Academic Skills at SuperCamp
When it comes to academic summer camps, SuperCamp leads the way. We believe:
- Every child is capable of learning.
- People learn in different ways.
- Learning is most effective in a joyful, engaging, and challenging environment.
SuperCamp's academic summer camp curriculum provides middle school, high school, and college students with valuable age/grade-specific learning skills that benefit them in all subject areas. SuperCamp uses the Quantum Learning system to facilitate effective learning aligned with the Common Core State Standards. SuperCamp is a comprehensive educational program based on 21st Century learning skills that educate the whole child.
Many learning models focus solely on instructional design, often neglecting factors that influence the quality of learning. Our Quantum Learning system provides students with the tools they need to achieve better comprehension and retention in all academic areas.
The Quantum Learning system is an orchestration of the following core components:
- A solid Foundation of alignment through clearly defined expectations, values and goals
- An empowering Atmosphere where students feel safe and supported, exhibit good character and experiencing a strong sense of belonging
- Effective Design where lessons are created using elements that incorporate how the brain learns and retains content
- Engaging Delivery that uses a multisensory approach and maximizes student participation and comprehension
- A supportive classroom Environment that is inviting, comfortable, and stimulating
Parents of SuperCamp grads have reported that when their kids come home, they see a “shift.” Here’s what some parents have said …
"This is the first time in history that my son ever got straight A’s! He is using memory techniques, Quantum Reading and note-taking skills. I am proud! He is proud!" —Connie, SuperCamp grad parent
"My son never seemed interested in getting good grades. When he did homework he did not bother to turn it in. He had high A’s in tests but zeros in homework. Since he returned from SuperCamp, he has not missed a single assignment. SuperCamp was worth every penny we spent." —Anita, SuperCamp grad parent
In Quantum Strategies your student learns how to create an optimal learning environment. When studying at home things such as excess paper, books, technology and other clutter distracts students. At SuperCamp we teach the why behind clearing the clutter and the how to create a brain-friendly study area.
In addition, students get focused training on many different learning strategies to help them retain information taught in the classroom, engage with their teacher, and ultimately increase their grades.
The holy grail of learning is meaning. Students who take ownership of their learning and truly understand how their brain processes information are able to commit the information to their long-term memory. This is the key to effective learning—information learned in this way sticks with them, unlike when they just memorize it for the test. Notes:TM, our specialized note-taking strategy, gives your child the skills necessary to not only take notes but to make notes meaningful—and memorable—once they leave the classroom.
By using all three learning channels (visual, auditory and kinesthetic) students are more likely to retain the information in theirlong-term memory. Location memory is one of many memorization techniques we teach at SuperCamp that allow your child to do better on tests and recall information long after the test is over. By creating stories around things that are familiar to students, SuperCamp facilitators show them how to use such familiar settings and attach any list of information to them—enabling them to absorb the information easier and faster. At SuperCamp you child will learn how to use this technique for things like memorizing the first 12 presidents of the United States in a creative, fun, and effective way.
What would you say if you could learn a list of up to 20 words, phrases or objects within minutes? This Quantum strategy allows your child to do just that. The ability to memorize long lists of information is invaluable to students, and can cut their study time considerably. We teach students visual, auditory, and kinesthetic tricks that allow them to recall any kind of list backward, forward, and everything in between. More than just a party trick, this technique helps students to memorize quickly and frees up more of their time for family and extracurricular activities.
In mind mapping, a concept created by Tony Buzan, students visually outline information and thoughts in a colorful tree-like format that facilitates understanding and learning. At SuperCamp, students learn and practice this technique and become familiar with its many advantages such as recalling information they have read, processing information they have learned in class, and organizing their thoughts for a writing assignment.
Reading comprehension is an integral part of any child’s education. Being able to read faster and still comprehend the material gives your child the edge they need to be successful in the 21st century. Quantum Reading does just this.
At SuperCamp we teach students how to prepare themselves to read for speed and comprehension. They learn the ideal environment for reading (including the fact that lying in bed is not the best). Next we teach them to shift their state and prepare their minds to access the appropriate brainwaves for optimal learning. And finally they learn valuable reading techniques that include:
- superscanning large amounts of content
- using a visual guide
- mind mapping for better comprehension
- communicating what they read
The Quantum Reading process helps students to increase their focus and comprehension, making their reading more meaningful and memorable.
Being a powerful writer is a priceless skill for both school and life. All students know that there’s nothing worse than staring at a blank piece of paper when they’re trying to begin a writing assignment. The key to successful writing is all about narrowing the gap between what’s in your mind and what’s on that page in front of you. In Quantum Writing we help students bridge that gap by teaching them to:
- fastwrite to get lots of ideas on paper
- mind map to organize their content
- cluster to expand their ideas
- write “colorfully” to maximize the impact of their story
Quantum Writing helps students jump-start the creative process, make their words more powerful, and show rather than tell their story. Students discover many different ways to find their voice and fill their pages.
Math can be a challenging subject for many students. Acknowledging negative feelings about math is the first step in our Math Mastery process. Then we create fun ways for students to overcome their anxieties about math and realize how to apply HOW they learn to any problem-solving situation.
SuperCamp uses a system called MAPS to make math more friendly. Students learn how to use the following techniques to turn math class into an enjoyable experience:
For some this translates into a rap about the quadratic equation. For others it’s a story to bring meaning to the order of operations. After each student has practiced ways to incorporate MAPS into their mastery of math, we put on the “Integer Olympics.” This is a fun and safe environment for students to apply what they’ve learned and realize that creating their own song, picture or story really works.
More than two million students take the SAT and ACT each year. As this number rises so does the competition for students to get into their school of choice. At SuperCamp, we prep your student to learn the skills necessary to ease their anxiety and build their confidence so on test day they can perform to the best of their ability.
SuperCamp helps students take a step back and get into the minds of the test creators. Students learn to ask themselves questions such as:
- Do they want me to think critically on this question?
- Is there a better answer then the most obvious?
- How are questions laid out on SAT vs. the ACT
These types of questions open a student’s mind on how the test was created, and help them answer the test questions more accurately.
Effective time management is another key skill for success on these standardized tests. How much time should be spent on each question? Should one read all of the questions first and then go back to answer them? Answers to these and other questions are extremely beneficial for students tackling the SAT and ACT—and we cover them all.
All the test prep in the world won’t make a difference if a student’s anxiety is too high. SuperCamp empowers your child to acknowledge they know what they know and let go of the emotion around the test. Your child will leave SuperCamp with valuable strategies to focus their attention , bolster their confidence, and ease their anxiety before and during any test situation.