Study Skills IEP Goals and Accommodations
I’m a good learner, but I’m terrible at studying. Always have been. Other than re-reading chapters and notes and rote memorization, I never knew what studying was. I think many students struggle with study skills, particularly if you have an IEP and/or struggle with executive functioning skills. If a student lacks a skill, you either have to teach the skill or make accommodations for lack of skill.
That’s a decision that should be made within the IEP team. It’s important to involve the student to the maximum extent possible. For example, if a child struggles with working memory, there are exercises and tasks that they can do to improve it. However, at some point the team needs to decide if it is more important for a student to be able to recall the information from memory, or know where to find that information in their notes or textbook. What’s more important–the ability to have 100% retrieval from memory, or knowing where to find the information and how to apply it?
One of the more common requests I get is for IEP goals for Study Skills. So, I’ve compiled a list of Study Skills IEP Goals, as well as some accommodation ideas and resources where you can go to find more assistance.
Study Skills IEP Goals
Remember that you have to add in absolutes to make these measurable. I’ve included the IEP Goal Formula at the bottom of this post, but these 10 items will get you started.
Also, I have an IEP Goal Bank if you need more ideas.
- Given the content areas of study, Student will be able to anticipate and verbalize/list X number of test questions.
- Student will be able to identify X number of concerns that lead to test anxiety and brainstorm 1-2 solutions for each.
- Given a calendar and content materials, student will be able to plot out study sessions to follow.
- Student will self-identify X number of concepts that he/she is struggling to master and ask for assistance.
- At the end of a study session, student will be able to verbalize X number of concepts or facts that were reviewed.
- Student will be able to identify X number of items that are a distraction while studying and develop a remedy for each.
- Given a list of options, student will identify which methods work best for learning material and concepts. (IE- graphic organizers, having someone read material, watching video, discussion)
- When given an already graded/corrected test, student will review with tutor/teacher the incorrect answers and where correct information can be found. (can also include identifying strategies for next time)
- Student will self-identify their most successful method of reading and note-taking and develop a strategy for each.
- Student will be able to self-identify their best environment for test-taking. (quiet room, being able to talk out loud, verbal test, sensory break beforehand, etc.)
Test Taking IEP Accommodations
- Quiet room
- Exercise or sensory break before test
- Snack or bathroom break before test
- Ability to read out loud to self during test
- Have test read to them
- Able to answer verbally (either directly to teacher or recorded)
- Fidget toy during exam
- Extended test taking time
- Alternative assessment method (IE book report or project instead of a test)
- Notes or graphic organizers during test
- Open book and open note test
- Group/Partner test
- Teacher/para/tutor develop real-world applications for concept and discussion
- monthly, weekly or bi-weekly phone or in person conferences with parents (progress monitoring)
- homework assignments chunked down by the teacher to define each task
- have the child write down verbal questions to aid in processing
- breaking down tests into segments
- pre-teaching information, then post-teaching afterward
- alternatives for completing assignments (typed instead of written, or verbal)
- provide facilitated experiences (opportunities to apply information)
- frequent test breaks with opportunities to move
- testing in a study carrel
- testing in the morning only (or best time for student)
- masking test items so only single questions are visible
- permission to hand in all assignments late, as pre-determined
- modify assignments to only include essential content
- intersperse easy and difficult demands on an 80/20 basis (and work to increase)
- longer assignments are broken down and scheduled out in pictures or words
Study Skills Websites
These websites are free and offer more information on how to develop good study skills. They also can help parents and students identify and define what good study skills look like.
- LD Pride
- Learning Strategies Center
- Great Schools
- Learning Connection/Stanford
- Watch Know Learn
- Uncommon Help
- Mullen Memory
Hopefully this is enough to get you started on a path to success.
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