Because schools rarely teach students how their brains actually work… nor give them the specific tools to work with their brains in a smart way. Should we expect students to know how to "drive their brain" (so to speak) without providing them an owner's manual and driving lessons?
I've got you covered because study skills is my specialty!
Every day I work with scattered and overwhelmed students to give them an easy-to-understand roadmap for how their brains really work. As I do this, I peek into hundreds of classrooms all over the United States. I see how well-meaning educators (like you!) prepare students for test taking, but also how much of this guidance falls short.
The good news: this is easy to change, and requires little extra effort on the parts of teachers, tutors and coaches! I created The Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically to give educators like you the EXACT tools you need to transform your students into independent, strategic learners by teaching them (1) how their brains work, and (2) the tools to put that knowledge into action.
It's not rocket science, but it does require a formula and framework that is easy to learn -- so read on and I'll tell you more about it!
Have you been banging your head against the wall of your students’ motivation, watching your kiddos struggle with low grades and/or insane stress? Do you wish they would just put in a little effort and study already?!
A few years ago, I learned some basic brain facts that forever changed the way I coach students about studying. Since then, I've been perfecting a new model called The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying™, and frankly, I'm shocked to watch how much FASTER my clients are learning how to study strategically.
The keys to this model are:
Because this framework for coaching students is too effective to keep to myself, I've created a course for educators -- The Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically -- to teach you how to incorporate these tools into your curriculum, coaching sessions, and after school programs. Educators who graduate from this 5-week course are confirming what I thought would be true: these tools are easy to- incorporate into classrooms and tutoring sessions, and are improving students' abilities to think -- and act! -- strategically about their own learning.
Join me? Join this fabulous cohort of other educators? Ready to be inspired, not just by the tools you’ll learn but also by the INCREDIBLE cohort of educators who will be taking the course alongside you?
Read on for more details...
Let's change the world one creative study technique at a time!
"My major take aways are the Study Cycle and the organization of studying, which has always been a problem for me to get across to students. The routines you’ve given us -- the Senses, the "Hone It Notes" procedures -- have given me an organized process to give students. The other thing that I want to say is that I haven’t had a cohort like this since I was in grad school: people who I can bounce ideas off of, go to the Facebook group and say, “Hey guys! What about this?” I haven’t had that kind of collegiality in years. You have given us this enormous resource in each other."
~ Adam Sanford, College Intructor & Academic Coach in California
Because a student’s brain is the resource center for their entire life -- from which we all feel, think, speak, move, act - and LEARN! We should know how to use it, teachers and students alike.
Many students feel broken and stupid because learning doesn't come easily to them. Once they learn about the brain, they feel relieved, smarter, and more in control. Students are hungry for this info.
Most brain theory is taught in complex, scientific language that is intimidating and boring. However, the Anti-Boring tools are memorable, actionable… and even kinda fun.
EXPLAIN COMPLEX BRAIN THEORY
...in simple, engaging, hilarious ways. Students make better choices on homework and studying when they truly know how brains work.
INSPIRE TEENS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
...for their own learning, seeing themselves as powerful choice makers rather than victims to the school system.
MAKE STUDYING EFFECTIVE (AND FUN!)
...so students are 100% ready for every test. Students will know how to harness the power of effective note-taking, quizzable study tools, and creating solid study plans because of the tools you teach.
...in your students, sparking consistent action by providing them with brain-friendly tools for taking charge of time management, and their lives.
Plus, a super valuable benefit for busy educators:
NO NEED TO RE-INVENT THE WHEEL! I'VE DONE ALL THE HEAVY LIFTING FOR YOU.
(We all love made-for-you templates and tools, don’t we?! You’re already an expert at the content you teach, and I’m sure you don’t want to spend a bunch of time writing new curriculum.)
