Effective Home Schooling With Edworks

Edworks has provided progressive educational services and resources for more than two decades. Greatly complementing worldwide, home-based education, valuable features of Edworks' programs are now readily accessible online. These include:

1. For Grades 5 to 12, a study guide: ‘REACH FOR THE SKY, Discovering the power of Working Smart!' by psychologist and Edworks’ Founder, Greg Nicholson, is one that home-based teachers should not be without! Easy-to-read, it comes in two editions, US English and UK/Australian English (see below). Students who explore ‘Reach for the Sky’ will find greater awareness, meaning and pleasure in learning and, for the home-based teacher it offers a valuable teaching tool.

‘Reach for the Sky’ is a book for its time. As the global world becomes increasingly more uncertain—throwing up new and complex questions, and imposing greater challenges on its governments and workplaces—thinking families are seeking a means of future-proofing their children against the unknown forces likely to affect them. ‘Reach for the Sky’ contains not only the skills for student achievement in the schoolroom, but skills for navigating the course of their lives!

Significantly, the format presents a vital concept ignored by many curriculum based programs: learning how to learn—learning how to observe, to think, question, analyze and evaluate issues. The exercises will take students beyond innate ability where they will discover how to 'work smart'. Students will be challenged and empowered to become critical and creative thinkers. They will learn how to produce discerning opinions and to make informed decisions. Importantly, they will be shown the step by step processes of effective communication. These are essential elements that shape the independent learner.

Check out this 316 page paperback on Amazon.com. All the essential skills are covered: how to achieve the edge in planning and writing a good essay; how to avoid procrastination and fear of failure; to reduce stress and prioritize workloads. There are note-taking skills, with short cuts to save time and practice programs including a daily, step-by-step, 10-week program of 15 minute exercises. ‘Reach for the Sky’ offers skills to equip students today and in the future—they are for life!


REACH FOR THE SKY
Discovering the power of Working Smart!
By Greg Nicholson


US ENGLISH EDITION

REACH FOR THE SKY Discovering the power of Working Smart! By Greg Nicholson     REACH FOR THE SKY Discovering the power of Working Smart! By Greg Nicholson
To look inside this book, click here.


REACH FOR THE SKY
Discovering the power of Working Smart!
By Greg Nicholson


UK/AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH EDITION

REACH FOR THE SKY Discovering the power of Working Smart! By Greg Nicholson     REACH FOR THE SKY Discovering the power of Working Smart! By Greg Nicholson
To look inside this book, click here.


2. Edworks’ global, online Practice Exams & Skills Assessment
This is a valuable resource of particular relevance to home schoolers, worldwide, seeking to enter or re-enter the public or private school system.

Edworks’ Practice Exams & Skills Assessment prepares students to sit for SSAT, Stage 4, GCSE, Scholarship, Accelerated Program and School Entrance exams (private and public) by familiarizing them with a prescribed examination structure. This enables students to apply the skills and strategies they have learned, to the formalized structure of the exam.

Unlike some curriculum-based services, Edworks’ online Practice Exams & Skills Assessment provides more than a basic score. As part of the feedback response to an Edworks Practice Exam, Skills Assessment offers students, parents and guardians key pointers on the skills and strategies still needed to improve competitiveness and performance in exams and the classroom. This constructive feedback identifies typical reasons students may have failed to successfully complete tasks and offers immediate insights into general problems that may be encountered when addressing exam questions. It may be as simple as misreading a question or failing to employ deductive reasoning to achieve a solution. This serves to highlight the specific skills that each student needs to further develop or refine.


Thus, Edworks' Online Services offer students important opportunities to gain:

  • a clear understanding of examination formats
  • insights into study and time management and how they can effectively apply their skills to formal examination settings
  • an assessment of current skill levels
  • feedback to use as tools to further develop and refine exam techniques and strategies
  • the ability to assess areas of interest they may wish to pursue, in-house, at Edworks’ centres