What Your Instructor Wants to See on Your Exam

I​t sounds like such an easy question:  “What does your instructor or teacher want to see from you on your test paper?”  And the easy answer:  “He wants to see the right answers.”

H​owever, it’s a bit more complicated than that.  What an instructor really wants is to see that you are grasping the material and making an attempt to get as much as possible from the course.  That’s it in the proverbial nutshell.  More specifically, here are 14 things that you can show your instructor in order to truly impress him when you turn in your exam paper.  Continue reading “What Your Instructor Wants to See on Your Exam”

Pros and Cons of Studying with a Computer

The question of whether a computer can help students in high school or college was settled long ago. It’s nearly impossible to find a student who doesn’t use a PC to help him type papers or look up things in encyclopedias. But what about major study sessions? The traditional form of studying has consisted mostly of pulling out your textbook and class notes and sitting at your desk or on your bed and trying to memorize as much as possible.
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Taking Notes: Split-Page Method

split page methodWhile thorough notes are a vital part of making good grades, many students do not know how to take notes. Note taking is not a skill you are born with, but one that you learn. Unfortunately, most instructors assume that previous instructors have taught students how to take good notes. There are many ways to organize your notes, and the split-page method is one of the most popular.  For more information about learning effective study skills, try our free ebook on how to study. Continue reading “Taking Notes: Split-Page Method”

Taking Notes: Outline Method

Taking notes is not a skill that comes naturally to many students, but it is also not a skill that is taught in many classrooms. Note Taking is one of the most important study skills for High School Students and College Students. Because note taking is so important to educational success, it is important that students learn proper methods for taking thorough notes. The outline method of note taking is one that will look familiar to many students.
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Classroom Activities for Teaching Study Skills

As a teacher, your teaching strategy should always be creative to ensure that your students find learning in school an exciting activity. You can add or incorporate a study skill activity  in every class session. For variety, you can include a unique classroom activity in every class period to motivate and improve your students’ learning capabilities.  This can include a study skills lesson plan and a taking notes lesson plan.

Preparing for various study skills activities can be very challenging as you need to work out imaginative ways to ensure that your students learn from the activity. Each of your class periods should integrate a study skill activity to enable your students to develop their own good study habits. A classroom activity should consider the three factors detailed below. Continue reading “Classroom Activities for Teaching Study Skills”