Imagine Straight A’s Without The Stress

Now more than ever, with education rapidly changing, schools (virtual or otherwise), can become stressors for your children and yourself. Don’t worry. Here are a few action tips straight from an experienced, results-driven tutor that you can follow to help boost your children’s morale and inspire them to get straight A’s without the stress.

Aim for SUCCCESS

In our recent podcast, we presented the 3 C’s of SUCCCESS, or the idea that students need to follow the three C’s to succeed. 

  • Consistency, commitment, and community are all hallmarks of successful people, no matter what profession or stage of life they are in. Create an environment where your child can study consistently. Start by carving out a designated time each day to complete schoolwork. You can also provide incentives for commitment to academic improvement. Most importantly, foster a community that supports and encourages your children to be the best they can be. 

Make Learning Individualized

Most classrooms cater to the needs of the general homogenous population, which can be great for many students. But, it leaves others behind. Individualized attention is the key to unlocking your child’s academic potential. 

Our individualized tutoring program tackles this issue in three ways:

  • One-on-one tutoring sessions. This program allows us, instructors, to understand and adapt to your child’s learning style. This is a critical component for success. 
  • Individualized learning also allows for ample comprehension time. It gives your child and his or her brain the opportunity to absorb information at an individualized pace.
  • Personalized learning sessions can boost a student’s confidence. 

Successful learners are ready to participate in class discussions and tackle unfamiliar material, which takes self-confidence. As a parent, you can support your child one-on-one with homework help or test prep. But as a busy person with a lot on your to-do list, it may not be feasible for you. We can take some of that pressure off of you with our individualized tutoring.

Contact mAke the grAde

Success takes a lot of hard work, but just by reading this blog, you are already taking a step in the right direction to support your child academically and reduce stress for both of you. We are here to support you and your child in all areas, from tutoring in a specific subject to SAT/ACT preparation. If you are ready to make your child SUCCCESSful or try individualized learning, contact us today!

The 5 Structures Every Family Needs for Success

Fostering family success is a complex, multi-layered and ongoing process, particularly with regard to children. You want to nurture academic and social aptitude to set them up for positive growth, healthy relationships and career advancement. There are many influential factors and the outward institutions we trust. Schools and civic establishments are the most obvious indicators of our commitment to our children. 

Researching and choosing the school systems, daycare centers, tutors and counselors you will rely on is a critical step to facilitating enduring success for your family. For good reason, we strive for the most highly-trained and qualified professionals to guide the intellectual and social development of our children.

Understanding our role in supporting the efforts of educators is crucial to inspiring confidence and motivation in children. The processes and approaches to development we maintain at home are an essential supplement to education. They create a holistically positive climate for our children. As COVID-19 changes our work and educational landscape, forcing workers into remote roles and moving education to virtual platforms, the effectiveness of these approaches in the home becomes increasingly impact.

It is comforting to know that you control the foundational elements for family success at home. Fortunately, they do not require academic prowess or advanced knowledge to be effective. These five structures serve as a guide for a focused effort that is rigid enough to provide direction and flexible enough to accommodate the particular nature of your family dynamic.

Physical Structure

The first structure to consider is the physical set-up of your home and which elements can be conducive to focus and productivity. Many office workers who have taken their duties home because of the pandemic quickly realized how difficult it is to separate the home life from the work-life.

The level of separation between work and home dictates the creation of an effective physical layout. Home offices are a way to create a physical barrier that clearly defines a room as a pure workspace.

Sometimes we do not have the luxury of allocating an entire room for the sole purpose of work. You need to take creative approaches. For instance, setting up space in a bedroom with a desk, lamp and stationery is a good way to create a clear space for work. Everything in the space should be explicitly used for productivity. 

Once space is defined and understood throughout the family as a place of solitary productivity, you can add elements that facilitate efficiency. The rooms should be well-lit and comfortable. Keep ambient noise that could serve as a distraction to a minimum. The workspace should be ample enough to accommodate all of the materials your child will be using when doing work. For instance, if a computer takes up so much space on a desk, it hampers your child’s ability to work if he or she has to use materials to write other than the desk.

