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Rewind your brain and picture yourself when you were a student, the night before a big exam. What do you see?
Are hunched over your notes at 3 a.m. surrounded by Starbucks cups and cans of Redbull? You weren’t the only one!
But don’t you wish that someone had taken the time to instill successful study habits in you when you were younger so it would have been second nature by your college days?
Even though your years of study may be over, it’s not too late to help your students! With this free online course on study habits for students, you’ll be able to set your kids on the path to success.
Ready to learn about all the resources in these free video lesson plans?
Why Schools Need to Teach Learning & Study Habits
While it may seem obvious to you, not all schools recognize the importance of teaching students how to study. After all, these skills don’t come naturally, and as studying is expected of students at every school, it’s our duty as educators to provide the fundamentals.
Even if you teach older students, don’t assume that the incoming class of high school freshmen have been taught how to study. Make sure to review the basics at the beginning of your school year to build your students’ confidence and reduce stress when it comes to test time.
Your students and their families will be grateful!
The Learning & Study Habits Certification Course
The online course on study habits for students is made up of 5 modules totaling 60 minutes. It’s completely manageable for any student to complete if you space it out over a few days or a couple of weeks, and it’s perfect for flipped learning.
Let’s explore the course contents and get you ready to change your students’ academic lives!
Module 1: Your Brain (9 minutes)
Starting off with some pretty fascinating subject matter, the first module introduces the concept of neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to grow and develop throughout your life.
In layman’s terms, it means that everyone can create new habits through practice (aka those good study habits for your students), a process which effectively rewires the brain – pretty cool!
In addition to neuroplasticity, this module also addresses memory, and more specifically, what determines if something goes into your long- or short-term memory. The key here? Space out your students’ learning over time.
Finally, there’s a video lesson on learning styles, which is also very relevant for teachers. The twist on this video is that it suggests doing your best to incorporate a variety of learning styles into your teaching, rather than tailoring your lesson to one specific style per student.
Check it out here:
Module 2: Organization (11 minutes)
In the next section, your students will watch video lessons on how to get organized, which for some of us is a lifelong struggle!
Some of the tips include how to organize your workspace, how to eliminate distractions, and how to break down big tasks into smaller tasks.
The lessons also cover how to prioritize by asking the insightful question, “If this is the only thing I get done all day, will I be satisfied and happy?”
There’s also a helpful video on “The Pomodoro Technique” (which unfortunately has nothing to do with Italian food) on how to tackle procrastination. It consists of picking a task, setting a timer for 25 minutes, taking a 5-minute break, then repeating the whole process 3 more times.
This is another one that teachers might like to adopt as well!
Module 3: Study Tips (17 minutes)
Out of the Learning & Study Habits course, this module is the meatiest. The first video might just blow your mind with what it has to say on multitasking.
While teachers are the masters of multitasking, juggling a million responsibilities at the same time, the brain actually can’t do two things at once. In the first video, you’ll learn about the concept of “attention residue,” the fact that when you switch tasks, your attention doesn’t immediately follow.
Give it a watch and then share it with your students:
Moving on to the next video lessons, your students will learn how to take the famous Cornell notes, how to use the technique of “chunking” to better understand complex topics, plus some general study tips like using flashcards, handwriting notes and using mnemonic devices.
Module 4: Prepare for Exams (13 minutes)
If there’s one thing that students dread more than anything else, it’s exam time. This module was designed to give your students specific tips on how to get ready for their exams without feeling like the world is crumbling around them!
In module 4, they’ll learn study hacks like chewing gum to help focus your mind, keeping your shoes on while you’re studying (watch the video to find out why!), and using colors to organize your study notes.
There’s also a section with tips for multiple-choice tests, plus a fun video on how to eliminate exam-day anxiety:
Finally, you’ll find some motivational skills, like making a vision board and organizing your space to create your own study oasis!
Module 5: The Learner (9 minutes)
The last section looks at study habits for students in a wider context. Your students will watch videos on the benefits of being a lifelong learner and the idea of “practice makes perfect.” Practice speeds up your reactions, meaning that studying gets easier and easier the more you do it!
There’s also an important lesson on the power of positivity, which shows a fascinating experiment on how encouragement can lead to better performance and vice versa. Check it out here:
How to use the Learning & Study Habits certification course
If you’re interested in using these free video lessons for your students and adding your own comprehension questions, just log in to Edpuzzle (or sign up) and copy the lessons to your content.
Then, you’ll be able to see your students’ progress in real time as they complete the certification! Make sure to track your students’ results on their exams before and after they do the course to see how they’re putting the study habits into practice.