Student Study Tips and Resources

 

STUDENT STUDY APPS

 

Help with online reading- Use use Google “Read and Write” Chrome Extension
 

  1. Click here to go to the Chrome Store and search and add the “Read and Write” extension.
  2. Click the purple puzzle piece in your upper right extension area (next to your profile picture).
  3. Highlight the text you want to read and click the play button.

 


Help with writing- Use the speech-to-text tool  in Google Docs
 

  1. Open up a Google document
  2. Go to tools and select voice typing.
  3. Click on the microphone to speak. 

 


 


Help with homework for any subject- Use Brainly       

  1. Go to https://brainly.com/
  2. Get help in English, Math, Science, Social Science, Chemistry, Psychics, Arts, SAT, etc.
 


 


Help with math- Use Photomath   

  1. iPhone App: https://photomath.app/en/
  2. Take a picture of any Math problem and get steps with answers!!
 

 


STUDENT STUDY TIPS

  • PLAN when you're going to study. Print out your schedule to remind you! 

  • Study at the SAME TIME every school day.

  • Have a GOAL- i.e. I will finish all of my lessons in each subject on my calendar today.

  • Start with the MOST DIFFICULT subject first. Overcome your fear. Don't forget to take notes on that subject! 

  • Make sure you're NOT DISTRACTED while you're studying.

  • PRACTICE! Make lists, rhymes, flashcards, pictures or acronyms to help you remember! 


During tests:

  • Always REVIEW your notes or lessons before starting a test.

  • Scan the QUESTIONS before you start reading.

  • Look at the HEADER and TITLE for clues. 

  • ELIMINATE two wrong answers.

  • Circle the word NOT when in a question to remind you. 

  • CHECK your answers before you submit them!! We all make mistakes. 

 


TIPS FOR HOMESCHOOL SUCCESS
 

  1. Print and display your homework schedule: Once you and your children have identified the subjects they will study, make a schedule and display it prominently so everyone in the family knows what's coming and when it's over. Include chores, family dinners or breakfasts, and family projects in your new family routines.
     

  2. Build-in recess: All traditional school programs incorporate some sort of recess or outdoor time, and a homeschool schedule should be no different.
     

  3. Get crafty: Art is an important part of education, and homeschooling also provides parents with an opportunity to get creative with crafts.
     

  4. Know your kid: Different kids will do best in different learning environments. If your child learns better in groups, try a Zoom study session with a fellow classmate. The older kids are, the longer they may be able to work on their own. Self-directed learning is the best kind. When children are interested, they are motivated to learn. Find out what interests them. Prioritize your kid's greatest need and then their biggest interest or passion.
     

  5. Set up designated space and time for learning: Kids may need to move around during the day, I suggest having one or two designated areas for learning. Have your kids pack up their materials into a basket so they can put them aside when they're finished. Don't forget school supplies like notebooks, pencils, highlighters, etc.
     

  6. Take advantage of vendors: Epic vendors can help with academics like tutoring but also enrichment like robotics, art, sports, etc. Check the vendor directory and then let your teacher know you want to sign up. It is a great idea to set up a schedule and keep your kid busy. GET A TUTOR!
     

  7. Be forgiving of yourself and your kid: Learning can happen anywhere. Real-life learning experiences have school subject applicability. You don’t have to teach your children everything. If you’re not ready to do algebra, for instance, with your child, there are resources you can use.
     

  8. Join Facebook groups and set up playdates!
    The Homeschool Mom

     


HOW TO IMPROVE READING SKILLS

  • Read a variety of texts. Boosting your vocabulary and getting used to reading challenging texts can both be done by making sure to read texts you are unaccustomed to.

  • Become an active reader. Actively reading means keeping yourself focused on the main goals of the text, searching for the main purpose of each paragraph and how it contributes to the overall role of the text. This skill is absolutely vital for reading comprehension questions.
     

  • Carry a vocabulary notebook. Came across a new word? Jot it down! Writing it makes it easier to remember. You will be surprised how many useful words you’ll come across, especially if you follow our first tip.
     

  • Practice speed reading techniques. Linked to active reading, speed reading can be an excellent way of zeroing in on the main purpose of passages and thus saving valuable time during the test. Remember: while the MAP is not a timed exam, the mind itself has a limit to how long it can remain focused, so that, no matter what, your time is limited.


HOW TO IMPROVE MATH SKILLS 

  • Solve one math problem a day. Math becomes far less threatening when you make the goal to practice it a little smaller. Thus, we recommend starting with one math problem a day and working your way from there.

  • Practice using specific math techniques. Sometimes getting to the right answer with a math problem is all about nailing down the right technique to use. Therefore, take the time to learn and revise various methods of solving mathematical problems.
     

  • Know the why, not just the how. Especially with math questions, It can be very easy to fall into the trap of answering the question simply through using the standard given formula and nothing more. However, it is important to make sure you understand the formula as well. If not it can be extra tricky when you reach questions that are a little more abstract and a little less straightforward.
     

  • Go back to the basics. Having trouble with the complicated stuff? No problem! We recommend revising the simpler stuff once more. Very often a simple gap in past learned material is the only thing standing between you and the right answer.

 


FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES

 

  • Libraries: Available supplies include kits students can use within their Family Learning Centers, as well as consumable supplies like construction paper, popsicle sticks, presentation boards, glue, markers, and other craft items to help students demonstrate their learning and earn their best grade! A Supply-brary can be found in your area. Check your local library. 

  • Craigslist. Did you know that Craigslist has a free section? 

  • OfferUp

  • Freecycle

  • Salvation Army store near you 

  • Facebook Marketplace

  • Local Churches