Now that you have your study area set up, you have to know what to do in it! These three strategies are the most important for students to know how to do. At the bottom of this page there are other strategies that can be downloaded and printed but they are all really variations of these three.
These strategies do not have to be done solely at home. They can be used in class too.
Study Strategy #1: THIEVES
This is a good strategy to use for all nonfiction texts. It works well for all core classes. It is a strategy that you use BEFORE you read the assigned chapter/section/pages.
Before you read, look for the following things and take notes on them:
T look at the title; what can you tell about the text before you read it just from the title?
H look at all the headings; what information is under each heading?
I introduction; read the introduction; what information did you learn from it?
E look at every first paragraph; that is usually where the main idea sentences are located.
What are the main ideas of what you are about to read?
V look at the visuals (pictures) and vocabulary words; What can you tell from the pictures?
What words are important to know before you read? What are their definitions?
E look at the end-of-chapter questions; what information are you expected to find out from
S after you read summarize the information the chapter/section/pages contained.
This strategy is useful in all classes, as already stated, and it will be taught to all students the first few weeks of school in their language arts classes. Students should be able to do this strategy easily after they practice it.
Study Strategy #2: Making Notes From the Texts
After you have previewed what you are supposed to read and taken down notes of what you have previewed, it is now time to read the selection. Read your assigned pages. Stop frequently (usually after each paragraph) to make notes on any main ideas in that paragraph. Next to each note you write down, also write down the page number and paragraph where you got the information. This will help you later in the event you need to quickly find the information.
A note: research has suggested that you need to read something a minimum of three times before you truly grasp the full meaning of the text.
Students will be taught the Cornell Notes format in which to take notes. This will be done within the first few weeks of school.
Study Strategy #3: Making Quizzes From Notes/Textbooks
After you have previewed, read, and taken notes from your assigned reading selection, it is now time to make sure you know the information. Take the important information from your notes - main ideas, vocabulary words, important people (basically the Who, What, Where, When, and Why) - and make questions about them on a separate sheet of paper. Go get a drink of water or a quick walk around the house. When you get back to your study area, see how many questions you can answer. Now check the answers against your notes and the reading selection. The ones you got wrong need to be studied more. You can make flashcards on this information to help you do that. Once you have studied the information more, maybe on a different night, retake your quiz.