21 Strategies to Help Learners Who Are Not Prepared for Learning Activities

Are you looking for strategies to help students who are not prepared for learning activities? If so, keep reading.

1. Get the student to orally repeat the schoolwork task to reinforce the student’s understanding of the task.

2. Let logical consequences happen (e.g., receiving low grades, being excluded from extracurricular learning activities, not earning course credit, etc.) due to the student’s failure to finish their school tasks.

3. Urge the student to create an understanding of the consequences of their behavior by writing down or talking through problems that may happen due to their failure to finish tasks (e.g., if you do not return the task to school, you are in danger of failing the class; then you may not get the credit you need for graduation).

4. Let logical consequences happen for failure to turn in homework tasks (e.g., students who do not finish their homework will not get to take part in more desirable learning activities ).

5. Let the student perform a highly desirable task when tasks have been turned in.

6. Give the student sufficient time at school to prepare for designated learning activities (e.g., supervised study time).

7. Get the student to make it a routine (schedule) to periodically review notes, daily calendar of activities, or tasks that need to be finished.

8. Let the student perform alternative homework tasks. As the student shows success, slowly present more components of the regular homework task until the tasks are routinely performed and returned to school.

9. Coordinate with the student’s parents to pick up homework each day if the student has difficulty “remembering” to take it home.

10. Ask the student why they are unprepared for designated learning activities . The student may have the most accurate perception.

11. Get the student to chart their finished tasks.

12. Assess the clarity and quality of directions, explanations, and instructions given to the student.

13. Designate a peer to escort the student to specific learning activities to make sure the student has the appropriate learning materials.

14. Get the student to find a system of organization that works best for them (e.g., daily list, weekly list, etc.) and use that method continuously. Delete accomplished tasks to keep an up-to-date list.

15. Designate a peer to help the student with homework.

16. Designate a peer tutor to work with the student to prepare for designated learning activities.

17. Designate short-term tasks that can be quickly and accurately finished. As the student shows success, slowly increase the length of tasks.

18. Designate small amounts of homework initially, slowly increasing the amount as the student shows success (e.g., one or two problems may be sufficient to begin the homework process).

19. Support the student in performing their school tasks. As the student shows success, slowly decrease the assistance, and require the student to independently assume more responsibility.

20. At the conclusion of the day, remind the student when learning materials are required for specific learning activities for the next day (e.g., send a note home, give an oral reminder, etc.).

21. Consider using an education app to help the student sharpen their organizational skills. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

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