When your school subscribes to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au ALL of your Years 7-12 students, parents and teachers can access the study skills resources and units of learning on the site.
Click HERE to download a flyer that compares the STUDY SKILLS HANDBOOK and the STUDY SAMURAI LIBRARY.
Scroll below to read the full list of online topics available when you school subscribes. Each unit on the site has learning activities, videos, quizzes and activities to help students learn to be better learners. Teachers can allocate quizzes to students and check progress of classes. Lots of useful grids and planners are also provided on the site for students to use.
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Sadly, many students struggle with school and find it difficult to cope with the academic pressures they face. Parents are looking for help for their students, teachers are overwhelmed by the ever-increasing workload and expectations placed on today's schools.Without help, many students will not develop the skills they need to manage their time effectively and study efficiently. This can make school a depressing place for students who are then not able to experience academic success.
So what can schools do? Well the good news is, we've done the hard work for you!
The ELES Online Study Skills Handbook Site provides a comprehensive and interactive online experience for the secondary school community (students, parents and teachers) to develop the study skills needed for success in secondary school studies. This approach taps into students’ affinity with technology to create a new and effective way to improve students’ study skills. There are currently 28 interactive main units of work on the site, a number of additional mini-units and lots of extra features.
How does it work?
The school subscribes for the year and receives a school user name and password for their school that they can give to all of the students, teachers and parents in their high school community. Schools with a secure section of their website can also place a link on a page on the school site where students can click directly through to the handbook site without needing to enter a user name or password.
How do you use it?
The handbook site can be used independently or in conjunction with other ELES resources or sessions as a multi-layered approach that will assist further in the development of students’ study skills. The aim is to allow schools to address study skills from as many different angles as possible so that students get a wide exposure to and reinforcement of the ideas and the opportunity to access the information in many different ways. As teachers we know that it may be necessary to explain or present a concept in a number of different ways so that all students have the ‘aha, I get it’ moment.
- Joining fees are currently waived and we also have a special offer: pay now for next year and get access for the rest of this year for free.
- Note: This offer is only available for schools that have not subscribed previously.
Annual subscription fees are as follows (and are in Australian dollars and include GST for Australian schools) and are based on total secondary school enrolment numbers for a calendar year.
Note: We do NOT offer individual or part-school or single year group subscriptions. Our subscriptions are based on TOTAL secondary school enrolment numbers as the whole school has access with the school password and the newsletter items with login details. Schools with multiple campuses located on different physical locations and separate school newsletters will need separare subscriptions for each campus.
AUD$397 for a very small school (<250 students in secondary school)
AUD$597 for a small school (<500 students in secondary school)
AUD$797 for a medium school (<800 students in secondary school)
AUD$997 for a large school (<1100 students in secondary school)
AUD$1197 for a very large school (1100+ students in secondary school)
Unlike many subscription sites that charge annual fees of $25-$99 or more per student, for most schools the study skills handbook works out at around only $1 per student per year.
For around $1 per student for most schools, every student, parent and teacher in your school has unlimited access to the site and all the online activities at school and at home for a whole year!
The best way to find out about the online Study Skills Handbook is to login and have a look for yourself! Email email@example.com requesting temporary access to SSH and we will send you a password that will be valid for at least 10 days. Just let us know if you need longer and we will send through a new password.
Once you receive an email response with login details, simply go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and click on ‘login’ and enter the username and password you were sent.
Note, this is for schools and teachers only and for evaluation purposes only, parents cannot request a preview password and preview passwords are not to be used with students and no material to be printed from the site or used unless the school subscribes. We rely on your professional integrity. If you are a parent you may like to send a link to this page to a teacher at your student's school so they can look at subscribing.
You can also get a feel for the site by watching these tours:
Any, or all, of the ways below:
1. PARENTS AND STUDENTS CAN BROWSE THE SITE AT HOME
Schools will give their login details to the secondary school students, parents and teachers of their school (schools can also create a direct link from the school intranet to the site or put login details in the school diary) so they can use the handbook as needed, submit study skills questions, print the summary sheets or explore ways to improve results at their own convenience. This is a great resource for all students, parents and teachers to have at their fingertips. There are also FAQ sections for parents and teachers to use (with extra material to download and use) as well as links to useful sites and articles.
