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Help Students Build Awareness of Pace

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Help Students Build Awareness of Pace

If your student's performance is inconsistent and you notice that there are times when he works too quickly and/or very slowly

Teach It!

  1. Objective: Students who work too quickly or too slowly will build a greater awareness of the nature and patterns of their pacing and identify strategies to support their working efficiency.
  2. Teacher Takeaways: If a student builds awareness of how fast or slow he is working, and what factors seems to affect him the most (time of day, order of assignments, etc.), he can make small changes which can lead to big improvements. Some students benefit from timers or alarms to keep track of time spent. Sometimes that awareness is all they need to stay on track.
  3. Student Activity: a) Help students create a chart and track time spent on homework or school tasks. Consider charting for a week or two before changing anything. Keep notes of anything special going on that day (a big test, a long game), as well as the time of day homework was done and in what order. b) With the student, look for trends. Maybe math went more quickly when it was first on the night's homework schedule. Or maybe it was harder to answer reading questions when siblings were in the room. c) Based on the trends, have the student create a homework routine. The student can use a timer and chart progress until he is confident the schedule works. d) Teachers might be able to help with a similar tracking process for test preparation if the student has difficulty finishing or loses focus on tests.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

If a student builds awareness of how fast or slow he is working, and what factors seems to affect him the most (time of day, noise, ordering of assignments, etc.), he can make small changes which can lead to big improvements. However, it is important to balance the need to be self-aware with the risk of adding stress that can have an adverse effect on performance. If using a timer or discussing pacing adds stress, consider stepping back and focus on quality over quantity.