The Elevation course takes your academic skills to the next level so you can take on college-level academics with confidence...

High school may equip you with basic academic skills, but college-level education will require more of you than ever before. This course "goes beyond the obvious" and provides you with comprehensive explanations of the college-level academic skills necessary for your success. You'll learn how to manage your time, prioritize your work, take detailed notes, read strategically, remember what you study, demonstrate what you learn, and develop learning strategies for any challenge you meet. Each lesson takes your academic ability to the next level, helping you elevate your skills and thrive in your new academic environment.

What's Included in the Elevation Course?

Tools, techniques, strategies, and tutorials designed to take your academic skills to the max.


    16 focused video lessons that "go beyond the obvious," covering essential academic areas and allowing you to hone your skills no matter how strong your level of academic ability.


    All new worksheets and resources designed to help you discover individualized study strategies, take your academic skills to the college-level, and rise to new challenges.


    Direct access to your instructors through in-course discussion forums. Your instructors are there for you whenever you have questions, concerns, or a desire to dive deeper.

Why Academic Skills Matter...

College-level education is more rigorous than what most students experience in high school, and even top performing high school students are frequently blindsided by this shift in academic intensity. Students who are academically unprepared face steep challenges to their learning and success in addition to the basic challenges of acclimating to their new environment. BUT you have the power to shape your academic future by building and refining your academic skills right now. This course provides you with the straightforward explanations you need to take your academic skills to the college level!

  • Students who enroll in The Empowered Student master course take control of their academic development and build these skills:

  • Enhanced ability to manage time and workload while balancing multiple competing academic and personal demands

  • Advanced understanding of college-level writing and argument

  • Key strategies for successful test-taking AND test-learning

  • Improved note-taking, memorization, and recall abilities, focused on immediate academic performance and long-term learning

  • Thorough grasp of academic integrity, what it means to the community, and how it serves student learning and credibility

  • Increased critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills, as well as the know how to apply these skills in a college setting

How long does it take?

A few minutes a day, a few days a week!

The Elevation academic skills course covers essential skills areas in short, focused, and easy to digest sessions. Work through these lessons one after another to build a strong foundation of skills! Focus on one skill at a time as it becomes relevant! Return to any skill over time when you need to refresh and refine your abilities! The choice is yours! Coming and going from the course will enhance your learning, and putting these skills to use in a classroom setting will solidify your new set of academic skills.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Elevation!

    • Introduction to Academic Skills

    • How to use this course

    • Before we begin...

  • 2


    • Time "In" vs. "Out" of Class

    • Mastering Time & Task Management

    • Academic Integrity & Why It Matters to You

    • Study Foundations

    • Test your learning

  • 3

    Study Skills:

    • Study Methods

    • Level-Up Your Note-Taking

    • Level-Up Your Reading Skills

    • Test-Taking & Test-Learning

    • Essential Research Skills

    • Test your learning

  • 4

    Writing Skills:

    • Writing Skills 1 - College-Level Writing

    • Writing Skills 2 - Your Writing Process

    • Writing Skills 3 - Understanding Argument

  • 5

    Advanced Academic Skills:

    • Essential Memory Skills

    • Logical Fallacies

    • Cognitive Biases

    • Critical Thinking

    • Test your learning

  • 6

    Next steps

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

Elevation: Academic Skills

Build your academic skills with targeted content designed to incrementally raise your abilities to all-start levels!

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Meet Your Instructors:

Founder & Executive Director

Colin David Pears, PhD

Dr. Pears was formerly the University Director of Academic Support and Advising, and Co-Director of The Center for Academic and Career Success at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is an expert on student success and retention and has teaching experience at the primary, secondary, and university levels of education. As a higher education administrator he has developed support frameworks and retention initiatives for high-risk, under-represented, and underserved students, served as a professional consultant, and trained faculty, advisors, and academic coaches in important aspects of student engagement and pedagogy. He holds an MA in Political Science and an MA in Philosophy from Boston College, and a PhD in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America.

Senior Coaching Strategist

William Buracker, PhD

Dr. Buracker is the Associate Rector of All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, MD, and the former Associate Dean of the Metropolitan School at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He oversaw the development and operation of a cutting-edge Academic Coaching and Assessment program, which continues to serve as a premier retention initiative for high-risk students. He is an expert on adult and continuing education with a background in student development, retention, and academic advising for both traditional and non-traditional student populations. He holds an MA in Mathematics from NC State, an MA in Theology from Edinburgh University, and a PhD in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America.

Senior Learning Architect

Lisa Weaver, PhD

Dr. Weaver is Assistant Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary, and Executive Director of Women Working on…Well. Lisa has taught at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels, and has over 20 years of experience teaching, advising, coaching, and counseling traditional, adult, and second career learners. Additionally, she has over 20 years of ministry experience as an ordained clergy person. She holds an MA in English and Language Arts Education from Columbia University, an M Div. in New Testament and Christian Origins from Union Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Liturgical Studies from The Catholic University of America.