2. SCHOOLS MAY INTEGRATE UNITS IN PASTORAL PROGRAMS OR 'LEARNING TO LEARN' PROGRAMS
Teachers may have students work through the topics systematically at school during pastoral lessons or other appropriate times to improve overall study skills. The units may be integrated into the school's pastoral program. Some schools print off all the worksheets and bind them into a workbook for the students. Throughout the year they then have the students work systematically through the topics (or allocate different topics to different year groups). Some schools have students complete all work online.
3. TEACHERS MAY SPECIFY UNITS FOR INDIVIDUALS
Teachers may direct students or parents to a particular unit when issues arise with respect to academic performance at school (eg. a teacher may suggest a parent work through the time management section with their student or the section on how to study).
4. TEACHERS MAY DIRECT CLASSES TO COMPLETE UNITS
Teachers may set particular units as homework for students to complete or suggest students review particular units at certain times of the year (eg. the section on examinations at examination time) or to meet particular class needs (eg. some classes might benefit from visiting the section on organisational skills). Some schools may expect all students to have completed all units by a certain year level.
- We use the handbook in a variety of ways. We have a link to it on our school website; have links to it via our school intranet; refer to it in our newsletter; refer to it in year level assemblies; use study tips in the newsletter; inform parents at information and orientation evenings; use as a class activity for learning support classes; use as tutoring tool in study skills sessions.
- Currently it’s left to students to use in private study (years 11-12) and at home but next year it will form part of a more structured info skills program in years 7 and 8 particularly.
- Encourage students to use at home and in study periods. Sometimes used as part of lessons for particular aspects of study. Also used as a support for teacher mentors with individual Yr 11 and Yr 12 students.
- 1. Encourage students to use at home. Specific units are suggested.
2. Specific units are specified for students to complete during Form classes.
3. Study Skills is a focus of Form Teacher programs for the year and classes rotate through our IT rooms and labs to complete.
- This year we trialed the use of the resource with our year 12 cohort. We have used it by taking students to computer labs and working through sections as a class. Students have also been able to access from home.
- We used it as a semester program - one session a week and followed it up with reflective journals before and after exams. They worked in small classes and as a large lecture group. Some areas were supported by guest lectures from our student services team.
- We use selected sheets as part of the tutor group programme (pastoral care), twice a week in Term 1. Then we encourage the students to use the online version when special times of research/exams are coming up.
- Encourage students to use at home. Show students skills on digital projector and have them work on it at home, note deficiency in skill, check what SSH has to offer, then refer students- if it's critical, work through with students as class group to make sure they GET it!
- So far, we have introduced all year 10's to the handbook through english classes at school. Some classes have been required to complete topics at home. Others just encouraged to. Haven't been printing off worksheets.
- All classes in the school in year groups have been allocated units. Yr 7 does first section, yr 8 does second yr 9 and 10 do it in electives and yr 11 do the last section. Complete the set units allocated by your coordinator over the year. You will need to map out when your classes need to complete set units. All units allocated must be completed by the end of the year.
- We're still developing ways to use the handbook. We publicise the handbook in the Homework guidelines in the student diary. Recently Prue has worked with Year Coords to find ways to integrate study skills / time management into Pastoral Care programmes.
- The handbook has been placed as a link on the homepage of the College website and the intranet. Students, teachers and parents can access this site easily. The site is promoted at all Parent Information evenings and highlighted regularly in the College newsletter. In the first year of use students are encouraged to use the site and some teachers use information from the site to incorporate in their lessons.
- It forms the basis for the Year 8 "Becoming an Achiever" course. This course was delivered during roll call (20 mins each morning, 10 mins on Tuesdays). This has proven to not be the best way to deliver this course and so, for this year, Year 8 have been allocated 2 periods per cycle (1 period each week) for study skills. The handbook will continue to be the basis of the course. Our school diary (the Learning Curve diary) supplements and partners your handbook. "Becoming an Achiever" builds on the Year 7 course "Skills for Success".
- We place an edited version of the monthly newsletter item into the School newsletter which is aimed at parents. The intention is for students to work through the units with their parents.
- Updates in each newsletter, Counselor referrals for struggling students.
- It is generally left to parents and students to access at their leisure. There is talk of devoting some 'pastoral time' to adopt a more consistent approach next year.
- Students access at home.
- Placed on school intranet. Students encouraged to use at home through regular notices in school newsletter & supplied study tips.
- All teachers have access to it. It is promoted heavily in fortnightly newsletters. Links to it are on the school website.
