So what happened to study skills, huh?
Having become a stronger proponent of teaching reading, rather than just assigning it, I am giving more and more thought to how students learn. In the course of my recent reading, I have been impressed by some study assistance from MIT professor Cal Newport, who has written several books about being a successful student. One worth picking up - or recommending to students - is How to Become a Straight A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less. Professor Newport - both as a student and a teacher - took the time to study and document how those "uber-students" do. And he has crafted a really helpful - and readable - guide to academic success.
Among other things:
- Don't Read Everything - there is no way to successfully digest all that is asked of students these days, so they need skills in determining "what is important."
- Manage your time using lists and calendars - seems like common sense, but many kids need help in the field of time management.
- Choose where, when, and how long to study - those marathon sessions are beast and not helpful.
- Utilize resources