Academic Foundations: The Science of Student Success – a Two Part Workshop Series for High School Students (and Grade 8’s Transitioning into Grade 9 in Fall 2015).
Part One – Preparing for Tests and Exams
Study skills are often referred to as the “hidden curriculum”. Teachers often assume student know how to prepare for a test or exam, however many students lack these essential skills and approach the studying task haphazardly. We tell students to make sure they study for the next upcoming test, but many just do not know where to start. Our brains were designed for a school environment, which means that we need to know the science behind how our brain works in order to understand effective study strategies. It also means that retaining information requires extra work on the part of the student. Knowing just what this work needs to look like, and how to study for a test or exam, make a large difference to student success.
This workshop is designed for high school students (and those entering grade 9 in the fall) and demonstrates:
- how the brain learns
- how to prepare for a text or exam
- effective and evidence-based (brain science) strategies for writing tests and exams – what works and what doesn’t
- why cramming doesn’t work
- some online tools that can be accessed to make studying a little more interesting and engaging
Students will receive a handout to take home that will help remind of what they learned.
Workshops Dates and Times:
Monday July 13 – Thursday July 16
10 am – 12 pm
Monday August 17th – Thursday August 20th
10 am – 12 pm