Research on Study Skills for High School Students - Waldorf High School Research Paper #14

David Mitchell


To properly meet the need of today’s adolescents, Waldorf schools are called upon, by the conditions of our times, to develop a comprehensive social/emotional needs curriculum. A key component of that curriculum is the teaching of study skills. Study skills are learning skills, and the activity of learning how to learn is the most precious gift that educators can pass on to students.

Individuals skilled at learning get more out of their lives because they look for opportunities to grow and gain more knowledge. The modern world favors people who have skills and who are willing to learn new ones in order to gain new knowledge. If you have learning skills, you will not only get more out of your experiences in school, you will be better equipped to meet your other goals in life.

Learning, or “study,” skills carry over into other areas of life beyond school. Good listening skills help you in your relationships with peers, colleagues, friends, and family. The ability to solve problems or issues helps you in your personal and professional experiences beyond school. You need learning skills for everything you do in life.

This research, based on over sixteen years’ experience in teaching skills classes, offers a variety of possibilities for Waldorf high schools to expand upon as they form their own skills class. It is predominately addressed to the teacher or counselor however, sections are also addressed directly to the student. Each of the sections I have presented requires many exercises to involve the students. Including all of the exercises that I have used is beyond the scope of this project.

This research paper does, however, offer advice on setting up an environment for study, as well as provide introspection into personal learning styles, time management formats, concentration building exercises, reading strategies, note taking techniques, memory enhancements, math and science reading strategies, and test-taking hints. It also looks at stress and life management questions. Teachers can adapt and add to the material presented.

~ Taken from the document's Abstract.

114 pages, illustrated