STUDY SKILLS SYLLABUS
What is Study Skills? Study skills is designed to help you become more engaged in your learning and become more efficient when you work and study; and they are skills that help you get prepared, organized, study smarter, and take control of your own learning.
Study Skills are the skills:
- required to be an independent learner.
- that build confidence.
- that develop efficiency.
- that improve performance to prepare you for high-stakes tests and the globally competitive job market of the future.
- that enable you to be proactive, make good decisions, and think critically.
Course Description: This course has two main areas of emphasis.
First, this course will focus on the completion of the goals and objectives identified within your transition plan. Your transition plan is essentially the action steps taken to guide and prepare you for college, career, and independent life. This plan is based upon your individual needs, strengths, skills, and interests.
Second, this course is designed to provide additional support and reinforcement of skills taught in the general classroom. As a component of this aspect of the course, emphasis will be placed on learning strategies and organizational skills. Learning strategies are techniques, principles, or rules that enable you to solve problems and complete tasks independently. Organizational skills are methods for organizing notes, homework, tests, and any other material that may be used as a study tool and referenced quickly and efficiently.
Course Requirements: You will be required to bring the following materials to class daily. Again, you will be required to bring the following materials to class daily.
- Academic Class Notebook(s): We will be working throughout the semester to ensure that these notebooks are organized to aid you in your classes. When you work on material for another class in Study Skills, it will be placed/returned in the appropriate class notebook.
- Academic Class Textbooks: We are of the opinion that you are never without the opportunity to learn. There will be times you do not have written homework or reading assignments. We will work ahead and/or review. These books can also be indicative of a literary work that has been assigned for the sole purpose of study and reflection for a specific class.
- Pencil/Pen and Paper: These are fundamental tools for every student. This class will not change this fact, and therefore, we expect them to be with you when you walk into the classroom.
I would also like for you to bring your iPad, cell phone, laptop, or any other tablets that will allow you to access the internet. If you have your own ear buds you may bring them as well. You will still be required to follow all technology rules at the school. I will be diligent in making sure that all technology is being used for academic gain. Some might be thinking that this will be just for play purposes, but that is not the reason at all. In Study Skills I will be able to allow you to access school level appropriate apps and websites that can further enhance your overall learning experience. These services might be able to help you understand the material you are required to learn where the classroom lecture style has not fully registered with you.
Things that will not be tolerated in this class: Some of these will result in immediate office referral while others might warrant a warning and then followed by office referral. The decision is for Mr. Kirsch to decide and everything will be documented. Discretion will be used appropriately. It is the intention for Mr. Kirsch to have each student enjoy his class and use it for what it is intended for.
- Tobacco usage, possession of spit bottles, or possession of tobacco at all (IMMEDIATE OFFICE REFERRAL)
- Theft of any item that is something you did not enter this class with (IMMEDIATE OFFICE REFERRAL)
- Fighting of any kind (IMMEDIATE OFFICE REFERRAL)
- Bullying of any kind (IMMEDIATE OFFICE REFERRAL)
- Cell phone usage that is distracting and not conducive to work being completed and turned in (THIS COULD RESULT IN PHONE BEING TAKEN UP UNTIL THE END OF CLASS AND THEN RETURNED, PHONE HAVING TO BE TURNED IN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CLASS FOR AN EXTENDED TIME FRAME, DIRECT OFFICE REFERRAL IN EXTREME CASES)
- Sleeping (I UNDERSTAND SICKNESS MIGHT ARISE, BUT COMING TO STUDY SKILLS TO JUST SLEEP WILL NOT BE TOLERATED)
- iPad usage that is distracting and not conducive to academic work being completed and turned in
- Distracting other students that are trying to learn and attain their academic goals
- Causing a disruption by teasing or engaging another student in a non-productive academic endeavor
- Poor language, i.e. cursing/swearing, of any kind
- Pants/shorts that are not worn properly, in that they cause a distraction to fellow students and Mr. Kirsch
- Being in another part of the building when you have been granted permission to go to one specific place, upon your very own request
- Making phone calls without asking permission of Mr. Kirsch first
- Any clothing that has been deemed not appropriate for school grounds
Grading: This class is not designed to add extra work to your academic load. The grading policy will be divided as follows:
- Weekly agenda sheet – 60% of overall average
- Daily grade completion for other classes – 20% of overall average
- Overall class activity regarding academic accomplishment – 20% of overall average
- Students are expected to be in class on time and with the proper materials.
- Students are expected to be respectful to both the teacher and their classmates.
- Students are expected to put forth their best effort at all times.
- All rules and regulations outlined in the school agenda book will be followed in this class.
- Consequences of infractions:
- First Offense: Student/Teacher conference
- Second Offense: Student/Teacher conference, Detention, Parent Contact
- Third Offense: Parent Contact, Multiple Detentions
- Fourth Offense and Beyond: Administrative Referral
- Note: Infractions of a serious nature will result in immediate administrative referral.
Teacher Contact Information:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- School Phone: 770-748-0490
- Planning Period: 5th period Regular 12:30 p.m. - 1:23 p.m.
Afternoon Activity 12:19 p.m. - 1:09 p.m.
Morning Activity 12:44 p.m. - 1:34 p.m.
I have read and understand the requirements and expectations of this course. Sign and return entire syllabus to instructor.
- Parent Name and Address: ______________________________________________
- Parent Email (if applicable):______________________________________________
- Parent Telephone: _____________________________________________________
- Parent Signature: ________________________________ Date:________________
- Student Signature: ________________________________ Date:________________