Strategies for Students

The strategies below will help you  be an active learner. The study skills power point gives ways to study that will help the information transfer into your long-term memory, so that you will remember material for tests. The test-taking strategies truly work. Try them on your next multiple choice test, and use them when taking your SOL’s. The other strategies can be used in any of your regular classes. Try each one and use it six times or more.  Then choose the ones you like the best and use them consistently. You will see a difference in your level of comprehension and on-task behaviors!

Note: descriptions are below the documents.

Student Study_Skills Download Here

Take a look at the above study skills power point and try to use a couple of the strategies when studying!

Test-Taking Tips

 “Critical strategies to help you earn a top score on standardized tests.”


Use this graphic organizer when given new vocabulary.


ACRONYMS page 2 

From PEMDAS to FAN BOYS, you can use acronyms in every subject to help you remember important facts. Make some of your own and share them with your teachers and classmates!


To help you prepare for the Direct Writing SOL, use the chart above to jot down all of the positives and negatives related to your persuasive writing prompt. It should help you decide which side to take, or it may change your initial opinion! See the sample writing prompt below and the sample positive/negative chart for an example of a couple of positives and negatives related to the topic:

sample writing prompt          Positive_Negative_Sample Writing Prompt Chart

venn diagrams 

Within the above folder are two files: one is a PDF of a Venn Diagram and one is a Venn Diagram Flipchart. The flipchart allows you to drag and drop words/concepts to show similarities and differences. Knowing similarities and differences between topics will help you to better comprehend them!

Combination Note Technique-Directions for Using 

Combination Notes- Science Example 

Combination Notes template 

Taking notes using the Combination Notes technique will allow you to process the information 3 separate times in 3 different ways. Take a look at the Template first. Then look at the Science Example. Last, read the Directions and then try it yourself! Don’t forget to study your notes nightly!! Re-use the blank template on your computer, or create your own template on paper.

MATH Problem Solving Template

Problem Solving Template Flipchart  

Algebra I teacher, Mrs. Olsen, created this template. Use it in any math class as an aid to breaking down a problem before trying to solve.

5-Steps Flow Chart

Use this in your SCIENCE and HISTORY classes to show steps in a  process, the chain of events caused by an event, or the stages/parts of something.

Flow Chart-Series of Events

Use this in your ENGLISH class. The first page in the above link is the blank template, and the second page explains the purpose and procedure for its use. It is good to use with both narrative and informational material.

3-2-1 Suggestions 

A 3-2-1 aids comprehension and shows what you remember from the material studied.

3-2-1 template

Here is the template for recording your 3-2-1. Try using it in your classes. You could also use it at home to quiz yourself on what you remember after studying your daily notes!

Making Vocabulary/Key Term Cards for a Concentration Game



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