SOS4Students Moving Forward with Full Slate of Summer Workshops

on .


These past two months have been challenging for parents and students! I have students who’ve been asked to read Hamlet on their own and others directed to teach themselves math using YouTube. Then there are those students who have virtually no work! Grading for many high school students has been reduced to pass or no pass, and there is little clarity about what will lead to receiving credit.

How much effort should a student put in? Online learning has been particularly effortful for those with executive functioning difficulties; strategies that were working have had to be retooled for school on Zoom!

What are your concerns as we transition into the next school year?

high school students


At SOS, we’ve seen firsthand the problems with instruction during this time and we know how to help. This summer, we are planning to hold our study skills workshops starting in July for students grades 6 to 12 at the Lafayette Library.

Don’t miss out on giving your students the boost they so need with our direct expert instruction in expository writing, note taking, time management, planning (projects and papers!), organization, self-advocacy, and jump-starting tasks. Our goal, as always, is to allow students to take charge of their own work, enabling you to have peace of mind that they have the skills they need to succeed in the classroom or with self-directed online learning!

Facing a transition to a new school?

We are also adding support as needed for students on best practices to work successfully with online learning so they can avoid many of the pitfalls of the past several months.


Prep for the next school year: I encourage you to explore our summer workshop offerings and sign-up as soon as possible. Spaces will fill fast. In speaking with parents and families, I know that many are looking to our workshops and coaching as a way to help their children reinvent themselves as students this summer as they prepare for the eventual return to school. 

Need help now or this summer 1-1? We are here for your students for these finals weeks of the school year should they need help completing work or preparing papers or projects, and summer coaching information will be up shortly on our website. Please call our office at 510-531-4767 for more information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more immediate assistance.

We are also currently converting our courses to digital platforms so that students everywhere can enroll, regardless of the situation. While we know many parents and students prefer in-person workshops, having online options will be important.

Feel free to call or email us with any questions about our summer programs or coaching: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 510-531-4767.

We're in this with you and your family.

Warm regards,
Beth Samuelson, SOS4Students

Summer Workshops from SOS4Students

Middle School Workshops

6thgrade bluebulletMastering Middle School empowers students entering sixth grade. Students learn invaluable skills to tackle the demands of multiple teachers and more complex assignments.

Learn More & Sign Up Today

6th - 8th GradesWrite On ensures your child is prepared for the essay-writing challenges ahead by covering essay fundamentals for middle school students.

Learn More & Sign Up Today

7th & 8th GradeMiddle School Blitz gives your students the strategies they need to have control over their time and workload. Prepare your student to balance classwork, homework and outside activities.

Learn More & Sign Up Today

High School Workshops

9th GradeNailing Ninth Grade prepares your student for a successful transition to high school. Students come away with an invaluable toolbox of study strategies they will use every day.

Learn More & Sign Up Today

9th - 11th GradesWriting RX teaches students an easily replicable system for expository essay writing. Students leave confident and prepared to tackle the complex writing assignments that high school demands.

Learn More & Sign Up Today

9th - 12th GradesSecrets of Successful Note Taking demystifies the note taking process. Students learn techniques to take effective notes and use their notes to prepare for tests and papers.

Learn More & Sign Up Today

Summer Coaching

6th - 12th Grades


Can't make the workshop you need? Does your student benefit from more individualized attention? All ages and abilities benefit from the one-on-one summer coaching sessions with our seasoned coaches.

Learn More