Thus Thought's Pilot Project Denver, Colorado

How to Learn Program Overview

Education is not only about teachers teaching. Another major component of being successful at school is for students to become more effective at learning. Understanding how he/she learns, how to manage his/her study, and applying specific study techniques to enhance learning are very critical for success. Reading for comprehension, writing with conciseness, taking quality lesson notes, relating knowledge for understanding, and preparing and taking exams are some of the fundamental techniques that will help to improve a student's performance at school. The goal of How to Learn program is to help students become better at acquiring new knowledge, which will help them succeed in school and life.

How to Learn Program Partnerships

For the How to Learn program, Thus Thought has partnered with two Denver based nonprofits:


Partnerships

Organization

Name

Email

Phone

Mercy Housing

Savina Treves

streves@mercyhousing.org

303-321-5421

Elizabeth Bogetveit

ebogetveit@mercyhousing.org

Donna Baiocco

DBaiocco@mercyhousing.org

Spring Institute

Burna Dunn

bdunn@springinstitute.org

303-863-0188

Gaye Horne

ghorne@springinstitute.org

Thus Thought

ShaTin Rai

shatin.rai@thusthought.org

303-949-9573

Patrick O’Fallon

patrick.ofallon@thusthought.org


How to Learn Curriculum

Goal: To provide immigrant students the academic know-hows on performing better in their high school


Target Audience: Immigrant High School Aged Students

Number of Potential Students: 36 Students

Target Class Size: Select 8 Students who have relatively good English and leadership qualities


Course Duration: 7 weeks (three 30-45 minutes lessons per week)

Target Start Date: 25-Jan-2010 Target End Date: 15-Mar-2010

Time: MW(7:15-8:00 pm), F (6:15-7:00 pm), Saturday/Sunday (make up sessions)

Location: Community Room, Grace Apartments at 8888 E. 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80220


Thus Thought’s Course Material: Student Handbook

Student Materials (required):

  1. Hole puncher & ruler
  2. Binder
  3. Blank papers & pens
  4. Simple planner w/ calendar
  5. Student's school textbooks for various subjects


Program Overview

Week #

Main Objective

Duration

1.

Understanding How You Learn

3 lessons

2.

Managing Your Study

3 lessons

3.

Study Techniques (Part 1)

3 lessons

4

Study Techniques (Part 2)

3 lessons

5.

Putting it All Together (Non-Technical Subjects)

3 lessons

6.

Putting it All Together (Technical Subjects)

3 lessons

7.

Exam Performance

3 lessons


Lesson Delivery Format (general structure)

Sequence #

Teaching Activity

1.

Review Previous Lesson

  • Do-it-Yourself Exercise

2.

Brief Overview of New Lesson

3.

Hands-on Activity

  • Example followed by Do-it-Yourself Exercise, or

  • Do-it-Yourself Exercise followed by Example

4.

Questions/Feedback/Extra Help


Program Incentives, Evaluation & Continuation

Program

Options

Incentives

  • Snacks

  • Certificate of completion

  • Option - tutor-role (once successfully completed)

Evaluation

Feedback Survey

  • Students

  • Mercy Housing staff

Lesson Audits & Evaluations

  • Thus Thought's Educators

    • Ashante Butcher, Karen Hinds

  • Mercy Housing & Spring Institute

Progress Report

  • check student progress from their high school over a 3-6 months period

Continuation

Build capacity at Mercy Housing

  • New Program Leads – Mercy Housing Staff/Volunteers

  • Student Tutors – selected from students who have completed the program

Advisory/Support Role - Thus Thought

Program Revision – after 6 months

How to Learn - Lesson Details

Week 1 – Understanding How You Learn

Lesson 1

(30 minutes)

Introduction

- Background

- Differences in the education system

- What is effective learning?

Understanding Your Learning Environment

- When?

- Where?

- How?

Lesson 2

(30 minutes)

Understanding Your Learning Style

- Multiple Intelligences

(Visual, Verbal, Bodily, Logical, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal

Lesson 3

(45 minutes)

Understanding Your Memory

- Using Smaller Time Block

- Connecting Related Knowledge

- Regular Review

- Practicing Output

- Sleeping on it & Waking up on it

Putting it All Together

- Review


Week 2 – Managing Your Study

Lesson 1

(30 minutes)

Time Management

- Calendaring Major Events

- 5-Minutes a day

Lesson 2

(30 minutes)

Preparing to Study

5-Steps Process

1. Preparing to
learn

2. Relaxing to
control stress

3. Pumping your
self-esteem

4. Sharpening
your focus

5. Activating your brain

Lesson 3

(45 minutes)

Putting it All Together

- Review


Week 3 – Study Techniques (Part 1 of 2)

Lesson 1

(30 minutes)

Types of Knowledge

- Types of Knowledge

  1. Factual Knowledge

  2. Conceptual Knowledge

  3. Procedural Knowledge

  4. Meta-cognitive Knowledge

- Note taking formats based on knowledge types

Lesson 2

(30 minutes)

Reading


- 3-Step Process

1. Preview

2. Read

3. Review

- Note taking

Lesson 3

(45 minutes)

Listening

- 3-Step Process

1. Preview

2. Active Listening

3. Review

- Note taking

Putting it All Together

- Review


Week 4 – Study Techniques (Part 2 of 2)

Lesson 1

(30 minutes)

Writing

- 4-Step Process

1. Explore ideas

2. Outline

3. Write

4. Revise

- Note taking

Lesson 2

(30 minutes)

Speaking

- 2-Step Process

1. Organizing

2. Delivery

- Note taking

Lesson 3

(45 minutes)

Problem Solving

- 3-Step Process

1. 3-Pass Problem Solving

2. Study Groups

3. Review Sample Problems

- Note taking

Putting it All Together

- Review


Week 5 – Putting it All Together (Non-Technical Subjects)

Lesson 1

(30 minutes)

Studying Non-Technical Subjects

- Note taking

- 5-Step Process (overview)

1. Cluster Notes into Groups

2. Build Memory Aids

3. Cover Sheet for Groupings

4. Review – Quiz/Recall

5. Eliminate Question Marks

Lesson 2

(30 minutes)

Study to Learn

5-Step Process

1. Cluster Notes into Groups

2. Build Memory Aids

3. Cover Sheet for Groupings

4. Review – Quiz/Recall

5. Eliminate Question Marks

Lesson 3

(45 minutes)

Putting it All Together

- Review


Week 6 – Putting it All Together (Technical Subjects)

Lesson 1

(30 minutes)

Studying Technical Subjects

- Note taking

- 5-Step Process (Overview)

1. Build Mega-Problem sets

2. Build Memory Aids

3. Cover Sheet for Problem sets

4. Review/Solve – Quiz/Recall

5. Eliminate Question Marks

Lesson 2

(30 minutes)

Study to Learn

- 5-Step Process

1. Build Mega-Problem sets

2. Build Memory Aids

3. Cover Sheet for Problem sets

4. Review/Solve – Quiz/Recall

5. Eliminate Question Marks

Lesson 3

(45 minutes)

Putting it All Together

- Review


Week 7 – Exam Performance

Lesson 1

(30 minutes)

Exam Preparation

- 3-Step Process

1. Size up the Exam

2. Organize

3. Self Test

Lesson 2

(30 minutes)

Exam Taking

- Before Exam

- During Exam

1. Skim whole exam

2. Budget time

3. Answer Easy to Hard

Lesson 3

(45 minutes)

Specific Exam Strategies

- Specific exam strategies

  1. Multiple Choice

  2. Fill-in the Blanks

  3. Matching

  4. Short Answers

  5. Essays

Putting it All Together

- Review