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WELCOME TO THE STUDY SKILLS DEPARTMENT WEB SITE!
Our department includes the GNSHS Study Center and the TESL (English Language Learners) program.
Study Center Mission Statement: The Study Center is an integral part of our school design to support students in all their subject areas. We work cooperatively with subject-area teachers and supplement classroom instruction. Our goal is to help all students succeed in their course work and fulfill the new Regents and Common Core standards. All our students are encouraged to develop their potential to become life-long learners.
Center Profile: The center, located in Room 210, is a place where students can study in an informal yet structured atmosphere to accomplish serious academic work. It is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 to 4:00. We provide computers and technical support for students, in addition to various reference materials, textbooks, review books, practice tests, study guides, and computer software. Our bulletin boards display up-to-date assignments from subject-area teachers as well as motivational messages.
Student Profile: The Center addresses the needs of the entire student population. Many students enhance and enrich their studies as they work toward their Regents diplomas. Some are specifically recommended by their subject-area teachers and guidance counselors ("assigned students") while others choose to attend ("drop-in's"). All are warmly welcomed. If you would like to enroll in our Learning Strategies Program, ask your guidance counselor to make the appropriate schedule change.
TESL MISSION STATEMENT: Our TESL program is for speakers of languages other than English who have recently arrived in the United States. The four basic communication skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking - are emphasized through a variety of activities.
NOTE: All Study Center teachers can be contacted through the Main Office. Call 516-441-4858. Please leave a message, and we will return your call. You can also send an email by using the following email address:
HOMEWORK POLICY: Students enrolled in the Learning Strategies course are expected to complete their homework at home and use their time in the Study Center, in the presence of teachers who provide mentoring in all areas of science, social studies, mathematics and English as well as Spanish, Reading, Study Skills and ESL, to deal with difficult questions (even one or two homework questions which they honestly tried to do at home but couldn't answer) and concepts, prepare for tests, and improve their understanding and work on writing and research assignments. Our Learning Strategies students are invited to "drop in" during free periods, such as Study Hall, Lunch, and after school, and at those times, they are permitted to do their homework.
Students not enrolled in Learning Strategies are always welcome (space permitting) and are invited to "drop in" during free periods. They can work with our talented team of teachers or choose to work independently, using the many available resources, including our textbooks, review materials and computers.
To see our After-School Schedule for names of teachers present on specific days and the subjects they teach, click on the "Teacher Schedules" tab near the top of this screen and then scroll down to the bottom of the screen you are taken to.
Schedules of our department's January and June Regents Preparation classes will also be posted on that screen, at the bottom, when they become available.
For your entertainment, watch the following 5-minute British video which gives you several suggestions for doing better work in school. Just click on the "PLAY" symbol (the triangle) at the bottom left of the picture.