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Study Smarter Not Harder: Study Skills for Students (4-12)/Semester 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 course very useful and informative. I will be using many strategies in my classroom with students." - Jeanette Tamargo


Enrollment Options

Register Course Registration Only $160 with the discount

RegisterCourse Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $344


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: 89AXX

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41443

Unit One

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

Unit Two

  • Helping Students Become Active Learners
  • Time Management and Organization
  • Developing Critical Reading Skills
  • Assignment #2: Test students' listening skills or create tips for students

Unit Three

  • Using Mnemonics
  • Note Taking and Outlining Skills
  • Using Study Partners
  • Assignment #3: Develop mnemonics for students

Unit Four

  • Using Practice tests and Online Quizzes
  • How to help Students Study Smarter
  • Using Audio and Visual Aids for Studying
  • Assignment #4: Create a practice test

Unit Five

  • Creating a Healthy Study Environment
  • Developing Lifelong Study Habits
  • Mastering Test Taking: Tips and Tricks
  • Assignment #5: Write a guide for parents

Unit Six

  • Scoring High: Reading
  • Scoring High: Vocabulary
  • Scoring High: Problem Solving
  • Test Day: How to be Prepared
  • Assignment #6: Create a study guide
  • Assignment #7: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)