Your child will have his/her first test in Spanish II on Thursday, 18th. I moved the test to this date because I felt students needed a little more time to be ready for the topics on the test. Students are very aware of every topic that will be on this test, and I have given them a topic list on Google Classroom. They can access Google Classroom from their phones, and they have several resources available to them there. I have also cautioned them about managing their time wisely this week so they study efficiently. I can assure you, studying 3 hours on the night before the test is neither efficient, nor is this study method a recipe for success. So, let me take a moment to share some study tips that will help students be successful.
–Students should study vocab and notes for any topics we are currently covering for about 15 min each night
–Students can access their vocab flashcards via Google Classroom; Students can hear the pronunciation of each word and play games with their vocab
–Students should rewrite their notes in their own words, or type notes in their own words in a Google Doc
–Students should study a little each night to divide up the work so that concepts will go to long term memory
–Students should take frequent study breaks, possibly every 15 to 20 minutes
–Students should do something physical to study, stand up, move around, throw a ball against a wall, study outside, etc.
–Students could take old sentences we’ve covered in class and rework them on paper, then check their answers
–Students are always welcome to ask me for extra help during Enrichment or after school
–On test day, students should take advantage of the test taking strategies we have discussed, and take the opportunity to “mark up” their tests.
Most importantly, check with your child to ask if he/she is putting in a little study time outside of class. I really don’t ask for much, but I am hoping that students are not waiting until the last minute to study. Studying a few minutes early and often is the best tip I can give. Learning a language takes discipline, focus and the willingness to practice.