School Skills Test Success Renews for Fall 2011

Tualitan Hills Renews School Skills for Fall 2011

School Skills is pleased to announce that  Tualitan Hills Parks and Recreation is renewing the School Skills instructional contract for 2011/2012. We are excited about again offering our academic success program and school testing skills to kids and young adults throughout the area! See for class schedules to be posted in late summer


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School Skills provides inspiration, motivation and fun, easy to learn academic success training for students in junior high, high school and college grade levels. Professionals returning to school for additional education often find the School Skills tools helpful as well to restart their learning ‘engines’ after years away from academics. School Skills creates exciting classroom seminars, consulting, speaking, coaching, web publications and print publications which encourage student growth and success with academics. They are based in Portland, Oregon but their materials are used in places as far away as Kazakhstan. Started in 2009 by Chris Tobias, School Skills has grown to reach students all over the world. “Our mission” says Mr. Tobias “Is to free students from the school stress and busy work so that they can have fun learning. I really believe that learning how to learn is the best gift any student will ever receive.”

School Skills founder and author Chris Tobias brings a varied world of experience to the game of academic success. After self-described ‘dog paddling’ his way through high school and an abortive attempt at college, Mr. Tobias was thrown head first into the turbulent world of emerging computer technologies. “I had to learn and learn fast.” he says “We would get a new computer system every 3 months, with all new software and systems. We would learn it in the evening, then sell it the next day to customers. Then we had to train them too.” With more than 15 years of work in fast-paced computer, technology, Mr. Tobias returned to graduate school for an advanced degree. “I flunked badly” he admits “because I really had no idea how to manage school or learn in an organized way.” Over summer break, Mr. Tobias called on his experience as a corporate trainer and Six Sigma process improvement leader to research and build a complete academic success training program. “I designed the academic success class for myself because graduate school was just overwhelming. It worked so well that I ended up in the top of my class.” After graduating Mr. Tobias started School Skills to offer academic success seminars for students from Junior High to College levels. “A lot of kids are dog paddling through school without any personal plan for success. It’s stressful and gets in the way of real learning. I love to see the light bulb come on when students in our seminars realize they can get school under control and really make it work.”