Creating Meaningful Learning with 50 No-Tech Study Strategies

Every year, I'm surprised by the ways that students have understood what studying looks like. The most common student study techniques / ideas I've encountered are this:
  • I looked at the notes.
  • I made a Quizlet.
  • I went through the slides.
  • I made some flashcards.
  • I studied for like 5 hours.
  • I crammed all last night for this, I'm totally ready.
For me, I struggle with holding back my frustration with students. I think, "you've been in school for over ten years are you thinking this is ok?"; but, then I remember some important questions that stops me: have we taught our students how to study? Have we modeled it for them and give them quality examples?

And I think the answer is no. 

If school is supposed to be about learning, why haven't we done the most fundamental thing of all--teach our students how to learn?

This year--and every year I've taught--I take at least 2-3 classes throughout the year to explain, model, and practice with students what solid, evidence-based studying should look like. At the end of the process, I give students a Google Doc that hits the highlights of our discussion points (such as how to schedule studying time, minimize distractions, etc) as well as 50 non-tech based study strategies that actually create meaningful learning. There's even a wheel that can choose a strategy for students at random!

Here's that doc--please use it, and copy/steal away!