Upper School Scholarship Skills (Spring)
This is a workshop on various scholarship skills and how to put them into practice through a variety of tools and techniques to help each student find the methods that work best for them. The bulk of the sessions will focus on approaches to reading, notetaking and annotating skills, and learning how to read different kinds of texts. In addition to this, we will also look at ways to improve organization, productivity, and study time by looking at approaches to planners and journaling to study methods such as the Pomodoro Technique and Deep Work.
Please note: This workshop will meet for 8 weeks between January 26 – March 16 on Thursdays from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EST.
- How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
- ISBN-13: 978-0671212094
- The reading skills will be oriented around those presented in Mortimer Adler’s How to Read a Book, of which we will be reading a few sections. The skills discussed will be applied to a variety of selections from literary and historical texts. All necessary readings will be provided and discussed during our sessions, with only brief readings assigned as homework between classes.
- A journal or notebook between 5 x 8.25 and 8.5 x 11
- Durable enough that you will be able to use it daily for 2-3 months without pages falling out. Pages should be lined and the paper thick enough that the ink doesn’t bleed through to the other side.
- A reliable pen
- A computer or tablet to type on
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Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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