Learning to Study
A potpourri of study skills gathered under one cover. Each level covers skills: location, organization, interpretation, retention, test-taking, rate and study. Actual activities and specific topics vary by book, so it will not be redundant to use this series for the same child at different levels. For example, location skills in the lowest level (C) begin with alphabetical order, simple dictionary skills, tables of contents and glossaries, indexes, e-mail, and the organization of textbooks. Book D goes more deeply into dictionary skills, introduces the Dewey decimal system and other library resources (print and non-print), and introduces the World Wide Web. Each level delves a little deeper into location skills while introducing more complex ones. The same is true for each of the seven skill categories above. Briefly, organization skills include classification, sequencing, outlining, relationships, researching, and a host of other topics. Under interpretation skills you'll find word types and meanings; reading graphs, charts, and diagrams; map skills; flowcharts; recognizing propaganda techniques; prefixes and suffixes; etc. Samples of retention skills are plans to learn spelling words, using association and visualization as aids to recall, improving memory, using mnemonic aids, and improving concentration. Test-taking skills run the gamut from preparation, learning specific strategies according to test type, using context clues, and so forth. Rate skills are basically about skimming and scanning - finding information quickly. Study skills present and practice the SQ3R study strategy in reading and the SQRQCQ strategy for math as well as addressing study habits, scheduling, and preparation of school work. The worktexts are colorful and crisp, well-formatted and inviting to work in. The teacher guides contain a complete scope and sequence for the series, and specific instructions and answers for the worktext in that level, including extension activities.