Many times a student is told to "study" but when they get home they say they have no homework! This study skills checklist is one way to hold them accountable, create a habit of "studying," and to give the student some ideas of how to study.
The chart has nine ways to study listed. The teacher can assign the subject and the way to study or just the subject. At our school the fourth grade teacher assigns both the way to study and the subject, the fifth grade teacher only assigns the subject and lets the student choose the method. This scaffolds the study skills for middle school independence when the student must choose both!
Students receive the checklist on Monday and keep it all week. The study skill is assigned daily by the teacher. A fourth grade teacher might assign both the subject and the study skill. Students write in the subject and highlight that study skills matching box. A fifth grade teacher might only assign the subject and the student chooses the study method. This scaffolds the activity for middle school independence when the student must choose both.
Each evening for homework the student completes the study skill for 15 minutes and the parent initials the box. Every morning at school, the parent inital box is stamped by the teacher (or teacher helpers). When the checklist is graded, each "stamped" box receives 4 points. An initialed box that wasn't stamped was makeup studying and receives 2 points.
Study skills can be set up in your grade book as 5%. This isn't enough to really damage a student's grade, but it does give you the data in black and white when a student has low test scores. Usually the study skills points are low as well and when this is shown to a parent it makes a big difference in your discussion and helps the teacher show the importance of studying in black and white.
A student who has high study skills points but low test scores may also need intervention on the studying methods or learn how to choose methods that work best for him/her or even need to use more than one method for good comprehension.