Study Skills

She works with students to improve note-taking, especially how to isolate the most important information.

Study Skills

Teachers and parents often assume students know how to study and what to study. However, lots of kids lack strong study skills. Many spend time on unimportant material, use inefficient strategies, and don’t have the comprehension strategies to retain information.

 

As a middle- and high school teacher, Randi Weinbach taught a formalized study skills curriculum. Now, she uses many of the same course components to help her students strengthen their study strategies with the goal of improving recall and activating higher-level (critical) thinking.

 

Every student learns differently, so finding what works best takes time and practice. She begins by evaluating each students’ learning style. From there she identifies specific strategies that meet the individual student’s needs and work in the context of the subject area she and her students are covering. For all subjects – from elementary school through college – Randi emphasizes reading and comprehension. In addition, she often works with students to improve note-taking, especially how to isolate the most important information from a reading passage or lecture. She also works with students to prepare for tests and to overcome the anxiety they may experience.

What We Teach

  • Study habits: when and where to study, time-management, organization
     

  • Reading Comprehension: tackling the textbook
     

  • Note-taking: during and after a lesson
     

  • Writing: organizing and clarifying ideas, expansion, editing
     

  • Memory strategies: repetition, graphic organizers, mnemonic devices
     

  • Test-preparation: what works best?
     

  • Test-taking: staying calm, using a process, understanding questions, timing