Study Skills Now Reap Benefits LaterSuzanne Broadhurst
Learning is only part of the goal. Learning how to learn is just as important. But how can they learn to learn, unless they are taught?
Throughout life we encounter subjects we love to explore, as well as face subjects less palatable. Making the learning process pleasant can ease the stress of learning less-than-appetizing information, or in some cases that which is downright boring.
Training the mind how to learn is as important as the learning itself.
Importance of Developing Study Skills
Taking the time to teach study skills like memorization doodling will help your children both now and later, when they begin high school, college or need to remember details at work.
Facts learned today may be forgotten tomorrow, but study skills developed along the way will last a lifetime.
Study Skills Carry on to College
Here are a few study skills my children developed as homeschoolers and are now finding value using — and sharing with others — in college and beyond:
- Writing a basic outline
- Four-square writing
- Self-made fact notebooks
- Memorization doodling
- Study first, play later
- Anti-plagiarism skills
- Skim, Read, Study
- Using a study calendar
Higher Level Studying: Dread or Delighted Diving
As gathering, sorting and storing gobs of information becomes part of the learning nature, students can focus on retaining – and analyzing – the information they receive rather than getting bogged down in the process (and potential dread) of studying.
In high school and college, we know that …
Dread is an invitation to distraction.
Owning Study Skills
Owning skills of the learning trade can make the difference between being overwhelmed in a new learning experience and diving in with gusto.
I hear this dichotomy of study attitudes over and over in the stories my children – both educational tutors on campus – bring home from college.
Many modern students aren’t being taught how to study. Or to think critically. Or to seek wisdom. They are taught to absorb information and regurgitate fluctuating societal norms.
If the goal of education is to absorb, why don’t we call those being taught absorbents?