The test is tomorrow: Effective study skill tips to score good marks

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Niraj. My oldest has started middle school this year. Aside from the fact that I suddenly feel very old, he is at the magic age where he is pretty sure I don’t have a clue what I am talking about. Goody.

Last week's drama involved me proofreading an essay. Loads of fun. This week we are onto the first test in middle school (aside from spelling and math – those are easy). The subject: History. This is great because I like history. And I even didn’t mind studying, at least I don’t think I did. His teacher has given them a great study guide. The problem I found in going over it with him is he “thinks” he knows all of it.

But he doesn’t. Somewhere in his limited schooling, he has decided if you write it once you are good to go. The problem is, he doesn’t have a photographic memory. He remembers parts but not the whole. Which doesn’t work on a test.

What I have found is that he isn’t learning HOW to study. And I’m not exactly sure what the best process to use to teach him. He’s not what I would call the most organized person. Sorry son, I think you get that from me.

I have been researching books on organizing boys, my favorite so far is That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Distracted and Disorganized Boys Succeed in School and Life and I have been trying to find something workbook style for teaching study skills but up to this point I haven’t found anything. I did just order a book to have him look over and I’m hoping that this one, Super Study Skills helps. 

So my question for my fellow learning friends is, do you have any tips?

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