August, 2004: The Detroit News

Susan Kruger was featured in this article in the Detroit News.

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Camps hone learning skills: Sessions get students in the mood for fall classes

by Amy Kuras

…A “Girls Get Ready for Middle School” camp was canceled due to lack of participation, but a study skills camp running last week proved popular.

Taught by Susan (Woodcock) Kruger, a former reading specialist and classroom teacher, the class works around the acronym SOAR®, for Set goals, Organize, Ask questions, and Record your progress.

It’s geared to students in sixth grade and up, Woodcock said, because the type of learning that begins in middle school carries over into high school.

Woodcock gets the most requests to run classes around the time report cards come out, she said. But running the class before the beginning of the school year is a good way to get kids geared up, she said.

“A lot of parents believe it’s nice to have a course like this to help their kids focus and have a game plan for the a new year,” she said.

Top photo: Sarah Opdycke, 12, and Victoria LaFrance take part in a study skills class run by Susan (Woodcock) Kruger at the Livonia Community Center. Kruger is a former reading specialist and classroom teacher.

Bottom photo: “My goal is not to tell them they have to work harder, but to give them a plan for balancing homework with other things they want to do,” Susan (Woodcock) Kruger says.


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