Regardless of how you choose to set up your physical space, consistency is key. The physical workspace will create a mental association for your family members. It creates a distinction that this particular area is constructed for the sole purpose of accomplishing work.

Time Structure

Much like the physical structure, we rely on our school systems to manage the time structure for our children. Strictly scheduled classes and breaks outline most of their day and the majority of their academic efforts.

As learning transitions to a virtual environment, parents have to shoulder the burden in encouraging a disciplined adherence to routine. However, even as some children return to the normalcy of five days at academic institutions, there is still a place for a time structure at home.

There are two factors that should be the focus of managing a time structure — prioritization and consistency. As the physical structure, you need to devout blocks of time to academic work. This is a flexible consideration and you may need to make adjustments depending on the demands of your child’s schoolwork.

Discuss with your child the expectations and focus points so you can create a specific, manageable and effective schedule. For instance, after school, you can allot the hours of 5 P.M. – 6 P.M. for homework, break for dinner and then set aside 7 P.M. – 8 P.M. for reading or remedial activities. Using the time structure consistently will help define a commitment to accomplishing daily academic goals.

Academic Structure

While all of these structures operate cohesively in a framework devoted to family success, this structure is one of the more measurable and obvious elements pertaining to academic achievement. Homework and upcoming exams characterize the academic structure in school. When the structure is carried into the home, variations in teaching and lesson plans can make this situation more confusing for a family.

Parents need to understand instructional expectations to effectively use the time structure in concert with the academic structure. The academic structure outlines project deadlines and sets benchmarks for your child’s comprehension of what they are learning. Focus is put on what work needs to be prioritized and when it is due. The structure details which concepts need to be learned and mastered so that your child can progress to the next stage.

Accountability Structure

The accountability structure is one that occurs organically in the family and is a natural parental responsibility. Devoted parents embrace accountability as they seek to provide acceptable parameters for behavior and academic performance.

Methods of executing accountability and identifying areas that require it are fluid — they often evolve as children grow up. If you have multiple children, how you hold them accountable may be completely different from one child to the next. You need to maintain a delicate distance to ensure that they are performing to acceptable standards. But you also need to provide space to develop their character and personal ethic. Parents should be present to provide direction and focus. Yet also allow children to operate more independently as they progress through their teenage years.

Constant and consistent communication is a critical component in managing an effective accountability structure. Parents need to provide unambiguous expectations that are measurable, specific, time-sensitive and reasonable. For example, you may set up a schedule for checking in on your children to review their work every hour. Communicate that you trust their ability to meet expectations but it is also your role as a parent to verify. It is vital to understand your children’s strengths, limitations and goals to allow accountability that does not inhibit their confidence.

Support Structure

For children to realize academic success, they need to maintain a positive approach, something built on confidence and desire. It is easy for parents to operate casually from a distance when their children are naturally gifted and demonstrates proficiency. However, this situation is rarely the case for most students throughout their entire academic careers.

At some point, challenges will arise for your children. They will need support from their peers, teachers and parents to keep them grounded in their efforts. Without adequate support, children who struggle with comprehension can become unmotivated and develop anxiety and negative attitudes toward learning.

Separate from accountability, the support you give as a parent should be reactive to your children’s needs. If they have trouble understanding a concept, they will not necessarily give up if they have their parents’ support. You need to make sure that your children see you as a resource and a cohort in their academic success. Acting positively and confidently when your children feel challenged can help mitigate their unease and keep them motivated.

Being a Super Parent

As a “super-parent,” it’s imperative to be the source of knowledge to propel your children to academic excellence. Parents want to have all the answers and do everything they can to ensure their children blossom into successful adults. This goal can be a stressful endeavor since we all have certain deficiencies. You may stare blankly at the calculus homework they have trouble understanding. You may not have enough hours in the day to provide the special care that you feel your children deserve.

Caring parents will always have stresses and concerns regarding their children. However, your ability to handle every challenge your child faces does not define your capacity as parents. An understanding of your personal limitations and your child’s academic needs is necessary to positively affect their development. Knowing when to ask for help is one of the best indicators of your parenting quality.

