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Outback hosting study skills workshops

Published 11:35 am, Saturday, January 11, 2014
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The Outback Teen Center and Successful Study Skills 4 Students will offer a study skills workshops for middle school students.

The workshops teach students key study strategies that help them learn while reducing stress.

The workshops are open to all area students enrolled in grades 5 to 8.

Classes will tales place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28; Feb. 4, 11 and 25; and March 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Outback, 71 Main St., New Canaan.

The workshops are taught by accredited teachers. Class size is limited to 15 students. Small class size allows for more focused and individualized attention to be given to each participating student.

The program is founded on educational research and evidence-based studies. Its interactive approach demonstrates how to apply students' own curriculum to the study strategies they learn.

"We are pleased to welcome S4 to The Outback," Christine Simmons, program director for The Outback, said. "Learning study skills lays a solid foundation for students to achieve their goals in school and beyond, and it boosts their confidence in their approach to their studies."

Michelle Sagalyn, president of S4, added, "We are excited to offer the S4 workshops at the Outback for the first time. Whether students are just transitioning into middle school or are simply looking to improve their overall academic experience, we offer tools that can help them succeed. Implementing even a single new skill has been shown to boost students' motivation and academic performance."

The program address:

better classroom engagement

increased focus

reduced anxiety and stress

strategies for longer retention

better preparation for class, tests and projects

increased ability to synthesize information

enhanced critical-thinking skills

increased confidence

an independent approach to learning

S4 supplies all materials for the workshops. Each day, students will return home with materials that complement and reinforce the day's lessons. Parents are provided with post-session emails that explain what was taught in the day's lesson, and provide information for how to support students in practicing the new skills.

The cost is $395. For information, call 203-307-5455 or email info@S4StudySkills.com. To register online, visit newcanaanoutback.org.