FAQs

General FAQs
Teacher FAQs
Parent and Student FAQs
Tutor FAQs
NEW — 2nd Edition FAQs
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General FAQs

Q: What products do you offer for…

Teachers?

Please click here for our educator product offerings.

Parents and Students?

Please click here for our parent and student product offerings

Q: How many pages are in the SOAR® Study Skills Book?

160 pages, including instructions.

Q: Is this program research based?

Yes. Our program is based on extensive research. More information is available here.

Q: Is customer service and support available?

Yes. We are committed to providing friendly and efficient service and are happy to answer any of your questions and assist with any technical issues. You can find additional information by clicking Contact Us on the top of any page on our website.

Q: Do you offer anything for SAT, ACT, or other standardized test preparation?

We are sorry, but we do not address standardized test prep. There are so many tools available that we felt we could not offer anything “new” to that topic. We recommend that you take a look the SAT or ACT website and perhaps a Kaplan-type program. We do believe that practice will improve the score because much of it is being able to problem-solve and use test-taking strategies.

 

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Teacher FAQs

Q: How is the 2nd Edition (May, 2014) different from the first edition?

A: The new edition is very similar to the first edition, but it has a new name (SOAR Strategic Learning Skills for College & Career Readiness) and three new chapters.  See more details here.

Q: What is the SOAR® Study Skills Curriculum?

SOAR® was designed to address the study and organizational needs of upper elementary, middle, high school, and college students. The curriculum includes how to:

  • Identify students’ intelligences and SuperPowers (according to Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences)
  • Set goals
  • Establish priorities
  • Manage time
  • Organizing papers, desk, & other space
  • Speak & listen effectively
  • Read and understand textbooks
  • Take notes
  • Study for tests
  • Write research papers
  • Prepare for presentations
  • Track goals for the long-term

SOAR® Strategic Learning Skills (2nd Edition of SOAR Study Skills) covers 100% of the Common Core Anchor Standards for College & Career Readiness.

Q: How can I be assured that SOAR® is effective?

SOAR® is proven to raise the average GPAs of students by 1 full point!  See a video of an administrator using SOAR® as she shares her results, here.

SOAR® is based on common sense…and a lot of research on best-practices in brain-based learning!  See our research-basis here.

SOAR® is the #1 best-selling “test-prep” book in the world! Our curriculum is in over 2,000 schools across the USA and 17 countries world-wide.  See who is using SOAR®here.

Our happy clients are eager to share testimonials and case studies!  Access audio interviews and transcripts of several case studies here.

Q:  What do the curriculum licenses include?

A curriculum license includes:

  • Our popular, “done-for-you” Multi-Media Teacher’s Guide
  • Student books
  • On-line portal for accessing the free bonus material.

Additional resources and services are available; see details here.

Q: Is there a way that I can see what is included with the SOAR® Study Skills Curriculum?

Yes!  Simply click here and fill in your information on the right side of the screen; you will receive access to a digital review copy, video preview of the MMTG.

Q: How much time is required to cover the SOAR® Study Skills Curriculum?

Every school has different needs and various amounts of time available to devote to study skills.  Therefore, we designed this program to be very flexible! Options include, but are not limited to:

  • Year-round class
  • Semester, quarter, or trimester class
  • Embedded into the curriculum of core classes
  • Before or after school programs
  • Tutoring programs

For more information, see Schedule Options and our Implementation Guide.<Link is pending publication.>

Q: Which groups of students can best benefit from strategic learning skills?

The beauty of “strategic learning skills” is that they level the playing field for ALL students! Struggling or “at risk” students benefit from learning how to learn and access their potential. Students who have traditionally done well in school learn how to use their “learning” time more efficiently and dramatically reduce their stress.

Q: Can I use the SOAR® system in one class or does it have to be school-wide?

The choice is yours. SOAR® is a system developed to apply across content areas, so it works well as the basis for a school-wide system. However, the curriculum works very well to guide instruction for a specific “learning/study skills” class. See our Implementation Guide.  <Link is pending publication.>

Q: Is professional development required?

A: The curriculum resources provide plenty of information to implement the program. However, professional development provides a good “jump start” for schools that are looking to implement a school-wide system.

Q: What are my options for professional development?

Professional development is included in some of our license packages. See details here.

Q: Are there other schools using this program?

SOAR® is being used in over 2,000 schools across the USA and 17 countries, world-wide.  See our “Who Is Using SOAR?” Map for more details.

Q: Can I submit a purchase order?

Yes, we accept purchase orders from schools, only. You may fax your PO to us at: 888.676.8481.

Q: Is support available?

Yes. We are committed to providing friendly and efficient service and are happy to answer any of your questions and assist with any technical issues. Simply contact us!

 

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Parent and Student FAQs

Q: I have heard of the SOAR® Binder System. What is it and how much does it cost?

The SOAR® Binder System is a simple and easy system for keeping school-work organized. All of a student’s notes, homework, and handouts for all of their classes are contained in one easy to carry binder. More information on the SOAR® binder and how to use it is available in our SOAR® Study Skills Book as well as in our SOAR® School Success Kit and ADHD School Success Kit. We also offer all of the supplies needed to put together your own SOAR® binder in our SOAR® Binder System Supplies Kit.

Q: What else do you offer to help my child?

Besides our SOAR® Study Skills Book, SOAR® School Success Kit, and ADHD School Success Kit, we offer live, web-based classes for students in grades 6 and up. SOAR® Strategic Learning Classes are a friendly and motivating way to learn how to study, right from the comfort of your own home.

Q: My child has ADD. How can this program help us?

