21 Strategies to Help Learners Who Have Trouble Making Suitable Use of Study Time

Are you looking for strategies to help students who have trouble making suitable use of study time? If so, keep reading.

1. Talk regularly with the student to help them make appropriate use of study time.

2. Provide instructions orally to increase the likelihood of the student’s comprehension of class tasks.

3. Give the student the option of performing tasks during another study time (e.g., earlier in the day, later, on another day, or at home).

4. Let the student work with a peer who uses study time appropriately.

5. Along with instruction, give an incentive statement (e.g., ”If you make appropriate use of study time, you may have free time.” etc.).

6. Assess the degree of task difficulty concerning the student’s capacity and ability to perform the task.

7. Urge the student to define their goals. Get the student to create specific strategies to achieve their goals and follow through on those strategies.

8. Assess the degree of task difficulty to ascertain whether the student will require additional information, time, assistance, etc., before starting a task.

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

10. Designate a peer to help the student with class tasks during study time.

11. Let the student have additional time to finish class tasks.

12. Designate short-term projects that can be quickly finished.

13. Urge the student to be self-determining by identifying tasks and finishing tasks independently.

14. Give the student shorter tasks (e.g., modify a 20-problem math learning experience to 4 learning activities of 5 problems each, to be done at several times during the day). As the student shows success, slowly increase the number of problems over time.

15. Chart those tasks with the student that have been finished during study time.

16. Connect clearly with the student the duration of time they have to finish a task and when the task is due. The student may want to use a timer to finish the tasks within the given period.

17. Let the student perform alternative tasks during study time. As the student shows success, slowly introduce more components of the regular tasks until those tasks are routine (schedule)ly performed.

18. Connect with parents to disseminate information about the student’s progress. The parents may reinforce the student at home for finishing tasks at school.

19. Urge the student to create a 30-second definition of their goal to help them remain on-task and focused (e.g., study five vocabulary terms before taking a break).

20. Get the student to use a timer to finish the tasks within a given period.

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