Study Skills at Concord (CES) and Garnet Valley Elementary Schools (GVES) is a full year course for all students. The students receive instruction in study skills weekly for a 30-minute period. The instruction for all grades, first through fifth, is delivered in the students' classroom environment. This special area class provides the children with the opportunity to develop and improve their knowledge of the skills and strategies needed for studying and learning. The study skills program at CES is set up as a hands-on , activity -driven program. At GVES, the program builds on and expands the skills learned at CES. By introducing skills such as test taking strategies, organization and goal setting, the students are developing a strong foundation that will enhance their ability to learn throughout their years in school. Skill instruction is introduced and developed around issues, experiences and activities that are relevant to the children's lives. Self- generated instruction includes frequent brainstorming with students to elicit thoughts and ideas about a specific skill or skill topic. The goal of the program is to build a strong foundation in the skills and strategies needed to be successful.