Study Skills

Thank you for your interest in Study Skills 2017!

The following information is intended to provide a general overview of the Study Skills summer camp. For more information, please check out our Study Skills FAQ Page or contact the Psychoeducational Clinic and we will be happy to assist you further.

Study Skills is sponsored by the Psychoeducational Clinic at NCSU. 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.

During each Study Skills camp, teachers will focus on three main areas: organization, learning strategies, and test-taking skills.  For high school students, goal-setting and note-taking skills are also addressed, with a stronger focus on independence, self-direction, and long term planning that is integrated into the strategies discussed throughout the week. For all students, 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 the student’s best advantage, mnemonics, reading comprehension techniques, and classroom etiquette. Topics covered within the Test-Taking component include how to prepare for tests, how to take 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 Study Skills and is intended to teach parents the skills taught in the camp so that these skills can be reinforced at home.

The Clinic currently runs Study Skills camps for two age groups: Middle School students (rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students) and High School students (rising 9th and 10th grade only).  Students are grouped in classes by grade to the extent possible. The skills and strategies taught in each group are similar but adapted to meet each group’s developmental needs. The High School curriculum also includes a stronger emphasis on note-taking and long-term planning. 

Study Skills teachers are advanced School Psychology doctoral students who are supervised by faculty members in the School Psychology training program at NCSU.  Each class typically includes 14 students and two teachers.

All classes are taught using hands-on and experiential techniques.  Every effort is made to engage each student in activities so that strategies are practiced repeatedly. All techniques and strategies taught in the class are reinforced multiple times throughout the week. In addition, brief “homework” tasks are assigned each day to reinforce the day’s learning. Finally, a parent meeting is scheduled on Monday night, the first day of Study Skills. During this time, parents are briefly exposed to each of the strategies being taught to the students. Equipped with this knowledge, we hope that parents will feel more empowered to reinforce use of these strategies throughout the school year.

This year’s Study Skills classes are offered on the following dates:

  • Grades 6-8: June 19-23 (9:30am-11:30am OR 1:00pm-3:00pm)
  • Grades 6-8: July 17-21 (9:30am-11:30am OR 1:00pm-3:00pm)
  • Grades 6-8: July 31-August 4 (9:30am-11:30am OR 1:00pm-3:00pm)
  • Grades 9-10: July 10-14 (9:30am-11:30am OR 1:00pm-3:00pm)
  • Grades 9-10: July 24-28 (9:30am-11:30am OR 1:00pm-3:00pm)

The cost of the camp is $200 per student, which includes all supplies and participation in the parent meeting. All Study Skills camps are held in Poe Hall on the NCSU campus. Directions are provided upon enrollment.

To register for 2017 camps, download and complete the registration form in Adobe Acrobat or Preview (Mac), then print the completed form. Mail the completed registration form along with a non-refundable deposit of $50 (payable to NCSU) to: Psychoeducational Clinic / Study Skills; Psych Dept, Box 7650; NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7650.  Once these materials are received, you will be sent a confirmation email of enrollment or notification of waiting list status. Additional information and directions with be sent with the confirmation notice. If you are put on the waiting list and never enrolled in the camp, your deposit will be refunded to you.

Should you have any further questions, please visit our FAQ Page, e-mail us at theclinic@ncsu.edu or call the Psychoeducational Clinic at 919-515-1713. If no one is available to take your call, leave your name and number so that we can contact you.

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