How do you Act

Key Learning Skills and Techniques

Behavior is a subject content area. It is an indicator of college and career readiness. Redefining college and career readiness has allowed educators to understand what it takes to succeed after high school and the role of Texas schools in this process. It is essential students have the ability to control their behavior, a skill applicable for K-12 education. Key learning skills and techniques are more than just study skills. Study skills are only part of the picture. Without self-awareness and the ability to collaborate and persist in the face of challenge, student skills are not enough. When we listen to employers identify some of their big challenges, often these are the skills they have identified that need attention. Soft skills, 21st  Century Skills, Essential Skills all refer to student behavior. Research has indicated that students who are able to apply key learning skills and techniques perform better academically. Some students gain these skills through observation and trial and error, but most have to be explicitly taught. Negative school engagement patterns can be influenced and adapted through practice. Every child can learn self-management skills. A formal program may not be necessary if all teachers agree to emphasize a series of key strategies related to these skills. There are many commercial programs that support the improvement of study skills.


  • Jigsaw Classroom
    A cooperative learning technique that reduces racial conflict among school children, promotes better learning, improves student motivation, and increases enjoyment of the learning experience.
  • Notetaking, Listening, and Participation
    The following resources provide tips on how to recall more information from lectures through active listening and purposeful notetaking.
  • Effective Listening and Note Taking
    Twelve page PDF document that provides extensive information on listening skills and notetaking.
  • Word Templates and Cornell Note Taking
    Offers instructions on how to set up a template for Cornell Notes using Word and PDF.
  • Note-taking Strategies
    Provides information on learning styles, notetaking tips, specific tips for taking notes in a math class, how to use notes, and provides other links related to notetaking and learning styles.
  • Note-taking: Cornell Method
    Two page document explaining the 5 steps to taking notes using the Cornell Notes method.
  • Effective Note Taking Strategies
    Two page document explaining strategies for taking notes before, during, and after a lecture.
  • Best Note-taking Tips from 10 Colleges
    Debunks 5 myths about notetaking. Ten different colleges/universities provide strategies, research, and/or insight on notetaking in college.
  • Note Taking
    Five page handout that stresses importance of taking good notes, provides tips on taking better lecture notes, introduces Cornell Notetaking System, eight ways to abbreviate, and how to use note cards as a memory tool.
  • Notes: Microsoft
    Provides templates through Microsoft for Cornell Note Taking System and other common note-taking systems.
  • A Template for the Cornell System of Note Taking
    Six page PDF providing comprehensive information on the Cornell System of Note Taking to include a template.
  • Time Management Activity
    Activity for a middle or high school teacher to teach time management skills to their students.
  • Managing Your Time
    Offers keys to successful time management with several handouts on how to plan, develop a calendar, and has several templates, videos, and links to assist in time management.
  • A Simple, Effective Time Management System
    Provides time management guidelines and templates for teachers and students.
  • Time Management
    Power Point Presentation that can be utilized by classroom teacher/counselor to teach the importance of time management and strategies to achieve that end.