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Study Skills

Many capable children at all grade levels experience frustration and failure in school, not because they lack ability, but because they do not have adequate study skills. Good study habits are important for success in school, to foster feelings of competence, to develop positive attitudes, and to help children realize they can control how well they do in school and in life. Good study habits lay the groundwork for successful work habits as an adult.

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Adapting Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science Materials for the Inclusive Classroom

When instructional materials present a barrier to student learning, teachers often adapt the materials to allow students greater access to the information to be taught. These adaptations may involve changing the content of the materials (the nature or amount of information to be learned) or changing the format of the materials (the way information is presented to the learner).

Avoiding Homework Wars

Does your child have trouble finishing homework within a reasonable amount of time? Is homework a frequent family battle? Learn how to stay sane and help your child succeed.

Enhancing School Success with Mnemonic Strategies

Many students with disabilities and those at risk for educational failure exhibit problems with remembering information covered in school. Suggestions for helping these students improve memory for school content are described in this article. In particular, mnemonic instruction is described and examples are provided of how it can be used to increase school learning and memory of students with learning difficulties.

Enhancing the Note-Taking Skills of Students with Mild Disabilities

Framing Main Ideas and Essential Details to Promote Comprehension (PDF)

Helping Children with Executive Functioning Problems Turn In Their Homework

How can you help the child who does his homework, but then forgets to turn it in? Learn to help children with executive functioning problems plan and organize by reading these strategies.

Helping Your Child with Organization and Study Skills

Just as a carpenter needs the right tools (such as a saw and hammer) and basic skills (such as how to measure and cut wood) to frame a house, students need the right tools (such as notebooks and assignment pads) and basic study skills (such as reading and note-taking skills) to be successful in school.

Making It Stick: Memorable Strategies to Enhance Learning

We all use strategies throughout our day to remember the variety of facts and ideas we need to retain. It is valuable for teachers, therapists, and parents to understand the memory process in order to become better equipped to help our students understand and use strategies.

Memory Strategies for Students: The Value of Strategies

Strategies are an important part of our learning experience. This is because our brains are selective and tend to remember information that forms a memorable pattern. Strategies encourage purposeful learning and help us organize information into a pattern.

Memory Tips for Students

This article presents eight helpful memory tips for students.

Muskingum College's Learning Strategies Database

Opening the Doors to Learning: Technology Research for Students with Learning Disabilities (Notetaking Skills)

Organizational Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities: The Digital Master Filing System

Summer is a great time to get organized! Students who have learning disabilities frequently struggle to keep track of their school work — especially digital files. When the information is lost in their computer, they waste valuable time looking for it, sometimes have to redo it, and then can't hand it in! Read this article by the Landmark School Outreach Program for a strategy that works.

Organizational Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities: The Master Filing System for Paper

Help your students manage their materials and be organized. The master filing system enables students to keep all of their class work and homework in one place that provides easy, logical access. They can concentrate on learning and feel in control.

Parents as Study Partners: Building an Academic Partnership with Your Child

In this excerpt from Tutor in a Book by Alexandra Mayzler and Ana McGann, parents are encouraged and given advice on how to become their child's "study partner." This excerpt provides information on building a strong academic partnership with your child.

Preparing Your Child for a Successful Academic Year

As the final days of summer approach, is your child ready to head back to school? Creating a plan centered around health, school and homework, activities, and chores, will help your child find success.

Strategies That Work for Students Grade 9 to 12 with Dyslexia

Study Skills - A Handout for Parents

Many capable children at all grade levels experience frustration and failure in school, not because they lack ability, but because they do not have adequate study skills. Good study habits are important for success in school, to foster feelings of competence, to develop positive attitudes, and to help children realize they can control how well they do in school and in life. Good study habits lay the groundwork for successful work habits as an adult.

Teaching Time Management to Students with Learning Disabilities

Teach your students how to improve their time management. Learn to teach task analysis, enabling your students to divide academic projects into smaller tasks, figure out how long each task will take, and produce their work when it needs to be done.

The Keys to Remembering What You Read

Taking good notes while reading can help students improve concentration and actively engage with what they are reading. This excerpt from Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework describes a number of effective note-taking methods.

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