Study Skills and Learning Strategies

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Winning the Homework Battle

Friday, August 17th, 2012





If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!The end of summer means the advent of a new school year, and all over the country, students have begun (or already started) their new academic pursuits.  Many parents, however, dread the ongoing homework battles with their children.  A recent [...]






Summer Fun with Bill Nye the Science Guy

Friday, June 15th, 2012





Parents of children aged 13 and up might want to decrease the summer brain drain by enrolling them in the online learning activities for a chance to win an iPad.  The Sophia Summer Challenge started the first week in June and will continue until July 29, 2012.  The free program includes science demonstrations, tutorials, and [...]






Most Students Lack Study Skills

Friday, June 8th, 2012





You would think that students who made it into college would have good study habits, but a recent article, “Research Finds Students Short on Study Savvy,” on the Education Week web site by Sarah D. Sparks suggests something different. Recently, 120 college students were given one week to study some science texts using one of [...]






TED TV: Giving Every Classroom Something to Discuss

Friday, May 25th, 2012





If you have never heard of TED TV, you are truly missing out. TED’s motto is “Ideas Worth Spreading,” and TED TV Works to spread these ideas to the public. These ideas are usually discussed by brilliant and sometimes famous individuals, and TED TV is a great service for both children and adults. The best [...]






Sleep to Improve Memory

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012





Memories of cramming for exams might surface when one reads about the results of a new study from the University of Notre Dame.  Notre Dame Psychologist, Jessica Payne, and colleagues studied the two kinds of declarative memory (the ability to consciously remember facts and event). Declarative memory can be broken down into episodic memory (memory [...]






Math 101: Differentiated Instruction the New Norm?

Friday, May 4th, 2012





It’s no secret that mathematics is one of the greatest educational challenges for many students in the United States. The most recent PISA figures, or, Program for International Student Assessment, showed that while American 15-year-olds scored “at the international average of industrialized nations in science and reading,” they were “below the international average in math.” [...]






Some College Students Struggle Because of Undetected Reading Difficulties

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012





A recent article on the Science Daily website was particularly interesting because most of us know of a promising student who struggled with or dropped out of college.  Many times, it was not the result of too much partying either.  A University of Alberta researcher suggests that “it is likely that some of these students [...]






Developing Leaders of Tomorrow by Incorporating the Finland Education System

Friday, January 27th, 2012





There is no doubt that America’s education system is in dire straits. Public schools are closing in record numbers, parents are struggling to make payments so that they can send their children to private schools, and regardless of the education they receive, thousands of kids walk out of America’s education system unprepared for the road [...]






A More Effective Way to Study

Friday, November 4th, 2011





An article, “Make Study More Effective, the Easy Way,” on the Mind Hacks blog suggests that even though there is ample research that shows that college students can follow a better study model that is easier than what is typically done now by most college students.  The major reason that students still study in less [...]






Cliffs Notes on Film

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011





Huffington Post’s Education blog reports in “CliffsNotes Films: A Shorter, Faster Visual Approach to Classic Works” that the publisher of CliffsNotes has embarked on a new way to help students understand classic works.  CliffsNotes Films can best be described as “edutainment” because these video versions present “classic works of fiction in humorous, irreverent, animated shorts [...]






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