“When I saw the way the material was presented, it was kind of a game changer. Your course was beyond learning styles, beyond the surface level stuff we do in the classroom. Teaching young people how to actually study and to learn, and engage on their own, is something we teachers don’t always do. We should, but we don’t. This curriculum allowed me to look at things so differently. Honestly, this is the best material I have ever seen.”
~ Alison Grant, High School Family and Consumer Science Teacher and Academic Coach, Ohio
The Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically is an online course that incorporates BOTH self-paced learning and interactive training calls.
It runs over five weeks -- from January 8 to February 7, 2018 -- but you have access to all the materials for much longer, so that you can spiral back until you’ve fully mastered all the tools.
In this course we practice what we preach by blending cutting edge neuroscience with accessible brain boosting lessons designed to help you turn your students into independent, strategic learners.
We don’t just teach you great tools; Gretchen models those tools as she teaches, so you learn by watching and doing.
This course is designed for learners in all locations. Training calls are intentionally offered two different times to allow for folks in most time zones to have live access to Gretchen.
Here are the 3 main methods of instruction:
A 7-MODULE SELF-PACED COURSE which models how to talk to students about their own learning. You will be guided through these modules by Gretchen, inviting you to do one hour per week of homework. However, you can move faster or slower as your schedule allows.
6 INTERACTIVE TRAINING CALLS and 2 Q&A Office Hours, including lecture, discusson, and opportunities to practice teaching these tools to students. Recordings of each call will be available, if you miss a training or two you can easily catch up.
AN ONLINE PORTAL OF RESOURCES where you can revisit course materials as many times as you need over the next 2 years to fully grok them. This portal also includes videos of Gretchen coaching teens and scripts for exactly what to say.
In this program, you will receive the benefit of all the years of research and experimenting I've done with students - without having to recreate the wheel. In fact, most teachers and coaches implement what they learn immediately in their classrooms and coaching sessions, which leads to an even more powerful learning experience.
"The biggest take away from The Art of Inspiring Students is that I had the inspiration to go DO SOMETHING with all the information we have about how our brains learn best. I read a lot research about learning and the brain, and I think about it a lot. But how do you present it to students in a quick, easy and “sticky” way? If I said to students, “What would really help you is spaced retrieval, and check out this great research paper about why,” that is not helpful. Because you offer your information in bite-size pieces, I can easily dip into a tutoring session if I’m overhearing a tutor stumbling with how to help a student and give a tiny little Gretchen Wegner lesson, and I know they’ll have a take away that will stick with them and make a difference in how they think about their learning and what they can DO to learn more effectively."
~ Anna Hasbun, Owner of Stepping Stones Learning Enrichment Center in San Marino, California
This is a five-week course organized around five weekly modules. Each module consists of: (1) a video-based homework assignment from The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying, (2) a live training call, and (3) a 5ish minute mini-lesson to practice teaching your students that week.
The Study Cycle and the Keys to “Sticky” Learning
We start by helping you master this simple, elegant theoretical model for how learning happens in the brain. By the end of this module, you will have a deep understanding of the Anti-Boring™ framework for how to turn students on to their own learning power.
Train the Brain and Master the Study Senses
Once you’ve mastered to Study Cycle, go deeper by learning the six most important brain concepts that are embedded within this deceptively simple model. Practice simple ways to teach these complex brain topics to your students in easy 5ish minute mini-lessons.
Powerful Notes & Quizzable Study Tools
Walk away with multiple tools for how to encode information in new ways, including a unique two-step process for taking notes. We will also learn a number of self-quizzing methods, so that students have no excuses when it comes to proving what they know to themselves and others.
Make Rock-Solid Study Plans
Finally...bring all the Anti-Boring™ tools together. Help students make effective study plans and inspire them to space out their studying so that they maximize their brain’s ability to learn without cramming.
What good is a great study plan if students don’t follow through? Learn the most important time management tools to help students overcome procrastination and initiate work at home.
