Mastering Middle School (Grade 6)

Is your child ready for middle school?

Everything your student needs to know about making a successful transition can be found in this program. This intensive 3.5-hour master workshop prepares incoming 6th grade students who are entering middle school next fall.

Topics covered include:

  • Note taking strategies your elementary school teacher never revealed
  • Time management and organizational techniques necessary for 6th grade
  • Everything they forgot to tell your student in 5th grade!

Fee: $445

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Master Workshop —  Sat, Aug 15, 9 am to 12:30 pm
Parent meeting — Tues, Aug 18, 7 to 8:30 pm
Student Follow-up — Sun, Sept 6, 1 to 3:00 pm

Middle School Blitz (Grades 7 & 8)

Fast-paced, hands-on 3-hour blitz through critical study strategies designed to make middle school easier to manage for your student.

Entering 7th and 8th grades, middle school students are suddenly faced with the demands of balancing class work, homework and outside activities. We teach students to have control over their time and their workload. It’s not hard; its just different from what they've been doing!

Areas of focus include . . .

  • Meeting academic challenges
  • Developing self-advocacy skills,
  • Utilizing note taking techniques for social studies, language arts, science, math,
  • Learning to plan for multi-step projects and papers.

Fee: $225

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Sunday, Aug 16, 2015, 9 am to 12 pm

Nailing Ninth Grade (Grade 9)

How prepared is your middle school student for the challenges of 9th grade?

As high schools intensify academic demands and increased workloads, 9th graders often find themselves overwhelmed and under prepared. “Nailing Ninth” prepares 9th graders for success in high school. We know the assignments, the time constraints, and what it takes to make a successful transition. And once your student participates in this program, he or she will too!

“Nailing Ninth” kicks off with a weekend intensive and returns with follow up sessions as students head into the first round of finals. The tuition fee includes all materials, lunches, a parent follow-up meeting, and two student meetings in the fall of 9th grade. That’s a total of 12 hours of instruction and coaching!

Participants come away with an invaluable toolbox of strategies including . . .

  • Note taking strategies
  • Time management and organizational techniques
  • Project planning tips and skills
  • An understanding of how to design study approaches to fit learning styles
  • Clarity about the importance of process and its impact on academic success
  • Final exam test preparation tactics
  • Understanding self-advocacy and effective communication.

Please enroll early to ensure a space. This is a popular workshop and space is limited to optimize the experience for all participants.

Fee: $675

Session A

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Workshop—Sat & Sun, Aug 8 & 9, 9 am to 1 pm
Parent Meeting—Tues, Aug 11, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
First Follow-up—Sun, Sep 13, 10 am to 11:30 am 
Final Exam Prep—Sat 10 am to Noon - Choose Nov 7 or Jan 9 (2016)

Session B

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Workshop—Sat & Sun, Aug 22 & 23, 9 am to 1 pm
Parent Meeting—Tues, Aug 25, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
First Follow-up—Sun, Sep 13, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Final Exam Prep—Sat 10 am to Noon - Choose Nov 7 or Jan 9 (2016)

Write On - Essay Fundamentals for Middle School Students (Grades 6, 7 & 8)

Are you concerned that your middle school student doesn’t know how to organize and execute a five paragraph essay?

Learning how to construct analytical paragraphs and papers, complete with thesis statements and evidence is an essential skill for 6th - 8th graders. Make sure your child is prepared now for the writing challenges ahead.

Fee: $445

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7.5 hours over three sessions, July 28, 29, 30
(Tu, Wed, Thu), 3 to 5:30 pm

Writing Rx (Grades 9, 10, 11)

Everything your student needs to know about expository writing for high school!

Students discover what teachers really want to see on paper and learn what it takes to write the essay of their dreams. We provide hands on writing practice and critical tips for mastering essay exams. Workbook and snacks included.

Nine hours over three sessions.

Fee: $495

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Nine hours over three sessions, August 4, 5, 6
(Tue, Wed, Thu) from 4 to 7 pm

Secrets of Successful Note Taking (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)

Effective note taking is an essential skill students must learn by the time they reach 9th grade, but unfortunately, many have never been trained.

The result? Test anxiety and low performance are often directly correlated to inadequate note taking strategies.

Do any of the following statements ring true for your teen? He or she . . .

  • Only takes notes when required to by a teacher.
  • Takes notes just to get through them; has no technique so usually just lists notes in bullet form.
  • Copies notes verbatim from a text book without a sense of what he/she is actually reading.
  • Takes too many or too few notes.
  • Has never learned that there are a wide range of options for taking notes.
This program . . .
  • Teaches high school students multiple options for note taking,
  • Demystifies the note taking process,
  • Gives students ways to take notes for different classes,
  • Explains how to use notes for tests and papers,
  • Provides all students with best practice tips for both text and lecture note taking.

Fee: $225

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Sunday, Sep 6,  9 am to Noon