None of us are born with a host of refined study skills, but we are each born with an innate love of learning and love of the truth, and study skills can be learned. Join Classical Teacher, Jennifer Dow, as she leads Middle & High School students through how to become a master classical students. Students will learn online classroom etiquette, time and paper management, how to take notes, read a variety of texts, understand different kinds of writing, how to judge when they have studied enough, and how to deal with the emotional aspects of being a student like procrastination and motivation. Course details below.
Course Books & Resources
- Select Fairy Tale, Printable PDF provided
- Poems: Introduction to Poetry, by Bill Collins; A Major Work, by William Meredith; Opportunity, by Edward Rowland Sill
- Select History Reading from Dorothy Mills’ Book of the Ancient Romans, Printable PDF provided
- Essay: Three Kinds of Men, by C.S. Lewis; Printable PDF provided
- Access to any textbook of their choice
Becoming a Master Student Quick Facts:
- The course is for rising 7th-12th-grade students. Middle School students should take the class with their parent.
- The course is 7 weeks in length
- Will meet Tuesdays at 1:00 pm EST June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, July 2nd, 9th, and 16th.
- Each class meeting is 1.5 hours in length and will include a presentation and discussion components as well as time for questions throughout class time.
- In order to get the most out of the course, there will be some reading and light homework to complete in between classes.
- All classes will be recorded and made available to course participants.
- Course syllabus, assignments, notes, and recordings will be made available in Canvas, our virtual classroom.
- Spots are limited to 24 people. Do not delay in registering.
NOTE: A syllabus will be posted in Canvas the week before class begins.
- The Problems Every Student Faces
- Friendship as a metaphor for all learning
II. Stewarding Time & Space: Coming Up with Your System
- Action/Time management for independent learning & The myth of “managing time.”
- The insanity of shuffling papers: It’s about recognizing and ordering your external supports.
- Putting together and maintaining a course binder and supplies
III. On Reading Rationally & Relationally
- The Hero’s Journey & How to Understand Any Story
- The general process of reading and its connection to writing and discussion.
- How to tell when you have studied a certain topic, idea, or chapter well enough.
- Reading literature and poetry
- Reading history and expository works
- Reading textbooks
IV. On Writing Rationally & Relationally
- When to write what: Kinds of writing and their various purposes.
- How to read a writing prompt
- Methods for Notetaking
- How to write a Narration
- Learning About the Kinds of Essays
V. Taking it with you and Living Life: The Emotional & Practical Side of Being a Student
- Goal Setting
- Create & Work Your System
- Assess Yourself in light of your goals
- Keep working your system
- Find Your external supports: When, where, and how to get help when you need it.
- What to do when “We will never use this stuff”: A non-traditional perspective
- Mindfulness 101 for students: Dealing with Procrastination, Frustration, and being Unmotivated
About the Teacher
Jennifer Dow has completed the CiRCE Apprenticeship program as a CiRCE certified Classical Teacher and has taught high school humanities, logic, rhetoric, and the fine arts since 2009 throughout the local and online homeschool community. Jennifer researches, writes, and speaks about classical teaching, serves as the director of the Paideia Fellowship Homeschool Community, teaches online at St. Raphael School and the CiRCE Academy, works with Classical Academic Press Schole Groups team, and is the co-host of The Classical Homeschool Podcast.
Jennifer Dow has spent the last five years year building and growing the Paideia Fellowship Homeschool Community, where she and her team have developed a four-year language liberal arts course of study and a thorough system for coaching the skills of the language liberals arts through literature, history, philosophy, and the other humanities. We wanted to take everything we were learning at the CiRCE Conferences, in all the books we were reading, and from the Classical Education leaders we were listening to and live out those beautiful principles and ideas in real homeschooling and the one-day-a-week homeschool community. This course is all about what we have learned and developed along the way in the way of teaching the humanities and we couldn’t be more excited to offer what we have learned with you.