So what are the advantages of using classtime efficiently? Well, students will complete more work in class and have less to do at home, teachers will be pleased with students’ application and of course students you will learn more! And if they don’t use classtime efficiently? Well they will have to do more work at home and they will find they don’t always understand the work. So what does working effectively in class mean?

Students need to:

  1. Sit next to someone who will help them stay on task.
  2. Ask questions whenever they are unsure, unclear or do not understand something.
  3. Be polite and respectful of teachers and classmates.
  4. Come to the lesson with all the books, technology and equipment they will need.
  5. Contribute thoughts and ideas at the appropriate times.
  6. If they find themselves day-dreaming students should ask themselves questions about what is going on.
  7. Try at all times to stay on task and be focused on the work they are doing.

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au  you can learn more about goal setting and how to make the most of school by working through the units on the site. Check if your school subscribes here.

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Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net

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Students now spend a lot of time reading from a screen: computers, kindle, mobile devices. The research into the implications of this are still in the early stages, however current evidence indicates that at this point in time print may be slightly superior to the screen in relation to comprehension, learning, retention and ease of use. enhanced-learning-books-out However, as screen technology continues to advance, interfaces become increasingly intuitive and personal preferences change from early exposure to reading on a screen, this may change – and may have already changed for some individuals. Technology is here to stay, so the key pieces of advice for students (and parents) are listed below. One of the best articles to read on this debate is by Jabr (2013) The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=reading-paper-screens.

Advice for Parents:

DEVELOP BOTH PAPER AND DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS

Students need to develop their reading, comprehension and learning skills in both arenas. They need to develop one set of skills to build their competence in reading and learning from paper, however they also need to develop a completely different set of skills: digital literacy and navigation skills. Some parents are critical of the use of technology in schools and fearful that students’ handwriting and learning will be affected (Salter, 2013), however in an increasingly digital world it would be irresponsible of schools to neglect developing students’ digital literacy skills. Two of the units that are useful in this area on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au are the Reading Skills unit and Technology Tools unit.

CREATE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAINTAIN HANDWRITING SKILLS 

Finland has long been known as a leader in many educational aspects. Recently it was announced that Finland will no longer teach cursive handwriting in schools. They will continue to teach printing, however, when students would normally transition to ‘running writing’ instead they will learn keyboarding skills. This signals a change in the traditional approach. In Australia there is comprehensive testing being undertaken to look at holding both Naplan and final Year 12 examinations online. There are no indications as to when this will take place. At this point in time, as tests and examinations are still handwritten, students are advised that when it comes to exam time, they should handwrite their study notes or if typed then print them out when they are learning them. They should also actively create opportunities to maintain their handwriting skills, consciously choosing to handwrite at times when they might normally type. Visit the Writing Skills unit for tips on improving handwriting as well as some special pens that will assist.

LEARN TO TOUCH TYPE

While we have had the ability to dictate into a device for some time, this is still not in common usage. Learning to touch type is a skill that definitely pays off in the senior years in terms of saving huge amounts of time. There are links to free learning to touch type websites in the Technology Tools unit.

If your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au  you can read more about this research by clicking on the Things To Print link and scroll down to the document at the bottom on Reading & Screens. Check if your school subscribes here.

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Prue Salter
Enhanced Learning Educational Services
The study skills specialist!
Study Skills Resources: www.enhanced-learning.net
Online Study Skills Handbook: www.studyskillshandbook.com.au

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #61 – PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

February 1, 2015

Whilst parents are often involved in their teenager’s sporting, musical or dramatic activities, parental support on the sidelines of their adolescent child’s studies can also be beneficial, particularly to academic performance. Research shows that children are more likely to succeed if parents are involved in their learning. Hendersen and Mapp (2002) found that ‘the more […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #60 – GAMING AND THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN

January 2, 2015

What are electronic games doing to the adolescent brain? Mobile and handheld technologies provide great opportunities for learning.  However, with the vast number of electronic games also available, it is easy for students to become distracted by these games at any hour of the day or night and in any location.  Globally, addiction to electronic […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #59 – MAKING THE MOST OF THE YEARLY REPORT

December 1, 2014

Ten Top Tips to Make the Most of the End of Year School Report 1. Before the report arrives home, a useful exercise would be to ask your child to write their own school report. Make up a grid similar to this (below) for all subjects, and ask your child to pretend to be the […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #58 – MANAGING CHILDREN’S TECHNOLOGY USE

November 1, 2014

Parents are often at a loss about how to manage the amount of time children spend using technology. This is becoming particularly difficult as students are required to not only undertake their research electronically, but also to complete their work from school either on-line or at least on the computer.  It can be hard to […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #57 – HOW TO STAY POSITIVE AS EXAMS APPROACH

October 1, 2014

This month’s tip from Rocky Biasi at Human Connections.  Learn more about ‘tapping’ techniques that can help manage stress at: https://xb145.isrefer.com/go/entap/Enhanced/ SYDNEY ONLY: Individuals (parents and students) may be interested in attending a workshop in Sydney during October run by Karen Gilles on enhancing self-awareness and self-understanding, which will also help stress management: http://www.embodiedgroundedconnection.com/Workshops.html. Watch this […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #56 – RESEARCH ON MULTI-TASKING

August 31, 2014

Even though parents and teachers tell students that multi-tasking is not an effective way to work, sometimes students just don’t believe them! They think they are different, they think it is just something parents and teachers say with no evidence. So here are some academic research studies to demonstrate to students where the proof is […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #55 – WHERE TO FIND HELP

August 1, 2014

Where can students find help when they are struggling at school? The following information will help you give guidance depending on the type of issue:   ADVICE FOR STUDENTS HAVING PERSONAL ISSUES If things in your life are upsetting you or stressing you this will affect your ability to learn effectively. Talk to your family, […]

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STUDY SKILLS TIP #54 – MANAGING STRESS & RELAXING

July 1, 2014

Seven Quick Tips to Help Your Student Relax The daily demands of life, such as exams, peer pressure, and homework assignments, or the challenges of relationships, family, or not making it on a sporting team can lead to an overwhelming feeling of stress. What students need to learn is how to cope with these situations in order to […]

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