What are ‘study skills’?

Defined also as ‘learning strategies’, study skills are a set of tools used by students to apply what is learned from their teachers or their schools. These set of tools are acquired through our education. However, more often than not, when these tools have not been acquired for whatever the reason, students start to struggle as they simply do not know how to “study”. Not all study skills suit everyone that is why we need first to find out how be learn best.

Why is it important to know how we learn best [metacognition]?

Once we know what kind of learner a particular student is, and he/she starts using the right set of learning tools, we start seeing changes not only in their grades, but most importantly in the student’s approach to learning and his/her confidence. These tools will be something they will have for the rest of their lives.

What exactly will my child learn?

First, we will find out through a couple of assessments the student’s learning style. From there, if needed, will aim to specific difficulties that the student/child is having in the classroom before moving on to learn basic things like note-taking, set up notebooks, colour-coding, framework to write an essay or a system for reading a text and extract its basic ideas.

Who are study skills for?

These sessions are aimed for children all ages, in particular children moving on from primary to secondary school. It is also very beneficial for children with any type of learning difficulty, for example dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, etc.

As a teacher, what do I aim for with these sessions?

I aim for students to learn about who they are as a learner. For them to know what works for them and what does not, this way prioritizing tasks and organising their time efficiently. I do this through a flexible approach to learning in which I have a repertoire of approaches and when one does not work I change it.


I believe that as we all learn differently, our intelligence also fluctuates according to our learning styles. Gardner (1983,1999) explained that there are eight types of intelligence:

  • Visual/spatial; Auditory/linguistic; Musical; Mathematical; Bodily/kinaesthetic; Interpersonal; Intrapersonal; Naturalist.

What are the basics tenets behind Spaniology?

1- Motivation

2- Persistence

3- Responsibility

4- Structure and Timing

5- Communication

6- Student’s Metacognition

7- Feedback Process

If you want to know more contact Spaniology at spaniology.tailoredlearning@gmail.com or call 087 654 85 20.

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