Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
As a homeschool mom, it is easy to wonder if I am teaching my children everything they need to know. The reality is that I cannot teach them everything they will ever need to know. However, I can teach them how to learn and how to find out information on their own. One of my goals for my children, is to make sure they feel well equipped to continue learning after they leave our homeschool. Note taking, study skills, and test preparation can be a big part of success in high school and collegiate level courses. Since I really wanted to work on those skills with my high schooler, I was grateful for the opportunity to review the study skills course from Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science.
The full course title is Student Success Skills / Studying / Measurement / Lab Reports and it provides a half semester of high school credit. This course is geared for students in grades 7-12. ( I think it is perfect for high school freshman, though it could easily be used by anyone in that age range.)
This course includes a brief introduction and seven additional video sessions. Each session covers a different topic including:
- Taking Notes, Note Sketching, and Studying
- Test Taking
- Measurement and the Metric System
- Temperature and Graphing
- The Scientific Measurement and Lab Reports
- Scientific Notation and Magnitude Perspective
- Statistics, Probability, Accuracy, and Precision
The videos are about 25-30 minutes in length and Mr. Landry begins each session with prayer. There is a study guide to accompany the course that can help guide the students through each session.
I had printed off the entire study guide and given it to my son at the beginning of the course. However, I realized as he was going through it that it included both blank pages that he could fill out and those same pages already completed. Going forward, I would give my student the blank pages and then, once it was completed, let them use the filled in pages to check their work.
“Overall I thought the student success skills course was a good course. I enjoyed the fact that it is much more video based and has a small amount of reading to go with it. I also enjoyed that the lessons were not so long that it got boring. I appreciated the fact that the PDF had charts for things like the metric system so I could go back and see the information while not in the lecture.” Matthew, Age 15
As a parent, I think that this study skills course is a great way to help students learn valuable skills that will help them be successful in their other courses. While some of the course is specific to science, many of the skills will transfer to any course material. I would recommend this for any high school student that needs some support in those areas and even those that are doing well because I think it will be beneficial in learning throughout their academic career or even for trade courses or hobbies.
In addition to the study skills course, the Review Crew looked at a variety of the science courses from Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science. This included other Self-paced 7th-12th grade half-semester classes courses and more from elementary through high school. You can click on the graphic below to see all of the reviews and find out how other families used these courses in their homes.