Course Description: This six-week class will be offered once during the school year and will meet on Thursdays only to discuss study strategies that students can apply to any course. While we, as parents, expect our children to be able to “study” for a test, they are frequently overwhelmed at how to start – to the point of failure to even try. To combat this feeling of helplessness, we will start by identifying the type of learner the student is through self-assessment tools. This will help to ascertain the best study methods for the student to use. Test-taking strategies and tips will be discussed. Students will be shown ways to take notes more effectively from written and verbal material and to look for contextual clues. Methods of scheduling adequate study time and effective use of a calendar will be demonstrated. The students will be instructed to apply these techniques to their other classes to determine which methods work best for their individual learning styles. Reference materials, suggested resources for strengthening these skills, and surveys will be provided to the students. Computer access may be needed as there are some appropriate study guides available online. Perhaps the largest goal will be to help the students figure out how and where they learn best (visually, orally, or kinesthetically) and to identify those practices which will strengthen their skills. Time management skills will also be demonstrated as this is the age where learning to prioritize becomes important and impacts their future school success. It is expected that this class will be a time of idea-sharing and organizing guided by student needs.
Instructor: Laura Majeskey, 804-598-2208, firstname.lastname@example.org
Copy Fee: $25
Text: Study Strategies Made Easy: A Practical Plan for School Success by Leslie Davis and Sahdi Sirotowitz with Harvey
Parker, ISBN 1-886941-03-3.
Class Minimum: 4 students