Smart Learning - Independent Learners (Basic)

Study Smart! Not Hard...

Facilitated by Maharashtra Dyslexia Association

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Candidates will be awarded Certificate from MDA upon successful completion of the course. They will then be eligible to appear for the examinations conducted by the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) as Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) ( & the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI), an affiliate of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), for Certification as Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist (SLDI) (


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In any given classroom, two thirds of students feel some degree of academic stress, parental pressure and a intensely competitive environment. Isn’t it then imperative to help students to better adapt and succeed? Our Learning Circle up-skills all stakeholders with study techniques and strategies thereby enhancing individual performance.


Smart study skills, strategies and techniques make your students independent, motivated and active Learners.TEACHERS, EDUCATORS, STUDENTS, PARENTSSchool curriculum is too heavy and intensive, leaving insufficient time for students to keep up - tackling this begins with a process to UN-LEARN1. Encouraging rote memorization2. No critical thinking and reasoning3. Focusing on theory onlyNEW LEARNING1. Person Responsibility2. Goal Orientation3. Real-world Skills4. Strategies and TechniquesPRACTICE & IMPLEMENTATION1. Practice the new strategies and techniques2. Implement new strategies and techniques for your classroom and curriculum3. Teaching the strategies and techniques to your Students Current Situation**Academic Stress, Parental Pressure, and intense competition is prevalent1. The Academic System is textbook-oriented and focuses on rote memorization. It demands long hours of systematic study every day.2. Students have little time for socialization & recreation. Elaborate study routines... span from the morning till late evening hours.3. Teachers are working hard to cover a vast syllabus, often disregarding the comprehension level of students.**Source : 2015 Scientific and Academic Publishing | International Journal of Psychology and Behavioral SciencesReport : Academic Stress, Parental Pressure, Anxiety and Mental Health among Indian High School Students

Key Learnings

  • To plan and set goals for effective and efficient studying

  • To apply concentration techniques for maintaining focus on the goal

  • To organize information from a given text using a Graphic Organizer, and use it to write descriptive answers

  • To summarize and Conclude from a given text

  • To demonstrate the effectiveness of strategies learnt



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Topics and agenda

  • 1. A Warm Welcome

    Digital On boarding | 15 Minutes

    Get all participants on board and do a bit of practice

    To achieve a sense of comfort in our digitally-blended learning environment

  • 2. Setting the Context

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    Exploring your understanding of using Study Strategies

  • 3. S.M.A.R.T. Goals

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    Setting SMART goals gives Students the opportunity to experience small wins which in turn helps to build self-confidence.

    Practicing to structure and write SMART Goals.

  • 4. Mnemonics

    Learning Circle | 30 Minutes

    A Mnemonic can be considered as a tool that can be used to remember information in a faster and an efficient manner.

    Learning how to create Mnemonics.

  • 5. Study Cards

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    Once a Mnemonic is created, it is useful to transfer it to a Study Card for future reference and revision.

    Learning the steps involved in creating Study Cards and making one of your very own!

  • 6. Concentration Techniques

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    In several ways, "concentration" is the "single most" "important" key to success.

    Learning some effective ways to enhance Concentration.

  • 7. Note Taking Skills

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    Listening carefully, and deciding what to include in notes, keeps the mind actively involved with what is being heard.

    Learning different methods of taking notes.

  • 8. KWL - Basics

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    To comprehend a story or text, readers need a threshold of knowledge about the topic.

    Understanding how background knowledge influences reading comprehension by using the KWL technique.

  • 9. SQ3R - Basics

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    Research shows that Students who use the SQ3R reading comprehension strategy perform reading activities better than those who do not.

    Learning to implement the SQ3R Reading Strategy to enhance reading comprehension.

  • 10. Reading Comprehension - Practice

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    Background knowledge influences reading comprehension.

    Applying Reading Comprehension Strategies to complete the comprehension activities assigned in groups.

  • 11. Mid-Review

    Reflection | 15 Minutes

    Feedback helps to make learning more effective and meaningful.

    Self evaluation and reflection on the progress made so far.

  • 12. Mind Maps - Basics

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    The human brain thinks in terms of visuals and pictures.

    Learning the steps involved in creating Mind Maps which are powerful visuals aiding human memory.

  • 13. Graphic Organizers - Basics

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    Graphic Organizers are easy to create and impactful in simplifying information and in process writing.

    Learning the steps involved in creating a Top-Down Topic Web Graphic Organizer.

  • 14. Mind Maps & Graphic Organizers - Practice

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    Top-Down Topic Webs are fantastic tools for process writing.

    Creating Mind Maps and displaying its use for effective written expression.

  • 15. Paraphrasing and Summarizing - Basics

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    To paraphrase is to rewrite something using different words without changing the original meaning.
    Summaries of material can give an overview of the text.

    Learning how to Paraphrase and Summarize.

  • 16. Paraphrasing & Summarizing - Practice

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    Ability to Paraphrase and Summarize is a very important skill required in academics.

    Implementation of techniques to Paraphrase and Summarize.

  • 17. Submissions

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    Implementation of learning

    Submitting Assignments

  • 18. Only for the Go-Getters

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    Additional resources for your perusal

  • 19. Final Reflections

    Learning Circle | 20 Minutes

    Your objective feedback

  • 20. Any queries? Post here.

    Learning Circle | 15 Minutes

    Your questions

  • 21. Resource Bank

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Masarrat Khan
Chief Executive Officer

Masarrat Khan holds Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology and English Literature from Mumbai University, and is a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist and a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She is the Course Coordinator for the Dyslexia Therapist Training Programme offered by MDA in collaboration with Ms Sandra Dillon, author of the Sounds-In-Syllables Program, USA. She is a Pre-Primary and Primary Curriculum Developer and Trainer for the English Language and Math. Ms Khan was one of the Primary Investigators in the development of DALI-Dyslexia Assessment for Languages of India, has co-authored Research on ‘Ancestral Variations of the PCDHG Gene Cluster Predispose to Dyslexia in a Multiplex’. Ms Khan, with an invaluable experience of more than three decades in the area of Learning Disabilities, has been nominated as Member of the International Executive Council of Global Inclusive Education Network

Diya Basu
Senior Psychologist

Ms Diya Basu is a Senior Psychologist at MDA, and is responsible for assessments, and training and mentoring trainee and junior psychologists.
She is also a Certified Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Programme Facilitator.
She conducts workshops and digitally facilitated learning circles on Dyslexia Awareness and Classroom Management Strategies, Interpreting Psycho-Educational Reports, and Study Skills and Strategies for professionals and mainstream school teachers.
This Learning Circle have been designed and published by her.

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Maharashtra Dyslexia Association

Maharashtra Dyslexia Association is a not-for-profit organisation committed to securing the rights of students with Dyslexia (also known as a 'Specific Learning or Language Disability') to an appropriate education. MDA was started in March 1996 by a group of parents and professionals with a view to creating awareness about Dyslexia within the educational community and the general public, and advocating the rights of these students.

Our mission is to promote the rights of individuals with Specific Learning Disability through diagnostic and remedial services, advocacy, research and capacity building.

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