Study Skills and Related Programs
Great study habits and success skills are now essential for today’s students. To achieve outstanding academic performance, these areas must be mastered and practiced. Many students have never been taught meaningful and effective skills and the importance of positive attitude. These are all things that must be learned and applied to the school or college setting.
Why do our Study Skills Programs Work?
Our programs work because our professionals have spent years inside of schools with teachers, student and parents to see first-hand what is most effective with today’s students. In addition to the essential elements in any good study skills program like organization, time management and test taking skills, we also focus on new learning and memory techniques and the importance of a positive attitude. Experience with teaching at the community college and four-year college level also has helped us create a relevant, effective set of strategies and skills that have helped us create and refine an outstanding study skills program for middle, high school and college students.
One of our guiding principles with study skills training is that a student should have the ultimate goal of taking responsibility for the process. Whether it be learning basic academic responsibility, learning how to the student learns best, and creating his/her own positive attitude, the end product is to work independently and confidently in order to maximize grades, a great work ethic and accomplishment of personal and academic goals.
There are many options for students in middle through high school:
- Small group classes on Saturdays,and “end of summer,” during-the-week formats before school starts
- A college level skills class for upper level high school students, and
- An individualized program that consists of five 1-on-1 sessions and a parent consultation.
We offer study skills training with two types of approaches: A small group workshop that is broken down and customized by age group and an individualized, one-on-one intensive program.
Small Group Interactive Workshops
For Middle School Students:
A's Are Easy: Middle School Study & Success Skills (grades 6 & 7)
Designed for incoming 6th graders and 7th graders, this program is held on a single Saturday throughout the school year and “end of summer,” during-the-week formats before school starts. Its focus is to cover all the adjustment issues and skills needed for optimal performance in the middle school environment. The following topics and skills will be taught: Organization, time management, learning to cope with multiple teachers, how to study, and learning how to hand in completed assignments when due. Additionally, there is extensive coverage of learning styles, memory techniques and motivational aspects of middle school success.
For High School Students:
A’s Are Easy: High School Study & Success Skills (grades 8, 9, 10 & 11)
Designed for new 8th, 9th,10th & 11th graders, this program is held throughout the school year on a single Saturday and “end of summer,” during-the-week formats before school starts. The focus for this program is how to have a successful high school experience with great study skills, a positive attitude, having meaningful goals to get the most out of high school and maximize academic achievement. Particular attention is paid to essential study skills like test taking, organization and time management, along with fundamental skills like note taking, taking care with writing assignments, how to approach reading materials, etc.
A big issue that we now emphasize is how to deal with distractions! In a world of Smartphones, text messages, and social networks on the Internet, students have not been taught or given the tools to deal with this new world of electronic diversions. How to become self-motivated and how to reach goals is also emphasized. Lastly, there is a whole new section on maintaining mental concentration for tests and completing long, arduous tasks.
If a high school student can begin his/her career with great study habits and a positive attitude, almost any academic and college goal can be reached.
Individualized Study Skills Program
This program provides a focused, tailor-made solution for the individual student.After making an assessment of all areas that affect a student’s academic performance, new skills and behaviors that address areas in need of improvement are taught, discussed and implemented. This includes, but is not limited to: study habits, organizational skills, strategies for success in the classroom, test taking skills, time management/setting priorities, note taking, reading textbooks, establishing/ maintaining good relationships with all teachers, and how to learn more efficiently and study more effectively.
The expected outcomes of this program are a higher functioning student who is more working more up to his/her potential and is more self-motivated, confident and successful in and out of school. Better grades and permanent life skills are also acquired.
Basic components of this program are:
Five individual 1 on 1 sessions.
A needs assessment and goals formulation are made at the beginning.
A follow up meeting with parents is scheduled to discuss results.
Contact is made with the school and teachers to incorporate this feedback.
An action plan going forward is presented.
This is a highly customized and personalized professional study and success skills program. Randy Vickers, a former guidance counselor and licensed mental health counselor conducts all sessions. Meeting times are by appointment and are flexible.
Please call our office for more details or if you have any questions.
Cost of this program is $395 plus a $60 registration fee.
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