Study Skills: How to Become an Active Learner

Study Skills are introduced to help the student work more efficiently on his assignments.  Such skills can help the student to acquire, record, organize, synthesize, remember, and use information and ideas.

Study Skills are the Key to Independent Learning, and they help students gain and use information effectively.

Study Skills can be divided into three areas:

1) Personal Development Skills – Personal discipline, management and organizational skills, self monitoring and reinforcement, and a positive attitude toward learning.

2) Process Skills – Technical methods of studying such as note taking, outlining, learning information from a textbook, and library reference skills.

3) Expression Skills – Retrieval skills, test-taking skills, and using oral and/or written expression to demonstrate meaning.

(Ellis, 1985)

Students Who Have a Learning Disability

Students with Different Learning Styles may have difficulty perceiving information presented visually or auditorily.  Although their eyes and ears may have picked up visual and auditory information accurately, there may be a problem with how that information is processed once it is seen or heard.  Depending on how much information is given at once, or the speed at which it is presented, there may be learning gaps. 

Materials can be adapted to accommodate different learning styles.