Middle School Study Skills

Learning How to Learn: Classes Online and 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

    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.


    Formats Available

    Classroom Based Live Classes

    • The same great classes that have helped thousand of students for over 11 years

    • Held in the familiar HIgh School classroom setting in Howard County Maryland

    • Meets for four Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    • Plenty of time for Q and A in the class and afterwards with the instructor


    Live Online Classes

    • All classes are taught by Betty Caldwell

    • Students everywhere now have access to all of the same classes and great benefits of the Classroom Based Live Classes

    • Fully interactive so that every student can see and hear the instructor and all other students

    • Accessible wherever there is a strong internet connection

    • Small classes 

    * No transportation issues

    • Virtual office hours for additional Q and A

    Videotaped Classes As A Stand Alone Option

    • Downloadable classes are available for viewing 24/7 on your own time frame and your own device anyplace you go

    • Includes all the same great material as the Live Classroom courses

    • Can be viewed by both parents and students of any age for continuing review

    • No need to schedule time for the live class

    * Families can compare their individual learning styles to discover how it shapes expectations of success


    Enhanced Courses : Mix And Match Live And Videotaped Courses. Videotaped Classes Deeply Discounted When Combined With Purchase Of Live Classes.

    Now you can purchase your own copy of the Stressless Tests© Videotaped Classes at a deep discount when combined with the Classroom Based and/or Live Online courses. Select it when you register for either course. You will receive your electronic copies of the first course one by one over the course of four weeks,  October 19 - November 10. After that, all four classes of this course will be available for purchase for instant download. You are encouraged to make advance purchases to be among the first to receive the course at this deep discount. 



    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.





    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

    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
    MS Study Skills Live Class January 19 to February 9

    Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Tuesday evenings at Burleigh Manor MS

    Classroom course - $ 165
    Live online - $ 165
    Videotaped course - $ 125
    Video + either live course - $ 210
    MS Study Skills Live Class March 1-22

    Time: 6:30 - 8:30

    Tuesday evenings at Burleigh Manor MS

    Classroom course - $ 165
    Live online - $ 165
    Videotaped course - $ 125
    Video + either live course - $ 210

    Flexible Payments

    Upcoming Classes & Events

    Click on class for details

    MS Study Skills Live Class January 19 to February 9
    HS Study Skills Live Class January 27- February 17
    HS Study Skills Live Class February 24 to March 16
    MS Study Skills Live Class March 1-22

    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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    (410) 740-4659