Project Planning

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Projects are fun but can also be hard since there is normally a lot of work to be done.  Taking the time to plan a project can help ease the stress associated with projects.  Here are some tips to plan your project.

  • Look at all of the steps that need to be done. Figure out which steps can be done quickly and which ones will take a while.
  • Look at the due date and pick a few days before the actual due date to be your finish by date.
  • Figure out how many weeks you have to complete the assignment. Write down the dates of each Sunday (or any other day) between the date you receive the assignment and your finish by date.
  • Try to evenly divide the work up and have each part due on Sunday (or the other day you choose).
  • Remember to follow this plan so the project will be finished on time.
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Study Tips and Ideas

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Everyone studies differently.  Some people learn from hearing (auditory) others learn by seeing (visual) and some learn from doing (tactile).  Here are a few different ways to study.

 

  • Reread your notes. This is one of the most basic ways.  Rereading your notes will remind you of anything that you might have forgotten.
  • Create flashcards. By creating flashcards you are rewriting the facts.  You can also quiz yourself to see how much you remember.
  • Rewrite important information. Not everyone likes to create flashcards.  You can also just rewrite important facts in a list on a sheet of paper.  You can then just reread one sheet of paper instead of all of your notes.
  • Answer additional practice problems from the textbook. The will help you check your understanding of the topic.  Many textbooks have certain answers in the back of the book so try to check your answers.  If you are getting the questions wrong ask a parent, teacher, or friend for help.
  • If you do not have extra questions to practice you can redo classwork or homework questions.  Make sure you cover the answers while you are working on the questions. Remember to check your answers when you are finished.
  • Create a review sheet.  Write all of the important facts you need to know. Also write some of the questions you will need to know with the answer so you can study them.
  • Write a song.  This can be fun and you can sing the song in your head to remember the information.
  • Create a game. Create a card game or board game. You can use index cards or oak tag to create the game. It can be a fun way to review with your friends.
  • Study with a partner. Working with a partner can be more enjoyable.  You can take turns reading the notes, using flashcards, or quizzing each other on facts.  Just remember to spend more time studying than joking around.
  • Write a quiz. You can look through your notes and write a quiz for yourself. You can then take the quiz and see how you do.
  • Create a mnemonic device.  This will make it easier to remember and the be fun to create.

Study Environment

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One of the most important parts of studying is the study environment.  Every student should have a place to study and do homework.  Some students prefer to work at school or at the library since it is quiet and there a less distractions.  However there are ways to create a perfect study area right in your own home.

  • Make sure the area has a desk or table and a chair. This is the easiest way to set up a work station.  This is also important so they can work with correct posture and not hurt their back from leaning over homework on the floor or in bed.
  • Make sure the area has good lighting. The area should have a nice light the student is able to turn on.  It is easier to read with light.  Also it will prevent eye strain from working in the dark.
  • Try to set up the study area in a room with a door or in the corner of a room. You want the child to be able to concentrate and not be distracted by other siblings or people in the house.  If the child is easily distracted and there is a window you might want to close the blinds.
  • Have a clock and timer available. Allow the child to see how long they have been working and how much time they have left.  Many teachers say the students should only spend a certain amount of time on the homework.  Use a timer to help them know how long to work. (If your child is having trouble finishing his or her homework in a reasonable about of time you should contact the teacher to see how you can help you child.)
  • If the child has difficulty concentrating for too long have a small non-electronic toy around he or she can play with to distract them for a few minutes. Some suggestions for toys are stress balls, a few Legos or blocks (not a full set), or a doll.  These toys ca be played with quickly and then they can return to their work.  Puzzles and games are not good if the child would have to finish it before they can return to their work.
  • Have a snack for the child.

For a free study schedule worksheet visit http://www.margotenterprises.com/helpful-links/resources/study-habits