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  • Consider these learning skills that every teacher examines. They are practical ones that will take you past post-secondary and into the workforce.
  • Keep notes organized and dated in a three-ring binder, so you can follow the course in chronological order (this is also handy if you're ever away: you can ask your homework buddies to help you catch up on material from specific dates)
  • Review notes on a regular basis and try to incorporate concepts in your everyday life (e.g., putting vocab on fridge, reading notes aloud to yourself--try creating your own podcasts and listening to them)
  • Record your voice reading notes aloud and play them back as you are doing other activities (try just before bed and first thing in the morning on a regular basis)
  • See Mr. Go if you're ever unsure about a concept or unclear about an assignment




Strategies for notetaking and processing information

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Note Taking: turn to pdf p36 (document p34).
Check p14 in agenda for password.

Mr. Go's tips on notetaking in class (with look-fors for notetaking checks)
Consider these **look fors** when making notes (bit.ly/mrgorubnotes)


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Strategies to Prepare for:
Test-taking tips


Objective Tests and Quizzes (multiple choice, fill in the blanks)
  • create memory devices (mnemonics) to help remember facts
  • practice applying knowledge to other examples of work (e.g., poetic devices for different poems not studied in class, literary terms for short stories outside of those studied)
  • rewriting and highlighting important pieces from notes and handouts from class and reviewing these on a daily basis; try coloured highlighters for different ideas (headings, related ideas)
  • posting cue cards/flash cards of study materials around room, house
  • reading notes aloud, recording these and replaying while doing other activities

Subjective (Written response) Tests
  • all of the above (under objective), in addition to reviewing support materials on the website and from class.
  • practice general writing by responding to news articles in a journal
  • review the GERRC paragraph and essay outlines on the writing support page.


Exam Review Sheets:


Strategies on Creating Review Sheets

  • As suggested in the notetaking video above, try taking notes leaving a margin on the right (e.g., 2" wide) for annotations on understandings, key ideas, and questions (i.e., Cornell method of notetaking)
  • Review all notes from class and any relevant electronic materials from either the wikispace or edmodo folders
  • Used coloured pens and highlighters to help organize existing notes (create a legend/key to signify what each colour means). Note patterns, common ideas, and connecting ideas between each of the unit's pieces (e.g., between poems, stories, or excerpts)
  • Try using colour post-its to annotate your notes, or when taking notes, be sure to maintain a


Review and Revise for next time
  • How many questions on the test/exam did your review sheet help you answer?
  • Did you have information on the review sheet that you didn’t use at all?
  • How did you decide what to put on your review sheet?
  • If you had the opportunity to revise your review sheet, what changes would you make?
  • What have you learned from preparing this review sheet that you want to remember when you make the next one?


Wellness

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Britannica Image Quest
Sometimes the school workload and life's balancing act can get overwhelming. Below are some suggested strategies to help you cope!


►Learn more about Academic Anxiety from the library database Teen Health and Wellness
Apps for Teen Student Anxiety (rated, from Anxiety & Depression Assoc. of America)
Apps for Student Anxiety (elementary)
►Article: "Social Media Is Fueling a Scary Trend for Teen Anxiety" (Fortune)
insight timer.pngMr. Go recommends - Insight timer, a great meditation app with options for customized self-run or guided meditation from some of the world's best guides (try Tara Brach or Jack Kornfield). Review from a Gr. 9 student "I used the muscle relaxation trick to sleep better, and I meditated for 15 minutes and I feel more joyful".







Works Cited

Frustration. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/132_1268842/1/132_1268842/cite. Accessed 4 Dec 2017.