Learning & Organizational Strategies

just-keep-learning-l319fnLearning Strategies

  1. Spaced Practice– Study in smaller chunks over time, not all at once.
  2. Retrieval Practice- Practice bringing to mind and explaining a topic without the help of your materials.
  3. Elaboration– As you are studying, ask how & why things work. Explain and describe ideas with many details. Make connections between topics.
  4. Interleaving– Instead of looking at just one skill, vary the skills and look for connections. Switch between ideas as you study.
  5. Concrete Examples– Collect & come up with concrete examples of abstract ideas.
  6. Dual Coding– Combine words and visuals

The information above is from the Cult of Pedagogy podcast which featured an interview with Megan Smith and Yana Weinstein of The Learning Scientists.

  1. Frequently quiz yourself on skills and information that you are learning rather than just reading it or reviewing it. This is called retrieval practice.
  2. Instead of just repeating one skill until you have mastered it, mix it up with other skills or information. Space out practice and mix it up with other things.
  3. Real learning is a struggle and it is the effort required to learn that helps you to learn.

The information above is from the Cult of Pedagogy blog post which featured the book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown

Organizational Strategies for Out-of-the-Box Learners (Students Who Struggle with Executive Function)

  1. Paper Management System– Instead of a 3-ring binder, try an accordion folder or color-coded paper folders. Label the front and back with the subject and the student’s name. Overhaul this every week to get rid of clutter.
  2. Planner System– Remove all of the extra information in the planner that the school gives you. That;s right- rip it out! Also rip out the pages of the weeks or months as they are done. Check the teacher’s website/syllabus and be sure that all important dates are in the calendar.
  3. Grade-Monitoring System-Check grades on PowerSchool once a week. Be certain to click on the grades in each subject to see the details about assignments and assessments. Look for patterns- Are there missing assignments? Low quiz grades?
  4. Self-Advocacy System- Email teachers if you have questions about content or assignments. If possible, meet with teachers after school to ask questions or get extra help.
  5. Sacred Study Space– Establish an uncluttered area that is free of distraction and has all of the necessary school supplies.
  6. Weekly Overhaul– At the same day and time, go through folders, backpack, planners, grades, desk, etc. and update & re-organize!

The information above is from the Cult of Pedagogy podcast which featured an interview with Seth Perler.