Coach: Steve Rosenberg, Whitney Teacher
One of the most repeated phrases that teachers share with students is “study smarter”. But how does one study “smarter”? This course is designed to teach just that and is a must for any student determined to make the new school year count. It goes beyond simple lists of “do’s and don’ts” and focuses on strategies that really work. Students enrolled in the study skills class will learn and practice different techniques that will cut hours of study time from their work year, yet will help them retain what they’ve learned permanently! We will also deal with and teach techniques to help eliminate test anxiety, expert test-taking strategies, cutting-edge memorization techniques, and how to finally conquer procrastination and get motivated, even at times when you don’t feel like it! Open to all students determined to make next year their best academically, but especially recommended for those just entering Middle School or High School for the first time.
Part 1 of the class is designed to focus on that much of what makes a successful student has to do with their mood and attitude. So the first week focuses on overcoming procrastination and motivation through simple techniques and worksheets that anyone (including parents) can use. The second week is inspired by Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People. This course has modified it to deal with the needs of students. It also include a detailed look at organizational and scheduling skills.
Part 2 of the class is devoted to pure study skills, the specific things they need, if they follow through, to consistently get the best grades possible without the stress!
Part 1, Week 1: Strategies to better your mood and attitude
Day 1: Class introduction. Why do we procrastinate? How can we motivate ourselves?
Day 2: Strategies to overcome procrastination
Day 3: Strategies to motive ourselves
Day 4: Organization and goal setting
Day 5: Goal setting workshop for the 2017-2018 school year
Week 2: The 7 Habits of Successful Students
Day 6: Introduction. Habit 1—Be Proactive
Day 7: Habit 2—Begin with the End in Mind
Day 8: Habit 3—Putting First Things First
Day 9: Habit 4—Thinking “Win-Win”
Day 10: Habit 5—Seeking First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Day 11: Habit 6—Synergy Day
12: Habit 7—Sharpening the Saw
Part 1 starts Monday June 18 and ends Tuesday July 3.