Academy Learning is the place to go to improve your child's study and organizational skills, learning and test-taking strategies. ALC uses the widely-respected resources LASSI (Learning and Study Skills Inventory) diagnostic tool and SOAR resources to assess a student's strengths and weaknesses and to help the student grown in self-knowledge. We integrate the results and recommendations into the student's Academic Game Plan and work to strengthen areas of weakness in separate modules, some of which parents attend, and tutoring sessions.
Our Study Skills Curriculum focuses on developing the following skills: organization, note-taking, study, test-prep, test-taking.
1. Time Management and an Introduction to the "Study Cycle": Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of planning and time management. Build lasting habits for planning and scheduling time effectively to support college-bound goals.
2. Pre-reading skills: Understand the importance of applying pre-reading activities to the students’ own materials.
3. Note-taking: Identify best note-taking methods that work best for the individual student.
4. Paraphrasing: Demonstrate understanding of importance of paraphrasing as a critical thinking skill for academic learning.
Extensive research, development, and testing led to the creation of this statistically valid and reliable tool for the diagnosis of study skills. The LASSI is a 10-scale, 60-item assessment of students' awareness about and use of learning and study strategies related to skill, will and self-regulation components of strategic learning. The focus is on both covert and overt thoughts, behaviors, attitudes and beliefs that relate to successful learning and that can be altered through educational interventions. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that these factors contribute significantly to success in college and that they can be learned or enhanced through educational interventions such as learning and study skills courses.
The LASSI provides standardized scores (percentile score equivalents) and national norms for ten different scales (there is no total score since this is a diagnostic measure). The LASSI is both diagnostic and prescriptive. It provides students with a diagnosis of their strengths and weaknesses, compared to other college students, in the areas covered by the 10 scales and it is prescriptive in that it provides feedback about areas where students may be weak and need to improve their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and skills.
The LASSI scales related to the skill component of strategic learning are: Information Processing, Selecting Main Ideas and Test Strategies. These scales examine students' learning strategies, skills and thought processes related to identifying, acquiring and constructing meaning for important new information, ideas and procedures, and how they prepare for and demonstrate their new knowledge on tests or other evaluative procedures.
The LASSI Scales related to the will component of strategic learning are: Attitude, Motivation and Anxiety. These scales measure students' receptivity to learning new information, their attitudes and interest in college, their diligence, self-discipline, and willingness to exert the effort necessary to successfully complete academic requirements, and the degree to which they worry about their academic performance.
The LASSI Scales related to the self-regulation component of strategic learning are: Concentration, Time Management, Self-Testing and Using Academic Resources. These scales measure how students manage, or self-regulate and control, the whole learning process through using their time effectively, focusing their attention and maintaining their concentration over time, checking to see if they have met the learning demands for a class, an assignment or a test, and using study supports such as review sessions, tutors or special features of a textbook.