Used as a resource that families and students are referred to. Learning areas particularly like the learning area specific parts of the site.
- Pastoral Care time and home use.
- Encourage them to use at home, encourage teachers to use with students. Advertise in diary and newsletters.
Qu: Can we provide a specific program to follow?
Ans: Unfortunately it is an impossible task to provide a suggested program or allocation of topics as:
With all these variables, a suggested program that will work for all schools with such different situations just doesn’t work.
But what I can do is have a chat to you if you like about your students, how much time you are allocating and then give you my opinion as to what topics I think might suit each year group. It can help to talk it out with someone who knows each topic intimately or even just to bounce off some ideas.
1. Preparing in Primary
2. Starting Secondary School
3. Mastering Middle School (future topic)
4. Becoming a Senior Student
5. University: A New Adventure
1. Home Study Environment
2. Organisation and Filing
3. Time Management Skills
4. Managing Workload
5. Dealing with Distractions
6. Overcoming Procrastination
7. Developing Motivation
8. Goal Setting
9. Lifestyle and Balance
10. Managing Stress
1. Will we ever use this?
2. Using Classtime
3. Asking for Help
4. Dealing with Conflict
5. Groupwork Skills
TESTS & EXAMS
2. Active Studying
3. Preparing for Exam Blocks
4. Test-Taking Techniques
5. After Tests & Exams
1. Reading Skills
2. Writing Skills
3. Mathematical Skills
4. Language Skills
5. Research Skills
6. Presentation Skills
7. Science Skills
8. Assignment Skills
9. Thinking Skills (future topic)
10. Life Skills (future topic)
1. Strategies for Dyslexia
2. Remote Home Learning
3. Bullying: Issues and Strategies
4. Educational Kinesiology
5. Living Across 2 Houses
6. Managing Part-Time Jobs
7. Live Your Best Life
8. Your Brain and Memory
9. Tips for Parents
10. Tips for Teachers
1. Technology Tools
2. Apps for School
3. Basic Computer Skills
4. Be CyberSmart
5. Microsoft OneNote
In addition to the huge amount of content, the systematic program for students to work through includes:
online quizzes, summary sheets, worksheets, lots of FAQs answered, articles and links, online polls, facility to submit questions, helpful grids and planners, jokes and quotes, student thoughts, images and photos, students can submit ideas to win, competitions…
- audio and video files
- streaming audio (to allow students the option to read or listen to the content).
And: new content added monthly, new units added each year, new features added regularly. There is also a tracking system available where students can save the results of their quizzes over the years.
Students can also apply for a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION when they have completed all quizzes and modules.
Current Subscribers and Date Subscription Commenced
(Handbook was launched 2007, list last updated May 2020):
“The Handbook has been a great success.” Head of Faculty-Exceptional Learners, St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, QLD
“I have added links inside our MOODLE in the revision centre for each year level with the automated access, great idea. Fab resource.” Head Of Faculty – ICT, St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
“Many thanks for a great product.” Director of Teaching and Learning, St Edmund’s College, Manuka, ACT
“I did receive the latest package thanks and the handbook continues to look fantastic.”Head of Senior School, Penrhos College, WA
"The sample newsletter items are excellent. I have been using them regularly. We have a newsletter going out next week with a deadline of Monday afternoon. Do you have the Skills Tip for November in advance I can use? Feedback on these have been fantastic. Thankyou." Handbook Coordinator, St Greg's College, Campbelltown, NSW
“I have been surfing around the handbook and it is really wonderful. I am sure that our students will get a lot out of it.”
Head Teacher, Teaching and Learning, Moorebank High School, NSW
“Thanks for the information, updates and ongoing communication. We look forward to using the program quite extensively this year.” Director of Special Education, Methodist Ladies’ College, Kew, VIC
“Thanks for helping out our students. Your product and your services are exemplary!”
Coordinator Digital Learning in Distance Education, CLI Strathfield
“Can I just say thank you for the monthly emails and newsletter ideas. Much appreciated and always used by us.”
Deputy Principal, QLD Academy for Science, Maths, Technology.
“The ELES Study Skills Handbook is such a great resource and plays a growing part in our school community. I think it is a great idea to include our password in next year’s diary - the suggestions for our diary were most helpful. Thanks for the great service.” Teacher , Duncraig Senior High School WA
- "I like its ability to give guidance to me - a student that used to use the most ineffective study techniques and my results just frustrated me and made me feel dumb. Fav sections are: organisation, summarising, learning techniques and mathematics (my rank went from 52nd in the year to 4th!!!!!!!!)"
