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How to help students develop learning strategies

It is a fact, the more young people advance in their schooling, the more the complexity of the concepts and the workload increase. At the time of an exam, they may be confused by the amount of material to be revised. Here is how a teacher decided to support her students in the development of learning strategies.

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It is a fact, the more young people advance in their school career, the more the complexity of the concepts and the workload increase. When studying for an exam, they may find themselves confused by the amount of material to review. Developing study strategies can be learned! A teacher has decided to support her students in this process.

Annick Martel is a science teacher in the third year of secondary school at l'Horizon high school in Lévis. This year is decisive for students who start the 2e cycle. In the sciences in particular, the workload is at a high level and, above all, new for many students.

“Students are usually used to reading their notes several times to prepare for an exam. At this stage of the school career, it no longer works. They have to develop other tips for studying. Knowing how to study is not innate, you have to show them these tips ”.

For several years now, Ms. Martel has been supporting her students more systematically to present them with different study strategies (flash cards, door memory aid, word-image association, mental maps, etc.). She saw the difference in their results. This encouraged her to persevere in this direction and even to structure an official workshop which she offered for the first time this year to her students. 

This workshop was also in tune with the context of hybrid teaching. “Students and teachers, we have lost our bearings with the decrease in contacts. Before, pupils in difficulty, I could follow them more closely. Now I'm losing sight of them a bit, but I don't want to let them down. I tell myself that by giving them tips to study, they will be better equipped to succeed. ”

In the end, she hopes that the young people can experiment with different study strategies and find the ones that work best for them. Also, these achievements will then follow them throughout their school career, whether teaching is done online or at school.

Ms. Martel's inspirations 

Carrefour education also suggests you the webinar given by Steve Masson at PRECA.

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About the Author

Martine Rioux
Martine Rioux
After studying public communication, Martine worked as a journalist for various publications, before pursuing her career as an interactive communications consultant at La Capitale, a financial group, then at Québec Numérique, an organization she took over as general manager before making the jump. as political advisor in the office of the Minister for Digital Government Transformation. Today she is the online Editor-in-Chief and Special Projects Manager at l'École branchée. Her dream: that everyone has access to technology and can use it as a tool for learning and opening up to the world.

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