyme, Develop acronyms, Make your own quiz, Design a study skills bookmark)
• Alternate version of the Task Worksheets in case students will be using notes from the classroom instead of the sample notes

Check this out!
This resource can be taught alone or as an integrated study across subjects! As you know, integration leads to greater student engagement, deeper understanding, and higher-order thinking skills for our students. However, coordinating integration across multiple subject areas can be quite an undertaking. That’s where Spiral Studies comes in. We’re a group of TpT teacher-authors and we’ve combined our expertise to make absolutely turn-key integrated units for you and/or your team. If you’d like to turn this lesson into an integrated study skills unit we’d suggest working with your team (or independently if you teach multiple subject areas) and checking out the Spiral Studies Study Skills resources in each of our stores.

About the Integration Option
The teacher-authors from Brain Waves Instruction, Math Giraffe, Kate’s Classroom Café, and History Gal have teamed up to create engaging, rigorous, and interactive integrated units that can be easily implemented in middle school classrooms. We call them SPIRAL STUDIES.

Where can I get the other subject area lessons to go with this study skills resource?

--- Math Study Skills - How to Study for a Test in Math – Doodle Notes and Learning Stations

--- Science Study Skills - How to Study for a Test in Science– Doodle Notes and Learning Stations

--- Social Studies Study Skills - How to Study for a Test in Social Studies – Doodle Notes and Learning Stations

Have you seen this Doodle and Do resource?
Problem-Solution Nonfiction Text Structure - Doodle Notes and Interactive Notebook

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How to Study for a Test - Doodle Notes and Learning Statio
How to Study for a Test - Doodle Notes and Learning Statio
How to Study for a Test - Doodle Notes and Learning Statio
How to Study for a Test - Doodle Notes and Learning Statio