Study Skills Small Group | Test Taking, Executive Functioning & Managing Anxiety


Elementary (2nd-5th)

Researched Based

ASCA & CASEL Aligned

Easy to Implement

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This 6-week academic and study skills small group is designed to help students be more successful in school by focusing on preparedness, executive functioning, and test anxiety. This curriculum includes everything you need to run a successful school counseling small group including self-assessments to make data tracking easy. The included weekly outlines are aligned with CASEL Standards and ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors.

Students will learn new test taking strategies, how to plan ahead using organizational tools, and how to prepare in increments. In addition, they will identify healthy lifestyle habits for mental and physical health, and practice coping skills they can use to combat test anxiety.

Academic and Study Skills Group Outline:

Week 1: Test taking strategies

Week 2: Preparing in increments

Week 3: Benefits of preparedness

Week 4: Planning and organizational tools

Week 5: Test anxiety coping skills

Week 6: Healthy lifestyle habits

Lessons/Activities Included:

  • Matching game
  • Discussion dice
  • Discussion cards
  • Visual note taking
  • Board game
  • Planner comparison and selection
  • Charades
  • Puzzles

Here is what's included each week:

  • Outlines: Easy to implement outlines with ASCA and CASEL-aligned objectives
  • Group Rules: Suggested and DIY Group Rules poster so students can take ownership of the creation of the group rules and norms.
  • Feelings Check: Feelings Check Poster to serve as a visual aid for students to self-reflect on their emotional state at the start of each session.
  • Self-Assessments: Pre and post-group self-assessments to track student growth and make data collection easy!
  • Engaging games and activities: I include everything you need to run each session. Simply print each week before the students arrive and you are ready to go.
  • Self Reflection Journal: Weekly journal reflections with writing prompts.

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Benefiting Students:

Each week students will learn academic and study skills they can use at school to develop executive functioning skills and relieve test anxiety.

At a minimum, being in the counseling group allows students to identify and share their feelings, develop important social skills through participation, and practice empathy while hearing others’ experiences.

Saving Time:

With easy-to-implement outlines and activities, this group curriculum is very low-prep. Simply print out each session before students arrive and keep them in a file folder.

The included self-assessments are a great way to get students to self-reflect on their progress and you can then share this information with teachers, and parents, or in your program report.

Who is this Group Designed For?

This academic skills small group is designed for students in grades 4-6 but it can be modified to work with students across different grade levels.

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