Contact mAke the grAde

At mAke the grAde, we see parents as partners and treat students uniquely. Each with distinct goals and educational opportunities. Course structures are comprehensive and flexible to address the students’ individual needs and prepare them for the academic challenges. One-on-one tutoring, virtual learning, small group classes and communal resources are available to engage students and promote ongoing academic excellence. For more information on how you can enhance your child’s educational experience and learn more about the five structures every family need, contact mAke the grAde today.

Alternatives to School Curriculum-Based Virtual Learning Resources

Virtual learning was once considered, at best, a novelty, and at worst. An inefficient substitute for educating kids and teens. However, as time has progressed, an increasing number of parents have been adding virtual learning to their children’s education. Sometimes using it as a complete replacement for the physical classroom setting. Virtual learning is a great way to teach kids all the information they will need to compete in the world, as well as virtues like independence, responsibility, self-reliance and time management.

Even educational institutions like history museums and aquariums have their parallels in virtual learning. Here are some ways online resources can fulfill the role of the class field trips that have been customary to traditional public and private schools.

 

Science and History Museums

Museums have long been classic field trip destinations. History and science museums provide up close and personal ways of gathering information on complicated subjects through artifacts and displays. With the internet, however, everything that museums offer can be received straight from a computer.

For scientific exhibits, NASA has an official online museum you can visit whenever you want to get information regarding aerospace, astrophysics, space exploration and more. There, you can also take virtual tours of facilities like the Ballistics Impact Lab and the Space Environments Complex. The Worldwide Museum of Natural History is another great choice. There, you can see fossils of all different kinds of animals from around the world.

For history, the National Museum of American History is a great place to start, as it offers tons of images and articles about our nation’s interesting past.

Meanwhile, the Smithsonian Institution is one of the most popular museums anywhere on earth. It has artifacts and information relating to science, history, art and anthropology from all over the world. They also have a detailed online database of their exhibits for you to explore.

Planetariums

For seeing the solar system, galaxy and universe in a completely different way, planetariums have been an iconic way for kids and teens to study astronomy. With apps like “Star and Planet Finder” and “Sky Map”, you can get the same amount of information as you can at a planetarium. With these apps, you get to decide what you want to explore. When you run these apps on your smartphone, you will be able to see exactly where certain starts or plants are simply by pointing your phone in a particular direction.

 

Art Galleries

For all the paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and design you can handle, the Louvre Museum in Paris is the place to see. As one of the largest museums in the world, it is also home to one of the world’s largest online collections of art from ancient Egypt to the Renaissance and beyond. Best of all, they offer free online tours of their galleries that you can attend right from your computer.

Also, for over 1,700 pieces of art from more than 625 artists, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum also features its galleries online for you to enjoy. The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. has online displays too, as well as online courses on thinking critically about art.

 

Aquariums and Zoos

Finally, places like aquariums and zoos are great places to see animals up close, study their behavior and be awed by their beauty. Luckily, most zoos and aquariums have live streams of the animals in their exhibits that you can watch from home.

The Smithsonian, aside from their museum, also has a Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Institute. Showing 24/7 footage of their lions, elephants and more. They also offer online activities for kids to complete using footage of their wildlife exhibits.

One of the most famous aquariums in America, the Tennessee Aquarium, also has live footage from its tanks and exhibits. See penguins, otters, sharks and other marine fish and mammals and they waddle and swim through the camera’s line of sight. They also have dozens of videos that were created by professional scientists that offer biological facts about their animals.

To watch a family of bald eagles grow up right before your eyes, visit the Decorah Eagle Cam Live Feed. When these three eaglets were born, they became an internet sensation. The Raptor Resource Project has made it so that anybody, anywhere can check in on them and watch them live.

With so many online tools at your disposal, virtual learning is a more complete and enriching form of education than ever before. Plus, through virtual learning, kids get to learn about what they are interested in, for however long they want, instead of being told what to learn on somebody else’s schedule.

Whether it is exploring the planets or looking at the paintings of Monet, online resources offer all the excitement and information as field trips, right from home.

For more information about how your kids can expand their virtual education while learning at home, contact us today.

