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Study Smarter Not Harder: Study Skills for Students (4-12)/Flex Course


Do your students need study skills training to help them become better students and test takers? This online course provides techniques, ideas, and resources for helping students to develop their study skills such as the use of mnemonics, time management and note-taking skills, and the ability to establish a good study environment. With the use of visual aids, innovative strategies, and helpful tips, teachers will be able to develop their students’ study skills and help take the fear out of test-taking. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I found this class to be filled with practical, useable information. I was able to learn and apply strategies to help my students study more effectively even before I was through with the course." - Kevin Iapichino-Dorr


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $120 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $304


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond” by Donna Goldberg

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 89T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41443

Unit One

  • Setting Study Goals
  • Understanding Text Structure and Organization
  • Student Self-Assessment
  • Test #1
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection

Unit Two

  • Helping Students Become Active Learners
  • Time Management and Organization
  • Developing Critical Reading Skills
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Using Mnemonics
  • Note Taking and Outlining Skills
  • Using Study Partners
  • Test #3
  • Assignment #3: Respond to a classmate

Unit Four

  • Using Practice Tests and Online Quizzes
  • How to Help Students Study Smarter
  • Using Audio and Visual Aides for Studying
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Creating a Healthy Study Environment
  • Developing Lifelong Study Habits
  • Mastering Test Taking: Tips and Tricks
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Scoring High: Reading
  • Scoring High: Vocabulary
  • Scoring High: Problem Solving
  • Test Day: How to Be Prepared
  • Assignment #4: Create a study guide and sample test
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)