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Upper School


STAySmart is a study skills support program which helps students, either individually or in small groups, with their study skills. The program also offers planning for short- and long-term assignments, midterms, finals, and PSAT and SAT preparation. 

STAySmart was researched and created by Mrs. Linda DeBord, Lower School Academic Dean Emeritus, with funding provided by a grant from the France-Merrick Foundation. The study skills programs, in both Upper and Lower Schools, are funded with generous support from the Marriott Foundation. Math teacher Ted Findler operates STAySmart.

More Information

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  • General Help & Best Practices

    Start the year out in an organized way

    • Is your workspace clutter-free, well lit, no distractions?
    • Do you have lots of supplies in one place? Stapler, tape, pens, pencils, straight edge, paper, file folder for each class (or a large accordion-style folder), highlighters, big surface desk or table, comfortable chair?
    • Do you have all the supplies for each class and your name on everything (including your jacket!)?
    • Click here for resources on staying organized.

    Master note-taking skills

    • Do you start class ready to be an active learner?
    • Do you have a good system of note-taking for each class?
    • Are your notes helpful for tests?

    Comprehend what you read

    • Do you have an overview of what you are reading?
    • At the end of each paragraph could you give a one sentence summary?
    • Do you know what to underline?
    • At the end of the reading could you come up with a potential essay question?
    • Click here for resources on reading comprehension.

    Produce quality homework

    Review your notes and homework

    • Do you review your notes on a daily basis?
    • If a "pop"-quiz was announced, how would you do?

    Prepare for quizzes and tests

    Balance all of your activities

    • Have you done at least one class's homework at school?
    • Do you have an order as to how homework gets done?
    • Do you use weekends to catch up or get ahead in your courses?
    • Do you get enough sleep?
    • Do you eat a healthful breakfast, lunch and dinner?
  • Contact Mr. Findler

    Phone: 202-537-6479
Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.