Strong executive functioning is essential to success in every subject area. And no matter your age, there’s always room for improvement in this important skill set. EE’s study skills workshops focus on the character traits, learning strategies, and academic habits needed for success in high school, college, and beyond. Topics include organization, time management, goal setting, note taking, annotating, communication with teachers and peers, and writing. We discuss best practices in each of these areas and engage students in activities to make them more effective learners. Students across Chicago have gained valuable tools from our executive functioning curricula.

The Learners’ Workshop 1

Prepare for what lies ahead with an executive functioning and study skills course ideal for students making the transition to high school. In the first workshop of The Learners’ series, students will dive into the three dimensions of successful students: character, learning strategies, and scholarly habits. Participants assess their current skills, build new ones, and leave the workshop with a game plan for their academic future. Instructional methods include experiential learning activities, lectures, multimedia presentations, and short projects to encourage a more efficient and successful learner. Eight one-hour sessions.

Each 60-minute session includes:

  • goal-setting for the week ahead
  • experiential learning activities (games)
  • self-assessment of habits and strategies
  • introduction to new learning techniques
  • life hacks, health and wellness tips, and more!

Students will also receive a binder with accompanying worksheets, planner pages, and EE’s habits and strategies mini-textbook.

Schedule Options:

Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

November 9, 2021 – January 11, 2022

Cost:

$250

Location:

Online (Zoom & Google Classroom)

The Learners’ Workshop 2

Building on the mindsets, skills, and habits acquired in the first course of the series, The Learners’ Workshop 2 helps students commit to putting it all into practice — and sticking with success. In addition, instructors will introduce an array of new strategies to help students home in on a personalized learning style for high school. “Work smarter not harder” is just one of many takeaways from this workshop. Completion of Learners’ 1 is recommended but not required. Eight one-hour sessions.

Each 60-minute session includes:

  • goal-setting for the week ahead
  • experiential learning activities (games)
  • self-assessment of habits and strategies
  • introduction to new learning techniques
  • life hacks, health and wellness tips, and more!

Students will also receive a binder with accompanying worksheets, planner pages, and EE’s habits and strategies mini-textbook.

Schedule:

Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

November 9, 2021 – January 11, 2022

Cost:

$250

Location:

Online (Zoom & Google Classroom)

The Writer’s Practice Workshop & Blog

There’s more to writing than the five-paragraph essay that many students experience in school. This course will open students’ eyes to the world that writers inhabit — where they consider their audience, work through a process, develop writerly habits and choose topics they’re passionate about. The course steers participants toward concepts and prompts that will help build their confidence and enjoyment as writers.

Writer, speaker, and college writing instructor John Warner, author of “The Writer’s Practice: Building Confidence In Your Nonfiction Writing” joins the Educational Endeavors team to lead this five-session workshop where students brainstorm, create, workshop, revise and edit a blog post that will be published on the web. Students entering grades 9 through 12 will learn valuable skills that will help them with any school writing assignment.

Schedule & Cost:

To be announced.

Location:

Online (Zoom & Google Classroom)

College Success Seminar

The transition to college can be difficult as young adults step into a world where no one is overseeing their homework or breaking down assignments into manageable chunks. If students have learned self-advocacy, organization, time management, and other executive functioning strategies before they arrive on campus, they are more likely to survive and thrive during freshman year. Open to students entering freshman or sophomore year of college, this seminar will not only introduce a wide array of study skills but will also cover reading and writing techniques to help students handle college-level work effectively.

Schedule & Cost:

To be announced.

Location:

Online (Zoom & Google Classroom)