This is a comprehensive course that offers tips and techniques to overcome common challenges that impede a student’s success with attaining the grades they truly desire..Some of the areas covered in this course include:
As I discuss each portion of this course, students will learn tips and techniques which successful students have applied to maintain their excellent GPA. .By the end of this course, students will be more organized, better managers of their time, and more efficient learners with their application and practice of the memory techniques and other strategies taught in this course.
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Often, our challenges or areas needing improvement are brought into our awareness by other people. Rarely do most of us reflect on our unique gifts, talents, and abilities with gratitude. Therefore, in this presentation, I ask students to think of ten of their strengths and to list those strengths on the template provided. A Positive Attributes List is provided to help spark qualities they possess, but may not recall right away. Students are encouraged to post the list of strengths near their night stand or bathroom mirror to remind them of their Awesomeness!
Additionally, students learn how to set both a short-term and a long-term academic goal. Students who have their goals written down are most successful in achieving their goals. A short-term goal is something you wish to attain within a few weeks and a long-term goal is something you want to achieve within a month, three months, or six months. The short-term goal should be related to the long-term goal. For instance, if you wish to improve your Science grade from a 'C' to a 'B' by the end of the semester then a short-term goal may be that you want to receive an 'A' or a 'B' on your next Science test. Goals need to be realistic and specific. Goals serve the following purposes
Templates are provided for the students to complete the exercises concerning their wonderful qualities and setting goals. In the next lesson, the development of an Action Plan to attain your goals is discussed.
FANTASTIC! You have at least two academic goals written down. In this lecture, you will learn how to develop an Action Plan to attain your goals. An Action Plan has four components.
An example of a goal presented in the lecture is to improve a Science grade from a 'C' to a 'B' by the end of the semester. Follow the steps listed below to create your Action Plan for your specific goal. (Note: If you need assistance with this task, I can answer your questions or assist you via email through the course dashboard):
The Action Plan can work with your short-term goal too. Remember, most teachers enjoy giving you assistance. They value your effort in doing your best and asking for clarification, if necessary, to better understand the material they are presenting.
A 5 question quiz on the information presented in the section: The Guiding Force.
Congratulations! You're at the end of the first section of the course.You are on your way to enhancing your success in school and improving your grades. This lecture reviews the benefits of setting goals and the four steps of an Action Plan.
Organization is simple and yet, a lot of students are not organized. Organization is foundational for success because it allows space for you to increase your concentration, focus, and time efficiency. A quiet study environment with your school supplies readily available is the first step. Studying in your bed, while a lot of students do this, is not recommended because your brain associates your bed with sleeping. Therefore, your effectiveness with studying is decreased even if you are unaware of it.
Some key supplies are a three-hole punch, colored pencils, and a tray for "Work in Progress". A checkllist of school supplies is provided for you to select items, which may be helpful and you may not have considered. Upon completion of your homework assignment, place in your binder or folder in your backpack right away!
While a clean room is a bonus, well, I don't have that expectation of you. However, I challenge you to have a well-organized study area. I believe in you! : )
Organizing your backpack and binder once a week helps you easily locate important papers, such as handouts. when you need them. There are different options for organizing your school assignments, notes, and handouts. Choose an option you believe will work for you. Having a Master Binder or a file for returned assignments and tests is an important element to organizing your school binder and backpack.
Students will learn the use of a simple and effective method to record assignments and a template is provided. An Abbreviations List is also included to help students use abbreviated words to record their assignments.The three benefits of recording assignments ahead of time are as follows:
A five question quiz to test your retention of some key points for the section titled: Stellar Organization
This is a review of Stellar Organization tips. Organization provides you with a structure wherein you can study with greater ease. A designated study area with all supplies readily available allows for greater concentration and time efficiency. Being efficient with your time allows for greater productivity. Binder and backpack organization also allows for more time efficiency in both the short-term and long-term. Preparation of an Assignment Record for the upcoming week helps you to mentally prepare for the homwork demands of the week, serves as a cross-reference, and may double as your weekly "To Do" list. Congratulations on completing this section! You are becoming an Organization Pro!