- “Thank you sooooooooooo much! You actually looked at my notes thoroughly and your feedback was amazing and much appreciated. Honestly thank you so much! That really did help, and if it weren’t for you I’d probably still be doing nothing until the exams! ”
- “Keep doing what you’re doing because you help all us lost teenagers!”
- "HI I LOV UR WEB SITE LOL"
- “Hey, you guys are great help! Thank you very much for all the tips and guides you provide us.”
- “Thanks so much for your detailed reply; you are clearly a dedicated educator.”
- “The multimedia interactions are very amusing and informational.”
- “Thank you very much - Your advice is great and I will definitely practice the effective note taking. The Study Skills Handbook was a life saver in high school!”
- “Thanks- I'm really enjoying and learning a lot from the website! :).”
Arthur Phillip High School
USE: encourage students to use at home
Show students skill on digital projector and have them work on it at home note deficiency in skill, check what SSH has to offer, then refer students- if it's critical, work through with students as class group to make sure they GET it!
LIKEMOST: easy navigation, variety of tasks, chunking of ideas/skills, sequence is logical progression
MOSTUSEFUL: Organisation, summarizing, importance of notemaking
NEWSLETTER: It's a reminder, we keep a set of flyers handy for new enrolments and parents when they pop in.
Broughton Anglican College
USE: All of these ways
LIKEMOST: So much detail and allows students to follow their interest/needs.
MOSTUSEFUL: Mixture but probably the games and encouragers mixed with the info.
SUGGESTIONS: It really works very well in a very diverse area for all learning styles.
Chisholm Catholic College W.A.
USE: We place an edited version of the monthly newsletter item into the School newsletter which is aimed at parents. The intention is for students to work through the units with their parents. Placed on school intranet. Students encouraged to use at home through regular notices in school newsletter & supplied study tips.
LIKEMOST: Easily accessible from school & home; easy to navigate.
MOSTUSEFUL: Organisation of units.
Geraldton Grammar School
USE: This year we trialed the use of the resource with our year 12 cohort. We have used it by taking students to computer labs and working through sections as a class. Students have also been able to access from home.
LIKEMOST: I like the way it is laid out. The connections between sections are easy to see and navigate. The games/puzzles are also popular.
MOSTUSEFUL: The preparation for exams seems to be the most popular with students. I think that the setting up for study and ignoring distractions will be useful for our middle school students.
MODULE: I like the idea of students being able to go where they feel they need to. I think this is the strength of online resources.
USE: Currently it’s left to students to use in private study (years 11-12) and at home but next year it will form part of a more structured info skills program in years 7 and 8 particularly.
LIKEMOST: Students can work at own pace and for their own targeted areas where they need extra assistance.
MOSTUSEFUL: The fact that it's online and interactive.
Hills International College
LIKEMOST: It's actually very clearly structured, and reasonably 'punchy'. I particularly like the 'extras' which make the whole site seem less academic and more accessible.
MOSTUSEFUL: The easy breakdown of sections for each area/question is really useful, so that students are not wading through content they don't want/need at any given time. This allows them to choose the content they need, when they need it.
Katanning Senior High School
USE: So far, we have introduced all year 10's to the handbook through English classes at school. Some classes have been required to complete topics at home. Others just encouraged to. Haven't been printing off worksheets.
LIKEMOST: Flexibility - easy to find something relevant and useful to every child.
MOSTUSEFUL: Audio and video links.
Macarthur Anglican School
LIKEMOST: The clear communication methods used and interactive nature of the handbook. It’s all fantastic.
Mater Dei College
LIKEMOST: Provides useful tips that I can use both in formal class settings and as input to the community as part of my weekly "Learning Matters" column in the College Newsletter.
MOSTUSEFUL: The goal setting and general study skills have been of most use to our Year 12 students.
MODULE: My first impressions are that the general browsing model currently in use is very suitable as it allows students to be self-paced from home. It does not stop me from specifying certain sections at certain times as part of class instruction.
Marcellin College Randwick
USE: It is generally left to parents and students to access at their leisure. There is talk of devoting some 'pastoral time' to adopt a more consistent approach next year.
LIKEMOST: Variety and depth of treatment - suits most learners and parents.
