Amazingly, I didn’t learn good study skills until I was a freshman in college taking an Intro to Psych class. The teacher took the time to explain how to manage time when studying, how to take good notes, and how to prepare for tests. Knowing that information helped me so much!
Last year, Bookworm’s teacher taught the kids how to keep an assignment notebook to manage their assignments, which we continue to do now that we’re homeschooling. Still, I want to make sure that Bookworm knows how to study beginning in elementary school, not college, as I learned.
When I was given the chance to review the Victus Study Skills System, I was excited to try it out with Bookworm. This system does not disappoint; I’d highly recommend it for any student, whether they homeschool or not.
About the Victus Study Skills System
This system is designed for students in 5th through 12th grade, though you can use it with younger students. Bookworm is in 4th grade. He couldn’t do his portion completely independently. I had to help guide him with suggestions and explanations, but he still benefitted enormously from the program.
Based on some of the concepts and vocabulary in the program, I would think that this program works best for those in 8th through 12th grade. Students in this grade range can generally completely the program in about 1/2 hour a day over the course of a week.
Bookworm completed the program in a 1/2 hour a day over two weeks. If you do this program with younger children (and I highly recommend that you do), plan to spread the lessons out longer.
What’s Included in the Victus Study Skills System
The Victus Study Skills System helps the child (and parent, if you’re homeschooling), identify the following:
- What your goals are for your future including education
- What your current study habits are
- What type of learner you are (visual, auditory, or kinesthetic)
- What study activities you can do to enhance your learning style
- How to create a mission statement for yourself
- How to create goals and priorities
- How to manage your time and keep a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule
- How to organize your assignments and learning space
- How to find a good learning space to work in
- How to take notes
- How to use shorthand, and
- How to develop skills to be a good test taker
The Teacher Edition includes a general overview of the program and enhanced details about the lessons as well as hands on activities you can do. The Teacher Edition also includes answers to many of the fill in the blank items in the Student Workbook.
I found the Teacher Edition helpful and even read some sections aloud to Bookworm to help him further understand the concepts of this program.
Other Benefits of the Victus Study Skills System
This system does a great job preparing kids to be better students by teaching kids strong study and test taking skills.
However, the program also teaches character development, which I found an added benefit to the program. For instance, under the organization section, students are urged to eliminate, among other things, “placing blame on others.” Bookworm, when things don’t go his way, often blames his sisters. I was happy to see this addressed, and Bookworm listened better when it came from a book, rather than mom.
In addition, this book encourages children, when placing their priorities, to also make sure to include faith.
Whether you homeschool or not, if you’re looking to help your child develop better organizational, study, and test taking skills, you can’t go wrong with the Victus Study Skills System.