Teaching Study Skills: tips, strategies, and checklists that work

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Do you have some students who continually struggle with organizing their assignments, their folders, their personal desk area, and just generally need some extra incentives to be ready for school obligations? It may benefit them, and you, to lead a lesson in study skills.

A Study Skills Unit should give students practical help so that they may learn and apply best practices for success.  A great place to start is by focusing on these three areas of study skills: 

1)   How to get organized.

2)   How to listen.

3)   How to use your time wisely.

So that students may gage their work in these three key areas, a checklist is a MUST!

I have provided some great samples to help you get started, but there is even more you can do.

Do you need a comprehensive Study Skills lesson plan?

Don't worry, Shurley English has you covered! Simply go to the Unit Studies Section in the back of your Shurley English book and check it out! Our Study Skills Unit is jammed packed with ideas to help the struggling, organizationally challenged students in your class.

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Cindy Goeden

Cindy Goeden has enjoyed being involved with Shurley English for the last sixteen of her twenty-six years in the field of education.  Working with various levels of students in elementary, junior, and high schools, in both the private and public arenas, Cindy surely is thankful for the providential day that she was introduced to Shurley English, which changed forever her approach to Language Arts instruction. That has led to her current job of having the joy of sharing about Shurley with other educators.  Her love of learning has prodded her to earn over two hundred and twenty hours, which includes two bachelor degrees in education.


Cindy currently lives with her husband, Donald, in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she enjoys puttering in her flowers, changing up her décor with the seasons, and occasionally getting out and traveling with Donald to either explore a new beach or view historic sights and gardens.