Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Study Habits

Way back in April 2004, more than 90,000 students nationwide completed the first annual High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE, pronounced “hessie”), creating the largest national data base on high school student engagement.

After skimming through this research, a light came on. We are not teaching our students in our alternative program how to study. I personally realized that I have had extremely low expectations. I have not assigned a homework assignment in a while. This has to change.

This brings me to one skill I am going to focus on next school year in my classroom: Study Habits.

A general rule of thumb regarding doing well in college is that students should spend two to three hours outside of class for every hour in class. Yet, more than half of the HSSSE respondents (55%) said they devote a total of three hours or less per week to preparing for all of their classes.

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