The sample lessons provided below fall under these nine areas of the Sylvan Advanced Study Skills curriculum.

Test-Taking with Confidence

The skills taught in this course are designed to help master study strategies and techniques to take tests with confidence.

By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • manage test anxiety and use a study process.
  • apply study strategies for various school subjects.
  • tackle different types of tests and question types.

Powerful Communication and Presentations

The skills taught in this course are designed to help students develop communication and presentation skills for school and life.

By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • develop active listening strategies.
  • speak clearly and appropriately.
  • use strategies to present information effectively.

Note-Taking Strategies That Work

The skills taught in this course are designed to help students record and manage information presented in classroom texts and lectures:

By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • use note-taking tools to take notes for various purposes.
  • gather information to study effectively.

Writing to Win

The skills taught in this course are designed to help students learn writing and research processes that can be applied to all subjects.

By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • master all steps of the writing process, from drafting to publishing.
  • develop key research skills, from evaluating sources to writing a bibliography.

Navigating the Digital World

In this course, students are taught skills to be smart, responsible, and safe students and 21st century citizens.

By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • locate, evaluate, present, and share digital information responsibly and effectively.
  • practice safe and courteous online behavior.

Study Skills and Goal-Setting Essentials

The skills taught in this course are designed to help students learn and develop key study strategies and habits to become independent and effective students.

By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • develop a “yes I can” mindset.
  • set and achieve short- and long-term goals.
  • understand themselves as learners and use strategies to support this understanding.

Improved Organization and Time Management

The skills taught in this course are designed to help students develop and refine time management and organizational habits to succeed in school, life, and beyond.

By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • use an academic planner to track school assignments and grades.
  • manage time and responsibilities inside and outside of the classroom.
  • organize school work and study area.

Conquering College/University Admissions

The skills taught in this course are designed to help students set goals and develop skills and confidence to get into college/university and succeed once there.

By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • tackle the college admissions process.
  • develop college and job interview skills.
  • showcase skills by writing a resume and cover letter.

Reading for School Success

The skills taught in this course are designed to help students develop key reading strategies to better comprehend texts in every class.

By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • use textbooks as tools for learning.
  • read strategically by using text features, visual aids, and context clues.
  • skim and scan for key details.

 

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Conquering College/University Admissions

Goal-Setting for College/University Readiness
Advanced Study Skills, High, 9.0

Guided Practice  Skills Application 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • recognize the importance of setting college-related goals.
  • identify short- and long-term goals to help prepare for college.
  • write short- and long-term goals related to college planning and readiness.

Conquering College/University Admissions

Completing the College/University Application
Advanced Study Skills, High, 9.0

Guided Practice  

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify important features of a college application.
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to complete a college application.

Conquering College/University Admissions

Writing the College/University Application Essay
Advanced Study Skills, High, 9.0

Guided Practice  Skills Application 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify the necessary elements of a college application essay.
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to write a college application essay.

Conquering College/University Admissions

Interviewing for College/University
Advanced Study Skills, High, 9.0

Guided Practice  

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • describe strategies and techniques for every stage of the college interview process (before, during, and after).
  • demonstrate an understanding of strategies and techniques for every stage of the college interview process (before, during, and after).

Conquering College/University Admissions

Resume Writing
Advanced Study Skills, High, 9.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify the components of a resume.
  • describe the characteristics of an effective resume.
  • construct a resume.

Improved Organization and Time Management

Using an Academic Planner
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice  Skills Application 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify the criteria for a good academic planner.
  • describe how to use an academic planner.
  • use an academic planner to track assignments.

Improved Organization and Time Management

Managing Time
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice  Skills Application 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • recognize the relationship between time management and academic and personal achievement.
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to manage academic and personal schedules.

Improved Organization and Time Management

Organizing School Work
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice  Skills Application 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • recognize the relationship between maintaining an organizational system for school work and academic success.
  • explain how to set up an organizational system for school work.
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to use a personal system for organizing school work

Improved Organization and Time Management

Tracking Long-Term Assignments
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice  Skills Application 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • recognize the importance of tracking and planning long-term assignments and projects.
  • identify strategies to track and plan long-term assignments and projects.

Navigating the Digital World

Digital Literacy-Locate Information
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice  

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify strategies to locate information using digital technology.
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to locate information using digital technology.

Navigating the Digital World

Digital Literacy-Analyze and Evaluate Information
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify strategies to analyze and evaluate information found on the Internet.
  • analyze information found on the Internet.evaluate information found on the Internet.
  • evaluate information found on the Internet.

