Recommended Reading for Students
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg
Test Success: How to be Calm, Confident and Focused on Any Test, by Dr. Ben Berstein
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey
Your brain is an incredible computer. However, it does not come with an instruction manual.
Understanding your personal learning style can improve your own learning process, and assist you in communicating with other people.
Are you a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner? Maybe you are multi-modal. Find out how your brain works. HERE
A massive study guide and study strategy website that compiles a wealth of information about learning, studying, time and project management, research, writing, memorizing, testing, teaching and curriculum design.
Test Taking & Practice
Multiple Choice Test Practice
Alberta curriculum based multiple choice questions that can be marked for immediate feedback (grades 7-9).
Kaizen clients have free access. HERE
Whether you are in junior high, high school or a college student, tests are unavoidable. If you take a multiple-choice exam, your strategy will be different than if you were to take an essay test. Learning proper note taking, studying and test taking strategies are a vital part of improving your grade and academic success. HERE
A load of resources specifically designed to help students prepare for unit tests, quizzes, and final exams throughout the school year. Workbooks, such as 'The KEY' and 'SNAP' are available for purchase online and delivered to your door. These are also available at Chapters/Indigo. HERE
Practice quizzes, tests and lessons in math, science and ELA provide a supply of study questions that align with concepts in selected provincial & state curriculums (Alberta included). A combination of study guides and interactive practice questions form a comprehensive and fully integrated study solution that works across multiple platforms and is easily accessible. There is a charge. Mobile options available. HERE
Khan Academy - Over 2100 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance and history - all grade levels. HERE
A massive study guide and study strategy website that compiles a wealth of information about learning, studying, time and project management, research, writing, memorizing, testing, teaching and curriculum design. HERE
The University of Surrey Learning Skills - Note Taking. HERE
This site was created in an effort to help students learn the value in the Cornell Note Taking Method and because the author wishes someone had taught it to her when she was a young student. Personalized templates available here for free.
Time Management and Routines
Every format of calendar template available for every task. HERE Sign up with Kaizen and gain free access to this resource.
On Task On Time for Kids is an unique time management system that supplies 52 full color task stickers to organize three routines.
Morning (getting kids ready for school), afternoon (transitioning from school to home activities) and evening (getting kids ready for bed). Individualized routiness are put together by parents and children to fit their lifestyle.
General Learning Tools for all Subject Areas
Khan Academy - Over 2100 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance and history - all grade levels. This well-funded site provides instant feedback, tracking and videos to explain. HERE
Learn to study a huge volume of information, to become effective with your time. This section of Mind Tools teaches more than 30 skills that will help you do these things. The articles on note-taking give you powerful tools for recording information, concisely and effectively. The articles on reading help you increase your reading speed and become highly selective about what you read. The articles on memory help you strengthen your recall of the information you've learned. HERE
Academic support from Cuesta University - A comprehensive site that guides students through studying, memory tips, effcient reading strategies, time management and more. HERE
Curriki - A non-profit K-12 global community for teachers, students and parents to create, share and find free learning resources that enable personalized learning. HERE
Memrise embodies knowledge about how your brain works, and helps you to learn as quickly and effortlessly as possible. They use “mems” to help you form vivid, sensory memories. They test you continuously, making sure your brain gets a good workout. They remind you of what you’ve learned at scientifically optimized times so your memories are always growing stronger, and never forgotten. Very innovate memory training techniques. HERE
Dancemat Learn to Keyboard - You start by learning the home row keys. Each stage builds on previous lessons, introducing new letters as you progress. You’ll soon be touch typing like an expert. At the end of each level you can test your typing speed and get a fun reward. HERE
Danica McKellar is best known for her lead female role on TV's "The Wonder Years" She has written a book for girls entitled:
An engine for computing answers and providing knowledge. It works by using its vast store of expert-level knowledge and algorithms to automatically answer questions, do analysis and generate reports. HERE
All of IXL’s math practice skills and testing are aligned to provincial curricula, making it easy to find the right skills to practise. IXL assesses student performance on each objective instantly, so you will have all the information you need to prepare for standardized testing. There is a charge for the complete version but it’s worth it. HERE
Multiple Choice Test Practice - Alberta curriculum based M/C questions that can be marked for immediate feedback (grades 7-9) in math (and other core subject areas). Kaizen clients have free access. HERE
Adaptive practice activities and tutorials from dozens of Mathletics courses, each aligned to the individual requirements of national, provincial and state-based curricula from around the world. Live Mathletics matches students against others from around the world in real-time competition. An engaging environment that encourages students and rewards results. There is a charge. HERE
PBS Math Club is the best math study group ever. The vlog helps with homework... and makes you laugh. Each episode of Math Club also has an interactive quiz so you can practice what you learned. If you get the question right, they link to some of the best videos on the web. If you get it wrong, one of them will help you out so you can get it right. HERE
The reading tests provided here are a combination of multiple choice, short-answer, and long-answer questions. The short answer and long answer questions are designed to have students process the information in the passage, analyse it and organize it for the answer. In this way, these practice questions test students’ analytical abilities, not just comprehension. HERE
What are the costs of being disorganized? Click on THIS link to access a video series on organization.
Mary Astadourian (Professional Organizer) gives expert video advice on:
Why is it so hard to get organized?
How do I know if I am disorganized?
What are the different styles of organization?
Apps for Getting and Staying Organized
Choiceworks - This app is for younger children, helping to complete daily routines (morning, day & evening), understand and control their feelings and improve their waiting skills (taking turns and not interrupting). Fosters independence, positive behavior and emotional regulation at home and school.
iStudiez Pro - This app is great for students, teachers & parents. It helps you to stay on track by scheduling your appointments and reminding you of deadlines. Its features may be more intuitive for high school & college students.
InClass - This app helps students to keep track of their courses through more efficient note-taking: video notes, audio notes and photo notes.
Next Thing - Next Thing is a task manager and scheduling aid that’s comparable to a “digital sticky note.”
iThoughts - This in-depth mapping tools allows students to visually organize their thoughts, ideas and information. It could be especially helpful to older students when organizing thoughts for writing papers.
Corkulous - Corkulous acts like a giant bulletin board where you can collect, organize and share idea- including creating a family message center, reminder board, goal manager and more.
Popplet - Like to brainstorm? Maybe you have too many ideas to keep track of? Keep your ground-breaking new ideas organized with Popplet.
Flashcards Deluxe - These aren’t your ordinary flashcards. Cards can have up to five sides (Imagine: one side pronounces a word; another provides a visual cue; another spells it with a visual and so on….) and customized colors and themes will help you to tailor cards to your needs.
Dropbox - This popular file-sharing software is a great organizational tool for keeping all of your files accessible no matter where you are.
GoodReader - GoodReader has been praised for its annotating capabilities and quick pace when managing large PDF and TXT files, manuals and books. Its multi-table option makes it easy to switch back and forth between documents when studying.
PDF Expert - Read and annotate PDF documents, highlight text and take notes with PDF Expert, which is compatible with Preview and Adobe Acrobat.