ERIC Number: ED387948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
SMARTS (Studying, Memorizing, Active Listening, Reviewing, Test-Taking, and Survival Skills): A Study Skills Resource Guide. Second Edition.
Custer, Susan; And Others
This book offers study strategies and techniques which were originally used in resource rooms for students with mild disabilities but are appropriate for all students, all content areas, and all educational levels. The book is structured around the acronym SMARTS for the six action steps or skills covered: (1) Studying, (2) Memorizing, (3) Active listening, (4) Reviewing, (5) Test-taking, and (6) Survival skills. The book begins with a study skills inventory and a group text inventory. Activities to foster listening skills are then offered, including eight awareness activities and five activities for fostering listening comprehension. The next section suggests 12 activities to help students learn to follow directions. A section on organizational skills gives tips on use of an organizational notebook, assignment sheets, and instant study skills. Suggestions for the effective use of textbooks describe the SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review) technique and the use of text study helps. Suggestions for note-taking and ideas for building vocabulary are also offered. A section on memory and review suggests a variety of memory aids and the use of learning logs and study guides. The final section offers suggestions for taking tests and some survival skill strategies for students and teachers. An appendix explains the Fry formula for assessing readability. (DB)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Strategies, Listening Skills, Memorization, Memory, Mild Disabilities, Readability Formulas, Review (Reexamination), Study Habits, Study Skills, Test Wiseness
Sopris West, Inc., 1140 Boston Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 ($16.50).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Fry Readability Formula