Time Management is simply organizing your time.A first step in managing your time is to determine how much time you need to complete homework assignments in each subject. Give yourself permission, without judgment, to allow more studying time in a difficult subject. Once you determine the amount of time required for homework in each subject, total the amount of minutes to equal the Grand Total of time needed each weekday to complete all homework A system and template to estimate the time needed is provided.
In the scenario that you are unsure how much time you need to study, you will record the time you begin homework per subject and the time you end homework per each subject on the template provided. For example, if you begin your Algebra homework at 4:15 pm and end at 5:00 pm, then you will put 45 minutes in the Total column for math. Another example, if you begin History reading at 5:15 pm and end at 5:45 pm, then you will record 30 minutes in the Total column for History. After you have totals for each subject, then you will add all the minutes to equal a Grand Total of minutes for study time each day. Simply convert the Grand Total of minutes into hours by dividing the Grand Total by 60 (60 minutes in an hour). For example, 200 minutes divided by 60 equals 3.33. Thus, approximately three-and-a-half hours per weekday of study time is needed..
A realistic Grand Total of study time each day is key to the next lesson with developing a weekly schedule.
If you haven't already determined a realistic study time to complete all your homework on a daily basis, watch the previous lecture titled: "Determine a Realistic Time for Studying" and complete the exercise before continuing with this video. Thank you.
For this exercise, download one of the two templates provided and gather your colored markers or colored pencils. For the illustration in this video, two hours of studying per day is used. To develop your schedule, list all fixed or consistent activities first. For instance, dinner, bed time, and a favorite television show. Next, fit in study blocks to equal the grand total of studying time you determined as necessary.. In this case, two hours. Lastly, fit in Free Time.
Color-coding your activities helps to program your brain to get in sync with your weekly schedule. It allows you to form a time management habit with your weekly schedule with greater ease.
Remember to give yourself a five-minute break after a half-hour or an hour of studying. Breaks from studying allow you to concentrate better when you resume studying.
Prioritizing your study time by two factors is important.. One factor is to prioritize your studying time according to the most difficult subject first because it will require more energy from you. Therefore, when you are more alert is the time to tackle the difficult homework versus after you have studied for a while and you are less energetic. The other factor to consider is to prioritize according to the deadline of when an assignment is due.
Say "NO" to any other activities which may interfere with your study blocks of time. Don't over schedule your time!Remember your academic goals and your target to improve your study skills. Honor yourself by setting boundaries when necessary so that you can achieve your goals! You can do it! Boundary setting is a great tool to accomplish any task as well as a life skill to reduce overwhelm.
Lastly, Congratulate yourself for developing a personalized weekly schedule and learning a skill which will benefit you throughout life. Yay! : )
Three steps to take when a "crisis" or unexpected change occurs and interferes with your weekly schedule of activities are as follows:
It is difficult for your brain to think logically while you are feeling emotionally upset. By staying in the emotion, you are keeping the Past as your Present which blocks you from moving forward into the Future. Therefore, place the emotions and event in the Past. Be Present to solve the problem. Now you can act with creating results for the Future.
A scenario is presented of the car getting a flat tire and you not arriving home until 7:30 pm, which greatly interferes with your daily homework schedule. Be kind to yourself and do the best you can with your homework. If you don't get all of your homework assignments completed then communicate your reason to your teacher the following day. Remember, turning in an assignment late and getting partial credit is better than a 0% by not turning in the assignment at all. Also, your teacher may grant you some grace after hearing your clear and truthful reason for not completing the assignment due.
Communication with your teacher is advocating for yourself and self-advocacy is a life skill. Please don't fall victim to the circumstance and not communicate with your teacher at all about the circumstance that interfered with your plan and intention to complete your homework.
If you don't manage your time, someone else will manage it for you. To review, the steps to manage your time are as follows:
Congratulations for completing the section on "How to End Overwhelm with Time Management"!
Download the Accountability worksheet provided to take notes while watching the video.
Your grades are your responsibility. If your school has an online system of recording your grades, track your grades with the online system once a week. By monitoring your grades, you may catch a mistake in grading made by your teacher. If you do notice a discrepancy, then you will want to email your teacher with respect about the discrepancy.. Your email should be concise and without emotion. An example email is given in this lecture. If your teacher responds to your email and doesn't agree or understand the possible mistake, you will then want to communicate with your teacher in person the following day as opposed to going back and forth with emails. Prior to discussing the matter with your teacher in person, you will want to think of at least one solution to the problem.
