As we enter examination season once again a number of parents have asked me about study skills techniques. Interesting how this always comes up as a graft on element at the end of a course of study.
There are indeed simple techniques to help with memory retention, many of which involve turning information from pages of text into visual images and I made a good living delivering study skills seminars in schools because that was the form in which the schools wanted to add it to their efforts. I’d usually be invited in for a single one hour session with a whole year group to show them how to improve their grades.
This was all well and dandy, but if you are serious about improving grades, you need to build the HOW of learning into the design of the courses, not as an add on, or afterthought in the run up to the examinations. This is more challenging but empowers students to learn more independently.
As for metacognitive techniques, here are some examples of research from Stanford University: A Stanford researcher’s 15-minute study hack lifts B+ students into the As | Flipboard