WG Murdoch School
Tools for Learners
There are many excellent digital tools available for learners.
This site is a place where you will find some of those tools.
More resources will be added frequently as they become available.
- Text-to-Speech Tools
- Tools for Writing
- Reading Strategies
- Study Tools
- Test Taking Tips
- Tools to Organize Information
- Creating your e-portfolio using Mahara
- Research Skills
Free Text-to-Speech Tools:
EASY BIB: EasyBib is an automatic bibliography composer. When you have sources you need to cite properly for your research paper, EasyBib will help you format your sources quickly and accurately. Millions of students a month use EasyBib to cite sources for their papers.
EASY BIB is available as a free app or you can also go to the EASY BIB website to get the same features: http://www.easybib.com/
Strategies to use Before Reading:
Strategies to use While Reading:
Strategies to use After Reading:
Here are some helpful test-taking tips submitted by teachers:
- Get enough sleep, eat a good breakfast, bring a sweater and a water bottle, and leave a little earlier than usual if you can.
- Make sure you have all the necessary materials (e.g. sharpened pencils, eraser, acceptable calculator, etc.)
- Attentively listen to, and read, all instructions to avoid costly mistakes and confusion.
- Manage time carefully; it is important to answer as many test questions as possible. Try not to leave any blank.
- Consider going through the test and answering the 'easy' questions first, then returning to tackle the more complicated ones later; when stuck on a question, make the best guess and move on.
- Read questions thoroughly, paying close attention to words like not, no, never, now, all, always, only, most, best, and exactly.
- Try coming up with an answer yourself before reading multiple choice options.
- Employ the process of elimination; exclude multiple choice distractors that are definitely wrong to narrow down the options.
- Use scratch paper; working problems out methodically and drawing pictures can help.
- Show ALL work for written responses.
- Double check each answer and all written work, but stick to initial gut instincts; don't change an answer unless it is obviously wrong.
Tools for Writing
Students encounter a variety of text in their school day. The ability to understand and use this text is very important. In order for you to be a successful student you will need to develop a repertoire of strategies that will help you with the various text that you read. Effective readers use strategies to understand what they read before, during, and after reading.
Before reading, they:
• use prior knowledge to think about the topic.
• make predictions about the probable meaning of the text.
• preview the text by skimming and scanning to get a sense of the overall meaning.
During reading, they:
• monitor understanding by questioning, thinking about, and reflecting on the ideas and information
in the text.
After reading, they:
• reflect upon the ideas and information in the text.
• relate what they have read to their own experiences and knowledge.
• clarify their understanding of the text.
• extend their understanding in critical and creative ways.
The pages and links below will show you how to use some of these strategies. Think of them as tools for your success.