Moorebank High School
USE: It forms the basis for the Year 8 "Becoming an Achiever" course. This course was delivered during roll call (20 mins each morning, 10 mins on Tuesdays). This has proven to not be the best way to deliver this course and so, for next year, Year 8 have been allocated 2 periods per cycle (1 period each week) for study skills. The handbook will continue to be the basis of the course. Our school diary (the Learning Curve diary) supplements and partners your handbook. "Becoming an Achiever" builds on the Year 7 course "Skills for Success".
LIKEMOST: It is self directed. It covers a wide range of topic areas. It offers students a variety of methods of engagement. It uses age and interest appropriate language and examples.
MOSTUSEFUL: The most useful sections are all the practical, easily implemented tips that appear throughout the handbook - things that the Year 8 students can take on board with the minimum of effort and see an impact almost immediately.
Queensland Academy for Science Math and Technology
USE: We used it as a semester program - one session a week and followed it up with reflective journals before and after exams. They worked in small classes and as a large lecture group. Some areas were supported by guest lectures from our student services team.
LIKEMOST: As a teacher I could track what the students were doing. Although the handbook is really structured for State curriculum most areas supported what the students need for International Baccalaureate.
MOSTUSEFUL: Study habits and notetaking were particularly useful. Parts of the exam preparation were good.
MODULE: Thank you for developing the area to locate passwords! We tracked student usage because we linked it to outcomes.
Smith's Hill High School
USE: updates in each newsletter, Counselor referrals for struggling students.
LIKEMOST: funky up-to-date nature, constant updates
MOSTUSEFUL: trackability, segmentation, areas of concern can be addressed specifically
USE: All teachers have access to it. We get Prue to come and do sessions with all 7, 10, 11 and 12 students. It is promoted heavily in fortnightly newsletters. Links to it are on the school website.
LIKEMOST: Students can track progress, different things are added regularly.
MOSTUSEFUL: Different things for different students - helping them get organised is big, though.
St. Joseph's College Gregory Terrace Brisbane
USE: We use the handbook in a variety of ways. We have a link to it on our school website; have links to it via our school intranet; refer to it in our newsletter; refer to it in year level assemblies; use study tips in the newsletter; inform parents at information and orientation evenings; use as a class activity for learning support classes; use as tutoring tool in study skills sessions.
LIKEMOST: Information is presented in a variety of formats and therefore caters for all learning styles. The topics are relevant and student friendly. The access from home and school is most important. It also gives parents ideas and strategies of how they can support their sons/daughters in a constructive way re studying.
MOSTUSEFUL: The new modules look to be a great idea. The access to relevant, specific information is very important. I think the students are enjoying the interactive aspects.
St Gregory’s College Campbelltown
USE: We're still developing ways to use the handbook. We publicise the handbook in the Homework guidelines in the student diary. Recently Prue has worked with Year Coords to find ways to integrate study skills / time management into Pastoral Care programmes.
LIKEMOST: The way it caters for a variety of learning styles. Excellent sheets that can be printed. For a busy Year Coord, this could be a 'one-stop shop'. Visually very appealing. Lots of effective tips and guides.
MOSTUSEFUL: The bits dealing with HOW students can revise.
SUGGESTIONS: I really think it's a remarkable resource and most bases are covered.
St John Bosco College, Engadine
USE: Encourage them to use at home, encourage teachers to use with students. Advertise in diary and newsletters.
LIKEMOST: Well structured and easy to navigate, not cluttered. Tracking system is a great idea. Multimodal and interactive, written, audio, quizzes, etc to keep kids interested. Always new things and responses to queries.
NEWSLETTER: Definitely it’s great.
LINK: On the student’s personal internet desktop.
The Scots College
USE: We use selected sheets as part of the tutor group programme (pastoral care), twice a week in Term 1. Then we encourage the students to use the online version when special times of research/exams are coming up.
LIKEMOST: Quick, punchy lessons. Not necessary to have loads of resources. Can do a unit in 20-30 minutes
MOSTUSEFUL: It varies with each year group and at what stage of the year they are at. The exam tips and memory aids are good. Concrete exercises to improve these are great.
The SCOTS PGC College
USE: Pastoral Care time and home use
LIKEMOST: User friendly and electronic that is accessible at home to all our students
St Stephens School Duncraig
USE: Used as a resource that families and students are referred to. Learning areas particularly like the learning area specific parts of the site.
