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Schools have been closed all around the country until the end of the school year in June because of COVID-19 and the shut in mandates.  This has created challenges for students, and parents, that were unanticipated and unprecedented.  Parents and students are now feeling the pressure to cope with and to adapt to home based virtual learning.

In my tutoring practice I am getting feedback that many students are struggling to adjust to this instructional style and presentation and it is difficult, in many cases, for parents to become de-facto teachers so they can help their children.

For parents, here are strategies for helping children focused and productive so they will be successful and avoid falling behind with the curriculum.

Keeping Your Child on Schedule With Their Schoolwork

Typically, when some extenuating circumstance has forced local schools to close, most people go into a ‘snow day’ mentality. Where students, parents and teachers treat it as if it were just a regular day off from school. For many, the first week of quarantine was thought of as an extended snow day, a vacation of sorts, as we all became more aware of the severity of the situation, everyone had to accept the new ‘normal’ and focus on doing what we all need to do to maintain personal success. Click here to set up a personalized learning plan for your family.

Set a Daily Schedule 

First, create a schedule. Encourage your children to have an active role in deciding what hours of the day they will be working. This will give them a greater feeling of control and ‘buy in’.  When is ‘school in’ and ‘school out’?  When is ‘recess’? When is lunch time?  More importantly, once you have a schedule worked out, make sure you stick to it so they don’t fall out of habit.

Get Them Organized 

What do your notebooks look like? Can you find all the papers you need when you need them? This is a good time to get organized and to create a system moving forward. Be sure that you have a system of managing the work that you need to do.  I recommend the Maximum Education system which I have taught to thousands of students.

 

 How to Help Them Rebound if They Fall Behind

Be sure to keep up with school work and do not allow your child to fall behind.  When a child has numerous outstanding / late assignments it creates a stressful situation.  It also requires extra time and effort to catch up and get par. This is also way having a daily routine / schedule and following the schedule are so important.

Contact Their Teachers

Communicate with teachers by email or other channel.  Let them know if your child is not doing well, or is struggling to stay pace with the assignments, or if they are challenged to learn by the online instructional style.  You can ask if their teacher(s) can offer an extension on due dates, one-on-one lessons, clarifications on the curriculum, or any additional resources that might be useful.  More often teachers are will help when you reach out and ask because they will try to do what they can to help their students succeed.

Get Them Organized 

What do your notebooks look like? Can you find all the papers you need when you need them? This is a good time to get organized and to create a system moving forward. Be sure that you have a system of managing the work that you need to do.  I recommend the Maximum Education system which I have taught to thousands of students.

Stay Social and Make Time For Leisure

Next, kids work best in social environments. Being with friends helps encourage them to focus, stay on task, and keep up with the curriculum. Therefore, try to encourage them to get in touch with their friends over the internet and, when appropriate, work on assignments together and encourage group study.  Children to do associate their homes with school.  They consider home as the place where they can unwind so having to complete all of their schoolwork at home will likely feel odd to them. At times, let them have enough fun so that they don’t feel imprisoned in their own homes.  You should not put education on the back burner, but when planning the schedule be sure to allow time for snacks, exercise, playtime, electronics and TV (in other words – their usual day at home).

It’s chaotic these days and it may stay this way for some time.  It is a huge adjustment for students. Home based education is something that children and parents was unexpected and sudden and something everyone was not prepared for.  The transition may be difficult but is facilitated by having a consistent plan and working that plan every day.  With the right strategy and a little cooperation between children and their parents everyone can succeed so Click here to set up a personalized learning plan for your family.

What are Virtual Learning Practices for Elementary Level?

Due to current circumstances, all students are doing some form of virtual / online learning, and in the long run, this process may be a larger part of our educational lives. While the coronavirus has made virtual learning especially relevant, parents have been using virtual learning for years, both for homeschooling and to keep their children’s minds active during summer vacation to avoid the ‘dreaded summer drop off’, however for parents who are new to virtual home-based education, the transition can be challenging.

Here are some ways to keep your child on track while they wait to get back to school, and some great virtual learning options from which to choose.

