Study Skills Newsletter
summer 2014 session
Welcome to study skills!
Included with your registration is a copy of the SOAR Study Skills textbook (see image below). This book is yours to keep! Please write your name in it right away so it can get back to you if it is left behind.
Our First Lesson
Our first step towards becoming a more organized, goal-oriented, and efficient student begins inside our own brains. The students took a simple online personality assessment that measured their strengths and weaknesses in the different theoretical "multiple intelligences" (for more info about each intelligence, click here: http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/ict/multiple_int/what.cfm). I collected their printed results and will return them to them tomorrow. I will only use the results of this informal assessment to guide your children as they are setting goals and as a tool to help them build their confidence. Please do not read too much into the results, as they are more an indicator of current personal interests and natural talents than any type of indicator of future success. None of this is fixed or unchangeable--in fact, the students will be learning about many ways to strengthen their weak areas and enhance their strengths.
One of these tools for changing the way they learn is a website called Lumosity (www.lumosity.com). We will set up a free account during this class and will use it periodically to help them try it out. This site claims to harness your brain's neuroplasticity (ability to learn) to train it to improve memory, attention, processing speed, and flexibility. There's even an app so users can train their brain on the go! It's actually quite fun and uses games and puzzles so that kids of all ages will enjoy the training. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven't already.
Please Help Your Child w/ Email!
- A good, sturdy, 1-2 inch binder
- 6 plastic dividers (no pockets, if you can avoid them!)
- A flash drive with at least 1 GB of memory
- Extra blank paper
- A pencil pouch with the following items:
- 2+ pens/pencils
- small calculator