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Want your student to learn effectively? Use these 2 techniques

posted by Sarah on August 26, 2013 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • Emily

    Mental imagery and elaborative interrogation work really well if you know how to properly go about learning in that way. Children tend to not have the patience nor the understanding required. I would not recommend even bringing these particular styles up with young children, but don’t throw them out completely. They’re definitely worth a shot once they mature and know their learning style.

  • Penny Cook Larson

    Mmm, I would have to read the actual research. This is way too brief in it’s coverage to be a reliable source for parents. – On high stakes math tests, students are expected to be able to explain, in writing, what they were thinking as they solved a problem. – Passive re-reading without a “goal” in mind regarding comprehension tends to turn into a daydreaming exercise. – Math review to keep skills fresh means the kids are going to have to practice previously taught skills along with new material, so that sounds very close to “interleaving”. – I agree highlighting is often a waste of time. But, you have to teach children how to use the highlighter effectively. For example, if they are looking for answers to comprehension questions, they can find the appropriate sentence or passage in the text and highlight it. Then, while reviewing their work, I was able to tell if a child actually applied themselves to a reading comprehension assignment just by looking at what they highlighted. It helped me to identify those students who might be copying answers, or those who really didn’t understand inference, main ideas, varying vocabulary, etc. When parents go over homework with the child, it makes a huge difference. The more important it is to Mom and Dad, the more seriously the child will take it. P.S. If they tell you the teacher doesn’t care if it’s messy, you can count on that not being true. 🙂

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Penny – thanks for your feedback. Agree re-reading without a goal leads to daydreaming. That “goal” specification could be the missing element that might make it rise in the ranks. Just for your reading – here’s the link to the original study: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/journals/pspi/learning-techniques.html

    Happy reading!

  • Penny Cook Larson

    Thanks, Sarah. I’m a total nerd and I love this stuff! 🙂

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