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M    Manage
Chapter 2
I AM A GOOD STUDENT Study Skills Program
By: Constance M. Messina, Ph.D.

PURPOSE/BACKGROUND

 

MANAGE means to bring about, to succeed in accomplishing, to handle, to be in charge. Students can and should learn to manage their study time - before, during and after class, their activities and their learning environment.

 

The management of their study environment deals primarily with their home situation and how much "in charge" the student actually is. Some individuals can study just about anywhere while enduring even negative conditions. Others need specific environmental conditions to actively pursue the learning process.


ENVIRONMENT

Try to find a quiet, private place to study. If you do not have a room of your own, designate the kitchen table or the dining room table as yours for a pre-scheduled period of time.

  • If you do have a ROOM of your own close the door, leave a sign on the door (Quiet, Genius at Work) and ask that you not be disturbed.
  • If you have a DESK you can also use it to store supplies. A flat writing surface will suffice if a desk is not available. Clear the top of the desk of non-essential items to avoid distractions.
  • The CHAIR should be a simple, straight-backed chair to encourage an alert posture as opposed to a luxurious chair designed to evoke the conditions conducive to relaxing.
  • The LIGHT used should be bright, glare free and coming over your left shoulder. When improper lighting is used, eyes tire easily. Flexibility of the eye muscles is important. If close work is employed, then every 15 minutes look far for 15 seconds.
  • The TEMPERATURE should be between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid drowsiness. Fresh air should be circulating.
  • DISTRACTIONS should be identified and attended to - no radio, no T.V., noise from children, pets and traffic should also be negated. Daydreaming can also be a distraction, as well as things that you are worried about.
  • Gather together all needed EQUIPMENT and store it in an accessible area. Such things as pens, pencils, dictionary, assignment books, paper, thesaurus, calculator, ruler, crayons, index cards, scissors, folders, magic markers, tape, clips, wall calendar and ring notebooks are required while such items as bookbags, ear plugs, and recording devices are optional.


BEFORE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

1. Bring all of the necessary materials.

2. Get to school or your specific class on time.

3. Come into class quietly and go to your desk.

4. Get the needed materials and supplies ready for the first activity.

 

DURING THE CLASS, CERTAIN PROCEDURES SHOULD BE FOLLOWED:

1. Follow the rules of the classroom.

2. Listen carefully. Look at your teachers and think about what they are saying.

3. Work during the class and try to complete your class assignments.

4. Ask for help and listen to the answers.

 

AFTER CLASS PROCEDURES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1. Take it easy right after school.

2. Do your homework at your regularly scheduled time.

3. Get started.

4. Set up your study plan for the night.

5. Open your notebook to each class in order. Check for assignments due. Use PREVIEW and REVIEW techniques. (See USE in this book)

6. Take a short break.

7. Do easier subjects first and then move on to something harder.

8. Check off completed assignments.

9. Make special plans for projects and reports.

10. Get ready for the next day.

 

ACTIVITIES

1. Have school rules and procedures listed on the board or bulletin board. Review them on a regular basis. Catch children following the proper procedures.

2. Use the checklist of the listed procedures and routines.

3. Keep daily schedules.

4. Keep weekly schedules. Use a wall calendar.

5. Keep monthly calendars.

6. Plan an effective study environment using both a verbal presentation and an artistic one.

7. Have a weekly folder check to see if procedures are being followed.

8. At the Kindergarten and First Grade levels, set a routine and shorten periods of focused attention.

9. Provide two folders for the youngsters - one designated as a HOME folder and the other designated as a CLASS folder. This will enable the students to have a specific place for each type of work to be located and a means to show parents their daily work.

10. Construct for the children "private offices." These can be made by taping three sheets of firm tagboard and/or cardboard box strips together to provide the children with an environment at their desks free from other children's distractions.

M - Manage

Worksheet #1: To Do List

 

Name:                                                                       Date:

 

What Assignments Need 

to Be Done 

Date 

Completed

Date 

Handed in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Worksheet #2: Weekly Chart

 

Name:                                                                           Date:


Time

Mon

Tues

Weds

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Worksheet #3: Homework Chart

 

Name:                                                              Date:

 

 

MY HOMEWORK THIS WEEK

Day of Week

Assignments

 Completed

MONDAY

1

2

3

4

5

1

2

3

4

5

TUESDAY

1

2

3

4

5

1

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3

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5

WEDNESDAY

1

2

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4

5

1

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5

THURSDAY

1

2

3

4

5

1

2

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4

5

FRIDAY

1

2

3

4

5

1

2

3

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5

 

Parent's Signature:                                                       Date: 

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Worksheet #4: Classwork Chart


Name:                                                                     Date:


MY CLASSWORK THIS WEEK

Day of Week

Assignments

 Completed

MONDAY

1

2

3

4

5

1

2

3

4

5

TUESDAY

1

2

3

4

5

1

2

3

4

5

WEDNESDAY

1

2

3

4

5

1

2

3

4

5

THURSDAY

1

2

3

4

5

1

2

3

4

5

FRIDAY

1

2

3

4

5

1

2

3

4

5

 

Parent's Signature:                                                       Date: