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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.

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.

What do you think?  If you took the SAT exam, how would you feel about this? Do you think it would help you? hurt you? no effect?
Leave a comment and let me know what you think…


Students who took the SAT exam last weekend may have gotten extra time due to a printing error on the tests, administrators of the college entrance exam said.

The College Board, the non-profit group that oversees the SAT, said the exams given in the U.S. incorrectly said students would get “25 minutes” to complete sections 8 or 9. But the test center supervisor’s manual and script correctly said student should only get 20 minutes.

New Jersey-based ETS, which creates the SAT, informed the College Board of the printing error at noon on Saturday, the day the test was administered.

It is unclear how many students may have gotten an extra five minutes on the section or what that means for their scores.

“The College Board understands the critical nature of this issue, and we are actively working with our partner ETS to determine next steps to ensure the fairness of the test and the validity of the scores we deliver,” the College Board said in a statement. “We regret the confusion and concern this issue is causing for students and their families, and we will provide them and others with updated information as soon as possible.”

College Board officials said they will post updates on the group’s website.

ETS, based in Princeton, oversees test administration and security for the SAT.

FairTest, a non-profit group critical of the SAT, said the printing error creates a serious problem for the College Board and ETS.

“They have admitted that administration of a portion of last Saturday’s exam was not ‘standardized’ since some students had 20 minutes to complete the items, while others had 25 due to the test-makers’ error. How do they assure all reported scores are consistent, accurate and fair? This foul-up will further accelerate the movement for college and university admissions offices to drop SAT requirement,” said Bob Schaeffer, public education director for FairTest, which is short for the National Center for Fair & Open Testing.

Here is the link to the original article:

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/06/sat_error_college_board_investigating_problem_with.html


This article was originally published in nj.com. To reach the author: Kelly Heyboer may be reached at kheyboer@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @KellyHeyboer. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

It’s finals time.  Some students love this time of year (school is almost over) and some dread it.  These year end, culminating exams are often intimidating and overwhelming for students. The key is preparation and being ready to take the test.

The first step is to keep up with your classes all along.  Cramming is never a best option.  So if you have planned ahead and kept up with your work then you are in a much better situation to begin with.

There are many study techniques in Maximum Education, but one area covers how to prepare for finals (or any larger summary exam like midterms etc).   One key is to organize your information in a way that simplifies the process and at the same time organizes material in a way that makes it easier for you to learn / review it.

Here are some basic suggestions on how you can organize your information. There are many more in Maximum Education.

Think about what information the teacher has given you about the test:

– How long is the test?
– How many questions are there going to be?
– What is going to be stressed on the test?
– Are there any special cases that you have to be concerned about?
– Have you been given an essay question ahead of time?
– Do you know what types of math problems are going to be asked?
– Are there usually multiple choice questions about important dates in history?

I would love your feedback. What is your FAVORITE study trick or finals prep idea.

Put your idea in the comments and you have a chance to win a copy of Maximum Education!

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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