The Power of Tracking Habits and Grades for Long-Term Behavior Change
Get a sneak peek at Gretchen’s most productive coaching tool for tracking student habits, and helping them see the link between their habits and their grades.
"Your course is thoroughly engaging and challenging. You confirmed things I believe, entertained me, and made my brain hurt. As a teacher with 25 years of experience who has been soaking up all of the cutting edge research about learning and the brain, I believe that this course is a treasure. Thank you, Gretchen, I already see the huge value of this course for experienced and new teachers alike."
~ Patti F., English Teacher and English Department Head, Maine
Here is the schedule & outline for each week's training call:
In addition to the above modules, you will also receive:
"I learned so much! This is such a super way to help kids. This was one of the most helpful courses I’ve ever taken as a teacher. I’m always amazed at how much you share in your courses. It’s all so relevant for a teacher. I really like it that it’s based on brain science, too.”
~Tami Andrews, Tutor and Former Teacher in Oho
“Early on in my business, I realized I was missing study skills. I can’t absolutely know that a student will succeed if they don’t know how to study. I can help them with the big picture question — what are you passionate about? what is your role on this earth? — but I couldn’t definitely know that a student would be able to succeed unless they could succeed in their classes. In the beginning I tried to compensate with what I thought I knew about study skills, which turned out to be not much. The Anti-Boring Approach course was everything I needed, and it was so interesting!”
- Eda Chen, Life and Career Coach & Education Consultant, Owner of Elan Advising, California
"Before your course I thought that studying was sitting down and trying to soak in the information. As long as students were spending time doing something, I thought that was sufficient. Now that I’ve taken The Art of Inspiring Students, I realize that you have to be using some really good strategies. The course taught me specific study tools and how to use those strategies effectively, and then how to break up my time studying so that I wasn’t trying to cram the night before the test. Now those are the things I can teach my clients and the other students at the high school where I work.”
- Natalie Borrell, School Psychologist and Academic Life Coach, Owner of Life Success for Teens in Ohio
30-DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE:
What if I don't like the Anti-Boring Approach Coach trainings? Do you have a refund policy?
Yes. My team and I are fully committed to helping you learn the Anti-Boring Approach tools and (if applicable) lay the foundation for a thriving academic coaching business. You are welcome to test drive the materials for two weeks from the start of your participation in the training. If you do the work and don't feel we've delivered on our promise to you, we'll happily refund 100% of your money.
Important: To be eligible for a refund we require all completed work from the Modules thus far. This means that you must take action in this program. We know that if you take action and do the work, you'll get results. If you do the work and don't get value, then we don't deserve the money and we'll cheerfully refund you 100% of your tuition.
We do this because we are looking for serious and committed students only. We take our learning environment seriously, and maintain a very high standard of positive, encouragement, and inspired, action-oriented learning.
+ What if I live in a different time zone and will be asleep during the live training calls?
This course is designed so that most time zones around the world can enjoy some live (and lively!) interaction with Gretchen and the training cohort. If you cannot make the 5-6:415 pm PST training calls, the recordings will be posted by noon PST the day after the call. You are encouraged to watch the recordings and then attend the two Q&A calls to speak to Gretchen in-person. During these Q&A calls, Gretchen will give priority to international participants, as well as others who were unable to attend the original training call.
+ What age groups are the Anti-Boring™ tools appropriate for?
All ages! Every student needs a handbook for how their brain works, and some concrete strategies to put these concepts into action. The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying is geared towards middle school students and higher. I’ve even had grad school clients benefit from these tools. For those of you teaching elementary-age students, you will need to make some minimal changes to the way you present these theories and tools. However, past participants in this training reported that these changes were minimal and that their younger students easily understood and benefitted from learning the Anti-Boring tools.
+ I'm confused. What is the difference between The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying and The Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically?