Monitor all returned tests and assignments tor the following reasons:
Procrastination is avoidance with working on a task. Some reasons for procrastination include the following:
Look at you academic goals and think how great you will feel once you accomplish the task you don't want to complete. Resisting a task makes it persist, so a suggestion is to just complete the task and get it out of your mind space. Perfectionists usually don't mindfully procrastinate, but not completing an assignment because it doesn't meet the perfectionist's standards produces the same result as having not done the assignment at all. Fear of Failure often results in not trying. Shift your perspective of your fear to looking at fear as False Evidence Appearing Real. Don't give FEAR the power, instead tackle it by completing the task. Fear of Success involves the fear that if you are successful, greater demands or expectations will be placed on you. You will likely meet these demands with ease if that is truly the case.
I believe in you! You are capable and powerful to break through procrastination..
Monitor your grades weekly with the school's online system if available to you. Monitoring your grades allows you to track your progress, catch any grading mistakes, and resolve the mistake(s) quickly with communication with your teacher. Review returned exams and homewwork assignments for clear expectations and clues on how to improve your grade.
Procrastination is avoidance. There are five reasons for procrastination which were presented in the video titled, "Procrastination". Some tips to overcome procrastination, such as reviewing your goals briefly reviewed in this lecture.
You are Awesome! Celebrating your completion of another section! .: )
The art of note-taking is primarily listening attentively and taking notes on important points. Only the details which help you to better understand the main points and any teacher examples formulas, illustrations, diagrams, and definitions need to be included. Writing comments or thoughts related to the main points in your own words is very effective for your retention of the information. If your teacher asks a student a question and the student's answer is correct, take notes on the question and answer because this is a clue as to what your teacher deems as important. Who knows? That question may be on your next exam.
Date your notes, write numbers for each page of your notes and begin a new page of notes for each class lecture to keep your notes well organized. When your notes are well organized, you gain more ease and clarity when reviewing the information. If your teacher lists a number of points, write numbers in your notes first, then write the information. It will be clear if you missed a point in the list. Also, if you missed information, leave a blank space to fill in the information after class. If a main point doesn't make sense to you, put a question mark so that you may ask your teacher for clarification after class. A document with all 17 tips on how to be a more effective note-taker is provided for your reference.
Prior to watching this video, please download ONLY the first document titled: "Abbreviation Worksheet" to complete an exercise at the beginning of the lecture. Later in the lecture, you will be asked to download the second document, "Student Note-Taking Abbreviations" to use for the second exercise on the "Abbreviation Worksheet".
Writing abbreviations is simply ommiting vowels.Specific tips on note-taking, such as omitting vowels to abbreviate words.Context determines the meaning of some abbreviations. An example is given in the lecture. Some abbreviations will be your own, which seem natural for you and are not considered standard abbreviations.
Be cautious about over-abbreviating too many words in a sentence. You may not be able to decipher your abbreviations or the sentence a few weeks later while reviewing your notes. Also, it may cause more strain to decipher your notes than having some words spelled completely combined with some abbreviations.
You may download both documents in the Resources section prior to watching the video. The document titled, "Skimming Worksheet" is for you to take notes while watching the video. The other document titled, " Practice Turning A Title or subtitle Into A Question" is an exercise for you to practice skill as directed in the video. In this lecture, active as opposed to passive reading is discussed.
Prior to skimming a textbook chapter, you first want to turn the title and subtitle of each section into a question and then skim the section until you find the answer to the question. While skimming, you are not concerned with the details at this time.The second step while skimming is to note italics or bold words because they are important. Often details to the main point are indicated by bold or italicized words.
Writing the main points on index cards in one color and the details on the index card in a different color helps with memory. You may also choose to use one color of index cards for main points and another color of index cards for the details. With either technique, You will want all main points in one color and all details in another color for all your notes if you apply this method of studying with color. If you take notes on binder paper instead of index cards, label your notes as, "Test Notes" so you don't confuse your notes from the chapter with your lecture notes. Also, write the section number and page number next to the information in your notes. Place your "Test Notes" behind your corresponding lecture notes in your binder.
