High School Study Skills

How can I develop the study habits and skills that will lead me to success in high school and as a lifelong learner?

Why Take This Course?

Start out your High School experience right by learning how to study!

Start out your high school experience right by learning how to study!

This High School study skills course is an intense, one-week immersion designed to help regular students become super-students! This course will help students: (1) identify their personal study strengths and weaknesses; (2) identify their particular learning style(s); and (3) discover tools of effective studying, reading, and class participation. Throughout the class students will experiment with different reading and writing techniques, including three specific methods to increase reading capacity and purpose. Students will also be exposed to three effective note-taking strategies that can be adapted to their individual learning styles. The goal of this course is to help students succeed in learning by finding the study methods that are most effective for them.

Course Framework

Educational Ideal SkillsNote-taking SkillsSpeed Reading SkillsClass Preparation Skills
Why do I study? And what are my ideal study skills?How can improving my Note-Taking skills help me reach my Educational Ideal?How can improving my Speed-Reading skills help me reach my Educational Ideal?How can improving my Class Preparation skills help me reach my Educational Ideal?
What is my Educational Ideal?What are important principles of note-taking?What is my reading speed?How do I typically approach class and study time?
What is the value of I-Am statements?How does note-taking differ depending on the type of reading?How can I double or triple my reading speed and increase my comprehension?When and how can I do my best studying?
How can I personalize my studies according to my personality strengths?What makes great annotations?What are the schools of thought regarding speed reading?How can I consistently prepare well for class time?
How can I use Multiple Intelligences Self- Assessment to personalize my studies?How can I keep my notes, assignments, and study area organized? How can I use Photoreading to improve my studies?How can I make the most of class time?
How can I improve my study time?How can I minimize my study time and maximize my study output?What daily practices will best increase my speed and comprehension?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

Carol CarterStudy Skills for High School Students
Richard SutzSpeed Reading for Dummies
Required Materials: Please bring all of the following to class each day.
  • 5 - 25 books (that you have not read yet) on a topic of interest to you
  • Notebook for note-taking
  • Pack of 3 x 5 cards
  • 5 - 10 large prints books (available at your local library in the large print section, or some chapter children's books are ok if there are not too many pictures)
  • Dictionary or Thesaurus the bigger print the better
  • Pencil or pen
  • Working web-cam and microphone


  • Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: Offered via short summer block
  • Format: Live
  • Credits: 0.5
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