The LearntoLearn Course teaches
strategies and skills necessary for success in school. The high school/college course covers the
topics listed below with emphasis on reading and memory
skills. The middle school course covers most, but
not all the topics listed. All students receive individual
feedback to help them with the skills the need to focus
Laws of Learning
Students will understand the nature of learning and
how to apply it to schoolwork. Too often we find that
students simply do not know how to learn efficiently.
Once students understand the "Laws of learning",
they are able to recognize whether or not they are being
productive in any given learning situation. Even better,
students learn how to encourage their productive habits
which are the first steps towards more efficient learning.
Reading Comprehension - "Readrite"
Objectives: Students will learn the Readrite techniques
to improve their ability and speed in reading and recalling
school materials (especially textbooks). Students will
learn the value and importance of previewing, taking
notes, reviewing and developing memory recall techniques
when reading. Too often, students read textbooks as
if they are novels. The problem is that they are expected
to learn, not just read textbook material. The readrite
method teaches students to read with the intent and
ability to learn and recall the material.
Objectives: Students will double their reading speed.
Doubling reading speed often means just getting students
up to their natural comfortable reading speed. Knowing
what words to look for and improving eye movement techniques
are great methods for increasing reading speed. The
second objective is for students to understand how to
continually work to increase their reading speed without
Objectives : Students will learn basic and advanced
techniques to improve memorization and recall rates.
Often memorizing is much easier than people realize,
but recalling information can be dreadful! When students
understand how their memory processes information, they
are better able to recall the information. On tests,
it is not always enough to recall the material because
there is time pressure. So, our objective is for students
to recall material quickly!
Objectives: Students will understand the value
organizing and practice techniques to improve organizational
skills. Organization is one of the keys to efficiency.
Students learn about patterns of organization and practice
applying the organizational skills. Good organization
affects reading comprehension, memory, homework, note-taking
and time management just to name a few.
Reinforcement (Habit Formation)
Objectives: Students will learn the principles of reinforcement
and how to use reinforcement to develop better habits.
Too often students will unknowingly reward the wrong
efforts and develop bad habits. For example, when students
take a break because they are frustrated, they are effectively
encouraging themselves to be frustrated. This can be
changed! Learning how to apply reinforcement properly
can help students improve at any study skill and get
their desired results from any aspect of studying.
Objectives: Students will learn how to increase
their concentration and how to work productively within
the limits of their current concentration span. Everyone
loses focus from time to time, and students need to
know ways they can react once their mind wanders. Students
will practice simple concentration techniques that can
improve their concentration span. Additionally, students
will learn how to adjust their learning style to suit
their ability to concentrate because there are a lot
of productive study activities that can be done in short
periods of time.
Objectives: Students will learn how to use class time
more productively. Between high school and college,
students spend approximately 5500 hours in class. A
better habit that saves even a single minute per class
translates into over 90 hours of less work. There are
a lot of ways to get a little more productivity out
of class that can have a great impact on one's education.
Objectives: Students will learn to take simple, effective
and organized notes and learn how to review the notes
for tests. Students often believe that the main (and
sometimes only) reason to take notes is to have them
for later review. While notes are important for exams,
that is only one reason for taking them. They are also
a great tool for learning in class and students need
to understand why organized notes are an indispensable
Objectives: Students will develop a productive and efficient
homework habit. Homework can be frustrating for students
because it is often done alone and after a long day
of school. The Learn-to-Learn course offers a procedure
for students to develop good homework skills. Simply
following some basic rules can make homework more enjoyable
and more productive.
Objectives: Students will understand how to better prepare
for tests and will learn techniques to improve test
performance. When a student can properly recall the
information that has been studied, then test scores
should be very high. Preparation and knowing the material
are obviously top priorities, but once the test starts
it boils down to performance. Simple techniques that
link the preparation to the recall during the test make
can have a great impact for those who struggle on tests.
While the preparation is the lion's share, the testing
skills get you those several points that can turn a
"B" into an "A".
Objectives: Students will learn techniques and the value
of teaching and explaining information to others. One
of the fastest ways to learn is to teach. Co-teaching
is a technique to help students divide up their work
and teach it to each other. This produces efficient learning
and extra motivation to help a friend. Often a small
study group in which the members teach each other is
imperative for success in college.
Objectives: Students will learn basic time management
strategies. Time management is critical, especially
at the college level when students have part-time jobs
and must do so much work on their own time. When students
know their learning rate, then they can schedule their
study time well.
Motivation / Setting goals
Objective(s): Students will learn to how apply motivation
techniques properly. Students who are content with mediocre
grades are not motivated to improve their grades. Others
who are not content with near-perfect grades try to
improve. Getting motivated is as simple as a personal
decision to make an improvement. Staying motivated requires
some basic knowledge of how motivation relates to the
goals that we try to achieve.