Poor study skills, ineffective learning strategies, test anxiety--all of these things impede academic success. And they often go unrecognized until a student enters college and is placed in a remedial program.
With the School Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory (SMALSI), you can now measure the skills related to academic success early in a student's school career. This allows you to address any weaknesses proactively--rather than waiting for repeated academic failures to determine that a student needs help.
Assess academic motivation, learning strategies, and study habits Designed for both special and general education students, this self-report inventory assesses 10 primary constructs associated with academic motivation, learning strategies, and study habits--7 focusing on student strengths and 3 focusing on student liabilities:
Low Academic Motivation
Scores from these scales provide enough information to identify problems that interfere with academic development. An Inconsistent Responding index is also included as a validity measure.
Screen individuals or groups in just 20 to 30 minutes The SMALSI is available in two forms. The Child Form (147 items) is for students 8 through 12 years of age; the Teen Form (170 items) is for 13- to 18-year-olds. Both forms are written at a third-grade reading level and can be completed in about 20 to 30 minutes. And both use a 4-point response scale, ranging from "Never" to "Almost Always." Scored by hand, Mail-In Answer Sheet, or computer, the SMALSI provides multiple scores, rather than one overall score. The unlimited-use scoring CD (W-398U-3) offers you an efficient and cost-effective way to screen large school populations. The SMALSI audio CD allows poor readers, who are often at risk for academic failure, to complete the SMALSI by listening to test items and then responding.
The SMALSI was standardized on a sample of 2,921 students--1,821 aged 8 to 12 years (Child Form) and 1,100 aged 13 to 18 years (Teen Form)--most from public schools. The sample reflects the U.S. population in terms of gender, ethnicity, and parental education.
Identify and directly target weak learning strategies Unlike many other learning measures, the SMALSI does not assess learning styles, preferences, or other process dimensions. Instead, it assesses the actual strategies students use in learning and test taking--strategies shown through research to be related to academic success. The SMALSI is a quick, cost-effective way to identify students who may have ineffective or poorly developed learning strategies, low levels of academic motivation, attention and concentration problems, difficulties with test taking, or test anxiety. It can be used for the following purposes:
Screening in regular education
Assessing students with learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, or ADHD
Based on more than 30 years of research, the SMALSI allows you to identify and directly target poor learning strategies. It is the tool that makes early intervention possible.
Strategies for Academic Success: An Instructional Handbook for Teaching K 12 Students How to Study, Learn, and Take Tests by Kimberly J. Vannest, Ph.D., Kathryn Stroud, Ph.D., and Cecil R. Reynolds, Ph.D. Whether you're a SMALSI user or not, this invaluable handbook will help you improve student learning strategies and, in turn, academic performance.
Research shows that for many learners study skills make the difference between success and failure. When academic development slows at fourth or fifth grade, it's usually because students do not know how to learn.
This handbook shows you how to identify deficient learning strategies and what to do about them. It presents clear, step-by-step instructional plans, all with examples. These interventions use direct instruction, the teaching model shown to promote the greatest change in student learning. They are ""scripted"" to insure easy implementation by both novice and experienced teachers.
You'll find strategies for improving study skills; writing and research; reading comprehension; note taking; listening; time management; organization; test-taking skills; test anxiety; attention and concentration; and motivation. Virtually everything you need to improve student performance is within the covers of this book--including supporting materials such as reproducibles, worksheets, sample tests, a daily calendar, and study plans.
If your students are underperforming, this handbook is your next step. It's included in the SMALSI Kits and available separately.
SMALSI College Form For Academic Support at the College Level
Provide academic support for student athletes
Screen incoming freshmen to identify weak learning skills
Improve remedial and developmental programs
Elevate student GPAs
Raise graduation rates
The SMALSI College Form is one of the few standardized measures of learning strategies designed specifically for college students. And it's the only one with sound psychometrics, current normative data, and content that's consistent with the academic demands faced by college students today.
Author: Kathy Chatham Stroud, Ph.D., and Cecil R. Reynolds, Ph.D