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This section highlights the importance of providing students with the tools necessary for studying effectively. Many students lack these study skills, and their test results are reflective of that. Students must understand that comprehension, not amount of study time, is key to effective studying. By making study skill strategies interesting and organized, teachers are better equipping their students with life-long assets.

The strategy provided in this section is called A.S.P.I.R.E. Students are prompted to follow each step in this acronym while studying.

Students are encouraged to:

A: Approach/attitude/arrange

S: Select/survey/study!

P: Put aside/piece together

I: Inspect/Investigate/inquire/

R: Reconsider/reflect/relay

E: Evaluate/examine/explore This strategy affects learning by providing students with an organized template for gathering and reviewing information. Instead of students flipping through a textbook and skimming information, students are prompted to breakdown the important ideas and review in effective ways.Students are also encouraged to recognize concepts they don't understand and prompts them to ask for help.

The sample adaptation guides students through the ASPIRE process for studying exponents, square roots, and scientific notation.


Adapted from:

A.S.P.I.R.E.: A study system. (n.d.). Retrieved April 15, 2009, from

Connection to GPS:

M8N1. Students will understand different representations of numbers including square roots, exponents, and scientific notation.