Boston — Dec. 14, 2015 — Research shows that study skills are a crucial element for academic success from early adolescence through college; however, many middle and high school students have not received explicit instruction in study strategies nor practice using such strategies in the classroom. As a result students struggle to master course content and are unprepared for future postsecondary work. To help educators understand the importance of study strategies, The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) has partnered with Landmark School, Inc., a leader in developing strategies for effective student study skills, to release a report titled “Why are Study Skills Essential to Academic Success?”
The report is authored by Patricia Newhall, M.A., M.S. Ed., Associate Director of the Landmark School Outreach Program. “When study strategies are taught, the instruction is often less explicit and with fewer opportunities for guided practice,”Newhall said. “The result is that even though more and more kids are making it through high school, the vast majority of U.S. students are unprepared for college. In 2013, only 26 percent of all ACT-tested high school graduates met the ACT College Readiness Benchmark in all four subjects. So, more than ever, educators need to provide middle and high school students with a strong foundation in the best study skills tools and practices.”
“Why are Study Skills Essential to Academic Success?” outlines the three main categories of study skills that students need: management of materials, management of time, and management of ideas and information. “In order to gain academic competence, students must learn to be efficient and effective managers in each of these areas,” said Newhall. “Study skills contribute to students’ ability to organize, remember, and apply their knowledge. Plus, those skills also result in feelings of self-efficacy that researchers highlight as part of academic competence.” The report also includes a testimonial from a Landmark School senior on how she came to see the value of her teacher’s study skills requirements.
In addition to the report, VHS partnered with Landmark School to create a virtual version of Landmark’s in-person Study Skills+ course in the last quarter of 2015. The course focuses on a host of topics such as locating main ideas, two-column note taking, the Five Step Writing process, and more.
“VHS is dedicated to empowering schools, and the report and online Study Skills+ course will enable schools to provide necessary study skills instruction while still meeting the demands of state-mandated testing,” said The Virtual High School President and CEO, Carol Ribeiro. “While some students have an innate talent for navigating the vast quantities of data that we all face, many others stumble when they are responsible for the acquisition and practice of study skills and strategies. When they have access to direct study skill instruction, students acquire the structured, strategic approach they need to meet today’s academic demands in high school. More importantly, they carry that skillset to college and beyond.”
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, Inc.
The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization 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. The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visit www.TheVirtualHighSchool.org or call (978) 897-1900.
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