A Prep Class for students starting 9th grade

By Olivia Godby

Session 1: Monday 23- Friday 27 July, 12:30-2:00pm

Session 2: Monday 6- Friday 10 August, 9:30-11:00am

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Entering high school is both exciting and daunting for students. Having an understanding of high school scenarios and expectations beforehand helps ease anxiety and boost confidence during this transition. From managing homework to coping with stress, this class gives incoming 9th graders a set of tools to rely on over the duration of their high school experience. It encourages them to take ownership of their academic journey so that they can enjoy all that high school has to offer.


By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Grasp the key differences between middle school and high school, particularly in regard to expectations, deadlines and GPA.
  • Understand how high school impacts their future goals.
  • Recognize their unique study style and identify habits that best suit them.
  • Create a system for organizing, planning and executing their schoolwork (e.g. online calendars, to-do lists, labelled binders, planners, etc.)
  • Transform their thoughts and opinions into academic theses.
  • Find and site reputable sources to support their ideas.
  • Develop ways to avoid and cope with stress.
  • Develop a greater sense of responsibility and self-reliance as it pertains to their high school experience.
  • Recognize when and how to ask for help from teachers, classmates and school support staff.
  • Set short-term and long-term academic goals. 


This class is designed to give students a broad overview of the high school experience, while also teaching them specific skills that will support their success. It covers the role of high school academics in one’s future (e.g. college entrance) and suggests practical ways for students to manage their schoolwork effectively. It shows students that they can meet the demands of high school while remaining confident, optimistic and happy.

Weekly Overview

Class 1: Middle School vs. High School - In order to prepare for high school, it helps to understand how it differs from middle school. Expectations are higher, teachers are often less lenient, and grades now directly impact future goals (e.g. college entrance). In this first meeting, we'll outline these differences and discuss strategies for meeting the new demands. We'll also do a Q/A session about all things high school!

Class 2: Time Management, Study Habits & Organization - This class covers techniques for managing the high school workload—from nightly homework to group projects. In addition to planning and organizing work, students will learn how to actually complete assignments efficiently. Students will identify their own unique learning style and study habits that best suit them. 

Class 3:  Strengthening Ideas and Sourcing Work - In high school, students are increasingly asked to develop and argue their own ideas on a subject. In this class, we'll discuss how to frame thoughts and opinions academically. Students will learn how to find and identify reputable sources, and we'll discuss how an academic approach is expected across all subjects—Science, English, Social Studies, etc. 

Class 4: Avoiding and Coping with Stress - High school does not need to be a stressful experience. In fact, happier students actually get higher grades! We'll cover ways to identify, avoid and cope with stress. 

Class 5: Owning Your High School Experience - In our final meeting, we'll discuss the importance of taking ownership over one's high school experience. This includes speaking up for yourself, taking advantage of school resources, seeking out extracurriculars and setting goals. 

About Olivia

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2016, I set up an independent tutoring business in California. Through tutoring in math, science, and writing, I worked closely with dozens of middle and high school students on strategies for success in the classroom. I helped each student determine individual learning goals and plan accordingly, placing a strong emphasis on balance and perspective in order to reduce anxiety for the tasks ahead. Upon moving to Seattle, I began to work for Hampton Tutors, through which I have developed a program to share these proven tools for success with students seeking to ease the transition to high school.  


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4500 9th Ave NE, Suite 300, Seattle, WA, 98105



Class may be billable through insurance in some cases; contact Hampton Tutors for further information.

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Terms, conditions and refund policy:
In the event that you must cancel, your payment will be fully refundable until 5 business days prior to the class start date. Cancellations made less than 5 business days in advance of the class will be partially refunded at 50% (for example, $250 refund payment for a $500 class). Cancellations may be made by phone or email.

In the event that we must cancel the class, we will notify you via phone or email and refund you in full.