SHABBONA – Julie Griffith wants students to become efficient learners, and she can help them.
School isn’t supposed to be drudgery,” Griffith said. “You gain from it, you learn from it, and hopefully you have time for other things in your life.”
A private tutor, Griffith has started her own private tutoring company, Study Skills Plus, and is currently enrolling students for back-to-school classes. The classes will be taught at Flewellin Memorial Library in Shabbona.
The registration fee for Griffith’s study session is $120, but this does not include the cost of other materials. The classes are geared toward students between sixth and ninth grades. The deadline to register is Aug. 1.
Griffith will teach six classes over the course of the session, each of them an hour long. She teaches the students how to set goals, take effective notes, and how to use a text book better.
“My goal is to teach children not what to learn, but how to learn,” Griffith said, who has been tutoring privately for 21 years. She used to teach at Steward Elementary School in Steward and has her state teaching credentials.
Griffith said students are not taught one-on-one, but they are not taught in a large classroom. She said a small group of three to four students allows her to focus on them individually, but it also allows the students to learn from each other.
“They can learn from each other as they put these principles into practice,” Griffith said. “I try to take their class situation to apply their situations and apply them into each individual situation.”
Griffith reflected on her own experiences going through school. She put in countless hours to graduate from her high school as a valedictorian, and later from the University of Iowa with the highest honors.
One such technique is how often a student revisits the notes taken. She said people retain material better if they revisit it in 24 hours. Griffith said she would have completed college faster had she used the study techniques she teaches now.
“I would have gotten the same grades, but I would have spent less time studying,” Griffith said. “That several hours could have been spent doing something else.”