Strategies for Academic Success
When your child reads, can he identify topics,
main ideas, and supporting details? Can he summarize what is
read in his own words? Is he able to organize his thoughts
into well-written sentences and paragraphs? Does he feel confident
when taking tests?
If you answered “NO” to any of these
questions, then, chances are, your child lacks effective studying,
reading comprehension, test taking, or writing strategies—strategies
which are critical to school success. This lack of effective
strategies often leads to frustration, poor grades, weak motivation,
and a dwindling self-esteem.
The following is a reading comprehension and study
skills technique, one of the many strategies that are important
for giving your child an edge in understanding material, studying
for tests, attacking text books, and taking notes. It is a
strategy that is used by some of the most successful students.
PPORA method has been proven to strengthen reading comprehension
and study skills. The acronym stands for Preview, Post-it,
Organize, Review, & Answer.
all headings, sub-headings, picture captions, bold words,
and questions to get an overall picture of what you're about
to read. This will prepare you for what is to come.
each paragraph. At the end of each paragraph, stop and describe
in your own words what it was about. Then, using small-size
Post-it notes, write a 2-3 words, which summarize what the
paragraph is about. Place these Post-it notes on the margins
next to the text.
After you have written Post-it notes for the entire section,
create a graphic organizer using the information on the Post-its.
There are many types of graphic organizers. You should choose
one that best suits your learning modality. A visual learner,
for example, would probably benefit from a spider-like organizer.
To create this type of organizer, write the main idea of
the section in a circle in the center of the page. Next,
create “legs” containing the
text from each Post-it note. Underneath those legs, list bullet
points of the important details, in your own words, from the
Review—Review the information on the graphic organizer,
including the main points and supporting details.
the questions that are given at the end of the section. By
this point, the answers should be a piece of cake!
I have seen students' comprehension abilities improve
many-fold using this technique, in just a short time period!
It is one of the many structured and systematic techniques
that are crucial components of academic success.#
Emily Levy runs summer strategy programs, after-school
workshops, and one-on-one tutorials in Manhattan utilizing
these techniques. For more information, contact EBL Coaching