Entries by Melanie Wynne

Presentation Skills 101

Last week’s Study Skills class focused on learning the ins-and-outs of presentation skills.  5th and 6th graders Kevin, Amalie, Bryce and Ayushman have fun learning exercises that help them get into the perfect posture in order to project their voices clearly for a speech or presentation.

Language Arts 'Chew On This' Presentations

Chase Phillips presents his power point during Mrs. Zmarzly’s Language Arts class. The 7th/8th grade class read the thought provoking book Chew on This about the fast food industry.  Students were given a choice to either write an essay or design a poster board/power point. Students then gave a classroom presentation on the topic “How fast food effects people, communities and the […]

Middle School Study Skills Class

Students Bryce Garbett and Owen Van Marten work on Outlining: Taking Notes From Reading during the 5th/6th study skills class.   The Study Skills class is incorporated thirty minutes a week into their regularly scheduled classes and is designed to help students build great habits to last a lifetime.

Test-Taking Tips

With final exams right around the corner, every student should be aware of these simple, yet effective, test-taking strategies. Bring at least two pens/pencils with good erasers, a calculator with enough batteries and any other resources that your instructor allows you to. Bring a watch to the test so that you can better pace yourself. […]

How to Write an Outline

An outline is a road map of your book or paper. It organizes your thoughts, the points and the ideas you want to make. There is a specific structure to an outline.  An outline breaks down the parts of your thesis in a clear, hierarchical manner. Most students find that writing an outline before beginning […]

A Strategy for Reading Textbooks

Below is a simple method that will help you more effectively read textbooks. P = Preview what you are going to read. Q = Question what you are going to learn after the preview. R3 = Read, Recite, and Review.   P = Preview what you are going to read Form an impression about the […]

Finding a Good Place to Study

Finding a good study space is an important part of effective studying. If your surroundings are distracting, you can not expect to study very well. This doesn’t mean that you have to find a place that’s secluded and dead silent either. The most important thing is that you find a study space place that fits […]

Effective Listening

Learning requires listening. Learning effectively requires effectively listening. Even though listening is one of the most important skills for effective learning most students are not good listeners. Since most of what you are required to learn in school is going to be communicated to you by a teacher or professor, it is imperative that you […]

Dealing with Test Anxiety

It’s completely normal to experience anxiety at some time or another – we all do. And while we may not enjoy feeling anxious a little bit of anxiety can be beneficial. A little bit of anxiety helps to keep you motivated, focused and alert. However, too much anxiety may interfere with your ability to study, […]