Study Skills – Course Outline


Mr. John Lenhart

Time and Location

Block 4: 2:00 - 3:20

Room 208

Contact Information;

The goal of Study Skills is to implement the goals and objectives developed for you to be successful in your classes during this school year. For some students these goals are to improve organizational skills, writing skills, comprehension skills, time-management and behavioral skills.Together, you and I will use assignments and textbooks from your classes to learn strategies and methods that will help you accomplish your goals.To be successful, the students must come prepared to class.You will need your work, papers, binders, notebooks, etc. We cannot make progress if your materials are in your locker or at home.

Class Design

1.Students have their individual schedules available.

2.Each student has an individual folder with personal calendars to mark assignments for organization, any relevant work, study skills lesson papers and papers or materials given to me by academic teachers.

3.Computers for students to use in all subject areas

4.A copy of academic textbooks may be left in the room

5.Daily check sheet of expectations will be filled out about each individual student


Class Expectations

1.Students will be able to ask questions and work on assignments, go to library when needed, see academic subject teachers, etc. and have all the resources needed to be successful in the academic subjects.

2.Receive help with organization, prioritizing and scheduling their assignments or projects.

3.Be exposed to strategies for comprehension, test taking, note taking, outlining, etc.

4.Receive help with self-advocacy, e.g. checking with academic teachers for support, class assignments, etc.

5.Conferencing to see how they are doing in their academic classes and what they need to do to be successful.








Strategies and Skills Developed during Study Skills:

1.Organizing notebooks, laptop, folders, book bags and assignments.

2.Review of assignment books to see what is due immediately, the next day, and  longer term.

3.Set specific dates to complete work for long-term assignments.

4.Ask questions about anything: Assignments, teachers, due dates, computers.


6.Attend class daily and on time

7.Have fun – we love to laugh as we work!!!


Tips for Success

·Students need to use an assignment book daily

·Provide a quiet study area at home

·Determine a mutually agreed upon “study time” each school night and weekends

·Keep “up-to-date” with assignments…this can be a difficult task, but a manageable one and a necessary task.

·The reward: learning and good grades


Behavior and Homework Expectations:

Classroom behavior expectations will follow closely along with our school’s mission statement and PBIS responsibilities found in the Student Handbook.  In order to ensure that the classroom environment is a safe one, where students feel confident expressing their opinions and learning from each other’s perspectives, this class has one rule: respect.  Students are expected to respect their teacher, their classmates, and themselves.  If students can abide by this one rule, it will foster learning in the classroom and be the foundation of their character in the years ahead.  Disrespect will not be tolerated.


Classroom Procedures:

The only other expectation is that students be respectful to all people and property in room 308 at all times. For example, that includes but is not limited to:

§Arriving on time and prepared every day, with completed homework and assignments

§Respectfully following directions in class and on assignments; submitting quality work

§Giving the teacher your attention when the teacher is talking

§Being considerate when other classmates are speaking

§Cleaning up your area before you leave and making sure all trash makes it to their designated locations.

§Even if it is not yours, pick it up and do something with it.  Leave the class better than you found it

§Help the teacher, the class, and yourself by offering to help… turning on/off the lights, handing out things like highlighters and readings, …

§Sitting in your seat when the bell rings, working on the warm-up.  Do not pack up to leave until asked to do so

§Listen, listen, listen!  Follow instructions, then ask your questions

§Phones are collected upon arrival in the classroom.  Phones may only be used with specific permission from the instructor


Student Expectations:

READY: Focused and alert | Bring required materials | Assigned work completed | In your assigned seat when the bell rings

RESPECTFUL: Observe classroom safety guidelines | Honor commonalities and celebrate differences | Support and encourage classmates | Use appropriate language at appropriate times

RELENTLESS: Complete all assignments on time and with integrity | Give your best effort | Open to feedback and capitalize on opportunities to improve


Assessments and Grading:

The course will be taught over the entire year with students receiving grades each academic quarter.  The grades will be reported using the A-F system with a percentage given out of 100%. Both formative (homework, papers, quizzes, daily participation) and summative (authentic projects, key assignments, exams) assessment tasks will be given that assess both content and skill mastery. 


Grade 8:

Formative Assessments: 60% (homework, participation, quiz)

Summative Assessments: 40% (exam, project, assignment)


I am excited about this year and very much look forward to guiding the students during this course.Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns throughout the year.



Thank you,



John Lenhart