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Study Skills: starts June 26

601. Study Skills
Rising 7th  – 9th graders

Students study skills and work habits can have a major impact on their performance at school.  This course will help the individual to become a better overall student.  Topics will include organization, time management, test taking strategies, reading and studying, note taking, writing reports, listening, following directions, presentations and other skills necessary for success.

Dr. Michael Orlando '02, St. John’s Prep World Language Department Chair & Faculty

Dates: June 26 – 29: Monday through Thursday
Time: 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K334
Tuition: $250

Study Skills: starts July 10

602. Study Skills
Rising 7th  – 9th graders

Students study skills and work habits can have a major impact on their performance at school.  This course will help the individual to become a better overall student.  Topics will include organization, time management, test taking strategies, reading and studying, note taking, writing reports, listening, following directions, presentations and other skills necessary for success.

Dr. Michael Orlando '02, St. John’s Prep World Language Department Chair & Faculty

Dates: July 10 -13: Monday through Thursday
Time: 9 – 11:30 am
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K334
Tuition: $250

Summer Reading & Study Skills Review

603. Summer Reading & Study Skills Review
Rising 9th  – 10th graders 

This course will help students solidify their study skills with the help of the Prep high school summer read, Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Skills reviewed include: reading fluency, speed, and comprehension, note-taking, test-taking, and writing. You will refine your study skills and thoroughly read, discuss, and write about our summer reading book.

Mr. Jay Pawlyk '91, St. John's Prep English Faculty

Dates: Aug 7 – 11  Monday through Friday
Time: 10 am – noon
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K322
Tuition: $250

Keyboarding

604. Keyboarding                            
For beginners & intermediates
 

This will be a two week class in the art of keyboarding. The goal will be to increase both speed and accuracy using the correct techniques. Students will be led through a series of activities where they are instructed on techniques and then given time to practice them. Instruction will be given on laptops and some of the work will be done "blind", so the practice will be done without seeing the keys to ensure students learn the keyboard.

Br. Robert Flaherty, St. John’s Prep Computer Science Faculty

Dates: June 26 - 29 & July 5-7
Time: 12:30 - 2 pm
Location: Brother Benjamin Hall, Room B220
Tuition: $150

SAT Prep Course

605. SAT Prep Course  
Rising 10th - 12th graders 

This course will provide any student who plans to take the SAT-1 exam with strategies and practice designed to improve his or her performance on the day of the test. Class sessions will cover all sections of the test (reading, math, and writing), but will emphasize the reading and math sections of the test. Materials used in class will include both practice designed to emphasize useful strategies and actual past SAT questions. The tuition includes two textbooks in addition to all pre and post test materials.

Mr. Joseph Wyrwa St. John’s Prep, Mathematics Department Faculty
Mr. John Munro '02, St. John's Prep, English Department Faculty 

Dates: June 26 - July 13, Mon., Tue., Thu. (Week 2 will meet  Wed., Thu., Fri.)
Times: 1 pm - 3:30 pm (First and last class will meet 12:30 pm - 4 pm)
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K314
Tuition: $625

HSPT Test Preparation

606. HSPT Test Preparation
Rising 7th and 8th graders

A successful performance on the HSPT test can be the gateway into an outstanding high school education for your middle school child. Exceptional scores in some cases may be rewarded with partial or even full scholarships from some high schools. The St. John’s HSPT test preparation program is designed to offer students a convenient, high quality test prep course for the high school placement test. Taught by St. John’s teachers trained in test preparation, the courses use practice material carefully chosen to provide students with

  • Effective strategies to help them cope with both math and verbal problems and
  • Extensive practice with HSPT questions
  • Foundation necessary to boost confidence

Our faculty will help students to increase their scores by giving them test-taking skills necessary to read and solve problems efficiently and accurately. Students will learn strategies to increase their scores by eliminating incorrect answers and by making wise educated guesses.   Our faculty will help students to increase speed without compromising accuracy.

Mr. Joseph Wywra , St. John’s Prep Math Department Faculty

Dates: June 19 – July 5  Weeks 1 & 2 class meets Mon., Tues. & Thur., Week 3 class meets Wednesday

* For other summer HSPT sessions please contact Ms. Sandra Martin at smartin@stjohnsprep.org or check our fall class schedule at www.stjohnsprep.org/testprep

Times: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm (Note that the first and 7th class will meet from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm)
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K315
Tuition: $400

SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) Preparation

607. SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) Preparation
Rising 7th and 8th graders

The SSAT is offered on two levels: a lower level recommended for students currently in grades 5 through 7, and an upper level recommended for students currently in grades 8 – 11. The course offered at St. John's is for the upper level SSAT.

Preferred by most private high schools, the SSAT is approximately 2½ hours in length and consists of multiple choice questions and a written essay. The subjects include reading, verbal, and quantitative skills.

Nine classes including pre and post test. Begins and ends with a full-length practice SSAT exam in a test-like setting. Each two-hour class introduces a type of question students will encounter on the exam and shows students how to cope with it more effectively. In-class timed practice to supplement homework. SSAT topics are similar to those found in the HSPT test with additional emphasis placed on verbal analogies and statistics.

Among other strategies, topics covered include plugging in math answers and estimating fractions, decimals, equations, algebra, geometry, and statistics; previewing reading passages and questions on critical reading; focus on common errors in the writing section; tips for successful essay writing analogies and vocabulary building.

Ms. Jennifer Jones, St. John’s Prep Library Staff
Mr. Jeff Cann, St. John’s Prep Math Department Faculty

Dates: June 19 - July 7, Weeks 1 & 2 class meets Mon., Tues., & Thur., Week 3 class meets Wed., Thur., Fri.
Times: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm (The first and last classes will 11:30 am – 2:30 pm)
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K316
Tuition: $450 (tuition includes textbooks, as well as Pre and Post test materials)


For other summer SSAT sessions please contact Ms. Sandra Martin at smartin@stjohnsprep.org.

The College Interview

608. The College Interview           
Rising 11th  and 12th  graders
 

If you think about it, most all of life changes usually begin with an interview and a handshake. Learn to interview for admission to college in a relaxed and supportive environment with members of the School Counseling department. They will teach you the best college interview tips and mistakes before you have your first interview. This is a skill building class that will help you to feel confident and assured for college interviewing and job interviewing as well.
 
Students will learn the importance of appropriate, dress, body language, speaking correctly, being prepared for a variety of questions, and promoting the authenticity of your unique personality.  This class will teach to skills and we will have fun while we learn.
 
Ms. Nancy Sacco, St. John’s Prep Guidance Department

Dates: July 14, Wednesday
Time: 10 am – 1:30 pm  
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K122                                 
Tuition: $50

College Essay Writing Workshop

609. College Essay Writing Workshop                                              
Rising 11th  and 12th  graders
 

This class is designed for incoming seniors, especially those who plan to apply early to colleges and would like to get a head start on the application process. Students will: 1.) Learn what college admissions personnel are looking for in a college essay, 2.) Develop topics, outline, write, edit and revise their college essays, 3.) Benefit from the knowledge and experience of both our English department and school counseling department in regard to the college application process, 4.) Enjoy a productive environment with motivated peers all working towards their personal goals, 5.) Have at least one college essay completed by the end of the course! 

Mr. Robert O'Brien '04, St. John’s Prep English Faculty

Two dates offered:

609A: June 19 – 29 
           Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
609B: July 10 – 20 
           Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays

Time for both sessions: 5-7 pm
Tuition: $250 
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K127

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