EP 98 The Education on Fire Interview Hosted by Mark Taylor

Dr Steven Greene – the Success Doctor – is a life long educator, best selling author of “Maximum Education”, host of the mAke the grAde podcast, and online success community facilitator.

His mission and focus are simple: to provide actions so his students can maximize their education.

In 1997, Dr Greene founded mAke the grAde Academic Services, which has provided educational consulting and tutoring services to over 13 000 students and their families and counting.

5 Key Structures of Learning Success

  1. Physical – where do you work
  2. Time – How do you schedule your studies
  3. Academic – Know what to study
  4. Accountability – Who is on the path with you
  5. Support – Where do you go if you need help

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Benefits of Academic Tutoring

Supporting kids as they learn is one of the most valuable contributions we can make. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, but we can all learn in an effort to improve ourselves. Kids face a lot of pressure to get good grades while they are in school. Their grades can help define their futures and learning about many different subjects can inspire their natural curiosity. By learning about different subjects, kids begin to learn about the world and think about what they may want to do for a career. What they learn helps carve out the rest of their lives. Academic tutoring is a great way to help encourage and supplement education.

Main Learning Types 

For teachers and tutors to be successful, they need to consider these main learning types when developing teaching methods:

Visual learners

These types of learners prefer to see and observe visual aids. Diagrams, pictures, and written instructions are helpful for visual learners. 

Auditory learners

When the subject matter is reinforced by sound, auditory learners tend to learn better. Auditory learners would rather listen to a lecture instead of reading notes. They are good at verbal explanations and may read aloud to themselves. 

Kinesthetic learners

Kinesthetic learners are also known as tactile learners. They learn better through experiences or actions. They like to touch objects and act out events. These types of learners may struggle to sit still for long periods of time. 

Reading/Writing learners

This type of learner prefers to learn through written words. They enjoy writing, reading, and researching. 

Different Types of Academic Tutoring

There are a variety of tutoring types:

One-on-one tutoring

One-on-one tutoring is the most direct style. It is great for evaluating current skill levels to build a tutoring plan. Students are able to set the pace with regular appointments to figure out the best pace at which they learn. When you are able to have this one-on-one interaction, students can easily ask to spend more time on certain subjects before moving on. This direct interaction allows them to spend more time making sure they understand the material. 

Group tutoring

Working in a group can have both pros and cons. At mAke the grAde, we make sure to keep these groups small. We usually have about two to four students within a group. This setup allows for each student to get more attention. One great benefit of this approach is that ideas or questions the student may not have thought of could be brought up by other students. The students can help open each other’s minds and increase how much they are able to learn. 

Online tutoring

Being able to teach online gives many more students access to knowledge. Tutors may be able to reach more students this way. A lot of its success has to do with how it is set up. We have an internet-based classroom to help students learn what they need to know.  It is a great option for those who need more flexibility in their studies. It also allows for easier access to online resources during the tutoring sessions. 

Classmate tutoring

Students could also receive tutoring from a classmate, but this method comes with some downfalls. The first problem is that a classmate is not a professional tutor. Just because classmates may know the material, does not mean they know how to teach it. There could be issues of trust or communication when attempting to learn from a fellow classmate. Classmates will not be versed in how to create goals and a plan to get there. They also will not understand the different learning types.

Main Goals of Academic Tutoring

There are three main functions that go along with tutoring:

Expanding knowledge

Strong or gifted students may have a hard time in school because they are bored. While tutoring is often used for students who are struggling, it can also be beneficial for those who need more of a challenge. It can expand their capacity for achievement and keep their interest in certain subjects. 

Providing a solution

Tutoring is commonly used for students who are struggling. It can help these students catch up to their peers by providing study and further instruction outside of school. Tutoring can help inspire interest in additional subjects by helping students understand more of the material. 

Supplementation

Tutoring can also be a great asset in supplementing students’ education. It can help reinforce and maintain progress through extra practice and independent lessons that they are not getting through their schoolwork. 

Benefits of Academic Tutoring 

Tutoring can help all kinds of learners by tailoring a curriculum to the student:

An individual experience

At mAke the grAde, we tailor the tutoring plan to the individual students. By assessing their current skill levels, we can determine goals and a plan for reaching them. Our tutoring allows for each student to have a unique plan created for him or her. 

