Baton Rouge, Louisiana | Sunday, August 31, 2014

Incorporating The Study Cycle into Instruction

What is the Study Cycle?

How is the Study Cycle presented to students? 

What are some tools that I can share with students?

How can I implement the Study Cycle into my course?


What is the Study Cycle?

The Study Cycle provides a concrete template for students to model their study patterns. Adapted from Frank Christ's Learning Cycle, The Study Cycle promotes processing and recalling information gradually through five-steps.  The Study Cycle can be adapted to any course or content. 

How is the Study Cycle presented to students?

The Study Cycle is foundational strategy that is featured in all services. We present the following benefits of the study cycle:

  • Eliminates the need for cramming
  • Promotes shorter, more frequent study sessions
  • Helps students keep up with pace of course
  • Has a built-in time management plan
  • Improves attention and comprehension in lectures
  • Previewing feature enhances note-taking skills
  • Helps improve retention of information for longer periods of time

We also encourage students to incorporate active learning strategies to enhance the quality of their study time.  These strategies include: 

What are some tools that I can share with students?

How can I implement The Study Cycle into my course?

  • Introduce The Study Cycle during the first day of class.  Recommend the strategy as a way for students to prepare for your course. 
  • Share the videos and handout through Moodle. 
  • To reinforce the importance of previewing, make sure students know the topic of the proceeding lecture and the associated readings.