Elevate: A Study Skills Survival Guide

Study skills and organization have never been more important to a student's learning.
The cognitive development occurring during middle school makes cultivating study skills for academic success critically important. What may appear as a disorganized locker, trouble studying for tests, or difficulty managing time is actually an indication that an adolescent would thrive after learning the skills and organization to manage their busy lives and academic demands, whether on campus or in a remote setting.
Elevate: A Study Skills Survival Guide, will teach middle school aged students about the brain science behind their learning and development. They will witness what they can achieve through the goals that they set for themselves. Students will learn and practice the habits and strategies necessary to support their developing executive functioning skills in a supportive and encouraging environment.
We will tackle test anxiety, study habits, and reading comprehension head on so that students feel confident and prepared for their academic tasks ahead. Each session will include the opportunity for students to apply the skill of the week to their own school work or other practice material. Parents will receive weekly overviews detailing the skills and strategies that will be coming home.

Each week we will focus on a different skill that will help your student be successful in the classroom and in a remote learning environment. Students will have time to learn and practice each of these skills and will have assignments to work on outside of Elevate sessions.

Available for Middle School students.
Sessions will be held Saturdays from 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. in Calvert's Middle School building.*

*If necessary, Elevate sessions will be moved online using a combination of group and individualized virtual meetings over the 2 hour time frame each week.

Session I

September 26 to
December 5

Session II
January 9 to
March 13

Session III
March 27 to
June 12
$1,250 per session

Each session includes:
10 sessions
1 planner

3 binders
5 folders
10 dividers

List of 3 items.

  • Goal Setting

    Students who hold a growth mindset are more likely to see an increase in math scores throughout middle school and are more likely to succeed on standardized tests in high school. During goal setting, students will understand the brain science behind a growth vs. fixed mindset and create goals that help them develop their personal mindset and develop their academic and organizational skills.
  • Study Strategies

    Most middle schoolers do not know how to study...but there is a science to it! In this session students will learn to break down academic content and skills into three categories and the best ways to master each!
  • Organization

    Students are not born with executive functioning skills--the abilities to manage time, information, materials, and attention--but they do have the potential to develop these skills. Throughout the program, students will develop a better understanding of these skills and cultivate systems to support them as they develop.

List of 3 items.

  • Note Taking

    While most Upper Schools expect students to have mastered note-taking, this skill is rarely taught in a systematic and explicit way. During this session, students will learn why note-taking is important and will practice this critical skill! 
  • Reading Comprehension

    With an increasingly digital world, the amount of time students spend reading is rapidly declining. Throughout the program, students will understand the important role reading plays in their academic development students will employ techniques to strengthen their comprehension and enjoyment of texts.
  • Test Prep

    Test anxiety is on the rise and students rarely have strategies to deal with it. Through this session, we will help students ensure their daily preparation and study strategies are well-developed, and then students will dive into test-taking strategies and discuss techniques for alleviating "bad" stress while capitalizing on "good" stress.
Each class will be followed by an email home outlining:
  • What was taught and what to look for.
  • How parents can help.
  • Online or print resources.
  • Preview of next week.

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Calvert School is a coed independent lower and middle school.