Active Study Strategies – More than Just Reviewing
Passive study is the #1 way most students study and also the #1 way to waste your time.
“Mom, I STUDIED! I read the chapter and looked at my notes. I don’t know why I didn’t get an A.”
Passive study is the main way most students study, and also the #1 way to waste your time and earn lower grades. When we look over material and recognize the topics from lecture or the text, we are only proving our passive knowledge and failing to activate our brain. It gives us a false sense of security when we are familiar with material, when actually, we need to be able to produce it.
When we force ourselves to come up with the information without notes or other support, we activate our brain to pay attention and focus.
Ok, so your child has a big test coming up next week. What and how do they prepare? At Pacific Learning Academy, we teach Active Study Strategies that work for all ages (including you!). Here are just a few that actively engage their brain and help them prepare for success on The Big Test!
As a parent, one of the simplest things you can do with your child is to help them quiz themselves. Research says that quizzing yourself is the #1 way to retain knowledge long-term. Even if you don’t understand the terms yourselves, you can help your child learn terminology with flashcards. Help them make a song out of the material, or find one on YouTube! Here’s a cute one for 6th graders learning the parts of the cell. Also check out Cornell Notes (blank template here), which has room for made-up test questions in the left column.
Pacific Learning Academy is a one-on-one school offering single courses and dual enrollment, as well as full-time middle and high school. We also offer tutoring in all subjects from 6th to 12th grade, including test prep, either in-home or local libraries across the Eastside (Issaquah, Sammamish, etc…). See more at www.PacificLearningAcademy.com.