I was looking forward to reviewing this with my son, because I want him to be able to make it in the real world, aka college. He is one of those people who likes to do math problems in his head. If he has to show his work, he gets frustrated because it is hard for him to write it out step by step. I know he is going to need to know how to show his work in high school and college and also needs to be able to study properly for tests.
The Victus Study Skills System is geared for students in 5th through 12th grades. It can also be used for younger children with more parental help. This course is ten lessons that take about 30 minutes each. It is recommended to do two lessons each day for a week, but it is adaptable and can be taken at a slower pace if needed.
The teacher edition has several pages of introduction that tells about the objectives and the course itself. Section one of the teacher manual tells you how to use the teacher edition and gives a course plan and techniques. Section two are the lessons and section three is an appendix that lists some essentials.
The student workbook tells the student the “course aim.” It also lists four important concepts for the student. The book is divided into three foundational cornerstones which are as follows:
- Where am I now?
- Where do I want to be?
- How do I get there?
Each of these foundations takes the student through different goals and objectives ending with the question how do I get there? The answer ~ PQRST (Preview, Question, Read, State, Test). This system is used to help the student in preparing for a test.
The student workbook also has an appendix with different pages for goals, organization, and flashcards.
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The teacher edition is $40.00 and the student workbook is $20.00.
I chose to use this course with my 6th grade son. We did a 30 minute lesson each day which took us about two weeks to complete the course. At first, he didn’t want to do it, because he is not really hands on. This course required him to write some things and also think about things he may not have thought about yet. A few days after we started getting into it, he started to enjoy it. His thoughts on the course: “I liked that it taught me how to manage my time better and how to prepare and study for tests.”
Would I recommend this course? Yes. I would like to go through this course again with my 5th grader next year when he is in 6th grade to prepare him for junior high and beyond.
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