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If your child has been struggling at school, or with home learning, or both!! — you may want to look into individualized, custom tutoring to help them with their academics.

Tutoring has been proven to give children the individualized attention that they are unable to receive in a large classroom to help them to maximize their academic success. While a classroom setting can make a student feel left out or lost, tutoring may offer a number of benefits. Here are a few ways that customized tutoring can benefit your child.

Provide Ample Information Processing Time

In a classroom setting, each student may have a different style or speed of learning. They do not all process the information the same way or at the same rate. Classroom setting can be a problem for the children that need more time to process the information they are given.

In order to advance in any subject, a student needs to be able to build a strong foundation of the subject. If they are unable to do so, they may fall behind.

There are studies that indicate information processing time is essential to learning. Students need to be given enough time to process and assimilate subject information. When they are given that time, they are able to yield more significant results in class. While a large classroom setting may not be able to offer that, a tutor can.

Boost Self-Confidence

While self-confidence is not an ”’academic skill,” students’ self-esteem goes a long way when helping to obtain the long term positive benefits and results that you are looking for.

A student that is self-confident is more likely to raise their hand in class to ask or answer questions. They are less afraid of making a mistake in class and are more willing to participate. Self-confidence is essential for a child to be able to take full advantage of learning in class.

With customized tutoring, children can boost their confidence levels. They get the additional help they need to understand subjects they are having trouble with. In turn, a boost in self-confidence can also result in an increase in motivation to learn.

 

Get One-on-one Attention

In a large classroom setting, teachers are not always able to give each student the amount of attention they need. However, having a tutor means your child can get customized lessons and activities in a one-on-one setting.

Tutoring is a much more personal way of instruction which can greatly enhance a student’s ability to learn. Tutors are able to really get to know and understand a child’s individual learning style. They are also able to give them the attention they need and adapt their teaching methods to meet the child’s needs.

Conclusion

A child can get the right individualized attention, information processing time, and a boost in confidence from customized tutoring. These benefits can also result in a number of other positive results such as improving study habits and academic performance. To find out more about customized tutoring, contact Make the Grade today.

Why Success should be spelled with 3 C’s

Consistency

Committment

Community

SUCCCESS

Why Success should be spelled with 3 C’s

SUCCCESS

The 2nd C – Consistency

 

So many options.. so little time…

But

you MUST have a plan which should be the based on an analysis of all of your options.

This video gives you many many options…

what is your plan?

 

 

 

What’s going on with the SAT and ACT exams?

What is going on with the Covid-19 situation?

Will school be the same in September? Ever?

How did you like or not like home based learning?

 

 

 

 

The school year is winding down… now what?

How do you use the summer to advance yourself academically?

How do you avoid the dreaded summer drop off?

How to have fun accomplishing all of this?

 

 

 

Are you ready for the challenge?

CLICK HERE TO GET SUPPORTING INFORMATION… AND TO JUMP START YOUR ACTIONS!

60 days.. (that’s all).. 15 minutes a day

to become great with:

  1. academic remediation and academic acceleration
  2. academic habits
  3. maximum education skills = time management, information management, daily success actions
  4. read
  5. get physical
  6. accountability

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What’s going on with the SAT the ACT and the college Admissions process??

Here is the replay from the live presentation May 28, 2020. 

Are you a parent with a 10th or 11th or 12th grader?

Are you uncertain about what’s going on with the SAT/ACT exams and the college admission process?

Thursday 5/28 – 7pm – I am hosting a brief informational workshop to answer questions:

  • What is the same?
  • What is different?
  • What is your recommended test prep timetable?
  • What options does your child have at this point?
  • What are the college admissions people thinking now?
  • Will this impact my child’s college plans?
  • And time for Q/A as well.

Register here: You can register here: https://bit.ly/SATACT2019

With schools being closed for the remainder of the school year, your child is most likely completing his or her school year online. This raises several questions:

How long this situation will last?
Will there be ‘regular school in the fall?
Will school be the same in the fall?
How will this affect my education in the long run?

Once school buildings reopen and students return to non-virtual learning, it is fair to wonder if it might be best for your children to continue their education online – in part or in whole. 

Is Virtual Learning Right for Your Child?

At this point due to the realities of life today virtual learning may be your child’s only educational option.  This may be done in a variety of ways which have been addressed in this blog and the mAke the grAde video library such as this video…

For the purpose of this article, let’s focus how your child will be getting educated and how they will be receiving information, and how well they can learn virtually.

For many students, interaction with other students and their teachers is paramount and these are inherently an integral part of the learning process, but that is not the case for everyone. Each student learns in a different way, whether it be visual, auditory, verbal or physical, (or a combination) so some children may prefer a more self-paced and independent home virtual learning option.

Some virtual classes have a teacher presenting the material either live or in an asynchronous manner, but most virtual curricula  require the student to work independently.  So while the instruction itself and the learning pacing may be preferred, it may still be difficult for students to learn and be free from distractions. So there are benefits and challenges.

I have addressed the need for the 5 structures for home / virtual learning in this podcast episode. They are critical for success regardless of the source of the information or the learning platform.

Older children are typically more independent and able to manage their time more efficiently while younger children will need help staying on a consistent schedule and maintaining a structure. As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure your child has enough time and the proper structure to complete their assignments. and you will need to oversee the time they spend on the computer to make sure that they are staying on task.  You also need to consider that your kids will not have the same social engagements as they would in a physical classroom setting. Still, there is room for a flexible schedule and opportunity for social interaction with others outside of a classroom setting.

The Best Way for Your Child to Succeed in Virtual Learning

Again, the 5 structures are critical to success but, as a parent, to help your child succeed in a virtual classroom, you have to do some preparation and planning short term (daily) and longer term (weekly, monthly etc).  First, create physical structure – an area where they can work undisturbed.  Your children will also need to have the proper equipment, such as a computer, writing paper and pencils just like ‘school’.  Also create the time structure and do not neglect scheduling time in their day for them to go outside and play as well as for crafts or other fun activities.  Make a calendar for your children and create a schedule they can follow. All of these tools can help your child acclimate to a routine much like being in a physical school building.

Special Case = Options for Virtual SAT and ACT Preparation

Prepping for the SAT and ACT has always had a virtual / online component so there is much less adjustment for the students in these situation.  Further, there is a narrow and well defined curriculum used for test prep for both the SAT and ACT prep – which is to say that what the students need to learn does not vary.  Tutoring or online courses are available and specifically designed to prepare your child for these standardized tests have existed for years including a complete program at mAke the grAde which you can research here. 

Conclusion

Virtual home learning, when optional and not mandated, may be an option to explore.  In many cases, students enjoy the more independent nature of the academic pacing and style. There are challenges, such as needing structure and ensuring a complete curriculum, but the benefits may outweigh the downsides.

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.