Study Skills in Education, Educator Develops New Resources to Help Stay Competitive in Global Economy

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By 2010, the amount of new information is expected to double every 11-72 hours. To stay competitive in our global economy, the most critical skills our students need are study skills. Certified educator, Susan Kruger, is exploring why our education system is not teaching students how to learn and is bringing new resources to the table.

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There is a popular PowerPoint that is now creating a buzz in education. The "Did You Know" presentation, created by Karl Fisch, contains eye-opening facts regarding the advancements of our information age, the impact these changes will have on today's students, and the United States' vulnerability to advancing countries such as India and China. As the rate of new information dramatically increases, educator Susan Kruger is exploring why our education system is not teaching students how to learn and is bringing new resources to the table.

According to the "Did You Know" presentation, in 2010, the top 10 in-demand jobs did not exist in 2004 and the rate of new information will double every 72 hours. (Steve Mills, senior executive vice president of IBM's Software Group, says it will double every 11-24 hours!) To stay competitive in our global economy, the most critical skills our students need are study skills. Unfortunately, students are not learning how to learn and they are already struggling.

"95% of the problems that my students have in school have nothing to do with their level of intelligence," said Jessica Miller, a high school teacher in Rochester, MI. "They simply do not know how to get organized, get their homework done, and study efficiently." Miller's observations are echoed by educators all over the country. In Prince Geo County, VA, the district's school psychologists have discovered that more than half of the middle and high school students referred to them for problems in school do not have learning or other disabilities…they simply do not know how to organize themselves.

As our society relies on greater volumes of knowledge, our education system assumes that students know how to access new information, process it efficiently, and organize it for later use. Unfortunately, that is not the case. These skills are usually NOT taught in schools and our students do not even know how to study for tests, read text-books properly, or organize their resources.

Kruger, a certified teacher and learning specialist, has identified two reasons why schools typically do not teach study skills and organizational strategies: lack of time and lack of training. For one, most state standards are focused only on content, not on learning or processing skills. The vast amount of content that teachers are required to teach is more than they can fit into a school year, let alone trying to teach skills that are not part of their mandated curriculum.

Secondly, most teachers have never learned appropriate study skills themselves, so they often struggle to teach these skills to their students. Amazingly, study skills are not taught in teacher-education classes. This lack of training means that, at best, teachers are teaching the methods they used to get through school, which are not appropriate in our rapidly advancing age of information.

Our nation's education system is filled with dedicated individuals who are deeply concerned about the future of our children. However, the system is missing a fundamental piece …skills for learning how to learn. Kruger is working to change that.

Kruger has been teaching study skills for over ten years and created a student-friendly system for organizing and learning. She travels the country training teachers in literacy and study skills and hosts multi-media classes for students through her website. Her new book, "SOAR® Study Skills: A simple and efficient system for earning better grades in less time," recently received three Adding Wisdom Awards from Parent-To-Parent in the categories of: Educational Products, Parent Resources, and the Top 50 of 2006.

Kruger always struggled in school before she learned strategies for learning more efficiently. She knows first-hand that today's students not only need to develop study skills for school and their future careers, but also for their level of confidence. "When you know how to learn," Kruger says, "You feel like you can accomplish anything!"

Kruger is receiving a lot of positive feedback about her program, but it is not all from students. "Many parents have told me that they originally purchased my book to help their children and teenagers do better in school," she says, "but they were surprised to discover that they could use many of the strategies in their careers, too!" Study skills truly last a lifetime and are imperative for helping our students stay competitive in tomorrow's workplace.

To learn more about Kruger's book and programs, or to access FREE articles, resources, and her Homework Rx® Toolkit (featuring "25 Ways to Make Homework Easier…Tonight!") visit: http://www.soarstudyskills.com/freestuff.htm.

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Sources:

"Did You Know" PowerPoint at: http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2006/08/did-you-know.html
Steve Mills reference: http://www.dbta.com/5_minute_briefing/current.html

Contact: Susan Kruger, 248-890-2092 -or- http://www.soarstudyskills.com/contact.htm

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