One-on-one attention

When students are in class, it is hard for teachers to provide one-on-one attention. They are outnumbered and many students may not receive the instruction they need to excel. Tutors have the time to really get to know their students. They are able to learn students’ different learning styles to be able to help them learn in the most efficient way possible. Tutors’ methods can be adapted to suit each student and increase the success of the tutoring plan. 

Improve academic performance

By working with a tutor, students can better prepare for tests and exams. Tutors will work with students on their problem areas to increase knowledge of these subjects. By increasing this knowledge, it will help their grades to improve as well. 

Improves attitude toward learning and school

Students often become frustrated when they are not able to understand something. They could shut down and develop a sour attitude toward school and learning as a whole. They may feel overwhelmed and not know where to turn to. When students work with a tutor, they will be able to ask more questions and have someone help understand the material. This encouragement can help improve the attitude they have and help them view learning as fun again. 

Improves self-esteem and confidence

When students have the resources and skills to succeed, they will believe in themselves more. This newfound confidence is a valuable asset in school and in life. 

Improves study habits

Not only does working with a tutor help students academically, but it also helps with overall study habits. We at mAke the grAde teach students the best practices to study and retain knowledge. These skills help students throughout their lives and help them achieve their goals in and out of school. 

Provides a positive learning environment

To focus and retain knowledge, students need to be confident and secure in their surroundings. Tutoring gives students an environment that is free from the usual distractions. Students can focus better because there are fewer students and disruptions. 

Encourages responsibility and independence

Students who work with a tutor are taking a more active role in managing their education. They will be able to do homework without help and see the value of taking personal responsibility. They will better take responsibility for their actions. 

Helps overcome problem areas

With one-on-one attention, tutors are able to specifically target difficult subjects with students. This focus allows students to have more study time where they really need it. 

Encourages asking questions

When students are in a large group of their peers, they may be reluctant to ask questions in front of everyone. They may feel self-conscious or that their question is not a valid one. With academic tutoring, students may be more open to voice when they do not understand something. It can also help teach them how to ask these questions when they are in a larger group. 

Provides a challenge

Even if students are doing well in school, they can still benefit from tutoring. Tutoring offers an opportunity to learn more about things they are interested in and dive deeper into certain subjects. If students are bored, they need a challenge. Tutoring can provide this help. 

Provides direct feedback

When students are in a classroom setting, they may find it difficult to get specific and in-depth feedback. With one-on-one attention, students are able to receive detailed feedback on their work and information about their strengths and weaknesses. This information can help students improve and build their academic skills.

Helps students prepare for college

Tutoring is a great way to teach students how to build study plans and time management skills that they are going to need when they get to college. The skills they learn will help them as they grow older. 

Tutoring is a great addition to students’ academic plans. Through it, they can better understand their strengths and weaknesses and how to better study in the future.

Contact mAke the grAde

At mAke the grAde we offer assessments to help determine your child’s level of understanding and how to build goals from there. Contact us to see how we can help. 

Don’t forget, mAke the grAde is hosting a FREE live event on September 10th. You can find out all the details by visiting www.makethegrade.school.  You can also stay up to date with all the most recent details, tips, and tricks to help your child maximize their education here www.makethegrade.community.

EP 97 – Executive Function – What is it? Why is it important? With Samantha Feinman

EDUCATION LIVE THURSDAY – Executive Function – With Samantha Feinman

This week on EDUCATION LIVE THURSDAY we’ll explore the vast world of executive function processes and how you can understand how they work so you can maximize your use of time and maximize your education.

What is executive function?

What does execution function do / control?

Why is executive function important?

What are specific tips that you can put into action immediately to help to maximize your education?

Where do you go to get support when needed?

And your questions answered…

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Understanding mAke the grAde: Giving Every Learner What They Need To Succeed

The academic struggle is a complex and misunderstood issue. The traditional perspective that when a learner fails the fault lies with them is flawed. So also is the perspective that the educational system must be failing the student if the learner is not finding success and growing academically and intellectually. There are many factors unique to each learner that directly impact their academic success.  Individualized education plans and 504 academic accommodations can only do so much to address a learner’s needs, and not every learner qualifies. 

