Study Skills for Learning Disabled and Struggling Students: Grades 6-12 / Edition 4

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Study Skills for Struggling and Special Needs Students features 122 engaging and reproducible activities, each of which provides a unique opportunity for active learning and practice that encourages student success in the classroom. Teaching struggling and special needs students to use study skills and strategies effectively is a vital step in transforming these students into accomplished and independent learners — and this workbook offers a comprehensive and hands-on look at an array of time-tested approaches and innovative tactics for learning, retention, and analysis.

In addition to the units that cover specific study skills such as taking notes, recalling information, and using time well, additional units instruct students on reading, spelling, math, and vocabulary support strategies. An included teachers’ guide provides teaching suggestions for using the activities, ideas for extending the activities, and an answer key for each activity, while a CD-ROM assessment tool allows teachers to evaluate students’ use of the skills covered in the book. This CD-ROM, which can be administered an unlimited number of times, is available from Mangrum-Strichart Learning Resources ( for both the Windows and Mac platforms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137146604
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,472,258
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen S. Strichart is a professor of special education and learning disabilities at Florida International University Miami.

Charles T. Mangrum II is a professor of special education and reading at the University of Miami Coral Gables where he trains instructors who teach students with reading and learning disabilities. Both have authored numerous books and articles on topics related to special education and study skills.

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Table of Contents


Good Studying 1

1-1 What Does Good Studying Involve? 2

1-2 Evaluating My Study Place 3

1-3 Improving My Study Place 4

1-4 Managing My Time 5

1-5 Preparing a Monthly Calendar 6

1-6 Preparing a Weekly Calendar 9

1-7 Preparing a Daily To-Do List 12

1-8 Evaluating My Study Habits 15

1-9 Improving My Study Habits 16

1-10 Check What You Have Learned about Good Studying 17


Interpreting and Creating Visual Aids 18

2-1 Pictograph 19

2-2 Pie Graph 22

2-3 Vertical Bar Graph 24

2-4 Horizontal Bar Graph 27

2-5 Line Graph 30

2-6 Table 33

2-7 Time Line 36

2-8 Diagram 38

2-9 Political Map 41

2-10 Using a Map Scale 43

2-11 Check Yourself Out 45


Reading and Taking Notes from Textbooks 46

3-1 Learning About the PQRW Strategy:

The Preview Step 47

3-2 Learning About PQRW: The Question, Read, and

Write Steps 53

3-3 Practicing Using PQRW 57

3-4 Making Sure 62

3-5 Using PQRW on Your Own 63


Taking Notes in Class 65

4-1 Stages of Notetaking 66

4-2 Signal Words 67

4-3 Signal Statements 68

4-4 Common Abbreviations 69

4-5 Forming Abbreviations 70

4-6 Using Symbols 72

4-7 Using the Fewest Words 73

4-8 A Two-Column Notetaking Format 74

4-9 First Notes 76

4-10 Rewritten Notes 78

4-11 Putting It All Together 80


Using Reference Sources 82

5-1 Types of Reference Sources 83

5-2 Reference Source Formats 84

5-3 Learning about a Dictionary 86

5-4 Practice Using a Dictionary 88

5-5 Using a Thesaurus 89

5-6 Choosing the Best Synonym 91

5-7 Using an Encyclopedia 93

5-8 Practice Using an Encyclopedia 95

5-9 Using an Almanac 96

5-10 Using an Atlas 97

5-11 Applying What You Have Learned 98


Interpreting and Constructing Graphic Organizers and Charts 100

6-1 Topic-List Graphic Organizer 101

6-2 Problem-Solution Graphic Organizer 104

6-3 Series of Events Graphic Organizer 107

6-4 Compare-Contrast Graphic Organizer 110

6-5 Question-Answer Graphic Organizer 113

6-6 Cause-Effect Graphic Organizer 116

6-7 Sequence Chart 119

6-8 Five W’s Chart 121

6-9 KWL Chart 123

6-10 Selecting a Graphic Organizer or Chart 125


Remembering Information 127

7-1 Using the Rehearsal Strategy 128

7-2 Using the Visualization Strategy 130

7-3 Using the Grouping Strategy 132

7-4 Using the Rhyme Strategy 134

7-5 Using the Acronym Strategy 137

7-6 Using the First Letters Strategy 139

7-7 Using the Acronymic Sentence Strategy 142

7-8 Using the Pegwords Strategy 144

7-9 Using the Loci Strategy 148

7-10 Identifying the Remembering Strategy 153


Taking Tests 155

8-1 Using the DETER Test-Taking Strategy 156

8-2 Learning about Multiple-Choice Tests 157

8-3 Taking Multiple-Choice Tests 159

8-4 Taking True/False Tests 163

8-5 Taking Matching Tests 165

8-6 Taking Completion Tests 167

8-7 A Strategy for Taking Essay Tests 169

8-8 Direction Words in Essay Tests 171

8-9 Determining How Much Time to Spend Answering Essay Test Items 172

8-10 Putting Everything Together 173


Reading Long Words 176

9-1 Forming Words with Prefixes 177

9-2 Forming Words with Suffixes 178

9-3 Recognizing Prefixes and Suffixes 179

9-4 Forming Long Words 180

9-5 Dividing Multisyllable Stems: VC/CV 181

9-6 Dividing Multisyllable Stems: V/CV 182

9-7 Dividing Multisyllable Stems: VC/V 183

9-8 Learning about the P2SBA Strategy 184

9-9 Practice Using P2SBA 186

9-10 Using P2SBA with Science and Social Studies Words 187

9-11 Using P2SBA on Your Own 188


Spelling Long Words 189

10-1 The Syllable-Building Strategy for Spelling Words 190

10-2 Learning How the Syllable-Building Strategy is Used 192

10-3 Practice Using the Syllable-Building Strategy 194

10-4 Using My Personal Spelling List 195

10-5 Review Strategies 198

10-6 Using the Syllable-Building Strategy with Science Words 199

10-7 Using the Syllable-Building Strategy with Social Studies Words 200

10-8 Using the Syllable-Building Strategy with Language Arts Words 201

10-9 Using the Syllable-Building Strategy with Mathematics Words 202

10-10 Using the Syllable-Building Strategy with Humanities Words 203

10-11 Using the Syllable-Building Strategy with Recreation Words 204

10-12 What Are the Steps? 205


Building Vocabulary Through Reading 206

11-1 Definition Clues to Word Meaning 207

11-2 Synonym Clues to Word Meaning 209

11-3 Practice with Definition and Synonym Clues 211

11-4 Visual Clues to Word Meaning 212

11-5 Choosing a Dictionary Definition 214

11-6 Practice Using a Dictionary Definition 215

11-7 Reviewing the Meanings of Words 217

11-8 My Vocabulary Words 219

11-9 Applying What You Have Learned 221


Solving Math Word Problems 223

12-1 Learning about the RQWQC Strategy 224

12-2 Reading to Learn What the Problem Is About 226

12-3 Identifying the Question 228

12-4 Identifying the Information Needed to Answer the Question 230

12-5 What Computations Must Be Done? 233

12-6 Doing the Computations 236

12-7 Using RQWQC to Solve a Problem Involving Fractions 238

12-8 Using RQWQC to Solve a Problem Involving Decimals 239

12-9 Using RQWQC to Solve a Problem Involving Percents 240

12-10 Using RQWQC to Solve a Problem Involving Proportions 241

12-11 Using RQWQC to Solve a Problem Involving Interest 242

12-12 Using RQWQC with Your Own Math Word Problem 243

Companion CD-ROM Assessment 244

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