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Freshman Study Skills 231216-1

Highlands High School


Study Skills

2015-2016 Course Syllabus


Instructor:  Mrs. Erica Thomas, Mrs. Laura Schnitzler, Mrs. Trinity Walsh

Phone: (859) 815-2604, (859) 815- 2622, (859) 815- 2605

E-mail: laura.schnitzler@fortthomas.kyschools.us

Grade Level: 9 – 12

Credit: 1 credit

Prerequisite: teacher and/or counselor recommendation



Study Skills is a class designed to increase students’ confidence in their ability

to succeed by helping them learn strategies to become more responsible, self-reliant,

cooperative, honest and helpful individuals.


The main goal of this class is to introduce strategies that will assist the students in

developing skills for learning, self-managing, and communicating with others. The

instructor will monitor the application of strategies into other academic subjects.



Students will

  1. Develop success-building strategies (e.g. goal-setting, long-term planning,

decision-making strategies, effective communication skills, and time


  1. Analyze individual actions and interactions within groups.
  2. Apply writing-to-learn strategies through reflective responses.



Covey, Sean. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. New York: Simon and

Schuster, Inc., 1998.

      Fry, Ron. How to Study, 7th Edition. Boston: Course Technology, 2012.

      Robb, Laura. Reader’s Handbook. Great Source, 2002.

Additional texts will be added at the teacher’s discretion.


Required Materials:

  1.  Folder or binder
  2. Notebook
  3.  Blue/black pen or pencil



Students will be evaluated on class assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following:


  1. Class preparation and participation
  2. Group Activities
  3. Organization
  4. Written responses
  5. Journal


All assignments/activities will be given a specific point value, and the final grade will be

based on the total points earned divided by the possible total points. Point totals will be

converted to a percentage. The grading scale will follow the standard for regular high

school classes.


Participation and Attendance:

Students will be expected and required to be on time and prepared for class with all

necessary materials. Since most work will be completed in class, it is vital that students

attend class each day.  In the event the student is absent from class with an excused absence, it is the responsibility of the student to obtain all make-up work upon the return to school.


Goals and Objectives:


Provide each student with opportunities to develop basic skills:

  • Develop reading skills
  • Develop ability to listen and observe effectively
  • Develop media literacy skills
  • Develop skills to think and reason logically
  • Develop the ability to make sound decisions

Provide each student with opportunities to develop pride in work and a feeling of self-worth:

  • Develop a feeling of student pride in his work and his achievements
  • Develop self-understanding
  • Develop the student’s feeling of positive self-worth, security, and self-assurance

Provide each student with opportunities to gain a general education:

  • Acquire the ability to understand and apply problem-solving methods
  • Develop the ability to study
  • Develop the ability to search out information
  • Develop the ability to use reference materials and classroom equipment

Provide each student with opportunities to reinforce good character and self-respect fostered within the school, home and community:

  • Develop responsibility
  • Develop the student’s capacity to discipline himself or herself to work, study, and play constructively


Provide each student with opportunities to develop their fullest potential and a desire to become lifelong learners:

  • Develop an intellectual curiosity and eagerness for lifelong learning
  • Develop an understanding of how learning serves as a tool for personal development and achievement
  • Encourage the continuation of the learning process in the home