The minds of students who have ADD/ADHD have a difficult time creating structure which is why outside structure is so important. This is why SOAR® Study Skills is so helpful for students with ADD/ADHD; the entire book provides strategies to create structure.

Q: Do you have any locations near me?

We are located in Lake Orion, Michigan which is currently our only physical location. However, we do offer our SOAR® Strategic Learning Classes which are live web-based classes for students in grades 6 and up. These classes are available for students in any location. If you have a computer and a phone, than your child can join.

Q: Is customer service available?

Yes. We are committed to providing friendly and efficient service and are happy to answer any of your questions. You can find additional information by clicking Contact Us on the top of any page on our website.

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Tutor FAQs

Q: Will I need any other supplies to teach this program besides the Tutoring Enrichment Guide?

Yes, you will need one copy of theSOAR® Study Skills Book for each student.

In addition to the student book, we also recommend a binder, plastic folders, and notebook paper to help students establish the binder system that is a cornerstone organizational strategy in SOAR®. We do provide a “Guide for Purchasing Additional Supplies” with our bonus edition, and we also offer the SOAR® Binder System Supplies Kit that contains everything the student will need to implement the SOAR® Binder System.

Q: I want to offer the program to the students that I tutor, but I am concerned about having to purchase a book and a supply kit for each student.

It is quite common for tutors to charge parents a materials fee to cover these expenses. If you explain to parents why these supplies are critical to implementing the program, most will not have any problem paying for the products. You can even generate some additional revenue from your supply fee by purchasing the SOAR® Study Skills Books with a bulk discount and reselling them at retail value.

Q: Is there a way that I can see what is included with the Tutoring Enrichment Guide?

Please click here to request a free preview of theSOAR® Tutoring Enrichment Guide.

Q: How is the program delivered?

TheSOAR® Tutoring Enrichment Guide is delivered electronically. After your payment is received and verified, you will receive an email with a link and access instructions. The SOAR® Study Skills Book and the SOAR® Binder System Supplies Kit will be sent out via USPS or UPS.

Q: Can I use a purchase order?

We accept purchase orders from schools. You may fax your PO to us at: 888.676.8481.

Q: Can this program be used on a Mac or a PC?

The program works on both Mac and PC.

Q: Is support available?

Yes. We are committed to providing friendly and efficient service and are happy to answer any of your questions and assist with any technical issues. You can find additional information by clicking Contact Us on the top of any page on our website.

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NEW — 2nd Edition FAQs

In our ongoing quest to provide superior resources, solutions, and service to our clients, we are proud to announce the arrival of our 2nd edition in May, 2014.

The 2nd Edition of SOAR Study Skills has a new name…
                         SOAR Strategic Learning Skills for College & Career Readiness! 

Q: What is new in the new edition?

  • A new nameSOAR Strategic Learning Skills for College & Career Readiness (as mentioned above).
  • All the same content + three new chapters: “How to Speak & Listen Effectively,” “How to Give a Presentation,” and “How to Use Language Resources.”
  • SOAR now covers all 100% of the Common Core Anchor Standards for College & Career Readiness. SOAR has always been designed for “life-readiness.” With our three new chapters, we now cover 100% of the Common Core Anchor Standards.
  • How to develop “growth mindsets” and “grit.”  In accordance with research from Carol Dweck, Ph.D. and Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., Susan modified the introduction to the “Ask questions” section, elaborating more on the brain biology of learning.  This insight has proven to help students develop “growth mindsets” and develop the most critical character trait of success, “grit.”
  • FREE on-line bonus resources such as: a video demonstration on “How to Take Notes Electronically,” a simple guide on “How to Verify Internet Sources,” a revising/editing checklist for writing and much more! 

Q:  What does the curriculum include?

A curriculum license includes our popular, “done-for-you” Multi-Media Teacher’s Guide, student books, and an on-line portal for accessing the free bonus material. Upgraded resources and services are available; see details here.

Q: What does the curriculum cost?

A: Detailed pricing information is available here.

Q: How long is my curriculum license valid?

With the purchase of a SOAR Curriculum License, teachers are granted permission to use/access the Multi-Media Teacher’s Guide until June 30th of the year following the year of purchase.  For example, a license purchased on July 14, 2014 would expire on June 30, 2015.  A license purchased on January 5, 2015, would expire on June 30, 2016.  Student materials are consumable, but can be used as a “classroom set.” All renewal packages will include additional student materials.

Q:  How many students and teachers can use the license?

Each license package is valid for one teacher and 15 students (for SOAR: RTI) or 30 students (for all other packages).  Additional student licenses can be added to a curriculum license.  For example, if a teacher purchasing the SOAR Solution has 32 students, two additional student licenses can be purchased and added to the package.

Q:  Why is SOAR making this licensing change?

SOAR Learning Inc. is committed to best outcomes for students, teachers, administrators, and parents.  After analyzing data from many schools, the best student performance outcomes were achieved when each student had access to curriculum.  Therefore, SOAR Learning Inc. has structured it’s curriculum into packages ideal for classrooms/schools to adopt the program.

Q:  How do renewals work?  What do I get when I renew?

Your renewal will grant you access to the Multi-Media Teacher’s Guide through June 30th of the following year, and will also provide you with new books (and student supplies for the SOAR Ultimate package).

Q:  I already have an MMTG license, what will happen with that?

A:  You will still have access to your old MMTG license, but the MMTG for SOAR Study Skills 1st edition, (all copyrights 2013 and earlier) will no longer be updated.  If you need to change the User ID/Password to a different teacher, there will be a $50 fee.
**You are, however, eligible to upgrade to the new, 2nd edition MMTG (which covers 100% of Common Core Anchor Standards) at the renewal rate, which includes new student materials!  See details here.

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