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Learn How to Learn: Smart Strategies That Help Students

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on May 21, 2014

Smart Strategies That Help StudentsLearn How to Learn

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/10/smart-strategies-that-help-students-learn-how-to-learn/

Students can assess their own awareness by asking themselves which of the following learning strategies they regularly use (the response to each item is ideally “yes”):

• I draw pictures or diagrams to help me understand this subject.

• I make up questions that I try to answer about this subject.

• When I am learning something new in this subject, I think back to what I already know about it.

• I discuss what I am doing in this subject with others.

• I practice things over and over until I know them well in this subject.

• I think about my thinking, to check if I understand the ideas in this subject.

• When I don’t understand something in this subject I go back over it again.

• I make a note of things that I don’t understand very well in this subject, so that I can follow them up.

• When I have finished an activity in this subject I look back to see how well I did.

• I organize my time to manage my learning in this subject.

• I make plans for how to do the activities in this subject.

These questions, too, can be adopted by any parent or educator to make sure that children know not just what is to be learned, but how.

• What is the topic for today’s lesson?

• What will be important ideas in today’s lesson?

• What do you already know about this topic?

• What can you relate this to?

• What will you do to remember the key ideas?

• Is there anything about this topic you don’t understand, or are not clear about?

2 Responses to “Learn How to Learn: Smart Strategies That Help Students”

  1.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    See:
    http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/04/20/minecraft-games-and-gamification/#comments
    metacognition describes an individual’s ability to think about his or her own thinking. Among other things, it refers to the ability to self-evaluate a thought process and to iterate based on an analysis of strengths and weaknesses. For learners, strong metacognitive functions translate into study skills. Strong metacognitive functions mean students have the ability to identify problem areas and seek out the necessary and deliberate practice needed to compensate for weaknesses.

  2.   Lauree Says:

    Those are the great techniques that can help students to understand and remember difficult topics.
    I usually make notes by describing and writing topics in my own easy language along with diagrams that help me remember the topic forever.

    Thanks,
    Lauree
    Allerin

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