It seems that some students can breeze through their classes while others struggle for every A. Are they smarter or do they just have better study habits? Maybe a little of both?
There is no doubt that some things just make for better retention of information. Lack of distractions. A sturdy table or desk. Good lighting. But is there something else you can do so that tests won't be so hard and remembering information won't be like hunting for a needle in a haystack of the brain?
That's what the Victus Study Skills System aims to give students, a set of skills for better study habit, a mission statement, and goals for their future studies and life.
the Victus Study Skills System
Victus Study Skills System is an organized system to help students reach their goals in school and in life. It first came about in the 1970's when teachers noted that students needed more help with study skills rather than with understanding the information.
The course is the brain child of a former tutor and teacher. It is constantly updated and evaluated to make sure it is effective.
In the Victus Study Skills System, after a set of lessons and instructions, students will assess their strengths and and habits. Then they can learn how to get where they want to be by using study skills, time management habits, note taking skills, test taking skills. and some insight into the best way they learn.
Members of the Homeschool Review Crew received the full packet of the Victus Study Skills System which included….
- Level 1: Primary (K-2/3) Student Workbook
- Level 2: Elementary (2/3-4/5) Student Workbook
- Level 3 (5/6-10/11) Student Workbook
- Level 4 (10/11-College) College Student Workbook
- Student Planner and Teacher's Guide
We used the Level 3 Student Workbook, Teacher's Guide, and Planner. All of the items listed above are ring bound.
Victus Study Skills System has a Sample Course Plan for working through the lessons. Although we had huge gaps between days based on schedules and what not I tried to keep with the number of lessons they recommended completing in a sitting.
The Victus Study Skills System is based on three Foundational Cornerstones.
- Where am I now? What are you study habits like now?
- Where do I want to be? What kind of grades do you want to get? Or what goals do you have?
- How do I get there? What do you need to do to improve your study skills and develop good habits?
Working through these three cornerstones your student will evaluate what they are doing now, learn some valuable skills, and put them into practice.
Lessons 1 and 2 are eye opening lessons for evaluating how your student learns best and what study skills they are currently practicing.
Lesson 3 is all about Goal Setting.
Lessons, 4, 5, and 6 start to look at Time Management, Study Skills, and better Reading Comprehension.
Lessons 7 and 8 were my favorite, Listening Skills and Effective Note Taking.
Lesson 9 is on Test Taking, another good one. And in Lesson 10 we review all we learned.
Our Thoughts of Victus Study Skills
The Victus Study Skills System has a lot of pointers for the parent/teacher and I kept those in mind while teaching my daughter. One of those was being honest. I know we all like to think we are doing things right and are so wonderful and conscientious but after filling in the Study Habits Checklist the proof was there. My daughter couldn't deny that she had not been doing the things required for better grades and better understanding. At the start of each lesson, as painful as it was, I reminded her of that fact.
This isn't supposed to be a funny course but we had the most hilarious time when it came to lesson 8 on note taking. I've never had any formal lessons on taking good notes and this lesson had great tips for taking notes quickly in an organized manner. Did you know that the average speaker speaks 150 words a minute but the average person only takes notes at 50 words per minute? This means you need to come up with some skills for getting all that information down. This is a lesson that we are working at daily. My daughter loves to write full sentences in script/cursive. So yeah! It's made for some hilarious moments. In fact the whole family has taken a turn at taking notes to see what we come up with.
Not just for High School
I mentioned before that the Victus Study Skills System has several levels. We used Level 3 which covers Middle School through beginning High School. But the Victus Study Skills System can be used from Primary Grades on up into College and even by adults. If you click the banner below you can read from more Homeschool Review Crew Members how reviewed this system with other grades.
It is also recommend to review the system each year as you start a new grade. We plan on doing just that.
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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.