How to Educate about Studying
At the beginning of the school year the one thing that everyone is looking for is new study skills. Students want to know the latest trick to get better grades. So I did a little research and have figured out how to add value and encourage sleep at the same time. It works with my students who are aged 17+ years and they have taken it home to share it with their children of multiple ages.
Step one: Know how to retain more knowledge.
- If you read it you retain 20%
- If you read it and write it you retain 60%
- If you read it, write it and say it out loud you retain 80%
Students love this and it encourages them to do their vocabulary and spelling because they understand that if they say it out load while writing the words out they will retain most of it.
Step two: Identify the best time to study.
- For memorizing fact study, before dinner. 3-5 p.m. is usually the best time for your brain to retain this type of knowledge.
- For learning skills, it is best to study between dinner and bedtime. Your brain is designed to learn these and recall them better if you practice or learn the steps during that time of the day
Step three: Recognize that cramming is evil. This is where being a sleep tech comes in handy. This is where I explain slow wave sleep, memory consolidation, sleep deprivation and the frontal lobes' involvement in decision-making and judgment. Yes, being a sleep tech makes you an expert in the student's eyes and they will listen to you before they will listen to parent or teachers.
Step four: Teach the importance of a sleep routine to get to sleep. So many people do not know how long it takes to fall asleep, what you need to do to help you go to sleep and the importance of darkness, porper temperature and quiet in the role of preparing for bed. Use your own sleep routine as an example. Again, it makes you an expert in their eyes since you live your talk.
Step five: Summarize rules one through four.
Go out and talk at colleges, talk to high school students, talk to mother's groups -- you would be amazed what people will ask you during these times, since you are teaching study skills and not talking about sleep. Usually it turns to sleep hygiene and someone inevitably has a sleep disorder.