Study Skills Syllabus

Class Blocks: A1, A2, B2, B3

Articles about Study Skills & Education

Mr. Craig Fisher
                                                          Paraprofessional: Mrs. Ramsey

Phone: 853-2225 ext. 7123

Canvas Online sessions

9th grade, Period 2, B-days

9th grade, Period 3, B-days

10th grade, Period 1, A-days

10th grade, Period 2, A-days

Introduction and Purpose

Course Description:  This course teaches specific study skills to students based on their individual needs.  Students will apply these techniques and strategies to improve their classroom achievement.  Instruction will focus on goal-setting, time management, and organizational skills needed by individual students.  Students will also use time in the Study Skills class to improve their reading, writing and math skills.  Students will receive assistance in working toward completing assignments for their core classes.  Emphasis will be placed on students meeting their graduation requirements.

Course Requirements and Grades

  • Materials Required:

               Pass Laptop Computer

               Classwork/On-line Assignments


               Library Book/Reading Material

  •  Grading:  A daily grade will be given to measure how well students use independent homework time provided during class. Each daily grade is based on a 10-point scale.  Daily grades will be averaged to determine final 9-week grades.  After three consecutive unexcused absences, students will receive a zero for their daily grade.  
  •  Participation:  Students are expected to bring work to class that needs to be completed.If their school work is completed, they are also expected to participate in classroom learning activities.

Major Topics Covered:  Students will work to improve the following skills - 

  • Self-Determination (goal setting and achievement)
  • Self-Awareness (balancing life skills)
  • Self-Advocacy (especially regarding their IEP)
  • Study Skills
  • Test-Taking Skills
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading Skills
  • Writing Skills

Classroom Rules:

  • Respect yourself, your classmates, adults present in the classroom, and school property.
  • Enter the class on time and begin working on a daily focus activity. Exit the class ONLY when dismissed by the teacher or paraprofessional.
  • The Student Code of Conduct will be followed and enforced.

Attendance Requirements:

RCPS must conduct attendance checks for each student on a daily basis. It is required for a number of statutory and regulatory requirements, as well as to gauge student well-being.

Students are expected to log on and participate in the synchronous portion of each of their scheduled classes according to the remote learning bell schedule.

Attendance will be taken during this synchronous instruction time. If a student is unable to attend the class synchronously, the teacher will follow up to determine the reason(s). Students who are unable to attend the class synchronously may be marked present for the class if they have a meaningful engagement with the day’s learning activity(ies) online asynchronously. 

Students who have not been marked present by 4:00 PM will get a robocall at 5:00 PM reminding them to complete learning activities for the day’s classes. For students who complete asynchronous learning activities online after the 5:00 PM robocall, attendance will be adjusted the next morning. 

Important Note: If the student has not been marked present for synchronous instruction and the student has not completed an asynchronous learning activity for the class by the time the teacher is adjusting attendance the next morning, the student will remain absent for the previous day. Example: A student will not be marked present for Monday’s class if he/she does Monday’s asynchronous work on Tuesday.

Statement on Academic Integrity

Patrick Henry seeks to maintain an optimal learning environment. General principles of academic honesty include respect for the intellectual property of others, the expectation that individual work will be submitted unless otherwise allowed by an instructor, and the obligations both to protect one’s own academic work from misuse by others as well as to avoid using another’s work as one’s own. All students are expected to understand and abide by these principles. Students representing the work of another as their own will receive a grade of “F” on that assignment in addition to other possible disciplinary actions.

Statement for Students with Disabilities

Any student with a documented disability will receive the accommodations in his/her IEP or 504 plan. If those accommodations are not sufficient for academic progress, the teacher, student, or parent may contact the case manager to arrange for a meeting to discuss additional options.