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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.

The beginning of 2020 has proven to be a difficult and challenging time. This is particularly true for families with school-aged children given the drastic changes that occurred with the transition from the classroom to home-based learning. Parents were abruptly forced to be homeschool teachers while balancing work and life. Further, no one knows exactly what the fall school semester will bring or if the school will be ‘normal’ again anytime soon. Moving forward, parents are concerned that their children are learning and that they are progressing at the proper rate. At mAke the grAde, we can help you make sure that your child is on track. If you are struggling with teaching certain subjects, we can help there, too. We offer a variety of services that will help your child improve even in these uncertain times.

Math and Science Tutoring

We offer math and science tutoring for middle school, high school and college students to help your child to achieve higher grades. You can be confident your child is learning all of the age-appropriate material in an efficient and effective manner.

Academic Assessments

Before jumping into the material, it is crucial to determine your child’s current level of knowledge with the subject matter. Our assessments will determine the level of your child’s knowledge, so we can design a program that will keep your child on track.  We will conduct personal interviews and review recent work. Your child can also use testing materials that we have designed to ascertain his or her level of knowledge.

Tailored to Your Child

At mAke the grAde, we design instructional plans that are unique to your child’s needs and skillset. After we determine your child’s starting point, we develop a personalized series of short, medium, and long-term goals. Next, we design a syllabus designed to help your child reach these goals.

Monitored Progress and Adjustments

At regular intervals, we will evaluate your child’s progress to confirm that he or she is on track and make adjustments to the individualized plan as appropriate.

Additional Skills

In addition to math and science, we can help your child become a better overall student. These skills are especially important since the learning environment has changed so dramatically in recent years. We also teach time management and study skills to help your child do better academically as well, all of which the tools and resources needed can be found in Dr. Greene’s Amazon bestseller, Maximum Education.

 

Stepping into the shoes of your child’s teacher can be difficult. Let us help you to make sure your child is heading in the right direction. Contact us at mAke the grAde today.

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.

Great Headline – Tutoring Reduces Math Anxiety.

But how do we know?

If you’ve followed my blog and my posts for any amount of time, you know that I don’t often quote statistics or ‘research’ in Education since the studies tend to be subjective.  This study was the first quantitative study that I’ve seen.  The researchers did MRI on children before and after tutoring to measure brain waves and brain development.  Very interesting stuff.

The bottom line is that compared to a baseline, students who received 1 on 1 tutoring for Math were less anxious after only 8 weeks.   All the details of the study are at this link:

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE STUDY

or see: http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/09/09/study-kids-math-anxiety-reduced-when-learning-with-tutors/

What do you think about this?

Do you think it would help you or your child?

It’s been an exciting summer at mAke the grAde.  Maximum Education was released in June and became an Amazon #1 seller in its first week.

You can still get your copy of Maximum Education at the roll out price of only 99 cents for the online kindle version or $9.99 for the paperback.

CLICK HERE TO GET Maximum Education

Both the kindle version and paperback continue to sell consistently.  Which leads to the next phase of the project.. Maximum Education – The Live Workshop.  This workshop will cover the important principles from the book in a 90 minute, live, interactive event.  The workshop will be presented live locally (beginning August 29th) as well as over the internet in a live webinar format (beginning in September).

If you want more information now, EMAIL mAke the grAde

Stay tuned for more details.

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Maximum Education – The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics

Why did I write a book?

The core mission is to provide students and their families with simple and powerful tools to become more successful. This success includes academic but extends to many other areas of life as well.

As a preview, here is the working copy for the back cover of the book.

Students today are overloaded with school work load, extracurricular commitments, sports, volunteer work and more. They struggle to reach their academic potential and often become frustrated with the process.

Here is the solution…

Maximum Education provides a blueprint for success for students by providing functional tools for time management and prioritization, class note taking, outlines to organize information, test preparation skills and specialized tips for test preparation, standardized tests, college admissions test (ACT, SAT) and term papers.

This workbook also offers access to the mAke the grAde community of learners – an interactive group coordinated by Dr Greene – which allows students to share ideas, ask questions, and collaborate.

A lifelong educator, Dr Greene holds a state teaching certification and has taught at the middle school, high school (public and independent) and university level. In 1995 he establish mAke the grAde, a tutoring and academic consulting company based in the Philadelphia PA area, which provides private tutoring and support for students and their families, specializing in all areas of Math, the Sciences and Test Preparation for the college admissions process.

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Making and outline…. sounds pretty simple.  You take the main ideas and put them on the left and then get the supporting information and indent it.  A tried and true way to organize information.  A classic.

From Maximum Education, my soon to be released book which will help you with all levels of academics… “The purpose of an outline is to condense the essential information from a large source into a smaller, more direct, and useful format.”

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But, did you know that there are many other ways to make an outline?  In fact, in Maximum Education, you will learn 6 other ways to outline and to organize information.

Which begs the question: Why would I need 7 ways to outline..

Answer: because different types of information should be organized in different ways.

History class is generally factual information.  Maybe a timeline would help.  Or a way to sort people and their contributions to history.

Science class often has topical information and formulas.  A flow chart and examples work better.

Here is just one example of an ‘alternative’ type of outline. This is called a Spoke. The main idea is in the center and the supporting ideas are spokes around the main idea.

spoke outline

To learn more about Maximum Education visit the mAke the grAde community Facebook back or www.makethegrade.net

It’s late April and this is the busiest time of the year for students.  It’s a confluence of everything at once.

SAT/ACT is you are taking the college admissions tests…

AP exams in May

and the 4th quarter has started and of course… finals are not that far off.

So how do you manage?

The key is a combination of planning, time management, foresight and consistency.

I recently completed writing and putting the finishing touches on Maximum Education: The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics.  This is a workbook and guide to, as the title so boldly state, maximizing your education and your academics.

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Without giving away every secret here, here is a basic guideline of what you’ll learn in the book:

Time Management
Homework Tracking
Prioritizing Techniques
Note taking
Outlining
Test Preparation Tips
Organizing and Writing Term Papers
Standard Test Prep
College Admissions Test Prep (ACT/SAT)
and…
as the cliche says…
so much more…

It’s late April and this is the busiest time of the year for students.  It’s a confluence of everything at once.
SAT/ACT is you are taking the college admissions tests…
AP exams in May
and the 4th quarter has started and of course… finals are not that far off.
So how do you manage?
The key is a combination of planning, time management, foresight and consistency.
I recently completed writing and putting the finishing touches on Maximum Education: The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics.  This is a workbook and guide to, as the title so boldly state, maximizing your education and your academics.
BLUE with TEXTGREEN with text
Without giving away every secret here, here is a basic guideline of what you’ll learn in the book:
Time Management
Homework Tracking
Prioritizing Techniques
Note taking
Outlining
Test Preparation Tips
Organizing and Writing Term Papers
Standard Test Prep
College Admissions Test Prep (ACT/SAT)
and…
as the cliche says…
so much more…

Need a boost prepping for the PSAT/SAT/ACT exams?

Join Dr Steven Greene for a weekly online Q/A.  This session is free and open to all. Space is limited.  Email sgreene@makethegrade.net for details.

Sessions meet Wednesday evenings 9-10pm Eastern time.