Life Skills Challenge

Empowering students with the real-world skills for success

An interactive 2-week program that combines challenges, prizes, skills-based workshops and 1:1 coaching to help students build the foundation for long-term success.

Challenge Overview

gt.school's Life Skills Challenge is an online 2-week program that consists of 6 skills-based workshops, personal exercises and 1:1 coaching with our team of all star coaches! At each workshop, students participate in challenges and have the opportunity to win prizes and cash rewards... this is NOT your average online course, but a wildly fun and interactive learning experience!

  • # 2 weeks (5 hours per week)
  • # 5 crucial skills for a growth mindset
  • # US students, 13-18 years old
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Empowering students with real-world skills for success

gt.school's Life Skills Challenge is an exciting 2-week program for Gifted & Talented students to develop crucial life skills such as taking ownership of their learning and goals, learning how to learn, and developing effective study and time management habits.

The program includes 6 interactive skills workshops, personal exercises, and a 1:1 coaching session with one of our all-star coaches.

The Life Skills Challenge is currently full until Fall 2022. Sign up to be the notified for future cohorts!

The Challenge Experience

Life Skills Challenge

Life Skills Workshops

gt.kids come together for engaging workshops around core life skills, such as time management, study habits, and goal setting. This is not your typical online class! Workshops focus on engaging group activities to help students think through and apply new skills in a fun and engaging format.

1:1 Coaching

Students meet with one of our Gifted & Talented coaches during the Challenge. Coaches provide personal guidance and support as students explore ambitions and goals, and put those goals into action with learning plans.

Personal Exercises

Exercises help students put new skills into practice during the Challenge. Some of our personal exercises include setting goals, creating a learning plan for a new skill or topic, creating a time budget for your week, or evaluating the effectiveness of a study session.

Games & Prizes

Our goal is to make developing new skills equally as fun and exciting as playing Minecraft or browsing TikTok! We do that by layering in games, scavenger hunts, and prizes to make the program a wildly fun and exciting learning experience.


Why Life Skills?

Gifted & Talented students are naturally equipped to excel, but often struggle to reach high goals because of challenges around habits and skills, such as a lack of clear goals, poor study habits, feeling overwhelmed by schedules, etc.

gt.school's Life Skills Challenge is a 2-week program, led by our coaches, in which students develop and hone 5 core life skills that impart the mindset, skills, and habits necessary to build incredible potential.

Skills Overview

Find your why

The first skill we cover is Taking Ownership. Through workshops and personal exercises, we help students dig deep to identify areas they are truly passionate or excited to learn about – to find their why. Students can reach amazing accomplishments when they know what motivates and inspires them, and when they begin to take ownership of their goals and learning path. 

Aim high

Our second skill covers Ambitious Goals. Building on students' passions and interests, we then guide them in goal setting. We believe too often, students are encouraged to shoot low. We are strong believers in the transformative power of big goals, and we teach students our framework for evaluating and stretching goals to the point of inspiration and excitement. We conclude goal setting with an exercise focused on identifying the thoughts and ideas that will best motivate them through the work that's required to reach those goals (their X-factors).

Forge your own path

Our third skill is Learning how to Learn. There are limitless opportunities to learn in today’s world, and students don’t have to be restricted by the school calendar to  learn new things. In this workshop, we teach students how to learn new skills and subjects using the plentiful resources available to them. Students develop a learning plan for a topic or subject they are passionate about, whether that is learning and mastering biology, bitcoin, or ballet. Students learn that their learning is entirely in their hands, and not up to any school calendar. 

Become an expert

How did Serena Williams, Meryl Streep, or Bill Gates become the greatest in their field? They understood how to most effectively advance their learning. Mastery learning is one of the most critical and yet misunderstood concepts in education. It emphasizes mastering basics before moving on to subsequent skills or steps. In this workshop, we help students understand effective learning techniques and a mastery mindset so they can achieve their highest potential in any field, whether academics, sports, hobbies or other passions.

Create winning habits

In this workshop, we teach students the importance of healthy habits for achieving their goals. Students discuss common reasons for low-quality work such as “studying” while watching TV, using their phone, or socializing. In the process, they often realize just how much their bad study habits are holding them back or making incredibly inefficient use of their precious time. In this life skill, we teach kids to break down their view of “Work” into 3 aspects: doing Enough Work, doing Consistent Work, and doing Deliberate Work. By honing effective study and time management habits, students learn they don’t have to be ruled by overwhelming schedules, but can get more of their time back for things they love.

Join the Tribe

During the Life Skills Challenge (and after if students continue at gt.school), kids connect and engage around topics like chess, baking, entrepreneurship, Minecraft, etc. in our Discord community. With weekly events led by our coaches, students learn from and inspire each other, and find a tribe as unique and creative as them.

Our 5 Life Skills

How we empower students



Eligibility & Schedule

Our Life Skills Bootcamp is an online interactive program, open to US students, 13-18 years old. The program consists of:

  • 6 live online workshops with our coaches. Workshops are held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the afternoon / evenings.
  • Personal exercises
  • Challenges and prizes

The total time commitment is 10-12 hours over the two weeks. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please join one of our upcoming info sessions.


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Sign up for Fall Cohorts!

Take advantage of our one-of-a-kind program designed to equip students with the foundation for long-term success. The Life Skills Challenge is currently full for the summer, but we will be opening Fall sessions soon. Sign up to be the first to know as spots open up!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment?

We expect students to commit 5-6 hours per week for the Life Skills Challenge (or 10-12 hours in total). We cover 5 skills during the program, and expect students to spend about 2 hours on each skill (1 hour during a workshop, and 1 hour on personal exercises).

How much does it cost?

Until now, the Life Skills Challenge has been completely free! We offered our first cohorts free of charge as we established and improved the program. Cost may be subject to change. Sign up today to get important program updates, or join an upcoming info session to learn more.

What are the workshops like?

Our workshops focus on imparting skills mainly through group activities. These are not passive lectures! We typically introduce students to the skill we are covering and then have them immediately start discussing, applying and engaging with that topic. Students also have chances to engage in a series of challenges during the workshops in which they can earn cash rewards! Workshops are held on Zoom, and are 45 minutes to 1 hour. They are led by our coaches and include other students in the course.

What is the schedule?

Our workshops are held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for 1 hour on Zoom. During the school year, workshops are held in the afternoon / evening (US time). We offer multiple session times -- often 4 pm CST and 8 pm CST -- to enable students to join a workshop that works for their schedules.

Where is it located?

We are a remote program, and all workshops and activities are held online.

How is this different from gt.school's other programs?

gt.school is a year-round online afterschool program designed to accelerate and support Gifted & Talented students. The Life Skills Challenge serves as a great way to get to know gt.school and our curriculum. It is a standalone 2-week program, or is a great introduction for students interested in joining gt.school's year-round program.

Who is eligible?

US students, 13-18 years old are eligible to join the Life Skills Challenge.

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