Foundation of Academic Excellence
To achieve the best grades, highest test scores, and become the best student one can be, study skills are the bedrock of any success in academics for students of all achievement levels. This concept is something founder Tony Di Giacomo knows well through his original research. Novella Prep’s focus on Retention, Relationships, and Responsibility address core factors that influence student achievement. Whether a student is an A student who feels overwhelmed or inefficient, or a student who, with the right skills, could be an A student, this program is for you.
How it Works
We holistically evaluate and teach each student to optimize his or her approach to in-school and at-home studying, ensuring students of all levels perform at their best. We create a program based on contemporary research and our own experience. We are a program that advocates for hard work, focus, and discipline — no shortcuts here! However, our specialty is in finding ways to motivate students, manage digital distractions, and foster new habits that lead to better outcomes. With our in person or online meetings, we teach students how to take notes, memorize the essentials, improve writing, and ultimately refine all aspects of what makes for a successful student. Along the way, decisions arise that allow us to provide information and knowledge that can positively impact and shape outcomes for the college planning and application process.
Learn how our Study Skills Program addresses:
Benefits of Novella Prep Study Skills:
- Improved grades
- Increased motivation
- Improved focus
- Goal-setting skills
- Enhanced personal agency
- Better teacher rapport
- Improved priority management
- Increased persistence
- Reduced stress
- Improved academic competitiveness for college
Why Motivation Matters
We have found all students tend to fit somewhere in one of the four steps of the motivation scale. For many reasons, students can find themselves lacking motivation or having trouble seeing the value in certain activities to move their grades up, whether from a C to a B or A, or from an A- to an A. Because bettering ourselves to increase future opportunities is the core of why improving grades matters, focusing on this core component of student success is how we help students implement sustained changes in habits that get positive results. Whereas tutoring may address symptoms of an issue, we seek to treat the core of what matters, and build out from there, holistically.
Our Programs seamlessly integrate what students need to succeed based on their individual learning characteristics, goals, and grade in school.