We all get frustrated as teachers when we know that our students aren't studying. But instead of complaining that they don't study, let's teach them HOW to study!
This notes sheet gives students examples that are applicable for ALL classes--concept maps, comparison charts, flash cards, concept cards, diagrams, and timelines--and tells them what each of them are, what they might look like, and when they are best used! It also gives you a chance to discuss with them what an effective self-created study guide should include for a test!
I created this lesson with my mathematics students in mind because I have heard my students say, "I don't know HOW to study for math!" I give them examples of all types of subjects when we are going through this activity in class because I want them to apply these skills in ALL of their classes, but I also will give an example of how we can use each of these study materials in my class! This is NOT only for math teachers, though! It is for any subject!
Let's give students every opportunity to be successful, starting with teaching them how to study! This is applicable for kids who are struggling learners, special education students, accelerated students, kids in homeschooling, and even college classes! It is so simple, yet so effective in helping to point them in the right direction!
After giving my students these notes and examples, I assigned them groups and gave each group a topic for their upcoming test. I told them they had to use the study materials we had learned about to create something that would help other students to study for the test--and the results were awesome! Students loved the concept mapping, and some had never thought to use comparison charts in mathematics class before. It was a great way to take the lesson to another level!
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