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Visible Results Make Study Skills Stick

calendar photoWhen teaching study skills, I don’t just explain the skills, because the student will tend to listen but then not change his behaviors. I look for ways to make sure the student uses and practices new skills and creates new habits.

When forming habits, it’s most helpful to incorporate Visible Results and Accountability.

Here are some of the strategies I use with my students:

  • Keeping an assignment calendar posted in a highly visible place (bedroom door, refrigerator, bathroom mirror, etc), and using brightly colored markers to check off finished assignments. (This is often called The Jerry Seinfeld Productivity Method; you can read about it and print a calendar here.)
  • Finding a responsible friend and report to one another every day.
  • Being accountable to a parent.
  • Being accountable to me, by requiring the student to e-mail me every evening after she’s done her homework.

Once a student knows how to study, the next step is to help them build the study habit!


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Visible Results Make Study Skills Stick

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."

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Cousins, L. (2015). Visible Results Make Study Skills Stick. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 27, 2020, from


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