Good question! The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying is my signature curriculum designed to teach students and their parents all the brain theory and corresponding strategies they need to rock their time management, organization, and study skills. I also use this curriculum as the foundation for my course for educators, The Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically? In this course, you get access to The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying tools PLUS an in-depth exploration of why these tools work and how to teach them to students for maximum success.
+ What if I missed the start of the course? Can I join late?
I only offer this course twice a year. However, you can still work through the recordings in a self-study capacity. Please contact Gretchen Wegner to find out whether this is a good fit for you.
+ Is there a discount if I bring a number of educators from my school into the training?
Please do! You’ll have a much richer training experience if you’re learning with your community. I’m happy to offer a discount. Contact Gretchen Wegner to inquire about discounts for multiple faculty members.
+ Can I get professional development hours for this course?
Yes! Once you have finished all the training calls and all the homework, you can request a Certificate of Completion. Educators who need proof of Professional Development for their schools will receive a certificate that acknowledges you have done 16.5 hours of learning. For those wanting International Coaches Federation (ICF) hours, you will receive a certificate acknowledging 6 hours of Core Competency training and 10 hours of Resource Development, for a total of 16.5.
+ Can I get ICF credit for this course?
Yes! I’m delighted to be able to offer continuing education credits for the International Coaches Federation. See above for details.
+ What if I want to bring you into my school or organization for professional development?
Please reach out to me and let’s talk about this. It’s certainly possible, so I’d want to find out more about the unique needs of your school before I make a proposal about how we’d do this. Regardless, though, I recommend taking this course first so you are clear that the tools I teach would be useful at your school. Then, we can talk about how to move forward with professional development.
"I'm a bit obsessed with the whole process you taught us. I love the Study Senses, I love the Study Cycle. I use it when I'm teaching or prepping a lesson. LOVE IT!!! A huge shift!"
- High School Teacher and 2017 Course Participant
I’m Gretchen Wegner. I’ve been an Academic Life Coach for students for over ten years.
During that time I’ve worked with hundreds of students and peeked into thousands of classrooms all over the country. I’ve seen what teachers assign that works -- and also what gets in the way of students’ ability to learn independently and study strategically.
Before that, I was a middle and high school social studies teacher.
Before that, I wrote curriculum for non-profits serving kids all over the country.
Before that, I was an egg-head student who got bored easily, and had to invent all kinds of interesting tricks to keep myself focused during school and studying.
So I come by this work naturally -- with 33 years combined experience that has culminated in my signature method for helping students become rockstar learners: The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying™.
Why did I create the the companion course for educators, The Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically? Because you asked.
Well, not YOU exactly. But lots of educators like you. Thanks to the success of YouTube Channel and my podcast, I started getting tons of emails from other teachers and Academic Life Coaches, asking me if they could “pick my brain” about how I teach study skills to students, and how I run my academic coaching business.
I didn’t have time for a lot of complimentary one-on-one chats with folks… and so I created this course, and my Anti-Boring Approach Coach Training Program, to answer everyone’s questions.
But that’s not the only reason I created this course.
I was fired from my teaching job.
Well, not exactly fired. More like: the administrator in charge at the Independent School where I worked chose not to re-contract me. He saw I was a creative educator and out-of-the-box thinker, but was trying to rebrand the school with more “traditional” approaches to teaching and learning.
Turns out, this was the best thing that ever happened to me. When I got over my disappointment, I discovered the fields of cognitive science and academic coaching, and I’ve never turned back!
As one member of the 2017 cohort of The Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically said to me, “I’m glad you lost that teaching job, Gretchen. Without it we wouldn’t have you, your inventive approach to study skills, and all these amazing tools that you’ve created.”
It is my honor to be able to meet so many creative, inspiring and inspired educators all over the world. The folks who are attracted to my work are some of the most dynamic, creative, student-centered, movers and shakers in education that I’ve ever met.
If you’ve read this far down the page, you must be one of them too! :-)
Please join me! Together, let’s change the world one creative study skill at a time.