Navigating the Digital World

Digital Literacy-Presenting Information
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify digital programs that can be used to present information.
  • describe how different digital programs can be used to present information.

Navigating the Digital World

Media Literacy
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • describe the purpose and function of various forms of media.
  • evaluate media for reliability and accuracy.

Navigating the Digital World

E-mail Etiquette
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify the characteristics of proper e-mail etiquette.
  • demonstrate an understanding of proper e-mail etiquette.

Note-Taking Strategies That Work

Outline from Text
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • explain how to use an outline to organize information presented in text.
  • use outlines to organize information presented in text.

Note-Taking Strategies That Work

Create Graphic Organizers
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • describe the purpose and characteristics of different graphic organizers.
  • use appropriate graphic organizers to record and organize different types of information.

Note-Taking Strategies That Work

Graphic Organizers from Lecture
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice  

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify appropriate graphic organizers to record and organize information presented in lectures.
  • use appropriate graphic organizers to record and organize information presented in lectures.

Note-Taking Strategies That Work

Cornell Note-Taking
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify the purpose and characteristics of the Cornell note-taking and study method.
  • use the Cornell note-taking method to record, manage, and study information.

Powerful Communication and Presentations

Active Listening
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice  

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • recognize the importance of using active listening strategies.
  • identify the qualities of active listening.
  • apply active listening strategies.

Powerful Communication and Presentations

Speaking Clearly
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice  

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • recognize the importance of speaking clearly.
  • identify the qualities of well-enunciated speech.
  • demonstrate an understanding of well-enunciated speech.

Powerful Communication and Presentations

Presentation Strategies
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify ways to prepare for an oral presentation.
  • identify strategies for presenting information to an audience.

Reading for School Success

Introduction to Textbook Features
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify the purpose and characteristics of text features found in textbooks and other informational documents.
  • demonstrate strategies to understand information presented in different text features.

Reading for School Success

Reading Textbooks: English Language Arts
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify the purpose and characteristics of text features found in English language arts textbooks.
  • demonstrate strategies to understand information presented in English language arts textbooks.

Reading for School Success

Integrated Skills-Textbooks/Non-fiction
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 7.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • use a variety of comprehension strategies to make sense of text.

Reading for School Success

Skimming
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 7.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • apply skimming techniques to find the main idea.
  • apply skimming techniques to locate specific information.

Reading for School Success

Scanning
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 7.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • understand scanning techniques.
  • apply scanning techniques to find information.

Reading for School Success

Summarizing Text
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 7.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • use the main idea and supporting details to summarize a story or passage.

Study Skills and Goal-Setting Essentials

Understanding Learning Preferences
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice  Skills Application 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • describe of the idea of learning preferences.
  • define the three types of learning preferences: visual, auditory, and tactile.
  • identify strategies that support each learning preference.

Study Skills and Goal-Setting Essentials

SMART Goals
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice  Skills Application 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify the characterisitics of SMART goals.
  • distinguish between SMART short- and long-term goals.
  • create SMART goals.

Study Skills and Goal-Setting Essentials

Identifying Teacher Expectations
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice  Skills Application 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • recognize the importance of understanding teacher expectations and priorities.
  • identify teacher expectations and priorities.

Test-Taking with Confidence

Managing Test Anxiety
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice  

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • recognize that test anxiety can affect performance on tests and quizzes.
  • identify strategies to reduce test anxiety.

Test-Taking with Confidence

Using a Study Process
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice  Skills Application 

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • recognize the importance of using a study process.
  • describe strategies and processes related to studying new concepts and materials.
  • apply a study process.

Test-Taking with Confidence

Memory Techniques
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • describe how to use different memory techniques to memorize and recall information.
  • use memory techniques to memorize and recall information.

Test-Taking with Confidence

Studying Vocabulary
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • identify strategies to study words and their definitions.
  • demonstrate strategies to study words and their definitions.

Writing to Win

Creating a First Draft
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • recognize the steps of the writing process, including writing a rough draft.

Writing to Win

Publishing a Final Draft
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • explain the process of publishing a final copy of an essay.

Writing to Win

Writing a Research Paper
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice  

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • explain the purpose and value of a research paper.

Writing to Win

Creating a Bibliography for a Research Paper
Advanced Study Skills, Middle, 6.0

Guided Practice Independent Practice Skills Application

The above activities are designed to support the following lesson objectives for development of Advanced Study Skills.
Student will be able to:
  • create a bibliography for a research paper.