Lesson 1

Time Management / Study Skills / Test Taking


Lesson Goal:

To encourage participants to manage their time well, study efficiently and have a plan in mind while taking tests.

Lesson Objectives:

  • Determine your learning style.
  • Know the basics of time management.
  • Describe the steps to prepare for an upcoming test.
  • Describe ways to answer specific types of test questions.


Content Standards Addressed:

Common Core State Standards

National Standards


Tests, and preparing for tests, can be stressors for kids. One of the most important factors in preparing for tests is knowing one's learning style. Howard Gardner, a professor at Harvard University, designed a theory about types of learners. His theory states that people learn in nine different ways:

  • Visual/spatial - using pictures, graphs and maps.
  • Verbal/linguistic - using words and language.
  • Logical/mathematical - using reason, logic and numbers.
  • Bodily/kinesthetic - using the body and hands-on activities. 
  • Musical/rhythmic - using music.
  • Interpersonal - through relating to and understanding others.
  • Intrapersonal - through self-reflection or personal experiences.
  • Naturalistic - through experiencing the natural world.
  • Existential - through questions about life, death and ultimate realities.

Dr. Gardner theorizes knowing the nine intelligence types and teaching to these types will help people more easily understand concepts, so they can perform better in course work and tests. Teachers/leaders may benefit by being aware of the different learning types so they can incorporate all learning styles in their teaching.

Time management is prioritizing tasks within a given amount of time. A planner is helpful for this task. Planners provide space to note events, list tasks and do short- and long-term planning. By using a planner, someone can more easily make decisions about whether or not it is wise to participate in certain activities.



Your Very Own Day Planner

1. Students may use a notebook or loose-leaf paper to make their own day planner. They can fold several sheets of loose-leaf paper in half and staple them together at the fold.

2. Using the template below, have students date the planner pages for the next two weeks.

3. The students can list homework assignments and note any activities in which they plan to participate.

4. They may wish to decorate the planner with markers, stickers, etc.

Sunday ​Monday ​Tuesday ​Wednesday ​Thursday ​Friday Saturday​
March 3​ ​March 4 ​March 5 ​March 6 ​March 7 ​March 8 ​March 9
Math                      ​ Ex. 1-26, pg. 133                                                         ​                               ​                            ​
Science​ Read Ch. 7 and answer ?'s
Social Studies​
Other subjects​
This space could be used for extracurricular activities like sports, band, etc.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
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Design Your Own Test

1. Ask the students to pick a subject and write 10 questions they might expect to find on an upcoming test in that subject.

2. Using their questions, have them create flashcards and notecards to help study for the test questions. 

3. Collect the students' questions. Combine the questions into tests in the various subject areas.


Leader's Fast Facts: 

1. The Kaiser Family Foundation found in 1995 that 95 percent of the time kids spend watching TV is without parents present.  

2. The most powerful word in time management is "no."

3. It almost always takes twice as long to complete a task than we originally thought.


Additional Resources:

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. By Sean Covey. Franklin Covey, 2001. 

Life Strategies for Teens. By Jay McGraw. Simon and Schuster Publishing, 2000.

Penn State offers a helpful time management Web page.