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Note: this article was originally published in Homeschoolingparent.com

Is tutoring the right choice for your child and your family?

When your child struggles to master academic concepts it leads to frustration for the student and the parents. This disconnect is concerning on many levels.  The students often lack confidence when they are unable to make the needed connections to the material that they are learning.  Students also have an inability to communicate their frustrations.  Parents feel like they are unable to help their children to succeed.  This situation generally will get progressively more and more serious if it is not addressed promptly.  Many families find that having the student meet with a professional tutor helps to put their children back on track.

Development of foundational academic skills – regardless of the subject –  is critical at every stage of learning.  Deficiencies in math or reading or organizational skills at an early stages of education, for example, will invariably lead to greater challenges in the academic process.  It is important to learn and master these skills at the time they are first presented to the student.

Unfortunately it is difficult for a child to know when they are skill deficient and it is also difficult for the parent to recognize and assess the appropriate levels of competency.  This is why professional support, like tutoring, or a consultation with an educational professional is so important at all levels of your child’s education.  A simple evaluation can determine areas of need and enable the tutor to make recommendations for remediation.

Further, in reality, and often because they want to please us as parents, children are reluctant to communicate their struggles and their frustrations..  An educational professional, like a tutor, can create a ’safe place’ for the student to candidly discuss their issues and how these issues are affecting their ability to learn and to succeed with their academics. More importantly, the tutor is capable of doing a proper evaluation of the student’s strengths and weaknesses.

Fortunately, with the beginning of a new academic school year, there is a fresh start and this is the typically a great time to introduce new ideas, new concepts and tutoring to your homeschooler.   The time with the tutor may be spent reinforcing areas in which they might need some help academically (math, reading, science, writing, etc) which will enable them to keep them moving forward academically and the time may also provide structure for time management, or information management for course material and also to help them maintain their confidence throughout the school year.

And finally, If your child has been diagnosed with a learning issue (ADHD, dyslexia, etc), they often have to work harder to stay on track and they require a structure that is very important for their success.  A tutor experienced in working with and teaching children with learning disabilities is skilled in teaching children and in presenting information with strategies that are more effective and that are easier for your child to understand.  This results in increased efficiency in the educational process and it also can make make learning more enjoyable for the child, and for the parents.

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Steven Greene – 23 years tutoring, State Certified Teacher, Amazon #1 Best Selling Author. Over 11,000 success stories to be told.
Math, Science, SAT/ACT prep, Study Skills, Time Management, A Daily Success Action Plan.
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Email: sgreene@makethegrade.net
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Studying for success – Part 4:
Preparing for high-stakes tests

#4 in a 4 part series for the Education Review – the leading source of educational resources for teachers and administrators in Australia.

With HSC exams quickly approaching in NSW, it’s timely to refresh our knowledge of how to prepare for high-stakes tests – in many ways, they can set the foundation for the rest of our professional lives.

In his final installment of the Studying for Success series, Dr Steven Greene explains the importance of high-stakes tests and some strategies to effectively prepare for them.

These strategies include rigorous planning, identifying your strengths and weaknesses and practising tests beforehand.

More on Dr Greene’s expertise on studying for success can be found here.

LISTEN HERE
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/35-dr-steven-greene/id1448648061?i=1000449894230

On Sept 11, 2019, Dr Greene was interviewed by Luke Cuccurullo, founder and

 head man at Currurullo Conversations.  Luke interviews people who pursue their passion in business and life.  Reach Luke on instagram @lukecukes and find more interviews at cuccurulloconversations.com

Steven Greene – The Success Doctor – is an author, educator, and founder of Make the Grade, a tutoring/education/training company. A lifelong educator, Dr. Greene holds teach

ing certification in comprehensive science and has taught math and science at the middle school, high school (public and independent) and university level.

Over the past 23 years, Steven has worked with over 11,000 students and their families. He has also worked with entrepreneurs where he helped them achieve personal success and assisted them in reaching their personal goals.

 

 

In episode two of ‘studying for success’ Dr Steven Greene introduces us to the fundamentals of managing information properly – from file storage, USB storage and interesting graphic organisers to colour-coded topic sections. These techniques will make organisation a cinch!

Listen to the podcast here:

https://www.educationreview.com.au/2019/08/studying-for-success-note-taking-effectively/

Education Review is an Australian based podcast which provides teachers, students and other educational professionals with resources, ideas and support.   Dr Greene was asked to provide a 4 part series focusing on study methods and techniques based on concepts from Maximum Education.

This is episode 1 of 4 which presents time management ideas .

Dr Steven Greene is an author, educator, and founder of mAke the grAde, a tutoring, education and training company. His book, Maximum Education, is an Amazon bestseller and he specialises in equipping students with the right skills and habits to achieve success in education. In episode one of a four-part series on studying for success, Dr Greene provides some great tips you can share with your students.

Listen here:

Listen at either of these links:

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-3efbh-b8ea1a?utm_campaign=u_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=u_share

https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-3efbh-b8ea1a

Dr Steven Greene was recently featured on the Teaching Learning Leading K12 Podcast.  This popular podcast is hosted by Dr. Steven Miletto Ed.D. who has been an educator in Georgia for 32 years. He has served public school families as a history teacher, (in fact a teacher of the year!), assistant principal, and high school principal. In 2009, he was the Georgia Principal of the Year and a finalist for NASSP/MetLife National Principal of the Year in 2010. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the Heart of Georgia RESA (Regional Educational Service Agency).  Here is Dr Miletto’s full bio.  Here is the link to my podcast: Teaching Learning Leading K12, and his ‘social’ links:

Release Notes:

Steven Greene – The Success Doctor – is an author, educator, and founder of Make the Grade, a tutoring/education/training company. A lifelong educator, Dr. Greene holds teaching certification in comprehensive science and has taught math and science at the middle school, high school (public and independent) and university level.