Another method of note-taking textbook information is to use the mind-mapping technique, which is explained in the lecture. After you have skimmed the chapter and taken notes on main points and any details that are obvious to you, you will then want to read the chapter section thoroughly. As you read more chapter sections related to the same topic, there will be more detailed information and you will be taking notes on that information as well. After all sections of a chapter have been read, usually over the course of a few days, you can then organize your notes according to the main point and all the details from all the sections that correspond to the main point.
Lastly, you may want to refer to the chapter summary before you read the chapter because the summary includes main points. You may ask questions of the information in the summary and skim the sections to find the answers. While all of this may seem like a lot of work and time, and it certainly takes practice, it is actually a rather quick process to gather information. Further, you are more likely to retain the information and test preparation may be easier.
Please download the Studying Effectively Worksheet to take notes while watching the video.
Three different study methods are as follows:
Surveying the textbook chapter is getting a general idea about topics covered. You may look in the chapter summary for main points, look at vocabulary terms, and some questions asked at the end of the chapter to glean an overview of the chapter topics. Glancing at the section headings, titles, and subtitles are helpful to get a general sense of the chapter information.
Next, ask questions, such as, “What is the main point? What is the evidence for the main point? How does it apply to the world?”
Next, Read the chapter, recite important points and the facts that support the main points, and review. The review portion is usually reserved for test preparation.
In the SOAR study method, surveying the chapter is the same as in the SQR3 method.
Organize in the SOAR method includes having all supplies available to effectively study, such as colored markers. However, organize also refers to putting all information, the details and corresponding main points into a broader category. In other words, all information related to a main point is organized or synthesized together.
Anticipating test questions is similar to turning titles and subtitles into questions as mentioned in the lecture titled, “Skimming with ease”.Also, thinking about what the teacher might ask on a test or what the teacher might find as most important for you to learn are forms of anticipating in the SOAR method.
The SOAR method also includes recite and review which I already mentioned above.
The PRESP method begins with a Preview of the chapter by looking at the summary, keywords, definition, and sections of the chapter. Read the chapter and then look at the example problems. You will cover up the answer and try to solve the problem on your own first.Next, uncover the answer to see if how you worked out the problem is the same as noted in the example solution. Summarize the information with notes on theorems, definitions, and equations. Lastly, work out any homework problems.
Please download both documents. The "Study Time Template" is for you to use to develop your own test study schedule. The other document, "Test Study Worksheet" is for you to take notes while watching the video if you desire.
Think of one of your upcoming tests in a particular subject. How much total time do you want to devote to test preparation? Divide that total time by the number of days you plan to study for the test to get a daily block of time solely for test preparation. In the lecture, I use the example of two hours over a four-day period, which equates to a half-hour of test preparation each of those four days. Test preparation should be at least three days.It is not recommended that you prepare for a test any fewer than three days.
For each day of test preparation, think of at least three action items. For example read the chapter summary for main points and then recite the details of what you already know. Please write this action step on your template. Other example steps are given to inspire you with some ideas.
Class notes and handouts should be reviewed because the teacher deems that information as important. Studying for an exam is a lot of reciting and reviewing. If there is a difficult concept, recite and review often to gain a better understanding. Recite and review information out of the order in which the information is presented in the chapter because it aids with recall.. Test questions are not often in the order of information as presented in the chapter.
The last step, the night before your test, is to visualize yourself in the class and taking the test calmly and confidently. Studying for your test the night before and right before you fall asleep helps with memory because your brain still processes that information as you sleep.
A 5-question quiz on the Skimming Lecture to the Test Study Schedule Lecture
This lecture reviews the importance of note-taking, such as increasing your retention, skimming and active reading, such as turning titles into questions, three study methods, such as the SQR3 method, and the test study schedule to guide you with being well prepared for your test.
Yay! You completed another section in the course.Outstanding! : )
Please download the "Memory Part 1 Worksheet" to take notes while watching the video.
