Study Skills. We all know they are important, but we don’t always know how to improve them. With Victus Study Skills System, your child will learn to learn more efficiently and effectively.
As part of the Homeschool Review Crew, we’ve received the paper-backed, spiral bound Victus Study Skills System Student Workbook as well as the Teacher Edition to review.
The Victus Study Skills System is mainly geared for students between grades 5 and 12, but it can be used with younger students with parental help. I know from experience that this would also be a great course for university students as well.
You will definitely need both the Teacher Edition and the Student Workbook (one per student). Not all of the student sheets are in the teacher’s book and the background information, explanations, and answers are not in the student book. Once you have the books you won’t need anything else except a pencil and a scheduler/calendar if your student doesn’t already have one.
The price seems a bit expensive to me for $40.00 for the Teacher Edition and $20.00 for the Student Workbook, but if you are a teacher in a school or your children are older than mine, it probably would be good value. Keep the Teacher Edition and just order more student books when needed for more students or younger siblings when the time is right for them. If you look at it this way, then it’s not too bad a value if it’s split between several students.
There are other books available at an additional cost, and if you’re a classroom teacher, you might benefit from the Teacher Edition PowerPoint Presentation. If your children are of high school age they may find the Student DIY Edition Workbook more to their liking. All of the study skills products are available on the Victus Study Skills website.
The total time given to complete this study skills course is approximately 5 hours over a week (with two 30 minute sessions or a 60 minute session a day). This can be broken down into shorter 15-20 minute sessions and done over a longer period of time if your children are younger or have shorter attention spans. As Tristan has only just turned 6, this is the route I took with him. I like that the lessons can be broken down into smaller pieces so that students won’t get overwhelmed.
The guides are easy to read through and not too complicated. There isn’t much preparation to do with this course. I read ahead in bed the night before and we were ready to go! We didn’t do the sections on tests or long-term research as Tristan is too young for these yet. This is one reason we are homeschooling; so he doesn’t have to worry about the pressures of exams so early, but it is important to think ahead and scheduling in study time is always a great idea!
The Victus Study Skills Course is based upon 3 cornerstones: Where are you now? Where do you want to be? How will you get there? This week-long course will help your child or student reflect about how far they’ve come and how they can break tasks down in order to get to where they’d like to be in the future.
Your child will learn about the 3 types of learning styles and work to see where they fit amongst them. If you’re a homeschooler this can be especially useful as then you can adjust your teaching style to fit the way in which your child learns best.
Victus is mostly student-led. However, for younger children us parents have to take more responsibility for their study environment; are they getting enough sleep, help breaking down the steps, etc., but with conversations about it along the way, younger children will learn by observation and understanding.
We used Victus at the end of our usual daily lessons as by then Kallista has finished her work and is away playing and Tristan and I can have a little 1-to-1 time to sit together and talk about the process and work through the Student Workbook.
We’ll definitely be revisiting Victus Study Skills System again in the future. I think it would be beneficial to review it again every year or two as your child’s skills and circumstances change. This study skills course would be fantastic in a ‘school’ setting, but it’s also very easy to implement at home for both homeschoolers, as well as parents who would like to help their child excel in life.
Tristan was quite enthused to be able to learn how to learn more effectively and how to focus better so that he can work toward his goal of becoming a scientist or astronaut. The small steps to change are good but personally, I think the next time we use this study skills system we will only do a lesson a week so that there is more time to reflect and work on one skill before bringing in more ideas.
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