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Students' five-day workshop on study skills concludes in Ladawa's school
A five-day (May 12-16) workshop on self-study skills being held at Sugani Devi Sernior Secondary School for Girls in Ladawa town of Kurukshetra district concluded yesterday. Thirty-odd students participated in the workshop in which five study skills were practiced by students for 20 hours.

The five skills taken up during the workshop were the out-lining skill; web-charting skill; concept mapping skill; table-charting skill and flow-charting skill, informed the resource person Dr. Lalit Kishore, the vice-chairperson of Jaipur-based Bal Sansar NGO and a noted pedagogue.

According to the organizer of the workshop, Dr. D. R. Vij, former professor of physics of Kurukshetra University, the worship was conducted for grade nine girls with physics as the self-study content and four sessions for each skill were organized. The sessions included the exposure to and demystification of skill; analysis of the skill with an exemplar on the skill; feedback-based group practice of the skill; and fine-tuning and practice of the skill for over-learning.

The best material of students was displayed on the re-useable origami charts which were prepared by the participating students themselves and the technical vocabulary was reinforced with four games which students enjoyed a lot.

In her concluding remarks, Principal Meenakshi Chhabra of the venue school, said that the school will integrate study skills with the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) Scheme since these were related to both lower and higher order thinking skills like active memorization and recall; analytical thinking; information processing and reorganization as constructive thinking and critical thinking of identifying hard spots of learning. She added that study skills can lead to 'education for empowerment' and 'sound mental development' which have included in the vision of the school.

Both students and the coordinating physics teacher, Sumit Mittal, reacted positively to the workshop and showed their commitment to systematize the practice of study skills for understanding the textual material and feel empowered.

Wishing success to the integration of study skills into classroom teaching, Dr. Kishore urged the school to create a follow-up and support system in the school coordinated by a senior teacher so that the intervention becomes a part of school work.

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