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iStudyforSuccess teaches kids to study

CUMMING, Ga. -- Wouldn't it be nice if knowing how to study came naturally to kids?

Unfortunately, it doesn't. Studying is a skill that must be taught.

When Conn Lynch's teacher asks a question, he's always among those who raise their hands quickly to answer.

Conn admits he's come a long way.

"I was a slacker," he said. "I didn't really study."

He isn't alone. Julie Wilson found the same was true of her own children.

"One of the number one causes of failure is the lack of preparation," she said.

Wilson developed a nine-week program called iStudyforSuccess, described as the mental equivalent of the physical PE course.

Forsyth County's Piney Grove Middle School piloted the iStudyforSuccess program last year with 200 sixth graders.

"I've been doing this 33 years now, and I've never seen kids this excited about study skills," Piney Grove principal Terri North said.

The students learn everything from goal setting and organization to note taking. Many of the lessons involve brain exercises. The kids also learn chunking, a way to help them read faster by reading down the middle of the page.

The real test is whether they retain the study skills they learn.

iStudyforSuccess is online and offers teachers a year's access to the material for $195. At least two schools in Forsyth County and one in Chicago are using it.

Visit the iStudyforSuccess website for more information. You can also watch a five-minute demo of the program.

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