Over the past 23 years, Steven has worked with over 11,000 students and their families. He has also worked with entrepreneurs where he helped them achieve personal success and assisted them in reaching their personal goals.

Make The Grade provides individualized support for students and their families and specializes in all areas of math, science, and test preparation (SAT/ACT). His program also assists with the college admissions process, study skills, and time management.

In addition, Steven is the author of the book, “Maximum Education: The Ultimate Guide to Reaching Your Academic Goals.”

His personal interests include music (playing the guitar and piano and composing original music) as well as martial arts where he is earning a black belt in tae kwon do.

Dr. Greene continues to work with students full time, face to face, in his office, and all over the US and internationally using an online-based classroom.

If you are a high school junior – it’s GO TIME for test prep.

The best way to prep for an SAT or ACT is to become familiar with the test(s) and identify your areas of strength and weaknesses and then create plan to address your areas of need and to take advantage of your strengths.

A complete prep plan – for both the SAT and ACT – will include:

  • Test taking strategies for all content
  • Pacing Drills
  • Hands on practice (and LOTS of it!)
  • Remediation on academic areas (particularly in Math)
  • Feedback to you the student, and parents / family

Your mAke the grAde test prep plan includes:

  • Assessment of areas of need
  • A complete diagnostic test(s)
  • A plan based on your areas of need and your timetable and your goals
  • Specific instruction for each area of the test for both SAT and ACT including Reading, Language and Math (SAT) and / or English, Math, Reading and Science (ACT)
  • Prep for the Essay
  • Abundant practice testing and hands on test experience

You will want to allow for 6-12 weeks to prepare for a SAT or ACT exam.

Contact mAke the grAde at sgreene@makethegrade.net to learn more and to get started.

Here are your important test dates.

                              2016-17 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines
SAT Date SAT Subject Tests Available Registration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline Deadline for Changes 
Dec 03, 2016

Register

Nov 03, 2016Nov 15, 2016Nov 22, 2016
Jan 21, 2017

Register

Dec 21, 2016Jan 03, 2017Jan 10, 2017
Mar 11, 2017

Register

SAT Subject Tests not offered on this date
Feb 10, 2017Feb 21, 2017Feb 28, 2017
May 06, 2017

Register

Apr 07, 2017Apr 18, 2017Apr 25, 2017
Jun 03, 2017

Register

May 09, 2017May 16, 2017May 24, 2017
ACT Test Dates & Deadlines
ACT Test DateRegistration DeadlineACT Scores Available
December 10, 2016Nov. 4, 2016Dec. 20, 2016
February 11, 2017Jan. 13, 2017Feb. 22, 2017
April 8, 2017Mar. 3, 2017Apr. 18, 2017
June 10, 2017May 5, 2017Jun. 20, 2017

January…

for everyone… winter, snow, cold, wind, football playoffs for sports fans and … for academics… midterms and SAT and ACT exams.  It’s one of the busiest times of the year.  And one of the most important grade wise.

August… September…

school resumes… you need to organize your information… you are busy…

So what’s your plan?

Are you using the principles in Maximum Education to make the grade?

You will need a plan for:

Information Management
Time Management
A coordinated academic effort

Here’s one of the systems that I teach for time management.

First, you have to know what you have to accomplish.  When are your midterms?  What is on your midterms? What chapters do they cover? What formulas do you have to know  and so on.

The simplest process is to divide your work load over an extended period of time and plan what you are going to study.  This is covered in chapter 1 of Maximum Education.  So let’s say that you have 10 days to prep for your Math midterm and you have 5 chapters to cover… here is a sample plan:

Day 1     review chapter 1
Day 2     review chapter 2
Day 3     review chapter 3
Day 4     review chapter 4
Day 5     review chapter 5
Day 6     review chapters 1 and 2
Day 7     review chapters 3 and 4 and 5
Day 8     review chapters 1 and 2 and 3
Day 9     review chapters 4 and 5
Day 10   review all 5 chapters

Now that you have a time framework, the questions is HOW are you going to review? The key is an active study process. Do not simply scan your old notes… saying ‘ah ha it get this’ to yourself… what you need to do is engage actively and redo problems, create outlines, reorganize information or other process in which you are actively working WITH the information.  Also consider the style of the midterm… is it multiple choice (which would indicate a detail / fact based exam).. are they essays or shorter written answers (which would indicate that you will need to explain the information in more detail)?

There are many other details that I could cover here, but the clear message is ..

PLAN AHEAD AND THEN WORK YOUR PLAN 

Maximum Education front cover

 

 

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It’s important to keep mentally sharp during the summer “off season”
You can :
  • Do Sudoko
    Read (Summer Reading or otherwise)
    Math (summer packets)
  • Write – keep a journal or log
    Crossword Puzzles
    Review notes from the past school year for all classes
    Preview your classes that you will have this fall
    Write Essays for AP classes
    Write college application essays
    and so much more…
What are you planning to do this summer to keep sharp?

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