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ERIC Number: ED501312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 66
Abstractor: Author
The Impact of Study Skills and Organizational Methods on Student Achievement
Gambill, Jill M.; Moss, Lauralee A.; Vescogni, Christie D.
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Teachers at three separate public schools analyzed possible reasons behind low grades. All problems (late work, unprepared students, lax attitudes) related to students who were not organized for learning. Even though these teachers taught a variety of ages ranging from third thru twelve grades, they typically found evidence of a lack of organization inside students' desks, lockers, binders, book bags, and pencil pouches. A review of the professional literature showed that a lack of organization was a problem. Most articles showed a distinction: Many teachers did not directly teach organization skills, and many employers assumed that their employees already possessed organization skills. Students who never shape or settle schoolwork may not have skills to organize tasks and activities later in life. In addition to basic skills, students' education may be inefficient. As disorganization leads to lower grades and achievement, students are not prepared for the school side of life. Teachers also found that while some students knew the subject material, their grades did not reflect their knowledge. Lacking education, skills to display their abilities, and fundamental skills, students are not prepared for life. Few educators have implemented a program for teaching organizational habits. It is often assumed that organization skills will be taught at home with other life skills. Unfortunately, this is seldom the situation. Teachers must provide a structured classroom environment. We did that by holding students accountable for bringing writing utensils, their assignment notebooks, and their binders to class daily. Data collected from journals, surveys, and students' grades indicated that any increase in student organization benefits students. Students lost fewer assignments and were better prepared for class when they had a sense of order. Of all tools, the binder was the most effective, probably because it accomplished such basic necessities for order: students had a placefor homework, they could find returned assignments to review for tests, and they had paper with them for note taking. Organization is a prerequisite for success. Organization crosses all studies for higher education and all life situations. Directly teaching organizational skills aids students for their current task (school) while preparing them for their latter tasks (workforce). Simple tools such as binders increase learning time and grades earned by students while decreasing their frustration. Teachers who teach organization skills to their students are teaching important lessons for school, as well as for life. Five appendixes include: (1) Student Survey; (2) Parent Survey; (3) Technology Survey; (4) Materials Checklist; and (5) Study at Home Tips. (Contains 2 figures and 7 tables.) [Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University.]
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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