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Tackle barriers to learning and equip your students with a range of skills that can boost and strengthen their learning!

Written by Margaret and Colin Sutherland

There is an urgent need to develop techniques that will turn students onto learning. Teachers need help to tackle the learning blocks that many students have developed over the years and to empower them with a range of skills and techniques that can be used to boost and strengthen their learning. This is where Strategies for Learning comes in!

This book, from the authors of The Behaviour Management Toolkit, uses five basic techniques to bring about changes to learning that will enable you to:

  • Challenge the way your students think about things to help them believe they can achieve

  • Encourage your students to become more self-aware so they can examine their own thinking

  • Consider with your students how use of language affects their thought patterns

  • Teach your students various techniques in relation to breathing and muscle control that can directly assist in changing attitudes and feelings about learning

  • Teach students how the imagination can be used to help them achieve

How does the book work?

The main practical tool used throughout this book is the student worksheet. Tutor notes at the start of each unit explain the concepts employed and provide instructions for use.

Who is this book for?

How do I use it?

The way in which the handbook is used will vary according to both the tutor’s objectives and the time available. The early units, ‘Removing Blocks to Learning’ and ‘Becoming A Good Learner’ aim to develop positive attitudes to learning amongst students who have lost confidence in their own ability to learn and are best used with individuals or small groups. Other units can be used to form part of a PSE or study skills programme with larger groups or with small groups or individuals to address a specific problem. The tutor notes and selected worksheets can also be used for staff training sessions to help all staff to support students who are attempting to change their learning behaviour.

Below is an outline of the contents and worksheets that are included in Strategies for Learning:

Unit 1: Removing Blocks To Learning A Born Learner Feels Good Just Listen To Yourself Some More Learning Blocker About ANTs More About ANTs Try It Yourself Practice Makes Perfect No, It’s Not A Catastrophe Try It Out Learn From Others

Unit 2: Learn With Confidence Step Back Write About It Press The Button A Walk Into The Future About Goals Setting Goals Test Out Your Goals Steps To Success Take Charge

Unit 3: Learning Styles and Thinking Skills I’m Unique Take A Look My Learning Style Be A Critical Thinker Be A Creative Thinker Mix And Match A Toolkit For Thinkers Have A Brainstorm Thinking Together Mind Maps Reframe It Step Back The Five Whys Draw It Venn It Smart Steps To Problem Solving

Unit 4: Procrastination And Persistence When’s Later I Want To, But… Consequences Pros And Cons Reward Yourself For The Right Activities The Swish Prepare Your Mind Prepare Your Body Stay Calm Think Positively Perseverance Keep A Log Log

Unit 5: Time Management Time What’s Important I’ll Do It Later Take The Main Road Goals A Balanced Life Time Log Be On Time On Time Cards

Unit 6: Personal Organisation Are You A Clutterbug? Organise Your Workspace Tools Of The Trade Homework Habits

About the authors

Margaret Sutherland PhD was head of special needs at an 11-16 comprehensive school and has a research background in psychology. Over the years, she has acquired extensive practical experience in counselling young people and of using procedures such as cognitive therapy and neuro-linguistic programming.

Colin Sutherland PhD was a principal lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire. For the last 10 years, he has worked as a psychotherapist using techniques of counselling, cognitive therapy, hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming. This is their second jointly-written book for schools and colleges, the first being The Behaviour Management Toolkit.

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