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 2: Pure Study Skills
Day 13: Introduction to this section. Passive vs active learning; Using your own creativity; choosing the right classes; the care and feeding of teachers; summer prep; the first two weeks of school
Day 14: Developing and using your memory; memorization techniques, part I
Day 15: Developing and using your memory; memorization techniques, part II
Day 16: Increasing your reading power; taking better notes
Day 17: Expert test taking, part I: The subjective test—essays, short answer, and DBQ skills
Day 18: Expert test taking, part II: The objective test—multiple-choice, matching
Day 19: Study skills odds and ends: Your biological clock; the art of the review; your environment; music and studying; study groups.
Days 20-24: Practice the skills
Part 2 starts Thursday July 5 and ends Friday July 20.