Study Buddies ®
Sunday Skills Program
Rebecca Mannis, Ph.D. – Executive Director
Study Buddies® is a Sunday program at Ivy
Prep Learning Center that is geared for Middle School and Upper
School Students who need to develop independent study skills. Students
participate in this small-group (maximum of six students per session)
program for a full semester. Separate Middle School and Upper School
groups are in formation.
An Ivy Prep Science/Math specialist and Reading/Skills
specialist will each mentor students throughout each session. The
same two specialists and six students will participate throughout
the entire semester, and specialists will be supervised about each
student’s individual learning style and study skills goals
for the semester.
The Ivy Prep specialists rotate continuously during
each two-hour session with students to mentor students about specific
assignments or test-prepping that each student must accomplish.
The specialists will mentor students about what specific strategies
they can practice independently during the time that they are working
Some participants in Study Buddies® use this
Sunday time as an opportunity to practice and enhance the strategies
they honed during their individual weekly sessions at Ivy Prep Learning
Center. Other participants do not require individualized work, and
this program is an avenue for them to transition to more effective
independent weekday homework skills. All students are screened in
advance by Dr. Mannis to determine whether they are appropriate
candidates for Study Buddies® and for working in a small-group
Each Study Buddies® participant has a personal
work folder on the Ivy Prep computer network and will have access
to a computer for study purposes. Pizza and snacks will be provided
to students so that they are able to use the two-hour supervised
study experience to their greatest advantage, in a warm, friendly
and highly structured setting.
Dr. Mannis communicates with parents and specialists
throughout the week so that the specialists are apprised of specific
goals for each student. Classroom teachers and other specialists
consulting to students are welcome to share particular goals or
content that are priorities, as well.
To sum it up, here is what our Study Buddies®
Individualized guidance in a small group (max. 6 students)
Math/Science & Reading/Writing/Study Skills specialists
rotate between students
Individual study rooms and state-of-the-art technology for
Customized support for each student’s individual learning
Separate Middle School and Upper School Groups
Groups forming now…for additional
information or enrollment, please contact the Ivy Prep Learning
Center at (212) 360-5959.