Middle School Success

Gain skills for the next level of school

This course will assist incoming or early middle school students in becoming more independent through taking responsibility for their schedules and study habits. Lessons will focus on study skills, note-taking skills, communication skills, time-management, and goal setting.

This course will meet twice per week to ensure students have ample opportunity to learn skills, apply those skills, and reflect on integrating them into their lives throughout the course. Homework will focus on building good habits, such as time management and strong study skills.

Class Size: 8
Instructor: Ms. Deanna Heikkinen
Class Day: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00-7:00p ET
Dates: July 10 – August 28 (8 weeks)
Tuition: $25 registration fee, $1120 for 16 classes

Early Bird Registration
20% discount if you enroll by April 30!

Required Materials: 1-inch, three-ring binder; weekly planner with dates including summer months; school textbook with chapter headings and topic headings; a printer for materials distributed electronically throughout the summer; optional: highlighters, pens, pencils, colored pens, or pencils


Unit 1: Introduction and Growth Mindset
  • Growth mindset and flow
Unit 2: Time Management
  • Using a planner
  • Scheduling work time
  • Setting goals
Unit 3: Study Skills
  • Study habits and methods
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Note-taking strategies
  • Reading habits and strategies
Unit 4: Communication Skills
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
Unit 5: Presentations
  • Presentation skills
  • Course wrap-up

“Deanna works with my son to understand the ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind his academic struggles, going above and beyond to teach him new, unique methods for learning. She has been a gem of an academic guide for both my son and me.”

—Alexandra M., 6th grade parent

The minimum enrollment required for this course is four (4) students. Rose Writing Center reserves the right to cancel this course in the event that fewer than four students enroll. Students enrolled in a canceled course will be duly notified and may choose to either receive a full refund or transfer to another course by Rose Writing Center.

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