SCLOA Study guide
One of the most important things that we can do as teachers is help our students to keep themselves organized for over the two years of the course. Even top students often struggle to take all of information that they are exposed to and synthesize it effectively.
At the end of each unit, I have students design a study guide. I give them a very simple handout to fill in - telling them that filling in "less is more." They use the form to choose the studies that they understand best and which they think they would be able to discuss on an exam in the future.
In addition, I ask them to list key vocabulary as well as evaluation strategies - either for specific studies or for the concepts themselves. The creation of the study guides may either be done individually or in groups.
In the second year of the course, I have them edit their study guides from the three levels of analysis. After we have done the options, they may find that some of the studies that we have done are easier for them to discuss to fulfill the Paper I learning objectives. Helping them to see how these learning objectives can overlap means that they will have to remember fewer studies for the exam.
Attached is a sample of what I do with my students at the end of the socio-cultural level of analysis. In addition, I have included a sample of one that has been completed. Of course, it is not a definitive study guide. Students should design study guides that reflect what they have studied over the two years of the course.