You may have already experienced the effects of your child struggling in school, especially when that struggle is expressed through behavior at home and in class. Highly intelligent learners often have to work harder to master content and achieve academically if their needs are not being met, and when they don’t find the success they often act out their frustration. It’s like they are their own worst enemy and sabotage their own success. 

Why is this issue so prevalent? The fundamental obstacle to their success hasn’t been addressed: no one has given them what they need. Even in a private school setting with small classroom sizes, many learners still struggle to understand concepts and earn high grades. There is a reason they continue to struggle: no one is helping them figure out what their learning needs are. 

Supporting Every Struggling Learner Is Our Specialty

This is where mAke the grAde can help. We help students at every level establish the following:

  • Mapping out their unique learning style and needs so they can see it for themselves
  • A rapport with an individual tutor who dedicates to addressing their learning needs
  • A social learning environment where they can support and be supported by peers who are also seeking to improve their academics

Once upon a time, every child was excited by and loved learning. Many of them get lost somewhere along the way due to circumstances beyond their control. Every child is also on their own timetable for intellectual and academic growth. Some kids read later than others, but when they start reading they advance more quickly than their peers. Others struggle with simple math concepts for a few years. But as time passes they find math is their favorite subject. Their individual development is a significant factor in their success. School systems both public and private often overlook this educational need in favor of standardization.

 mAke the grAde provides tools, strategies, and motivation so that your child can maximize their education. We have found when students know their learning needs are met, they quickly become inspired by and excited about learning again. It’s a simple but powerful model that offers significant rewards even for learners who seem unmotivated and resigned to their academic “fate”. What are that sets mAke the grAde apart? Let’s examine that in detail together.

mAke the grAde: Self-Esteem, Independence and Advocacy

Every learner has tremendous potential to achieve academically. Every student has challenges. Some students can overcome these challenges on their own and some need support. Being able to overcome these challenges enables a student to reach their full potential. Additionally, the inability to address or overcome these challenges can hold a student back and prevent them from reaching their potential.

Many factors can challenge a student. Sometimes it’s social factors like negative experiences with teachers, other students, or an instructor in a particular subject area like math or science. Perhaps they did poorly on a benchmark assessment or reading performance test that left them feeling less capable than their peers, or they found they struggled more than others to maintain the same academic pace. These experiences affect their engagement with all future learning and can lock the student into a static mindset where they must accept the judgment of others as final regarding their intelligence or academic potential.

In other cases, learners simply may not know how best to approach problem-solving in the academic world. They are hesitant to be independent because their learning has always been a top-down education model where the teacher is the authority, and they are to learn only as their teacher instructs them. They have no inclination or motivation to strike out on their own to find solutions to the problems posed in their class. When they can’t do it the way the teacher asks them to, they come to believe that they are unable to do the problems and they start to question their ability.  In reality, only their perspective of the problem needs adjustment, but they can’t see that because they have never known anything else.

Worst of all, asking for help is seen as a weakness or a lack of intelligence by themselves or their peers, so they don’t advocate for themselves. Moreover, some learners fear (or have been chastised for) self-advocacy because it makes them social disruptors in the classroom. They are afraid to “hold everyone else back.” So they keep silent and suffer, causing them to internalize their feelings of failure, frustration, and inadequacy as being their own fault.  

mAke the grAde is all about addressing these three fundamental learning needs to unlock each learner’s potential: Self-Esteem, Independence, and Advocacy: 

Self-Esteem

Our learners learn from the beginning of their tutoring sessions that where they have been does not determine where they can go. We evaluate their learning needs in a collaborative process to help them understand they can achieve academic success given time, perspective, and a growth mindset. Setting small, short-term achievable goals is a critical component of rebuilding your learner’s self-esteem. This is the foundation of confidence they will need to turn their academic lives around. It is also the first step to falling in love with learning all over again. 

Independence

To quote a popular phrase by Jack Sparrow, “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.”