Create a School Space

When the line between school and home is blurred, it can be confusing for kids and difficult for them to adjust. After all, trying to concentrate on a lesson with their toys and video games just a stone’s throw away requires considerable effort. To remedy this, try to find a separate area, their ‘school room’ so they understand that when they are in this area – they are in ‘school mode.’ It’s a simple mental trick, but it’s effective.

Get into a Routine

Many kids actually enjoy routine and structure in their lives.  There is a calming effect when when they know exactly what they are supposed to be doing at any given time, so stay on their regular school schedule. Wake them up when they would normally wake up for school. When they normally break for a snack, break for a snack. There may be a struggle as they try to perform their school routine at home, but after some time passes, it will quickly become normal for them.

Virtual Learning Options

These days, there are countless online and virtual resources available to children and their parents to help them learn just as well as they could in school.  Just to list a few that I have found to be effective –

  • Reading Eggs I have found, for younger students, to be an efficient site for improving literacy in kids or just providing reading material that they enjoy.  Further, it allows you to track their progress, so you can see for yourself how much they are improving.
  • Coolmath4kids helps kids 12 and under learn basic math skills with fun games and activities. And for everyone who loves nature and animals
  • National Geographic Kids has a treasure trove of information and videos about the natural world.

There is a lot for children to be upset about now. Missing out on sports, being away from their friends, and having to stay mostly indoors can be tough on you little auras of energy. You may be wondering how you’re going to be able to keep their minds active and engaged in this difficult time so it is my hope that these resources provide guidance and opportunities for online learning.

So, What are Virtual Learning Practices for Elementary Level?  Hopefully this gave you as parents some ideas you can use immediately. For more ideas and information check the mAke the grAde Success Community.

Test Anxiety – What to do?

If you have children in school or away at college, you know how difficult their life can be at times. The stresses related to the education system are numerous, but one of the hardest things to deal with is the anxiety before an important test. The following are some tips you can give to your children to help them cope with and overcome test anxiety.

Proper Time Management

Planning, time management and information management skills are excellent ways of improving test scores and boosting confidence. Waiting to study the night before the day of the test is stressful and it’s harder to retain all of the information in such a short amount of time.  You should be reviewing materials for several days(!) leading up to the test.  You should spread out the study sessions rather than procrastinating will make it much easier to retain information.  These are all core Maximum Education tenets.

Relieving Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety can make it difficult to do well on a test, as well as make it harder to concentrate while studying. You try these simple and easy techniques right away:

  • Practice deep breathing exercises– Deep breathing is a great way to fight back against anxious thoughts and clear your mind.  Just take 5 or 10 long breaths focusing on the exhale.  Count . 4 in and 6 out… 
  • Take breaks in between study sessions– Advise your children to take breaks from studying whenever they’re feeling overwhelmed. If they do something they enjoy such as listening to music, taking a walk or grabbing a snack they will be more likely to return to studying in a calmer state of mind.
  • Getting more sleep– Sleep plays a major role in regulating stress and anxiety levels. Advise your children to get at least eight hours of sleep each night, especially on the night before the test. Sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on the brain, causing your memory to work at decreased levels.

Contact Make The Grade

If your children are struggling with test anxiety and their grades are slipping, contact Make The Grade. We offer educational consulting and tutoring services at an affordable rate. mAke the grAde offers tutoring both live in our office or virtually using an internet based classroom, so we can help you wherever you’re located all over the world. We teach valuable skills such as time management and information management so your children can be set up for success. 

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https://www.educationreview.com.au/2019/08/studying-for-success-part-3-note-taking-effectively/

Dr Steven Greene shares his tips about what note-taking is, why it’s important and some strategies for doing it well in the third installment of our series on studying for success.

Greene says effective note-taking should be “an accurate record of the class” and will help guarantee success if done correctly.

You’ll learn multiple techniques for note taking and academic record keeping and information management.

  • Why is note-taking important?
  • What are some great note-taking techniques?
  • How will note-taking help me ‘make the grade’?

 

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/

The mAke the grAde podcast launched on July 17, 2019.

