For the past decade, there has been a heated and ongoing debate about the state of public education in America.
Although few people can concur on exactly how to solve the problem, there is one thing that we can all agree on: our public education system is broken and has been for some time. The statistics speak for themselves:
- 30% of US students drop out of high school.
- 40% of US students are required to take a remedial college course.
- 50% of US college students drop out before getting a degree.
- 66% of US high school HONOR students fall behind in college!
- 70% of US students graduate college without having a job.
- The U.S. ranks 12th among industrialized countries in terms of how many adults have college degrees.
- Education spending per student has doubled since 1971, but reading and math skills have shown no improvement.
- Approximately 7,000 kids drop out of school in the US every day.
- The unemployment rate of high school graduates is three and a half times that of college graduates.
- Americans with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree earn approximately $18,000 more per year than those without a college degree.
The Solution? Teaching Study Skills
As simple as it may sound, teaching our students study skills—real study skills —is the solution to this problem. Unfortunately, most kids in public schools today are told to learn how to study for a test—a high stakes standardized test—that will supposedly hold them accountable for learning a set of skills while simultaneously ensuring that teachers are teaching these skills. It’s sounds like a good idea in theory, but in the end, what actually happens is that students are taught to memorize and regurgitate information or learn strategies that are only good for one thing—passing the test. It may be tempting to blame the teachers for not expanding their curricula to include real-world skills, but in a system where these teachers’ jobs are on the line depending on whether or not their students pass a single test, it’s easy to understand why teaching study tips for this one test is their main focus in the classroom.
How Study Skills Help
- Study Skills Empower Students
It’s common knowledge that not every classroom in this country is taught by a highly qualified and effective teacher. Low-pay, crowded classrooms, and less than ideal working conditions has created a shortage of teachers in the United States, forcing us to lower our standards as to who we allow to teach our children. This is a serious problem that must be dealt with on the federal or state level or possibly both, but these changes won’t occur overnight. In the meantime, thousands of students with little or no academic guidance slip through the cracks. As is evident from the alarming statistics above, many of them end up dropping out of school before they earn their high school diploma. Furthermore, even those who do graduate from high school end up struggling at the college level because they lack the study skills necessary to succeed. The good news is that students can learn study skills independently, even without the help of their classroom teacher. All they need is the necessary resources and encouragement. An online student success system that teaches students strategies for comprehending what they read, improving working memory, and applying knowledge to real-world scenarios (study skills that will benefit them for a lifetime) can make all the difference. Students who have completed success systems like EduNova’s MCS3, report dramatic and long-lasting grade improvement in all subject areas.
- Study Skills Allow Students to Learn Any Subject
Most students are naturally stronger in some subject areas than others. It’s commonplace for a student to be strong in language arts and social studies and weak in math and science or vice versa. Fortunately, learning foundational study skills can help students excel in all areas of the curriculum. Students enrolled in an effective study system will quickly find that although the subject matter being learned varies from class to class, the same effective, research-backed study skills can be applied to every content area, resulting in success across the board.
- Study Skills Save Time and Reduce Frustration
If you’ve ever seen a student struggling over a concept or trying their best to figure out how to study for an exam, you know it can be a pretty pitiful site. It’s difficult to see a student try so hard and still fail to pass a test or master a subject. Many students who put forth this amount of effort and still fail time and time again get so frustrated that they simply give up and stop trying altogether. The problem in these cases is clearly not a lack of effort. Instead, the problem lies in the fact that many students simply aren’t aware of effective study methods that could enable them to learn the material in a fraction of the time while allowing them to improve grades in every subject matter.
Although fixing the entire public education system in our country is a tall order, there are some things we can do to prevent our own children from becoming statistics. Among the most important of these is a regular regimen of study skills training. Once students learn the basic study techniques, they’ll become empowered and motivated to continue down the path of success. There’s nothing like seeing a student who once struggled in school smiling over a good report card or talking about which college they plan to attend. Who knew something so simple could have such a profound effect? The evidence is clear though; a strong set of study skills can be the determining factor over whether a child succeeds or fails in school. If your child lacks the guidance of a high quality teacher who can teach him/her these skills in the classroom, then it becomes your job to ensure that your child learns these keys to success. One day, your college graduate will thank you!