Step Up to Better Grades (Middle School)

8 Small Group Lessons, Plus 4 Classroom Lessons that Teach Students Good Study Habits

Includes Digital Resources!


SKU: D215-Net

The development of strong study skills is important to achieving academic success in school and life. Skills such as eliminating distractions, becoming organized, planning assignments and projects, paying attention, understanding directions, and studying effectively, help build a firm academic foundation. This resource presents a comprehensive set of small group lessons and activities in addition to four specific topic related classroom lessons that can be used to help students improve their effectiveness as learners in school.

This resource presents a comprehensive set of lessons and activities that can be used to help students improve their effectiveness as learners in school. Eight core lessons are presented focusing on the following topics.

  1. Program Overview
  2. S Space
  3. T Tools
  4. E Ending
  5. P Pay Attention
  6. U Understanding
  7. P Practice
  8. STEP-UP Wrap Up

These lessons can be presented in small groups, or to individual students. You can complete this program in as few as 8 sessions, or you can choose from the other materials in this resource to extend the program to be a much more comprehensive, personalized learning experience for your students.

Four classroom lessons with PowerPoint presentations and assessments are also included.

  1. The Right SHOES: Strategies for Successful Students
  2. My Tools… My Plan: Getting Organized
  3. Practice Makes Perfect: How to Study
  4. STEP-UP Learning Styles

Digital Files Include:

  • 8 Small Group Lessons
  • 49 Optional Activities
  • Roster and Planning Sheet
  • Pre- and Post-Test Assessments
  • 4 Classroom Lessons with Assessments
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Parent Letters
Written by Robin Zorn
Paperback ISBN 9781598502299
Grades 6-8
216 pages
Release Date September 6, 2018

Additional information






Youthlight, Inc.

Robin Zorn has been a school counselor in Gwinnett for nearly three decades and has previously been named Georgia Elementary School Counselor of the Year. In October 2014, she was named one of five finalists for the School Counselor of the Year award by the American School Counselor Association, which recognizes school counselors who devote their career to serving as advocates — and in some cases lifesavers — for students. Zorn was the only finalist from Georgia. She is credited with being a driving force behind the creation of the school district’s Elementary School Peer Leadership Conference, which launched in 2010. Zorn has her master’s degree and specialist’s degree from Georgia State University in school counseling.

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