Middle School Study Skills

Summer Study Skills Camp

This is a popular daytime course to help students start the new academic year with confidence. With the added benefits of a more relaxed summer pace and an immersion style schedule meeting five days in a row, students show positive results from day one. Students have access to the out of doors during breaks, and more time for activities-based learning. The same great core curriculum guarantees the results we have seen for over 10 years. Classes have gone to waiting lists in recent years and registration is on a first come, first served basis. 

Learning How to Learn: Located in Howard County MD

The focus in the classroom is on subject-matter content, whether it is math, science, or language arts. Overlooked are two key elements that have a major impact on students' learning and assessment.

First is a considered look at how individual students actually process information, and whether it is the same or different than the way the information is presented and assessed. Once students understand how they learn best as individuals and how to study productively for their learning style, their learning improves dramatically and they move forward with a new sense of confidence.

Second, the foundational skills of learning how to learn are a key to effective education. Strangely, the first time study skills are systematically presented in our educational system is at the college level. It is as though students are given the ingredients for constructing a meal, but no recipie. A small investment in teaching students such simple skills as how to take notes, manage their procrastination, study efficiently and effectively, get organized in a way that works for them  and deal with their motivation has a huge return.

The Stressless Tests® Method help students improve their grades and boost their confidence as they

    Identify their dominant, brain-determined, learning style

    Discover how their learning style affects test-taking, focusing,

    subject-matter challenges, procrastination, organization, and more

    Learn proven techniques and strategies to enhance learning style,

    engage more of their brain’s capabilities, build confidence, and

    improve performance

    Incorporate new concrete behavior and skills into their everyday work,

    visibly boosting their academic standing

The Middle School Study Skills Course helps each student acquire a solid foundation of study skills, bringing added self-confidence and higher levels of performance.

Students have the opportunity to begin to use their new skills from class one, and to receive support, feedback and new skill development in subsequent classes.

As always, interested and involved parents who support the use of these newly acquired skills in the classroom are an important factor.

Topics Covered

  • How to Study More Effectively
  • Time Management-Overcoming Procrastination
  • Focusing, Concentrating and Getting Organized
  • Taming ADD
  • Your Brain-Determined Learning Style and Why It Matters
  • Note Taking
  • Test Taking Skills
  • Mastering Longterm Projects
  • Asking for Help-Effective Self Advocacy

    Who will benefit from this class:

    This skills-based approach helps  all students move to the next level of competency, whether they are struggling or are taking advanced level classes.The Stressless Tests® Method eases the way for the entering sixth grader new to the challenges of Middle School, and helps seventh and eighth graders take on higher levels of responsibility for their academic performance. 

    Instructor: Betty Caldwell, MA

    Sliding Scale for More Great Resources 

    The  new sliding fee scale allows you to choose the benefits you want to receive. 

    New! Flexible Payment Plan

    For all payments over $99, take up to 6 months to pay at no additional cost. Check out with PayPal to choose this option. This option is always available, and is not subject to promotional dates.


    Summer Study Skills Camp: $175

    Includes all instruction, class materials and What's My Style, ($16.95 if purchased separately)


    eBook version of What's My Style? Test and Study Secrets for Procrastinating Teens $9.99

    What's my style?Now available for instant download to Kindles, Nooks and other eBook Readers, Smart Phones, and iPads. Parents can now have their own copy of this popular book, and students will have the convenience of accessing such items as the Relaxation Breathing exercise when needed before exams. Students will continue to receive the hard copy as part of their registration to use as a text and workbook in class.



    Enhanced Courses : Mix and match

     Study for Success DVD $25

    A great resource for parents who want to understand their child's learning style and how it impacts relationships at home and performance in the classroom. Serves as a reminder for students of materials covered in the classroom. Available exclusively to class participants.


    Special Internet-Based Tools  Discounted PowerPoint $49

    Save the time and expense of a separate workshop. Now students can take home their own electronic access to state of the art computer apps guaranteed to make their academic  life more efficient, effective and productive.  See Study Skills and Internet Based Tools Workshop for details.


    The Works!  $223 for Academic Year

    Enjoy the course, the DVD and the Internet-Based Tools Powerpoint at a 5% savings over separate purchases.

    Inclement Weather Policy

    Whenever HCPSS closes schools due to weather conditions, they also routinely cancel all evening community events, including Stressless Tests© classes. All who have registered for a class will receive an email for the make-up date.

    Changes and Refunds

    The course fee applies only to cases in which the student takes the entire course as originally scheduled. For any changes in course dates, or for registration to make up classes missed (or that students expect to miss) there is a $20 fee. (This does not apply to changes due to school closings.) Students registered for a class must attend the first class or re-register for another date. Click here to pay course change fee.

    All requests for a refund must be made in writing and received at least 48 hours before the first class. All refunds are subject to a $25 processing fee. Any credit extended for make up classes must be used before the end of the semester in which the student was originally enrolled.Note that no refunds will be made in cases in which students are asked to leave the class.

    Class Locations and Time

    Summer Study Skills Camp

    Owen Brown Community Association Building

    6800 Cradlerock Way

    Columbia, MD 21045

    Time: Noon to 2:00 pm

    Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm for classes held September-May 

    Academic Year: Burleigh Manor Middle School 4200 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042

    Registration note: you may assume there are openings in classes unless it is indicated below that the class is filled.

    Please note: registrations submitted without payment will not be accepted and no space will be reserved on the roster. Please have your credit card ready when you register.

    Scheduled Classes

    Class Options
    Middle School Summer Study Skills Camp August 3 - 7

    Dates: August 3 - 7

    Time: 9:00 to 11:00 am

    Basic Course - $ 175
    with DVD - $ 200
    with Apps - $ 224
    The Works - $ 239
    Middle School Summer Study Skills Camp August 10 - 14

    Dates: August 10 - 14

    Time: 9:00 to 11:00 am

    Basic Course - $ 175
    with DVD - $ 200
    with Apps - $ 224
    The Works - $ 239

    Flexible Payments

    Upcoming Classes & Events

    Click on class for details

    High School Summer Study Skills Camp August 3 - 7
    Middle School Summer Study Skills Camp August 3 - 7
    High School Summer Study Skills Camp August 10 - 14
    Middle School Summer Study Skills Camp August 10 - 14

    What They're Saying

    Middle School Study Skills

    “It was great! Today I came in second in my English class spelling bee using the study skills to study for it. Also, I got two A’s on really hard tests in English and Reading.”

    Libby Weaver
    Grade 7


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    Contact Information


    (410) 740-4659