Every learner learns from a young age that when you have problems, you must solve them. The problem is students rarely know more than one approach to problem-solving. They learn how the teacher solves problems and never make decisions about how to approach problems outside what they have been taught. Learners don’t generalize their learning because they have never learned how to apply their problem-solving skills in more than one way. 

mAke the grAde focuses on teaching students multiple problem-solving approaches and skillsets in every academic discipline. And we focus on finding practical and workable solutions more than rote memorization of formulas and strategies. When real problems arise in the classroom or in life, they have a complete toolkit to work with independently.

Advocacy

Knowing how much you don’t know is the mark of true wisdom. It can be humbling, but even the strongest and smartest of us must ask for help when we don’t understand something. Knowing where to get correct and useful advice is critical. mAke the grAde focuses on teaching students how to ask for help in productive ways, and offers the opportunity to consult an expert in a non-threatening setting away from peers. This is why self-esteem and independence are fundamental to our model. It is impossible to help a student ask for help if they don’t have the self-confidence to know they can learn and the skills to independently solve their problems once they have asked for help and support. 

Teaching advocacy is also the key benefit to both our individual and small group tutoring sessions. It allows learners to gradually ease into asking for help in a classroom setting where they might otherwise keep silent. We believe without self-advocacy, students will not unlock their potential. So we teach its value in helping students address their own learning needs.

Final Thoughts

mAke the grAde offers unique benefits to students which enables them to overcome their individual challenges to learning through addressing their unique learning needs. Students are not learning robots despite the best efforts of conventional education models.  If a learner’s needs are not met in the classroom, they will struggle, grow frustrated, and likely give up. They can only take so much before they shut down, and it’s a normal human response.

Our goal is to help them see past their frustration, have confidence in the power of their own potential, take control of their learning with independent problem solving and advocate for themselves to overcome challenges when they lack knowledge or need help. It is as effective as it is simple. Every learner can benefit from what mAke the grAde has to offer. Visit our website today for details about how your learner can benefit from our services anywhere in the world.

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How mAke the grAde Can Help You and Your Child Prepare for the Future

The college admission process is stressful for your child. There are many factors to consider when picking a college. In addition to choosing schools to apply to and the regular schoolwork, sports, clubs, and other extracurricular activities. Students need to also study and prepare for the SAT/PSAT or ACT exams.

Success on the SAT and ACT – high test scores – is a critical part of getting accepted to the college of your choice and is key to a student’s future academic plans. College admissions officers use the SAT and ACT scores, in addition to grades / GPA, and other criteria, to make their admissions decisions. At mAke the grAde we prepare students to reach their potential and maximize their scores on these tests.

What our Tutoring Entails for Your Child

When students enter into our program, we create a detailed plan to help them succeed:

Abilities Assessment.
We do an assessment of each student’s present ability and skill level. Based on the assessment and individual success plan is created based on the students goals and timeline.

Strategies for different sections.
When students take a standardized test, it helps to have a plan of attack. By knowing what to expect and how to tackle different sections, they will be better able to make it through the test with better results. Different subjects require different approaches. We can teach students how to strategize for every question within these different sections.

Practice.
Practice helps when preparing for these tests. Our pacing drills and practice tests will help students prepare for their upcoming exams. The more consistent, the higher likelihood of success.

Content review.
People tend to have more strength in certain subjects. We will help your child review different areas and give extra focus to the subjects for which your child needs additional assistance.

Feedback.
Feedback is essential in the learning process. By providing feedback, we help students identify in which areas they need more focus to do better on these exams.

Practice Testing.
Practice testing, or “mock” testing, is a key component which simulates the students actual test and helps to determine if they are on track.

The Benefits of Using mAke the grAde

We offer benefits above and beyond traditional SAT/PSAT and ACT prep courses:

An individualized plan.
One of our key benefits is that we tailor the program to the student. This approach makes sure your child focuses on the areas he or she struggles with the singular goal of improving their test taking skills to increase their final scores. An assessment will help us know how to make the program fit your specific child and once complete, a plan is developed accordingly so your child does not need to spend as much time subjects that are already strengths.

We look at your child’s strengths, but take other factors into consideration as well. For example, a student’s goals and the time commitment he or she is willing to give to the process also factor in. Further, each college and university has its own score requirements for these tests. We take all of these factors into consideration when helping your child prepare for the test.