The mission is to provide actionable ideas and information to parents and students so they can use the ideas right away to make positive improvements in their academic lives.

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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.

CASE STUDY #11: High School Big Plan

Consistency Quote FBCharlie was a high school junior in the middle of a very, very busy stretch in his academic life during the spring of his junior year. On top of this, he was planning to take college entrance exams (SATs), and he participated in sports in the spring and winter seasons.  This all but insured that he did not have a lot of free time.  He was taking AP world history and honors English, and the rest of his courses were college prep level courses. (This issue was a little bit like Sarah’s, as they simply didn’t have enough hours in the day.)

Again, the solution was multifaceted.  We implemented several strategies all at once, combining outlining, note-taking, and test prep techniques, as well as chunking, blockingMaximum Education Daily Action Plan - Facebook and time management protocols, and homework tracking and time prioritization. Charlie got the whole buffet of services!  The main thing that helped him tremendously was breaking up his work into daily, manageable chunks that he was able to keep up with.  The mentality was to prepare as if he was prepping for a test the next day, based on the information to date with his subjects. If he didn’t have a test for six or seven days, he would study about 1/6 of that material as well as all the material up to date to that point he found this extremely helpfulbut .  Not only was it helpful, but it was also actually more efficient. He was able to spend less time studying than he had before because he was able to use his time more effectively. Later he confided that he felt the time management calendaring was most useful because he basically understood the topics, he just wasn’t able to plan things out so that things didn’t start overlapping with each other and become confusing and overwhelming.

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At mAke the grAde I have a  mission to help as many students reach their academic and personal goals as possible.

So, when I was approached by a national radio syndicate (they have 128 land based stations plus hundreds more which are internet based) to be interviewed about the main educational tenets of Maximum Education, and its mission for success, I accepted the invitation immediately.

Have a listen here:

https://soundcloud.com/user-526742890/infocast-maximum-education

The interview covers the 3 main tenants:

Time management
Information management
A daily action plan

but there is also discussion of the philosophy on which the book is based and some of my personal viewpoints on why education is so important for everyone (and for society as a whole).

I’d really like your feedback. It is very important to me.

What did you like about the interview?

What do you think was most compelling?

What would you think should have been explored or stressed more?
(for future follow up interview)

Do you a school or individuals who will benefit from Maximum Education?

And, whatever is on your mind.

https://soundcloud.com/user-526742890/infocast-maximum-education

 

cd6f8-13628385_1066991540051171_50185893_nIn August 2015 I published Maximum Education – The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics.  Somewhat to my surprise, the book became a #1 best seller on Amazon in the Education category and continues to sell every day.  Thank you!

This book is essentially a guide on how to “do school” and how to study.  The book was born from years of working with students in a variety of subjects and seeing the recurring pattern that some / part / all of the reason that they were struggling in Math or Science or whatever was that they were unorganized and they did not have a plan.

So I started to to make handouts and exercises for my students to help them organize, and to help them use their time better and to help them plan better… and you know what.. it worked!   I took the handouts and compiled a workbook that I copied on the trusty mAke the grAde office copy machine.  Finally, a parent of a student suggested that I make this into a book… and so Maximum Education – The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics was born.

 Summarily the book covers 3 main topics:

Time management
Information management
A daily action plan

Steven-Green-Book-Cover copyThere are also several sections with suggestions for many other academic needs such as writing term papers, studying for standard tests like the SAT and ACT exams, writing college application essays, preparing for midterms and finals, etc etc…

So here are the updates: Recently I was interviewed by a national radio syndicate about the book which is available here, and Maximum Education – The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics is now being converted into a video class that anyone can access and follow at their own pace.  The course should be available by August 15th.

At this point I am looking for suggestions.  If you have the book and you have suggestions…

What should be included in the video?
What should be emphasized?
What helped you the most?
What was the least helpful?
What you be willing to provide a video testimonial?

Please contact Dr Steven Greene and provide feedback. 

To summarize:

Listen to the radio interview here

If you don’t have one, get your copy of Maximum Education here

Thank you for you past and present and continued support.