Teach and Learn Study Skills with Victus Study Skills System (REVIEW)

Study skills are a very important skill to have, not only for acadmics in school, but in overall life. Learning is a lifelong process, so the ability to effectively study should be a skill we strive to master. Victus Study Skills System seeks to do just that. For this review, we were sent every level to look over, and given our choice to use what we felt we needed. I was torn between the Level 2: Elementary (2/3-4/5) and the Level 3 (5/6-10/11.) Ultimately, we went with the Level 2: Elementary (2/3-4/5)  Supplement and Student Workbook, along with the Student Planner.

Here are the Levels they offer:

Level 1: Primary K-2/3
Level 2: Elementary 2/3-4/5
Level 3 5/6-10/11
Level 4 10/11-College
Student Planner

I was very blessed in school to have a few teachers who understood the importance of quality note taking skills, and a school that placed a great deal of priority on study time. I had one teacher who gave collegiate level lectures for his science classes-both high school level and in college, and I went on to have his brother as a science professor in college. I was certainly no stranger to the note take and study game, but I can't say the same for my son. I do not give him lectures as I received in school. A homeschool made up of only one child in a given grade level range doesn't really lend itself to a "stand at the board and take notes" sort of day. I realize that perhaps I need to think about introducing that concept, and that's where Victus Study Skills System comes into play. This system came about when the author's daughter was sent to her room to study, and she came out and asked how one actually studies. That is soooooooo something my son has said before! The Victus Study Skills System is a much better answer than my own of, "you just do!"

This system operates on the idea of repetition. The more times you repeat something, the more likely it will stick with you. A young child just getting started will repeat the same lessons on an age appropriate level as they advance. Each level consists of the same ten lessons (with primary having 6,) so it is easy to have multiple age children doing their own thing.

Each level and lesson builds upon the one before, while systematically reinforcing as you go. You can adjust the levels up or down depending on your child, so this is fully tailored to your student, and his/her ability to understand and the levels are designed to grow with your child as they grow in their ability to process the material.

Level 1: Primary (K-2/3) This level introduces the basic terms. 
The primary set is pretty small, and I would liken it to 
pamphlet size. It is a basic, introductory course that is very easy for little kids to understand with parent help. It's not childish at all. there are no cute little graphics you normally see in a program designed for kids of this age. 

Level 2: Elementary (2/3-4/5) This level will build upon those basic terms, and start to apply them. This set uses a lot of the same wording and such that the Level 3 set uses, but it doesn't include quite as much in terms of activities as the Level 3. It is quite a bit more complex and full compared to Level one. This set is wire bound, and more "workbook" like. 

Level 3 (5/6-10/11) This level seeks to establish these lessons as life habits. This set is larger than the previous two combined, and spends a greater amount of time per lesson on the topics. It includes the same lessons, and the same activities as Level 2, but it also adds more.

Level 4 (10/11-College) This level seeks to teach proper time management with the student having already become familiar with the lessons, and having applied them to their daily routine. This is substantially larger than the previous levels, and designed for the (nearly) adult to complete on their own.

It is important to note that the repetition  is not boring. It's not like your child will be doing the same thing over and over again. For example: In level 1 they learn about what goals are. Level 2 they learn about what goals they have for themselves and priorities. Level 3 they learn about goals and priorities, and how much time they devote to their priorities compared to what goals they have set, and how they can alter what needs to be changed to meet their goals in order of their priority. In the college level, they are applying all of this in order to effectively organize their study skills and habits on their own, to see the rewards now.

The Student Planner is the same size as the workbooks, with more pages of course. It is wire bound and arranged in weeks, with ample space to write in tasks to be completed. the week spans two pages across a fully opened planner, with a side margin accessible for weekly priorities. Mr. B uses this daily as a means of staying on task, for both academics and regular "stuff." 

Mr. B has does very well with this course. I think the level 2 has been best suited for him to start with, even if it is aged lower than where he is. He has been able to work through it faster than normal, but still able to catch on easily and retain the information. I would rather start lower and work up, than start higher and have problems with understanding and retention.

Mr. B has no problem at all studying topics that he is truly interested in-such as history or science. But throw in Language Arts and forget it! He positively HATES it. It's also quite difficult for him to read for information when he's not really "into" the topic. Old money, he can read about for hours-and he does. But a random topic I choose for him....like the history of automobile production...nope! He just skims enough to say he read it without lying. But he retains nothing. The Victus Study Skills System has helped him to prioritize what he has to do vs. what he wants to do, so that he can achieve his highest potential across the board while actually studying to learn-even when it isn't a topic of high interest. Overall, I plan to have him continue using this as a means to grow in his learning. The planner is great for him and his particular flavor of autism and ADHD as it gives him that visual he needs to know what is expected of him, what he needs to complete, and what has already been finished. The study skills lessons do not take a great deal of time, and quite often he can complete the lesson in 30 minutes or less while on a break from "normal" school work.

Study skills are a very important, yet often overlooked, aspect of education. I highly recommend you take a look at Victus Study Skills System! 

Many thanks to Victus Study Skills System for providing us with this product to review!  
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