2015 – March 4

Presenter: Diane Montgomery – Club Z home tutoring, Learning Skills

http://tutor.clubztutoring.ca/east-toronto/

Background:

  • Diane is a parent of two kids, including a special-needs teen. She is based in the Beach.
  • She got involved in Club Z because she was looking for a solution to provide academic and study support
  • Free study skills tools on Club Z website

Club Z approach

  1. How you can support your children at home with study skills
  • Self-regulation – about students being able to set own goals and monitor progress; seek help as they need it
  • Having a critical short-term goal is important to self-regulation
  1. Study like a champion
  • 80% of Pape kids have sports-related after-school activities.
  • Sports is training your body; studying is training your mind
  • To get to the finals you need to win the semis, to win the semis, you need to do well in the season, to do well in the season, you have to practice
  • Tutoring is like an academic coach
  1. “Triple A” attitude:
  • First A is “All-star” – kids who have a high work ethic
  • Second is Self-Awareness – how do you learn best?
  • Last is Accountability – we have to allow them to fail and then recover from failure
  1. Kids at Pape
  • Attitude: Gr 3 at Pape (EQAO) 65% like math; by Gr 6 it’s 80%; usually goes down – Pape families/teachers are doing well with this
  • Organization: Deciding which papers are in use or can go into file for later study
  • Time management – A good way to demonstrate time management to the kid is a Time Jar. Use a mason jar and a group of larger stones, pebbles and sand.
    • A jar represents 24 hours a day. Big stones are priorities, pebbles are good for you. Sand is what you can live without. If you put things in the jar in the order they do things (sand in bottom, gravel, then rocks), nothing fits. If you mix it up a bit & put the big ones in first, the sand and gravel will fit around the big rocks. Good way to demonstrate good time management
    • Good practice to have a “Power Study Hour”, even on days without homework. Daily review will expand ability to retain the information; again, it’s like sports
  • Independent work: Following instructions with minimal supervision
  • Parental engagement: Pape school – parents don’t look at kids’ agenda (normal trend)
  • A sample weekly calendar – can be used to set priorities. Can colour-code/plan – teach them big-picture ways of managing
  • Collaboration: Participating in group work; developing healthy peer relationship, responding to ideas, learning to resolve conflicts; participation is a big part – this can include taking notes, doing homework, coming to class prepared, coming to class on time, maintaining eye contact with instructor, voicing opinions and comments
  • Note-taking is good because you are actively doing something; forces you not to daydream
  • Visualization can help – drawing, visualizing imagery if that’s how you learn
  • Studying the day before doesn’t put info into long-term memory, only short-term

Study skills – How Parents Can Make a Difference

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