Department of Psychology: School Psychology: Study Skills Q & A
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Study Skills Q & A

Q: What is taught in the Study Skills course?

A: The Study Skills course focuses on three areas: organization, learning strategies, and test-taking skills. Topics covered within the Organizational component include organization of notebooks and school materials (notes, hand-outs, tests, parent-teacher correspondence, etc.), and time management (breaking long-term assignments into smaller parts, scheduling time properly to study for tests, etc.). Topics covered within the Learning Strategies component include how to use memory to best advantage, mnemonics, reading comprehension techniques, and classroom etiquette. Topics covered within the Test-Taking component include how to prepare for tests, how to takes tests, and a relaxation technique. The strategies taught are considered "best practice" in the field.  A parent session is held the first Monday evening of the course.  This session is intended to teach parents skills taught in the course so that they can be reinforced at home. 


Q: For whom is the Study Skills course intended?

A: The Study Skills course was originally developed with rising 6th graders in mind. Since that time, the course has expanded to serve rising 7th and 8th graders. This year we are offering the course to rising 9th and 10th graders as well. Students are grouped by age. The content is appropriate for all levels.


Q: When is the Study Skills course offered?

A: The Study Skills dates for 2014 are listed below. Morning sessions are offered for rising 6th and 7th graders (typically scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30), and afternoon classes are offered for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Students are grouped by grade. Afternoon classes are typically offered from 1:00 to 3:00. Depending on demand, the course is sometimes also offered in the mornings one week before the regularly-scheduled course or at a time to accommodate students attending schools with non-traditional calendars.

2014 Study Skills course dates:

  • Grades 6-8:  June 23-27,2014 (morning: 9:30 – 11:30 am ) 
  • Grades 6-8:  July 14-18,2014 (morning: 9:30 – 11:30 am)
  • Grades 6-8:  August 4-8. 2014 (morning: 9:30-11:30 or 1:00-3:00 pm)
  • Grades 9-10:  July 28- Aug 1,2014 morning 9:30-11:30 or afternoon 1:00 – 3:00 pm;  

Q: How large are the classes, and who teaches the classes?

A: Classes are typically 14 students, grouped by age. Teachers include faculty members from the School Psychology training program at NCSU and four School Psychology doctoral students. Typically, two to three teachers are responsible for each class of 14.


Q: What materials are required?

A: No materials are required. Notebooks, dividers, pencil pouches, etc. are provided.


Q: Where is the Study Skills course held?

A: The Study Skills course is held in Poe Hall on the NCSU campus. Directions are provided upon enrollment.


Q: How are the classes taught?

A: The classes are taught using hands-on and experiential techniques. Every effort is made to actively involve each student.


Q: How do I know my child will use the information from the course?

A: First, all techniques taught in the class are reinforced throughout the week during class. For example, a method of notating homework assignments is taught, and this method is used throughout the week to write down Study Skills homework assignments. Secondly, brief assignments are made each day to reinforce the day's learning. For example, on the first day, students are asked to prepare their study area at home. Often times, students will be asked to teach parents strategies learned that day in class. Finally, a parent meeting is scheduled on Monday night, the first day of the course. During this time, parents are briefly exposed to each of the strategies being taught to the students. Armed with this knowledge, we hope that parents will reinforce use of the strategies during the year.


Q: What is the cost of the course?

A: Currently, tuition for the course is $185, which includes supplies and the parent meeting.

 

Q: Who sponsors the Study Skills program?

A: The Psychoeducational Clinic at NCSU sponsors Study Skills. The Clinic is affiliated with the APA approved School Psychology Training Program, housed within the Department of Psychology at NCSU. The Clinic serves both as a resource for the community by offering quality assessment and intervention services for learners of all ages and as a training facility for doctoral students in the School Psychology program.

 

Q: How can I get further information?

A: Should you have any further questions, e-mail us at theclinic@ncsu.edu or call the Psychoeducational Clinic at 515-1713. If no one is available to take your call, leave your name and number so that we can contact you.


Q: How do I register for the 2014 classes?

A:         1) Download and complete the registration form (preferred) or e-mail theclinic@ncsu.edu and we will send you one via e-mail.

             2) You must return the registration form along with a non-refundable deposit of $50. Once these materials are received, you will receive a confirmation of enrollment or waiting list status.  Additional information and directions will be sent with the confirmation notice. If you are put on the waiting list and are closed out of the course, your deposit will be refunded.

 


 

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