By Jennifer Gonzalez What does the word “study” mean to you? Have you ever told your students to study for a test? Have you ever actually taught them how to study? It turns out studying can be taught. And two cognitive psychological scientists, Yana Weinstein and Megan Smith, have made it their mission to teach people how to study better. On their new website, The Learning Scientists, they use infographics and videos to share strategies and other insights about how we learn.
Getting back into a routine after a vacation can be a challenge for any of us, but students who have weak task initiation skills may find it particularly difficult. Provide students with a “Task Initiation Table” worksheet. Ask students to write down the task they need to accomplish, estimate the time it will take to complete the work, and track start and finish time. Start with small tasks that are readily achievable. Use verbal and nonverbal cues to signal the start of new