I begin the video with five facts I wish for you to recall at the end of the lecture in a quiz.
This lecture briefly discusses the differences between long-term memory, which can last your lifetime and short-term memory , which lasts 18-30 seconds. Working memory is a type of short-term memory. Examples of working memory are given in the lecture.
The conscious mind is responsible for logic and reasoning. The subconscious minds control emotions and the involuntary actions. The subconscious processes information at a super rapid rate and can be trusted to remember where misplaced items are located. By telling your subconscious to find a misplaced assignment, you will usually find it within minutes as if by accident.
Five questions to test your memory
Please download the "Memory Part Two Worksheet" to take notes while watching the video.
Two major techniques to memorize information are repetition and Categorization. repetition involves reading, writing, and reciting. This technique is often used while studying for a test.
Three learning styles are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. When you engage all three styles of processing information, you increase your learning.
Categorization is chunking information into bite-size pieces. You are invited to chunk ten items into three categories while watching the video..
Five additional memory strategies are presented in this lecture. These strategies are as follows:
Examples are provided and more details are given in the video concerning each memory technique.
A tip for remembering a lot of information from multiple chapters is offered in the video.
A chart for you to use in your studying is provided.
This is a review of points covered in all three lectures on memory. Types of memory and memory strategies are briefly reviewed. WOW! Another section of lectures completed. Terrific job!
Please download the document titled, "The 5-Step Test Strategy" to take notes while watching the video. Prior to answering any test questions, follow these three steps:
This lecture explains each step in more detail, pointing out a few things many students overlook. The 5-step strategy is a beneficial method to approach any exam and helps to calm nervousness.
Please download the document, "Multiple Choice Test Worksheet" to take notes while watching the video.
Seven tips on how to increase the likelihood of choosing the correct answer on a multiple choice exam are presented. Three tips include narrowing your selection of options by crossing out any choices you know are incorrect. Another tip is to underline key words in the question or directions. Many students rush through reading the directions or questions and miss key words which results in answering the question incorrectly. A third tip with multiple choice exams is that the choice, "None of the Above" or "All of the Above" is usually the correct answer.
It is likely you will score better on a multiple choice exam by following the tips presented. A quiz is offered following this lecture to practice some of the tips. Of course, you may know all the answers immediately while taking the quiz, which is awesome! : )
A five question quiz to practice multiple choice questions.
After this lecture, there is a quiz to gain more practice taking a True or False test and to test your recall of the information in this lecture.
There are five tips to increase the likelihood of answering questions correctly on a True and False test.One tip is that the complete statement must be true or conversely, the whole statement must be false. How to clarify double negatives in a statement is another suggestion in this lecture along with three other tips.
With respect to Electronic tests, I have presented two tips. A very common mistake when bubbling in the answers on a scantron form is that students don't align the question on the paper exam with the corresponding number on the scantron form. Therefore, the answer is incorrect because it corresponds to a different question. Take your time to ensure the form is properly aligned with the questions on your test. For tip number two, watch the video!
A 7 question quiz to practice answering true and false questions.
Please download the "Matching Test Worksheet" to take notes while watching the video.
There are two types of matching tests which are described in this lecture. The process on increasing your performance on these types of tests is illustrated. Tips on how to best take a matching test are given. For instance, crossing off matches you know for certain to narrow your selection of remaining choices. Following, you can make an educated guess with the choices left over.
Tips with an open-book test are given as well. Many students think an open-book test will be easy and often study less for this type of exam.Consequently, many students score poorly on their open-book exam. Also, verify with your teacher if the tips presented in this lecture are acceptable for you to apply with your open-book test.
Please download the "Essay Test Worksheet" to take notes while watching the video.
Tips regarding an essay exam are presented.There are key words which denote how your teacher wants you to write your answer to the question.The differences of these key words are presented; for example, "contrast" versus "compare". Remember to always ask your teacher for clarification to ensure that you answer the essay question in the manner your teacher is requesting. For instance, some teachers use the word "compare" to include both similarities and differences. Other teachers may use the word "compare" to convey only the similarities.