LIKEMOST: Ability to use it at school as well as home and learning area specific parts.
MOSTUSEFUL: Different for each student.
Sydney Distance Education High School
USE: Students access at home or at their home school.
LIKEMOST: That students can use worksheets and track progress.
MOSTUSEFUL: Everything! Especially that they can enhance skills in the areas of Reading, Maths, presentation, Research and Foreign Language.
Toongabbie Christian School
USE: All classes in the school in year groups have been allocated units. Yr 7 does first section, yr 8 does second yr 9 and 10 do it in electives and yr 11 do the last section. Complete the set units allocated by your coordinator over the year. You will need to map out when your classes need to complete set units. All units allocated must be completed by the end of the year.
LIKEMOST: the interactive nature of it, the students generally have a look at everything
USE: The handbook has been placed as a link on the homepage of the College website and the intranet. Students, teachers and parents can access this site easily. The site is promoted at all Parent Information evenings and highlighted regularly in the College newsletter. In the first year of use students are encouraged to use the site and some teachers use information from the site to incorporate in their lessons.
LIKEMOST: Easily accessible and user friendly. The units of work can be directed to different age groups.
MOSTUSEFUL: As our boys are not good organisers anything that is about organisation including planners etc has been helpful. Also the information on how to make study notes.
York District High School
1. Encourage students to use at home. Specific units are suggested.
2. Specific units are specified for students to complete during Form classes.
3. Study Skills is a focus of Form Teacher programs for the year and classes rotate through our IT rooms and labs to complete.
1. Ease of access.
2. Student monitoring.
3. Content and mode of delivery - IT focus.
4. Newsletter and regular product information updates.
This handbook is designed for high school or secondary students. All secondary school students will find all units of the handbook valuable although juniors and seniors will experience the units at different levels of understanding and relevance. Every year when students have access to the handbook again, a different section may seem more pertinent to them based on what issues are current in their lives at that time. In addition to this, units that they have previously worked through may have greater meaning at different levels of their schooling.
This is a resource that is designed to benefit the school community as a whole. It is much more effective if teachers, parents and students are all hearing the same message about study skills and it is important to ELES that access is not limited due to financial means of individuals. It is also more cost-effective, for example for the cost of 7 typical individual subscriptions, a school of 700 students can all have access!
No. You need to subscribe for your school and the number of students enrolled in your secondary school. Each month we send through a study skills tip for the newsletter with the school's login details. It is not possible to ensure that your school's password is kept for the use of one year group in the school only.
If campuses are at different physical addresses AND have separate newsletters, each campus CAN subscribe separately. (If the campuses are at the same physical location or have the same newsleter sent home to parents then they CANNOT have a separate subscription and the numbers must reflect the total enrolment numbers.) If all campuses wish to have a combined subscription, that is fine too, but they will need to nominate one main contact who will be sent all of the information and will need to then forward to the other campuses.
No. Subscription is for a calendar year only. At times we may offer specials that allow a school to start their subscription part-way through the year.
The handbook is designed for secondary school students. If your school has both primary and secondary students, your enrolment numbers are calculated on the secondary students only. Some schools do introduce the site to students towards the end of Year 6, but the site is really for use by secondary students.
No. Even in Australia there are a number of different school systems. The handbook is not curriculum specific, it can be used by any school in any system, in any country that speaks English.
Yes! Students sign up for the Tracking System on the handbook site. They will enter a user name and password of their choice and at the end of each unit quiz and module they save their results. The system will keep track of their results over the years until the end of Year 12 (Year 13 for overseas schools). They can check their progress at any time through the tracking system. The school contact person will also be given an administrator password which will allow schools to view the progress of any students who have signed up for the tracking system in any year group in their school.
Definitely! Study skills is all about building layers of knowledge, it is about taking the information and presenting it to students in numerous and different ways. The more we can constantly expose our students to the concepts needed for academic success, and the more diverse ways we can get them to interact with the information on a regular basis, the better chance we have that they will retain it and apply it. From the other perspective, if you are using the handbook site your students will still find the sessions and resources useful.
Once your school is using the handbook site, if your subscription is kept current you would not need to ever pay the joining fee. If your subscription lapsed and later on you decided to join again, you would then need to pay the joining fee.
But if you subscribe now, each year you would simply pay the annual subscription fees outlined above (and you get a 10% discount each year if you pay BEFORE the end of the year when the subscription expires).