Both in-person and online options.
With opportunities both in-person and online, you can be sure your child is getting the instruction needed in the format that works best.

Getting into the right school can affect your child for the rest of his or her life. Let us help them prepare for these exams and work toward an ideal career. Contact us today to learn more.

The 5 Habits You Must Have to Finish the School Year With Straight A’s

The school year is coming to an end, and it’s almost time for the final push. Whether you’re in the eighth grade or in your senior year of college, this is when it’s most important to get those assignments in if you want to finish the school year right. Though, with the workload piling up, you may need a little advice, so here are five habits you should practice to get straight A’s on your final report card.

Make a Planner

If you’re like a lot of students, you feel like planners are a waste of time. Many people feel confident that they can keep track of their assignments in their minds, and if they forget when something is due, they can just ask a friend. It is possible, however, there is a reason why some of the most successful people in history have used planners: They work. Planners give you a visual display of all your assignments, so you don’t need to spend the excess energy trying to remember them. Seeing all your tasks written out before you can also give you some added confidence, as it allows you to separate everything you have to do so you can handle them all one at a time.

Stay Healthy

A healthy diet must not be overestimated. Studies show that nutrition directly correlates with mental focus and concentration, so eat up. Remember, snacks high in carbohydrates and sugar can make you sleepy instead of alert, so stay away from those kinds of foods. Instead, fill up on nuts, yogurt, granola and anything else high in vitamins and protein. Water, too, is needed to keep your body running at 100 percent, so always keep a water bottle on you that you can refill throughout the day.

Put Away any Distractions

Multitasking does not work as advertised. Science reveals that you can only truly concentrate on one thing at a time, and every time you read a text message while studying, you have to refocus your mind all over again. So in class, turn off your phone, and try not to sit next to anyone who distracts you easily. At home, keep the TV turned off. If you have any distractions that you can’t turn off, such as your little brother, then maybe you can go to the library or a quiet cafe. You may think you can handle the distractions, but whether you realize it or not, the more that’s fighting for your attention, the less information you retain. Study groups are a great way to get work done, but if you’re not careful, you can quickly start to forget why you’re there, especially if you’re studying with some good friends who you joke around with a lot. To keep you and your friends on track, it’s a good idea to elect one member of your group as the productivity leader who can redirect the group if you stray off-topic.

 

Take Detailed Notes

Note-taking is a skill that everybody should master. Taking notes is done by everybody from second graders to NASA scientists, so learning how to take helpful, clear notes is vital in life. When keeping notes, write legibly and stick to the main points of your teacher’s lectures. Then, when you’re at home getting ready to study, one of the best ways to use your notes is to turn them into flashcards. Flashcards make it easier to remember information, and they can be read almost anywhere. Go through them until you can get all the answers without checking.

 

Follow Your Teacher’s Directions

Finally, you’d be surprised by how many students get lower grades on their assignments simply because they didn’t properly follow the instructions. Too many students just skim the instructions on their projects because they assume they already know what they are doing, only to find out later that they were completely off the mark. No matter how intelligent you are and how hard you work, it doesn’t count for anything if you’re not doing the assignment the right way, so read the instructions carefully and refer back to them as you progress. After all, the instructions are one of your best resources and they are there to help you. If you’re confused about something in the instructions, just ask your professor. Your professors want you to succeed and will have no problem clarifying any questions you have.

 

Stress is always higher this time of the year as students are scrambling to finish their work as quickly and efficiently as possible. It can be difficult, but with the right strategy and a disciplined and determined attitude, you can take on whatever your teachers throw at you with ease.

EP 96 Carlee Myers – How to Stress Less and Maximize Your Education

This week on EDUCATION LIVE THURSDAY –
meet Carlee Myers
from www.stresslessco.com


Topics discussed:

  • Coping with these stressful times and staying positive
  • Why we get stressed
  • Bad vs Good stresses
  • Simple techniques parents and children can use for stress relief
  • Study tips and academic ‘hacks’ to help with test taking and other tasks
  • Your questions answered.

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