Boston — Oct. 5, 2015 — To succeed today in a world filled with extracurricular activities and digital distractions, students need to be organized, focused and able to manage their time efficiently. Developing a strong foundation in basic study skills during middle and high school is more important than ever for students to flourish in college and beyond. The Virtual High School(VHS, Inc.), a non-profit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, has partnered with Landmark School, a leader in developing strategies for students to develop effective study skills, to create an online version of Landmark’s in-person Study Skills+ course.
“We are delighted to partner with the Landmark School to offer this important class through the convenience of an online platform,” said Carol Ribeiro, President & CEO of VHS. “Strong study skills are the foundation of student achievement. It isn’t enough for students to simply sit in a classroom and hope to soak up the knowledge an instructor is presenting. They must put effort into learning, understanding and applying the material. The earlier they can develop these skills, the greater their chance of academic success.”
Acquiring the essential tools to learn more effectively in middle, high school and beyond was the original goal of Landmark School’s Skills+ class, offered on their campus to students in grades 6 – 12 in the summertime. By expanding to an online format through VHS, Landmark offers students from around the country a chance to learn from a trusted and proven resource and hone their general study skills while developing the unique skills that come with taking a course online. While online courses can offer more flexibility in scheduling, they often require more self-discipline and independence than traditional in-class courses.
“In order to gain academic competence, students must learn and use strategies that enable them to become efficient and effective managers of their academic tasks,” Bob Broudo, Headmaster of Landmark School offers. “As educators, Landmark is deeply invested in helping young people reach their potential. The curricula we design is informed by our goal of providing practical strategies that are the keys to effective study habits and learning. Landmark is thrilled to partner with VHS to offer these approaches to learning to a wider audience of schools and students.”
The engaging and results-oriented Study Skills+ class will focus on a host of topics, including: organizing time and materials, planning, prioritizing, initiating tasks, creating routines for work completion, focusing and sustaining attention, maximizing working memory, and self-monitoring and task shifting.
Ribeiro concluded, “Developing good study habits among a generation of digital natives with incredible demands on their attention can be tough, but it is attainable. The secret is to develop solid habits early. Now all students will have access to Landmark’s proven approach with Study Skills+.”
About Landmark School
Since 1971, Landmark School has been recognized as a leader in educating students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities, helping them overcome their weaknesses, maximize their strengths and learn powerful and effective skills that they carry with them through life. Landmark offers a unique and personalized learning environment for students in grades 2-12, with a campus in Prides Crossing, MA for 370 high school students and one for 150 elementary and middle school students in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. For more information, visit www.Landmarkschool.org or call (978) 236-3010.
About The Virtual High School
Since 1996,The Virtual High School has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development and individualized course offerings. VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. For more information, visit www.TheVirtualHighSchool.org or call (978) 897-1900.
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