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For seven straight days starting Saturday, The Studio is offering OH students in grades 7-12 a structured space to study for spring exams and learn the best techniques for academic success via workshops.

The weekend and after-school help all lead up to semester exams, which start Friday, May 27, and continue May 31-June 2. The Studio dates and times are:

  • May 21-22 (Saturday-Sunday): 12-5 p.m.
  • May 23-26 (Monday-Thursday): 3-7 p.m.

The Studio will offer personalized attention, group and quiet study options, and workshops (see topics below). It takes place in the high school library under the direction of Darrin Broadway, the dean of secondary teaching and learning. Assisting him are Studio coaches as well as English teacher Sara Eisenbaum.

These student-success sessions are not designed to replace course-specific homework preparation. Instead, the workshops focus on helping students develop “automaticity” with their study habits and learn metacognitive strategies to be more successful. For homework help specific to a particular subject, students have many resources, including Math Lab, Language Lab, the library, and online resources. 

The overall workshop theme is “Practice With Purpose.” Depending on the number of students who attend on any given day and their interests, 12 topics can be presented:

  • It's All About Metacognition: Set Goals and Reward Progress
  • Start Small
  • Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize!
  • Minimize Distractions
  • Automaticity
  • Perfectionism
  • The Inquiry Process: Dig Deeper!
  • Know Your Teacher
  • Test Yourself
  • How to Manage a Study Group
  • Academic Integrity and Student Pride
  • Reduce Stress: The OH Breathe Way!

The workshop topics and structure were developed in collaboration with OH faculty. They recently completed an online survey asking about how their exams are structured, the preparedness of their students, and how best to assist them for success. 

This is the last academic year in which The Studio will deliver exam-prep aid and workshops. Starting in 2022, those services transition to The Foundry, where students will find a much wider range of support services under one (new!) roof.