Study Skills Seminar

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Why Offer A Study Skills Seminar?

As a part-time instructor at several universities since 1993, Dr. Holifield spent years assisting college students during office hours by providing study suggestions for his college courses. He eventually realized students were lacking in a systematic approach to studying course content. Given his professional background in assessing students for ADHD and learning disabilities, Dr. Holifield decided to combine his expertise in memory functioning with knowledge of executive functioning to teach empirically-based strategies for long-term study success in a quarter or semester system. He trained under Dr. Milton Dehn, a well-published expert in short and long-term memory training. Dr. Holifield obtained his certification in Memory Intervention and incorporates many of Dr. Dehn's approaches to improve student memory, learning, and retention.

How are Executive Functioning and Memory Important Study Skills?

Executive Functions are core capabilities responsible for coordinating and integrating multiple cognitive activities and skills for academic learning. They are vital skills used for planning-prioritization, organization, work initiation, reducing distractions, time estimation, and mental flexibility. Other skills include managing frustration, goal-directed persistence, and working memory. All of these skills are important in college for planning one's semester, time management, prioritizing time for multiple due dates, note-taking, writing assignments, and managing concurrent courses at once. 


Long-term memory skills are important for reading comprehension of course materials, studying for meaning, studying with repetition, and reducing the interference of multiple course concepts. Learning how memory operates and how to use skills to enhance retention of academic material aides in preparing for exams as well as improving in exam performance.

Who Should Attend?

The seminar is designed for any student attending Cal Poly or Cuesta College who may want to learn how to become a more efficient learner. Students who struggle with ADHD or learning disorders and receive support from the Disability Resource Center are encouraged to register. 

What Study Skills Are Covered?

A sample of the topics covered include:

  1. Metamemory and Metacognition
  2. Developing a Study Quarter/Semester Study Plan
  3. Calendars and Notifications
  4. Time Management
  5. Active College Textbook Reading-Reading for Meaning
  6. Developing a Highlighting System
  7. Developing a Note-Taking System
  8. How to Study Efficiently for Exams
  9. Managing Test Anxiety
  10. Test-Taking Strategies
  11. Projects and Papers-Organization to Completion

What Should I expect?

Seminars are designed for up to six students.  Students will be expected to bring in their course syllabi, textbooks, and laptops. Seminar binders will be provided to each student. Students will learn a concept and will apply the strategy to individual work. Outside of the seminar, students will work in groups to support skill application. Review of strategies and their applications will occur weekly. From time to time. students will be expected to show Dr. Holifield their Cal Poly Portals or Cuesta Blackboard pages to review course content. The ability for Dr. Holfield to communicate with the students' parents or university support staff is a requirement. 

What is the Cost and Registration Process?

Cost-$1,800 for the 1.5 hour, weekly class over the course of 11 weeks. This is $102 per weekly meeting. The FIRST NIGHT is 2 hours long to review attendance, set expectations, and begin introduction to materials. Payment is due in full prior to the beginning of the course. The cost covers course materials, course teaching, student progress monitoring, refreshments, and staff administrative time. A 2% credit card processing fee will be charged through PayPal and Square. 


Registration Process- After reading the Attendance and Cancellation Policies, please register for the appropriate session below.  Please use the following steps:


1. Click on the REGISTER BUTTON for the Study Skills Session you want.


2. When directed to the Calendar, Scroll to the September START DATE -Click the DATE BUTTON.


3. Double-Check the Session Dates and Times and then Click on the TIME BUTTON.


4. You will be asked to provide your information and answer 3 questions.


5. Enter payment through Paypal or Credit Card.


6. Click on BOOK APPOINTMENT BUTTON


Once you have booked the session. Dr. Holifield will send you an email with a more detailed application form. You will also be directed to a seminar Membership Page to receive updated class information and resources for the seminar. If you are unable to register due to the Session being full, please email Dr. Holifield to be entered on the Wait List. There may be openings based on last minute cancellations or another Session may be created contingent upon demand.

Attendance and Cancellation Policies

ATTENDANCE  POLICY

Students will be asked to work with fellow students to support the application of skills outside the seminar. The course is designed to build upon each skill from week-to-week. Inconsistent attendance is disruptive to the learning process of a small group. Attendance will be taken at each class session. After the first missed class, the student or parents will be notified and reminded of the attendance policy.


  • Students missing 2 or more classes in the first 3 weeks will be dismissed from the seminar. Students or parents will be refunded $600. No exceptions.
  • If a student regularly attends the first 3 weeks, upon the first absence, Dr. Holifield will contact the student or parents with a reminder. Continued absences will result in a dismissal from the seminar. Students or parents will be refunded $300. 


CANCELLATION POLICY

  • All cancellations must be sent to Dr. Holifield via email.
  • Due to the high demand for the seminars, registering for a seat in the course uses a limited spot for other possible students. Students on the Registration Wait List will not be able to register or attend once the seminar begins.
  • For whatever reason, if you need to cancel the course, cancellations received by email 1 week prior to the start of the course will receive a full refund. 
  • Cancellations after the 1 week and up to 3 week into the seminar will be refunded $600.
  • No refunds will be provided for cancellations made after 3 weeks of the first class.



BEFORE REGISTERING AND PAYING FOR THE COURSE, PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING:

I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE ATTENDANCE AND CANCELLATION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. MY REGISTERING AND PAYING FOR THE SEMINAR SIGNIFIES THAT I AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.