Ideas and resources to help young people studying.
Study skills can be difficult for many young people, particularly those with literacy or memory difficulties. Specific problem areas can include:
- Memorising: facts, names, sequences, rote memory.
- Expressive writing problems: even when orally competent.
- Copying and note taking.
- Word retrieval.
- Lack of automaticity.
We have compiled a list of helpful ideas and resources:
Personal organisation is an important part of helping young people become independent learners and use their study skills. The following ideas and resources can be helpful:
- explicitly teach how to use homework organiser or planner
- timetables (visual timetables, ICT versions, Google Calendar)
- plan things in advance
- technology and applications. (e.g. Workflowy, Remember The Milk, Brain In Hand, Siri, calendar, iPhone, Microsoft Outlook, Office 365, Microsoft learning tools).
- teach learners to prioritise work in the time available.
- My Study Bar (Blogspot website)
Helping with memory
- give one instruction at a time.
- ask student to repeat instructions.
- chunking information.
- notebooks and techy aids, checklists.
- teach mnemonics.
- personal prompts e.g. markers.
- visual aids.
This booklet contains excellent research-based ideas on supporting working memory:
- Understanding Working Memory: A Classroom Guide (PDF, 0.4MB)
Helpful sites for revision and independent study:
- Study skills (The Open University website)
- Study Skills for Students (Education Corner website)
- Diversity and Ability website
A interactive website designed for adult students. Information can be adapted:
Technology to support study skills:
- EduApps website
For help with referencing:
- Mendeley website
- RefMe website
- Resources (Diversity and Ability website) - select the 'Referencing' filter for downloadable guides and information.
- Zotero website
Read the helpful resources on avoiding plagiarism:
- Essential Study Skills (Sage Publishing website)
Information on metacognition and other learning strategies:
- Education Endowment Foundation website