Teaching students how to learn effectively

Here is a great article by Pamela L. Bacon: “Effective Studying is a Science, Not an Art: Teaching Students Scientifically-Based Study Techniques” (2017). You read the article and see my highlights and annotations here in Kami, If you like, you can add your own comments / highlights to it too.

Bacon is very clear and honest about what did and didn’t work when she tried to convince her students to use these scientifically proven techniques to study better.

  • What didn’t work: Simply telling the students about these techniques.
  • What did work: Attaching an assessment task to the techniques > forcing students to use these specific methods in a task which was then graded, although the weighting of those tasks was quite low.

The three effective study techniques which have been supported by most research are:

Here is a great YouTube playlist with two series of videos about effective learning

Some of the links from Pamela Bacon’s article:

PDF articles mentioned in Bacon’s article:

As a teacher in an MYP school, we are also using the ‘Approaches to Learning’ as a form of meta-cognitive instruction. These study skills would obviously fit in ‘Thinking Skills’.


Here is a #booksnap I created from the wonderful book: Understanding How We Learn: A Visual Guide, by Megan Sumeracki, Oliver Caviglioli, and Yana Weinstein