Middle School Skills

Middle school is where students build the foundations for the skills that they use for every class for the rest of their career. Too often, however, these skills aren’t explicitly taught, and students are left to blindly figure out what to do. This course will develop effective individual study strategies based on students’ specific learning styles, past challenges, and current needs.

Locations: Burlingame, Danville, Lafayette, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, San Mateo, Saratoga, Woodside, Online

Cost: $110/hr.

Recommended hours: 8-10


  • Develop organizational and long-term planning skills
  • Learn how to prepare for tests
  • Preview middle school curriculum

To Enroll Call (650) 331-3251 / (408) 345–5200


Course Description:

This course is designed for rising 6th and 7th graders. Our program focuses on organization, planning, test preparation, and time management in order to foster study habits that are both effective and efficient. Common topics include learning the difference between reading for literature and reading for science, predicting test questions, and math problem solving strategies.

Since study skills are best taught in the context of content, we structure courses around the middle school curriculum, previewing new material even as we build effective study tools.

Students will have short homework assignments between sessions to help them build at home study skills. These may include short math sets, short readings, and desk and backpack cleaning. In addition, students will need a binder and a planner.

Middle School Skills Topics:

We will select and teach the topics that will best match your student’s level and interest and build a personally tailored curriculum from these sample lessons.

Reading Skills

Learn and practice basic reading comprehension skills and match those skills to the topic and format of the reading assignment.

How to Study

Studying is a skill that can be learned. We’ll teach you how to take notes, generate study guides, integrate information, and apply what you learn.

Time Management

Take control of your time by breaking down larger tasks into manageable pieces, avoiding procrastination, using your time effectively and efficiently, and creating a schedule that is conducive to learning.

Content Foundations

Strong content knowledge in math, reading, and writing will set you up for success in middle school and beyond. We shore up content gaps to stop problems before they start.

Test Taking

Learn how to apply what you’ve learned in a variety of testing environments. We teach you test taking strategies to help you build confidence in your test taking ability. We also provide specific strategies to help you approach: multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions.


By organizing your notes, class materials, and physical and virtual spaces you can dramatically improve your success in middle school.

Make the Most of the Summer!

Students who stay actively engaged in the learning process during the summer perform better during the school year.

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Peninsula Main Phone Number (650) 331-3251
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