To help students prepare this week for semester final exams (Tuesday-Friday), The Studio has created a series of workshops focused on academic success.
The Studio's mission differs from homework preparation in that it focuses on students developing “automaticity” with their habits and learning metacognitive strategies to know what strategies help them succeed. For homework, students in grades 9-12 have many existing resources, from Study Club, Math Lab, and Language Lab to the library and online resources.
The workshops are Monday through Thursday (Dec. 16-19) from 3-8 p.m. in the high school). They are led by high school English teachers Sara Eisenbaum and Darrin Broadway. Parents will help supervise the workshops.
The theme for this first series is "Practice With Purpose." The workshop topics are:
- It's All About Metacognition: Set Goals and Reward Progress
- Start Small
- Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize!
- Minimize Distractions
- The Inquiry Process: Dig Deeper!
- Know Your Teacher
- Test Yourself
- How to Manage a Study Group
- Academic Integrity and Student Pride
- Reduce Stress-The OH Breathe Way!
Additionally, OHbreathe and OH21 will provide extra support and stress relief for students. An OHbreathe room will be available.
“We definitely have a plan to infuse the OHbreathe mission into The Studio,” Mr. Broadway said. “The information we gleaned from teacher interviews and their study materials helped with the development of systematic-study approaches and strategies. Our vision is that the implementation of our plan will help our students navigate an intense exam week.”
The workshops represent a broadening of The Studio’s mission. Founded last year and inspired by college-based programs, it is designed is to have high school students not only deliver the lessons to peers, but research and write them as well. The Studio began with a focus on writing but has now expanded to include chemistry and algebra. The Studio shares three elements with the college-based programs: academic coaching, one-on-one tutoring, and Structured Learning Assistance (SLAs, or micro lessons). The OH version adds a fourth element because of its place within a junior/senior high school environment: family conferencing.
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