January 19, 2017
The term “study skills” refers to the management and organization of time, materials, and information. Study skills topics range from time management and organization to utilizing specific strategies for comprehending material. Instruction in study skills can incorporate the physical organization of materials, as well as the organization of information through note-taking templates. In addition, locating the main idea, differentiating details, and finding the purpose of a reading are all study skills that are necessary for students to understand classroom material. Along with literacy skills, study skills are an essential component of academic proficiency. Students must adapt strategies to fit their learning needs in a way that allows them to understand, organize, and prepare materials while also appropriately managing their time.
Technology has become an integral part of classrooms and can help to support students’ study skills, whether they are learning in-person or remotely. It provides another avenue for presenting students with a model for how to organize their time, materials, and information. To help students understand how technology can assist them in the development of study skills strategies, teachers must model and practice its use. Providing models is Landmark’s fifth Teaching Principle. Modelling the use of technology can assist students in developing their own personalized strategies, which is important to their academic success. For the full text of the Landmark Teaching Principles™, including “Provide Models,” click here.
It is important that students personalize their learning strategies for increased independence. Technology can aid in this process by increasing their access to the curriculum and interaction with materials. Students can then practice with and determine which system will work best for them and proceed accordingly.
An excellent tool for modeling systems of organization is the Google extension Kami. Watch the video below for tips and strategies for how Kami can support students’ study skills: