Study Skills

    Andrea (Andy) Houser, Teacher

    Room 502

    Phone and Voice Mail: 206-855-0501

    Email: ahouser@bisd303.org



    Study Skills is designed to provide specially designed instruction as delineated in the student's Individual Education Plan. In conjunction with the IEP, Study Skills provides instruction in self-advocacy, transition, and effective study strategies such as test taking, note taking, essay writing, communication skills, and organizational strategies. Academic support for core curriculum classes is one component of Study Skills. However, this class is not intended as a replacement for time spent doing homework at home nor is it a tutoring service. The goal of Study Skills is to teach students to become responsible, active participants in their educational program.


    Students are expected to come to class prepared and ready to participate. All students should have paper, adequate writing tools, folders with dividers and a planner to help organize their class work. Each student will be required to maintain their planner or comparable organizational device to track assignments in all classes.

    Students are to treat others with courtesy, respect, and dignity. Behavior that compromises the learning environment for others will not be tolerated. All eating and drinking should be done before school starts, during break, at lunch, or after school. Food or drink is discouraged in the classroom. Water with a screw on top is allowed. No cell phones or iPod/mp3’s are to be used in the Study Skills classroom without permission. 


    Students are responsible for showing up to class on time, maintaining a planner system, and using class time effectively. It is expected that students demonstrate accountability through the completion of assignments and test preparation for their academic classes.


    Grading is based on the following components:


    Classwork 30% 

    Learning about Learning: Educating students about how to learn using research-based strategies.  Students are expected to actively participate.


    Organization 20% 

    Students are required to maintain a planner, organized notebook, incorporate organizational strategies and effectively utilize technology as a tool.


    Participation 50%

    Students need to be actively engaged in the learning process and apply study skill strategies within general education courses. The application of skills within Study Skills involves effectively using time, resources, and available support within the Study Skills classroom to be successful. The application of strategies within the general education classroom involves measurement of student progress (improvement/growth, not necessarily all A’s and B’s) in the general curriculum. 



    Non-educational use of technology is prohibited in the classroom. Cell phones should remain stored, unseen, and in silent mode during the class period. Texting, social networking, gaming, and other non-educational uses of technology will not be tolerated during class time. We have six computers for student use. BYOD’s are to be used for educational purposes only. Misuse will result in losing the item until the end of the day. 



    Test taking can be challenging for students. Some students need accommodations to help them adequately demonstrate their knowledge on tests. The following policies pertain to test taking:

    • Tests will be taken on the scheduled test date. 
    • In some cases, students will take tests in the resource room as noted in their IEP.
    • Some students need extra time when taking tests. The general guideline supported by the SAT College Board and most colleges is 50% more time. In rare instances, students with compelling need may be granted 100% more time.
    • If a student feels that he or she will not be able to complete the test in a single class period, the student should plan to come before school to begin the test, work during lunch, during the Study Skills class, or remain after school. The test must be completed in one day. Completed and non-completed tests will be returned to the general education teacher at the end of the school day.
    • While all general education teachers have copies of IEP information, they may not always remember each individual accommodation. Students should talk to their teacher prior to the day of the test to make arrangements for an alternate location and/or extended time.
    • Tests should only be exchanged between teachers to maintain security and the integrity of the document.



    There are several resources available to students who need additional assistance. In addition to their regularly scheduled class period, students may come to homework club also known as A and A Cafe after school from 3-4pm every Tuesday and Thursday. It is important that students advocate and seek help from their general education teachers as necessary. Many families also choose to use tutors in the community if you wish to procure those services privately.



    Parents are encouraged to check their child's planner system on a regular basis, check teacher web sites, support regular study at home, and to communicate concerns or questions.


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    After carefully reviewing the course syllabus, please sign and return only the bottom portion of this page to your Study Skills teacher. Please retain the syllabus content for your reference.




    Student Signature _________________________________  Date _________           


    Parent Signature __________________________________ Date