Strengthening Academic Skills
This page presents ideas for both students and parents. These proven strategies do work!
IDEAS FOR STUDENTS
- Be organized - use binders and calendars
- Prepare weekly agenda to include study, work and play time
- Be prepared - establish study buddies/groups to summarize reading material and class lectures.
- Preview and review subject matter on a regular basis.
- Use supplemental aids - books on tape, computer, calculators, parents.
- Take your time, work slowly and accurately to complete work.
- Read comprehension questions before reading assignments.
- Share what is happening at school with your family.
- Begin working early on long term assignments.
IDEAS FOR PARENTS
- Provide adequate sleep and nutrition to ensure full attention to school activities.
- Initiate converstations about events that happen at school and your student's feelings about them.
- Provide a set homework time and location but be flexible. Some students require frequent breaks.
- Review work to see that it is completed. Try not to be critical!
- Assist with organizing school materials.
- Contact teachrs with compliments and concerns about your student's work and behavior.
- Pre-read classroom materials before lesson is taught
- Show a video of literature and discuss it before it is presented in class.
- Read nightly with student. Relate material to their experiences and interests.
- Encourage use of computer with appropriate reading programs.
- Expose the student to books, newspapers, and magazines. Visit the library.
- Daily activities - encourage the student to read with you: cooking directions, maps, grocery lists, TV Guide, etc.
- Take turns reading with your student and read by paragraphs.
- Provide appropriate writing supplies that can be erased, erasers that do not tear paper.
- Provide a dictionary and thesaurus.
- With teacher agreement have student dictate assigned stories to a partner (sibling, babysitter, etc.) Do not correct or reword and write "dictated" across the top.
- Encourage use of grammar and spell check programs when work is written on the computer.
- Have student share written work by reading completed work to you and by showing you tests and papers.
- Avoid making value judgments regarding the students writing.
- Dail activities - encourage student to write lists, notes, journals, diaries, trip logs, and stories. Have student work in fun activity books.
Last Modified on June 27, 2014