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Title: Strategies for Success: integrating effective study skills into developmental mathematics

Strategies for Successintegrating effective
study skills into developmental mathematics
  • California Association for Developmental
  • Fall Conference
  • October 21, 2011
  • Lynn Marecek
  • MaryAnne Anthony-Smith
  • Santa Ana College

If they only knew what it takes to be
  • What skills do you want your students to
  • have as they enter your classroom?

Take a Pro-active Approach
  • We can either grumble.
  • .OR we can do something about it!
  • We believe math content is not 100
  • of a developmental math course!

Our charge is to DO something!
  • California Basic Skills Initiative
  • Developmental courses/programs implement
    effective curricula and practices for development
    of study skills.
  • Developmental education focuses on self-directed
    learning, with students engaged in actively
    assessing and monitoring their own motivation and
  • AMATYC Standards
  • The curriculum of developmental mathematics
    programs shoulddevelop students study skillsto
    enable them to be successful in other courses and
    in their careers.

Strategies for Success
  • Activities designed to help students develop
    effective study skills
  • Meta-cognitive self-assessments
  • Worksheets with teacher instructions
  • Printed worksheets
  • Electronic versions using Online Assessment
    System (OAS)

Strategies for Success
  • Integral part of our developmental mathematics
    courses at SAC
  • Prealgebra (Math N48)
  • Integrated throughout our Foundations of Algebra
  • Every exercise set starts with a Strategy for
    Success part of every homework assignment
  • Elementary Algebra (Math 060)
  • Strategies for Success bundled with all
    Elementary Algebra texts this semester
  • PLC to support teachers
  • Suggested schedule of use
  • Intermediate Algebra (Math 081)
  • Directed Learning Activities in Math Center

History of this Project
  • Recognized strong need in our lowest level
  • Developed pieces over our teaching careers
  • Shared often with other faculty

Created so that Teachers can
  • Use each activity confidently
  • Needs little preparation
  • Gives background information
  • Is easy to grade
  • Integrate the Strategies into their course
    without using much class time
  • Get feedback, summary, grading easily using the

Teacher Support
  • Teacher page for each Strategy
  • rationale
  • directions for use
  • suggestions for timing in the course
  • Teacher Manual available electronically at
  • Teachers can seamlessly incorporate study skills
    in classes
  • easily
  • confidently

Created so that Students will
  • Be actively engaged
  • Constantly self-reflect
  • Gain valuable insights
  • Usually get it without teacher input
  • Be able to do the activities easily on their own
  • Recognize benefit received from time spent

How do we use them?
  • In-class activities
  • Warm-ups
  • Ticket out the door
  • Sandwich around breaktime
  • Group activities
  • Homework assignments
  • Debrief in class
  • Directed Learning Activities (DLAs)
  • One per week
  • Online - electronic format makes teacher feedback
  • Grading? for completion

strategies for success - do they make a
  • SAC Spring 2011 data
  • Prealgebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate
  • 14 sections taught by PLC participants
  • 51 sections taught by other instructors
  • Total n 2375 students
  • Success rates higher (A, B, C, Pass)
  • PLC sections 53.8
  • Other sections 46.2
  • Withdrawal rates lower
  • PLC sections 20.3
  • Other sections 29.6

Strategies for Success Sample activities
  • Excuses! Excuses!
  • On Time and Ready to Go!  
  • Homework Skills
  • Test Taking Skills
  • Mid-term Check-up  
  • Test Analysis
  • Goals

Excuses! Excuses!
  • Math teachers hear all sorts of excuses from
    their students for not fully completing class
    assignments. Lets look at some of the most
    common excuses. For each excuse listed below
  • (a) explain why this is not a valid excuse.
  • (b) describe what a successful student would do
    in this situation.
  • 1) I dont have my homework because I was
  • 2) I dont have my homework because I dont
    have a book.
  • 3) I did not finish the assignment. I forgot
    about it!
  • 4) I left my homework paper at home.
  • 5) I didnt do the chapter review/chapter test
    assignment. Can I do it after I take the test?
  • 6) I was absentdid you do anything important?

