Why Good Study Skills are More Important Than Ever?
Good study skills are more important than ever because students are more independent than ever. Parents often lack the time to coach their children; guidance counselors are more remote (or preoccupied with “crisis kids”); and teachers are less accessible (called upon for sports, development, or other duties). Even when teachers make themselves available after school, students often can’t take advantage, so filled are they with afternoon sports, driver’s ed, clubs, plays, choirs, volunteering, or paid retail work.
The extra activities good students take on impede good study as well. For busy students, study skills may be the most important skill not taught in secondary school.
The Value of Study Skills:
A second reason why good study skills carry such importance is the value placed on good academics. This is quantifiable, since earnings fifteen years hence correlate with how well a student does in secondary school now. Since the mid-1990s, Americans’ earnings have greatly stratified. Greater skills and knowledge, typically measured by college success, have meant much higher starting salaries than lower skills and lower college success.
The intangible value of study skills is how students FEEL at the beginning of a school week. Accomplished? Burdened? Confident? Distressed? Enthusiastic? Fearful? (and that’s just A – F). Students armed to get the most out of a class, make the most of their assigned papers, and do the best on their tests are more successful AND happier. Thus, as fervent as I am about SAT prep, I am more zealous about the need for students to learn good study skills.
Ivy Bound / Rising Stars.
We have created a course in Study Skills where we help students improve upon:
- Note Taking
- Exam Prep
- Paper Writing
- Reading Comprehension and Speed
Our instructors are typically graduate students, and we hold classes of 4 – 15 students. Our course work lets students work on their own assignments at the end of each session.
Schools can set the dates and tailor the course to they feel most appeals to their families. We're flexible. Holiday break and the start of each semester are also good times for a group to enlist Ivy Bound for a 4 – 6 session Study Skills or Speed Reading course.
If this appeals to you or any parent in your orbit, please know we are here to help.