Great article. I recommend, for younger (middle school) students, first addressing organizational skills. For ages 11-14, it is often poor work habits, time management and organizational skills at the heart of their underachievement. Organizational skills are not the same as study skills. Organizational skills are easy to teach, and can raise achievement across all areas of the curriculum. Once a student has a good organizational skills system in place, (hopefully by 7th grade) add in a basic study skills program. Lastly, college path instruction! The goal is for students to enter high school having had instruction in work habits, time management & organizational skills, study skills and college path /prep.