It’s true what they say: “Practice makes perfect.” Students hoping to get the most out of their lessons should take time to study the material outside of the classroom. Even if your student has learned how to study – an important skill often overlooked – finding the time to devote to the task can be tough. Unless, of course, you tap into the online resources that make studying fun and readily accessible on the go. Here are six sites to get your student started.
Your son has a vocabulary quiz at the end of the week. Your daughter is trying to master geometry theorems. Sign them both up for a free Quizlet account. Students creates “sets” based on the specific information they want to study. The site will create flashcards, quizzes, and practice tests using the data your child entered. Quizlet will also pull the material into a game format. For those on the go, there is a mobile app available and the ability to study offline.
In addition to flashcards and quizzes, GoConqr brings in an element that visual learners will appreciate. The site gives students the ability to create mind maps, which help them visualize how things are connected. You’ll also find a section to create study guides, which can help children develop a game plan and track progress.
We all have a preferred study method. If flashcards are your child’s go-to, StudyStack is a good resource. Like the other apps, your child begins by entering the information she needs to study. As the site cycles through the flashcards, your daughter can choose whether she’s got it right or wrong. Wrong cards are returned to the deck and recycled until the material has been memorized.
Your student isn’t going to create his own study guide on this one. That doesn’t take away from the intrinsic value of the site. He can watch videos on a wide range of subjects geared towards all grades. At the completion of the lesson, he’ll be prompted to answer a series of questions to assess how much he has learned.
The web’s go-to site for video content, YouTube can also be an excellent study partner with a bit of parental oversight. Try this: search “Revolutionary War for 4th Graders” and check out the list of videos ranging from classic SchoolHouse Rock to videos created by individual classroom teachers. Help your student identify what’s useful educational content and what’s not.
Even the youngest students can find online learning tools. Your pre-readers and early readers will find a slew of game-based content on Starfall to hone skills ranging from learning the alphabet to phonics.
I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries. ~ Frank Capra