New Online Workshop Offering + Info on Next Week’s Zoom Talk With Gap Year Experts

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I was thrilled by the response to our first weekly Zoom chat with an expert. More than 40 people participated, including several students.

SOS4students Inside Scoop

Join Us for June 30th - The  Inside Scoop: Gap Year Planning

REGISTER NOW: Register at Zoom

This week, at 5:00 pm PT on Tuesday, June 30, my guests are Jason and Jane Sarouhan of J2 Guides. They are accredited Gap Year Consultants who have advised and mentored thousands of parents and students, including guiding wilderness and cultural programs worldwide.

Taking a gap year, especially between high school and college, is growing in popularity. A gap year can give students time and experience to make important decisions about their career paths and education, plus allow them to develop new life skills, explore hidden talents, experience different cultures, prep for college, network with others, and even gain valuable work experience.

With the worldwide impact of COVID-19 expected to affect gap year and college plans for many in the fall, this talk will be especially poignant. High school seniors, college students, and parents who want to better understand gap year options for fall 2020 and beyond should plan to attend. Many colleges and universities have already announced they will deliver classes via Zoom or other online platforms this fall, so a gap year might be just the solution for students not ready or not sure to begin or continue their college careers.

Some of the topics the Sarouhan’s will address include:

  • COVID-19’s impact on international program options
  • Best practices for planning your gap year
  • Domestic program options, such as volunteering, mentoring, internships, immersion programs.

Registration is FREE and you need to pre-book to get the Zoom link. Programs are 30 minutes of chat plus 15 minutes of questions and discussion with listeners. 

REGISTER HERE:  Register at Zoom

Online Workshop Added: Secrets of Successful Note Taking

We're excited to announce the addition of an online version of our popular Secrets of Successful Note Taking to our summer schedule. This workshop for high school students teaches effective note taking techniques for different learning styles, giving students methods for organizing notes taken from presentations, text, and/or meetings.

Like our other online workshop offerings (Mastering Middle School, Middle School Blitz, and Nailing Ninth Grade), this program has been optimized for online presentation by our coaches who are experts in delivering short, activity-packed modules designed to engage students with live instruction.

For further details, including schedule, pricing, and registration information, visit our Online Workshops Page

Online or In-Person, Which is Better?

While some families and students are eager to return to small group, in-person classroom settings with peers, other families prefer (or need) to stick with virtual summer programs this year. Whatever your choice, we get it. Just know that for most students, our online programs are as equally effective as our in-person workshops.

To answer some of your questions (including our management of COVID-19 concerns) and help you determine which option is best for your situation, SOS4Students has put together a Frequently Asked Questions Page about our in-person and online workshop formats. You should also feel free to give us a call at 510-531-4767 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. 

LEARN MORE & REGISTER: Online Workshops & In-Person Workshops

Warm regards,

Beth Samuelson,
SOS4Students

PS: A percentage of proceeds for our summer programs will be donated to the NAACP Legal and Education Fund in support of Black Lives Matter.

Online Summer Workshops from SOS4Students

Middle School Workshops (Online)

6thgrade bluebulletMastering Middle School  (Online) empowers students entering sixth grade. Students learn invaluable skills to tackle the demands of multiple teachers and more complex assignments.

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7th & 8th GradeMiddle School Blitz (Online) gives your students the strategies they need to have control over their time and workload. Prepare your student to balance classwork, homework and outside activities.

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High School Workshops (Online)

9th GradeNailing Ninth Grade (Online) prepares your student for a successful transition to high school. Students come away with an invaluable toolbox of study strategies they will use every day.

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9th - 12th GradesSecrets of Successful Note Taking demystifies the note taking process. Students learn techniques to take effective notes and use their notes to prepare for tests and papers.

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In-Person Summer Workshops from SOS4Students

Middle School Workshops

6thgrade bluebulletMastering Middle School empowers students entering sixth grade. Students learn invaluable skills to tackle the demands of multiple teachers and more complex assignments.

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6th - 8th GradesWrite On ensures your child is prepared for the essay-writing challenges ahead by covering essay fundamentals for middle school students.

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7th & 8th GradeMiddle School Blitz gives your students the strategies they need to have control over their time and workload. Prepare your student to balance classwork, homework and outside activities.

Learn More & Sign Up Today


High School Workshops

9th GradeNailing Ninth Grade prepares your student for a successful transition to high school. Students come away with an invaluable toolbox of study strategies they will use every day.

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9th - 11th GradesWriting RX teaches students an easily replicable system for expository essay writing. Students leave confident and prepared to tackle the complex writing assignments that high school demands.

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9th - 12th GradesSecrets of Successful Note Taking demystifies the note taking process. Students learn techniques to take effective notes and use their notes to prepare for tests and papers.

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Summer Coaching

6th - 12th Grades

REGISTER NOW FOR ONLINE or IN-PERSON SUMMER COACHING

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. For grades 6 to 12 and first year of college. 

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