In the Hands of a Child "Honing Your Study Skills" Review

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Our older kids are now 20, 18, 15, 14, and 12. The oldest is finishing his bachelor's degree this winter, and the 18-year-old is taking a break to work and save money. Both would tell you that they badly needed help with study skills as they took on classes in their high school years, online and in a school setting. 

Because I knew my younger kids needed to learn some study skills, too, I was happy to review In the Hands of a Child's Honing Your Study Skills project pack. My girls who used the project are 14 and 12, entering 9th and 7th grades, respectively.



This project was perfect for them both. It was short enough to complete over 5 days (although my eager 12-year-old completed it more quickly), and it covered study skills basics, which was a great place for them to start. My 14-year-old thought it was a little too basic ("I know how to look things up on a search engine, Mom") but she learned some things she hadn't previously known and told me that there were several ideas she'd never thought about, such as taking the time to create a comfortable study space.



Vocabulary is discussed (what does it mean to pull an "all-nighter"?) and resources are given. Above, Caroline is filling out her page covering the difference between an alphabetical thesaurus and an index thesaurus, neither of which I would have thought to take the time to teach her. This is why I appreciate systematic approaches to a subject like study skills; without such a resource I think learning it would have been catch-as-catch-can.

Other study resources are discussed, as well: almanacs, atlases, biographies, catalogs, dictionaries, etc. 

13 tips for successful study habits are covered, and each is broken down into its own section. I found this to be an excellent way to tackle the topic. Honing Your Study Skills is well-organized and can be simply printed out and handed over to a middle or high school student with zero instructions other than "Read the instructions" :)


Have you taught your older students how to take good notes? Neither had I. The note-taking section is short and sweet, but it is a solid basic overview. In fact, I found that by doing the notebooking pages after having read the short guide, my girls learned how to take good notes by proxy. Notebooking, in fact, can be a lot like taking excellent notes on what has just been learned.

If you're looking for an in-depth, meaty study skills resource, you might want to look for a resource that goes further into the topic. But if your middle or high schooler needs a leg up this year, Honing Your Study Skills is a great bet. You just can't beat its $5 price point, either. Honestly, I thought it was worth every penny.

There's a free sample over on the In the Hands of a Child Honing Your Study Skills page, too.