We assume that our schools are properly preparing students for middle school, high school, and the daunting move to college, but study strategies instruction and support are not the primary focus of schools—even though academic success is largely the result of excellent executive functioning and well-honed study skills.
The focus of our educational system is primarily to teach content, such as algebraic equations and interpreting Shakespeare, not study skills.
Since the job of all students is to “do school” successfully, including completing homework and taking tests, shouldn’t somebody be teaching them how to study and to do their homework?
In sports, student athletes aren’t just taught the rules of a particular sport, they are coached in the requisite skills to succeed at it. Why should it be any different when it comes to academics?
Making the Transition Easier
Transition to middle school, high school, and college can be difficult and it often requires new study skills, strategies, and routines. At SOS4Students, we believe knowledge is power.
Here’s what all students need to be successful in making these major transitions:
- The ability to organize and prioritize time and workload, including using a planning system
- Experience and practice in breaking down instructions and creating a plan of action for all school assignments
- Increased responsibilities and autonomy in the year prior to the transition
- Explicit instruction in how and when to take notes in a form that promotes easy recall
- Strategies to study for different kinds of tests and an understanding of what it actually means to study
- Tools to navigate digital platforms at school, with employers, and socially—includuing being able to deal with the lure of digital distractions
- The ability to advocate for themselves with instructors, including knowing when and how to ask for help
I’ve seen firsthand how students benefit from coaching and focused instruction on how to change strategies and create new and more productive habits, all of which prepares them better to successfully handle transitions in school . . . and beyond.
We're Here to Help
Where can parents turn if they are concerned about their child’s ability to make a successful transition?
Our summer workshops can help address the specific academic challenges or skill development needs of your student, and/or working one-on-one with a coach this summer might be all your teen needs to focus and succeed at school.
Signing up for an SOS4Students Workshop or Summer Coaching is easy and can be done online. Our workshops tend to fill fast and start dates will be here sooner than you think, so act now.
- All workshops are held at Lafayette Library (Oak Room) Lafayette, CA.
- Summer coaching is available at our Walnut Creek and Montclair District offices, or online.
Middle School Workshops
High School Workshops
Can't make the workshop you need? Does your student benefit from more individualized attention? All ages and abilities benefit from the one-on-one summer coaching sessions with our seasoned coaches.