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.

Study Environment

Your idea of what a good study environment should be and compare this with your students’ ideas – You must first evaluate if your planned study skill activity is appropriate for the study environment you aim to promote among your students by compiling a list of suggestions from your students on what they think a good study environment should be. You can also have them fill out and comment on your prepared worksheets which detail your ideas of what a good study environment should be. You can use these worksheets as basis for your guided discussions for the duration of the school year.  More on Study Environment


Open discussion about concentration – Your students’ ability to concentrate is important in developing and improving their study skills. You can allocate one session openly chatting about various factors which interfere with concentration, encouraging your students to talk about their experiences and aspects which contribute to their concentration skills (both bad and good aspects). Once everyone has participated in the class discussion, you can give out tips on how to better concentrate in various circumstances. After this initial discussion, you can prepare a worksheet which your students can fill out and submit to you at the end of each school week. This worksheet will be your basis in monitoring whether your students have improved or which areas they need more help on. This worksheet can also be used as your students’ basis for self-assessment at the end of the school year.

Taking Notes

Coaching students on how to effectively take down notes and improve their test-taking skills – You can facilitate a guided discussion about the various methods in taking down notes which your students can easily understand when they review for a test. You can allot one session for this study skill activity which should include a sample lecture where your students practice note-taking, followed by a discussion on the various techniques of note taking including outline, charting and mapping methods. The note-taking practice can be immediately followed by test-taking practice, or you can plan another class period for this.

Each study skill activity should also incorporate tips on how to effectively acquire basic learning skills and attitudes, describing in detail different ways of organizing a specific study area at home and school, demonstrating and coaching time management skills to enable students to make their own personal study schedules, and illustrating various approaches to enhance your students’ test-taking skills.

Effective Study Skills Lesson Plan

Complete Lesson Plan for teachers includes, Study Environment, Getting Organized, Time Management,
taking notes
Complete Taking Notes Lesson Plan
Comprehensive for teaching students grade 6 – 8 how to take notes, includes, introduction and practice with 3 different styles of note taking (Outline, Charting and Mapping). 3 sample lectures with recommended notes taking answers, crossword puzzle, handouts and complete instructions.

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Modified: August 23rd, 2017
Published: November 2nd, 2007

2 thoughts on “Classroom Activities for Teaching Study Skills”

  1. Hi! Fine post. That’s a beneficial contribution. Thanks a ton for sharing your knowledge! Kathleen

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