What Are the Different Types of Study Skills Classes?

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Study skills classes may cover material like organization, note taking, and memorization; they could prepare people to take specific standardized tests; or they might help students increase their understanding of an academic subject. Classes, workshops or tutoring sessions may be offered in public education settings, like high schools or community colleges. Alternately, private tutoring and education businesses have numerous workshops or trainings that impart the different types of study skills.

Junior and high schools sometimes offer study skills classes.
Junior and high schools sometimes offer study skills classes.

In private environments, some study skills classes are offered for students transitioning to new educational environments, such as from grammar to middle school or junior high to high school. Workshops or classes may train pupils, who will soon be facing more challenging coursework, in the elements most necessary to succeed. The curriculum often includes focus on time management, organizational skills, memorization tricks, and note taking. The length of a class usually determines the depth of the training. A single day’s workshop will only look briefly at topics, but several weeks or months of studying could provide extensive information.

ACT prep refers to pre-test work done prior to the ACT exam.
ACT prep refers to pre-test work done prior to the ACT exam.

Private centers may also offer training in a specific subject. Tutoring in math, reading, spelling, or science sometimes comes under the heading of study skills classes. Public environments like high schools or junior highs may occasionally offer this preparation, too. Unfortunately, reduced funding can make it difficult for many schools to offer these classes, particularly in summer. During the school year, there may be more funds available, and students might take study skills classes as electives to help improve their overall academic performance.

Some classes teach organization, memorization, and note-taking.
Some classes teach organization, memorization, and note-taking.

While many study skills classes focus on general skills or a particular subject, such as math, other training can have an objective, like passing an exam. Courses that prepare students to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test® (SAT®), the ACT®, high school exit exams, or diploma equivalency tests like the GED® may be attractive to students. SAT® and ACT® prep classes are most often available from private sources, though some high school teachers run inexpensive clinics for their students.

Tutoring in math or science could be considered study skills classes.
Tutoring in math or science could be considered study skills classes.

On the other hand, adult education centers and many community colleges have low cost or free courses on how to prepare for the GED®. Instruction in such study skills classes may be computer-based or conducted by a teacher. The former is often preferred because people don’t all enter preparation for the test with the same skill set. It can be hard to plan a teacher-led curriculum that meets the needs of a student population with diverse strengths.

Community colleges can also offer study skills classes that resemble the ones available for younger students. These might focus on teaching basic topics like organizational skills. Alternately, they could offer training to build competency in a particular academic subject.

Adult education centers usually offer GED preparation classes.
Adult education centers usually offer GED preparation classes.
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent wiseGEEK contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

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Talentryto

When my nephew was in high school, he took a study skill class to help prepare him for college test taking. This course made him feel like he had an advantage over other students in his first year of college when it came time to take tests.

Raynbow

Many colleges and universities require each new student to take some type of study skill class, which I think is a good idea. Many students who are new to a college setting really don't know what they need to do to study properly. Taking this type of class helps pave the way for successful test taking skills that will last throughout college.

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