Annies Way - Excuses! Excuses!Adapted for a
High School English class
  • English class, Fallbrook HS
  • Situation
  • Due date of long-term group assignment
  • No group had its presentation ready
  • Students spent class period writing letters to
    teacher explaining their reasons
  • Phone call Mom! What should I do?
  • Adaptation next day in class
  • Teacher used ELMO to show selected excuses
  • Class discussion of why each excuse was not valid
    and what a successful student would do

Group Work
  • Each group has a different activity
  • On Time and Ready to Go!  
  • Homework Skills
  • Test Taking Skills
  • Mid-term Check-up  
  • Each person in the groupthink about how your
    typical student would answer the questions

Group discussion
  • Describe your activity.
  • What did you like best about the activity?
  • How might you adapt this activity for your class?
  • Other comments?

Two more Strategies first
  • Test Analysis
  • Students analyze causes of point loss
  • 3 causes
  • Unprepared
  • Concept error
  • Careless error
  • What does this tell you about yourself?
  • How to fix it

Two more Strategies second
  • Goals
  • With To the Instructor page
  • Rationale
  • Timing
  • Anticipated effects on students
  • Splitting the worksheet
  • Addresses motivation
  • Anticipate barriers, plan for overcoming them
  • Provides good opportunity to highlight Student

Additional Uses
  • Higher level courses
  • Directed Learning Activities
  • Assessing Student Learning Outcomes
  • Focusing student responsibilities

Teacher Comments
  • These activities really set the students up for
  • Students had aha moments where they realized
    they had more control over their education than
    they thought.
  • I knew what some of their issues were and how
    I could best help them in class

Teacher Comments
  • are vital for students just beginning their
    study of math.
  • Even did some in my other classes because I
    liked them so much. 
  • It gave me insight into my students 
  • I definitely plan to use these next semester.

Student Comments
  • What was the best part of these activities?
  • These study skills are great!  Not only for math
    but for all other classes
  • You had a chance to really challenge your goals
    and achieve your dreams
  • They help you think about what you really want
    and why we are here
  • It helped me understand my weaknesses and my

Student Comments
  • . the best part of these activities?
  • You get to see how you work what things can be
    done differently to get you to better yourself
  • They helped my brain to work better, smarter
  • It made us realize it by writing it down
  • It prepared you ahead of time
  • It helps you evaluate yourself
  • Setting a positive mind-frame for life

Student Comments
  • .. the best part of these activities?
  • Being able to work with other people
  • Shows you what you need to improve on
  • That you believe in yourself that you really can
    pass this class
  • They help you understand
  • Helped more on the homework
  • It helped get me ready for the test
  • That you were concerned, cared

Student Comments
  • What was the worst part of these activities?
  • Sometimes, I couldnt get the answer
  • I didnt like them because I had to work
  • Time consuming but made me think.
  • Maybe study too much

Strategies for Success
  • Syllabus Search
  • Notebook Preparation
  • Reading the Textbook
  • Autobiography
  • On Time and Ready to Go!
  • Test Preparation
  • Test Stress Reduction
  • Test Taking Skills
  • Post Test Check Up
  • Test Analysis
  • Successful Student Behavior
  • Textbook Tour
  • Time Management
  • Homework Skills
  • Mid-Term Check up
  • Attendance
  • Study Group
  • Goals
  • Thoughts in Charge
  • Neutralize Negative Thoughts
  • Intervention Strategies for Negative Thoughts
  • Can you Hear Me Now?
  • A Gift to Yourself
  • Math Plan
  • The End is in Sight
  • Excuses! Excuses!
  • Support from Family and Friends
  • Stay on Campus-Stay on Task!
  • Final Exam Prep
  • Grade Check Up
  • Look Back, Look Forward
  • Reward Yourself!

Your turn
  • What is the biggest concern you have about
    integrating study skills in your class?

Time to commit!
  • Which Strategy for Success will you try first?

Teacher Resources
  • For more information email
  • Check out