As the school year begins to wind down, the pressures of school begin to build. End-of-year projects and exams are on the agenda, and on students’ minds, and that means studying.
“No amount of studying is enough if students are not actively engaging their brains,” says Dr. Nick Whitehead of Oxford Learning. “Without active brain involvement, students are just moving their eyes over the words, which is a very ineffective way to study.”
In order to properly engage the brain, Oxford Learning suggests asking these questions:
• What am I about to learn?
• What do I already know about this subject?
• Do I understand what I have just read?
• Can I paraphrase it?
• Are there any key words that I need to write down? Why are these words key?
• How does this information fit into a bigger picture?