Always organize your ideas before writing your essay answer. Often students begin writing their essay answer to the test question immediately. Practice organizing your ideas before writing your essay answer on your next essay test. This will help you to stay structured with your answer and probably, your answer will be better written than if you hadn't organized your ideas first. Additionally, organizing your ideas doesn't have to be in the form of a formal outline. Simply jotting down your points in a logical order is enough to aid you with writing a cohesive essay answer
A seven question quiz.
This is a short presentation explaining seven tips with a math test. One tip many students overlook is to show all their work even if they get stuck on a step. Even if you can't finish a math problem, you may get partial credit for the work you did complete. Therefore, don't erase your work! Enjoy the short presentation.
Congratulations on becoming a test-taking pro! This lecture reviews the 5-Step Test Strategy and tips for the various types of tests presented in the section:
Please download the "Essay Writing Worksheet" to take notes while watching the video.
The six general steps for writing an essay are presented. Two general steps include writing an outline before you begin writing, and the reason(s) this is important, and writing your first draft. Specific guidelines for writing an essay are also discussed. For instance, your thesis statement should be made in your introduction. The information included in the body of your essay and in the conclusion are mentioned. Breaking down a body paragraph into simple steps is emphasized . Lastly, some ideas to help you if and when you encounter "Writer's Block" are suggested in this lecture.
Please download both documents in the Resources section. You may choose to use the "Outline Template" to follow along with the outline presented in the video or use as a reference or with your real-world essay. The second document is the same information I read in the last part of this video. I provided it for you to read along with me.
this lecture, the proper form of an outline is presented. Practicing this skill of using a proper outline helps you learn to better organize your thoughts. However, if you have a simplified version of how to create an outline and it is working for you, then your outline form is fine. I have provided a template for you to practice which includes a general example.
In this lecture, I actually use a specific example on stress and walk you through the outline process. From the outline, I show a simple essay introduction and a body paragraph to help you understand how the information noted in the outline transfers to essay form.. .
Please download the "Clustering Exercise Template" to practice the skill of clustering after you watch the video. The other document you may want to print as a guide for tips with writing and revision.
Clustering is similar to "Mind-Mapping" and it is described in this lecture. I go over an example of clustering staying consistent with the topic of stress.
Six general writing tips are explained in the lecture. For instance, an active voice as opposed to a passive voice makes an essay more engaging. Additionally, I emphasize five tips for revising your essay. For example, remembering quotation marks as applicable.
A five question quiz on essay writing tips.
Please download the three documents in the Resources section to practice a skill and for reference after watching this video.
When selecting a topic for your research paper, you will want to make sure it isn't too narrow or too broad.A suggestion of how to determine that your topic follows the aforementioned recommendation is presented. A quick method to find resources for your topic is given. In this lecture you will learn a simple and effective method to cite your resources as you gather your information and thereby, developing your Bibliography. Other tips for the research paper are given, such as how to write a Table of Contents.
A 5-question quiz on writing an essay and a research paper.
This lecture is a review of essay writing tips and research paper tips.
FANTASTIC!!!!!! You finished your last section. Congratulations! Please review the short video titled: Concluding remarks: Celebrate! This lecture is a review of essay writing tips and research paper tips.
You are Awesome! Congratulations on finishing this course. Some concluding remarks and mention of gratitude and your accomplishments You are a study rock-star!!!!!!
Kimberly Schehrer is passionate about education and personal development for pre-teens , adolescents, and college students. Kimberly has a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She has been cited in FOX News and the Council of Elite Advisors as a top professional in Education. She is the author of the E-book, "Why Motivation is Not Your Teen's Problem, 5 Surprising Steps to Academic Success." She has worked with countless students in private practice for over 10 years. Kimberly is also a Workshop Facilitator for teens to discover their unique talents and passions to succeed in academia and life Her vision is to see her teen workshop participants eventually co-lead future workshops.
Kimberly finds tremendous satisfaction in supporting her students with achieving their dreams and accelerating their academic performance. Kimberly believes that skill development leads to greater self-confidence and enhanced self-worth allows a student to seek more opportunities. Every student should have the confidence to dare to dream and develop a creative journey to actualize their dream. There is so much talent and so many abilities in our teens. Kimberly’s intention is to light a student’s fire to blaze her or his trail.
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