High School Study Skills

DESCRIPTION:

The High School Study Skills and Academic Success Strategies course uses a comprehensive curriculum.  We will discuss various concepts in class and practice these together, and then provide extra practice for home use.  The topics covered include:

  • Learning Styles
  • Study Habits
  • Time Management
  • Using Graphic Organizers for Taking Notes
  • Taking Better Notes from Texts and In Class
  • Using Reference Sources
  • Remembering Information Using Pneumonic Devices
  • Test Taking Strategies (including Final Exams preparation)
  • Building Vocabulary Through Word Meaning Clues (also known as context, a skill specifically tested in the SAT)

Students can expect to have about 30 – 45 minutes of homework to prepare for each class meeting.  We will also have opportunities for students to practice the strategies and techniques learned in class using information/texts from other classes for immediate application.  By the time this semester is through, each student should have had sufficient practice to implement their favorite method for learning, retaining, and recalling information.

Teacher: Missy Meece

MATERIALS AND TEXTS: 

The textbook for this class is High School Student Activity Book, 4th Edition published by Mangrum-Strichart.

This is a new edition that can only be bought through the publisher. The price for each student book is $50+shipping.  In order to save money for our families, I will be ordering the books directly from the publisher in bulk for a discounted price.  In this way, the price for each book will be $35 plus $3.00 for the shipping for a total of $38.00 for each student.  I will be ordering the textbooks July 30.  If you register before July 30, please send me an email and let me know if you need the textbook or not.  If you register for this class after July 30, you will need to order your own copy of the book directly from the publisher.  Please come to our first class on August 7 with payment for the book.