Testimonials Find out what people are saying about Study Smart!
Student, Stephen F. Austin State University
The next school day, he looked for your manual before school so he could take it with him. If you knew him, you would understand how unusual that is. Now, several weeks later, he's showing us a method you gave him to organize and plan ahead. And he is USING it!!!!!!!
I'm so grateful for this. I can't know right away all the ways you may have helped because he doesn't share every detail with us - Two reasons for this: sometimes it doesn't occur to him that we want to know. Sometimes, he doesn't want us to have the satisfaction of knowing because he perceives some of our attempts to help as interference with his business and his life. I think this is pretty typical stuff.
Anyway, we are very happy to see these signs of your influence. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I just wanted to let you know that my son told me that using the techniques to taught him to study some every day meant he only had to study for about 20 minutes for his calculus final! He got an A!
I want to thank you for your
program. My daughter took your class
I wanted to let you know that my daughter, Renee, really enjoyed the Study Smart workshop. When I first brought up the prospect of it, she said, "Sure!" But when it came time to go, she was very aprehensive. Afterwards, she said she really got a lot out of it.
As a high school student, Renee
could listen in class and get good grades. It didn't work in
college. She's a junior now and she needed something. Since starting
college, she seemed to always have a B average until finals and
then her grades always dropped. High school was easy, but college
doesn't work the same way. I'll let you know after finals, but
Renee was really glad she took the class.
enjoyed the course, the lecturer, and the attending students.
We would highly recommend this course to any student interested
in improving note and test taking, as well as improving study
Thank you for your help.
I just wanted to let you know that my daughter has really shown some progress already. She came home from the first night after Study Smart and said she already knew everything you had talked about that night but had not been doing it. I asked her why and she said she did not know. I communicated this info to Maria Brockie, her counselor at First Colony Middle School, and she had a visit with her regarding what she learned and suggesting ways to apply studying given her visual learning style; essentially, encouraging her to apply what what she had learned but it wasn't coming from Mom or Dad but someone else. As of this 2nd week of the new 6-weeks, my daughter has a 90 average in US History which she had a 73 in last 6-weeks!!! She is scheduling her studying days in advance and realizes she needs to study in small segments over a few days rather than cram the night before. I very much appreciate the progress we've seen so far and am looking forward to continued success.
You may want to suggest to other parents to make sure to get their children's teachers and counselors on their side for this. I have found previous to this that they are always willing to help.
My daughter took Study Smart from Ms. Beth and is USING it! She didn't need the organizational part very much. For her, a lot of it was a confidence booster. She would really get freaked out about tests. That doesn't happen any more. She's doing great. Her reading comprehension wasn't bad before but after the class, it went through the roof! Now I'm signing up my fifth grader.
. . . I want to tell you that your efforts have been appreciated. Matthew must have been in 6th grade when he took your class. . . . At the time, he was home schooling and we found it difficult to integrate the principles of your class into his work. However, now as a Sophomore at Dulles, he is a straight A student in all advanced classes, and told me just recently that he remembers several things from your class that are helping him now!! . .
God bless you!
...Your class made all the difference my son is now getting straight A's. Thanks, but hopefully we won't need any more classes.
My son was really uptight about starting middle school. The Study Smart Workshops gave him the skills he needed so he didn't have to worry all summer.
I never had to study before. I just got by in high school. I knew college would be a different story. Now I have the skills to succeed in college, not just get by.
L.M., Texas A&M
I'm so proud of myself! I never thought I'd make the honor roll until I took the Study Smart program! I now take honors courses with confidence.
R.J., Stafford High School
The parents of our students are thrilled with the Study Smart program. Our students are truly prepared for high school when they leaves here with the Study Smart skills.
Bill VanDyke, Middle School Principal
My son Amer loved the class. His grades have gone up because he is more conscious of studying. Before, he was a B to B+ student, and now he is getting A's. He liked the organization the best and asked me to get everything that was suggested in class. He showed me how he set up his notebook. Very impressive!
If you are a Houston Chronicle Subscriber, you can link to an article about Study Smart (You may need your subscriber number to do so.)
builds on strengths / A former struggling student uses experience
to help teach others
Aired 2/26/2003 5:18 PM
One local program aims to help students be more successful in their studies.
Kristi Nakamura tells us about the Study Smart workshop, a program that helps students improve their study skills
In just six hours, Gina Johnson says, she can teach your child to improve their study skills, get more organized and learn more. She can do all of this through her Study Smart workshop.
Johnson says these skills are in demand. Statistics show 60 percent of 10th graders failed the English section of last year's TAKS test trial run and 40 percent failed the math.
"We teach the students how to keep track of their schoolwork, how to manage their time, how to plan ahead for major projects. We teach them how -- first of all we help them identify their learning styles and then we teach them how to study, what to do during their study time so that they're using their strengths," said Study Smart founder Gina Johnson.
Study Smart is offered both to schools and individually to students.
And Johnson says the skills she's teaching to these students won't just help them pass a test or get better grades, but will help them to be successful throughout their lives.
Gina Johnson's workshops are offered all over the Houston
Workshops offer students skills to make learning easier
By: TARA MULLEE, Villager staff December 26, 2003
Gina Johnson invokes an old adage when describing the purpose of the Study Smart business she founded: Give a man -- or in this case, a student -- a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime.
Gina Johnson invokes an old adage when describing the purpose
of the Study Smart business she founded: Give a man -- or in
this case, a student -- a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach
him how to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime.
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