It’s that time of year again. Time forto create a learning plan in preparation for taking their . Many of my students who have learning disabilities have difficulty knowing how to plan to study for exams. They don’t realize that having a learning plan will make studying more effective and help them get better outcomes. I remind my students from time to time if they want different outcomes then they need to chose to do things differently. The problem for some students is that they don’t know what to do when it comes to studying. The learning plan I have them complete helps them structure their exam or test preparation and helps them achieve better results.
In class, we have talked about learning styles and students have completed questionnaires to determine their preferred . We also talked about which strategies are useful for which learning styles. Armed with this information, students can create a differentiated learning plan that meets their specific needs.
Name______________________ Date _____________________________
Subject ____________________________________Date ________________________
A. What I Need to Know
|Topics you have studied this semester||Key Points|
B. When I’m Going to
Plan at least three study dates and times.
C. How I’m going to Organize What I Need to Know
Organize the information you need to learn in any of the strategies below.
1. Create a list of what you need to know.
2. Create a graphic organizer for what you need to know.
3. Use mnemonics to help you remember what you need to know, eg
4. Draw a picture of what you need to know.
5. Other _______________
D. How I’m Going to Remember What I Need to Know.
Choose at least two methods to help you remember the information . Refer to the strategies for each learning style in the online article above.
1. Draw pictures so you can see the info in your mind.()
2. Highlight important information in notes. (Visual learners)
3. Read the material aloud so you can hear it. (Auditory learners)
4. Listen to someone read the material to you. (Auditory learners)
5. Write the material out repeatedly and read it aloud as you are writing it out. (and auditory learners)
6. Walk around the room while you are reading the material aloud. (Kinesthetic and auditory learners)
E. How will I Know That I’veWhat I Need to Know
Choose any method of self-testing and submit the self-test.
1. Answer questions from examples in your text books.
2. Answer questions from your homework.
3. Answer questions from other students.
If you have any suggestions for improving this learning plan, I would appreciate hearing them. I’m thinking that it could be better. Perhaps you even have a learning plan of your own for your students that you might like to share. I would be delighted to post it here and share it with others, giving you credit of course.
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