Huntington Connects Connecting you to the latest news, tips and academic resources Tue, 07 Jul 2020 06:35:08 -0400 Zend_Feed_Writer 1.12.17dev (http://framework.zend.com) https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog rss@huntingtonhelps.com (Huntington Learning Center) Huntington Learning Center Navigating Changes to the Standardized Testing System As we look ahead to the coming school year, families and educators can expect to continue to see a shift in the way learning is implemented across the US as a result of the ongoing COVID pandemic.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 08:49:00 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/navigating-changes-to-standardized-testing-2020 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/navigating-changes-to-standardized-testing-2020 Anne Huntington Anne Huntington Author: Anne Huntington, President

As we look ahead to the coming school year, families and educators can expect to continue to see a shift in the way learning is implemented across the US as a result of the ongoing COVID pandemic. From expanded online learning to extended school closures, the effects of the pandemic on our educational system will continue to unfold even as we enter the new academic year in the fall of 2020.  

No one has all of the answers as to what this coming school year will completely look like due to the pandemic, but at Huntington, we promise to stay ahead of the curve on the latest developments and how they’ll impact our students, and to continue to provide the best education possible. We know that the ‘COVID Slide’ is real, and that students may lose over a year’s worth of learning due to the disruptions from the pandemic, which is why it is important to continue to build academic skills throughout the summer to prepare for the upcoming school year and for upcoming standardized tests. 

One of the biggest changes we’ve seen is on the standardized testing front. SAT and ACT testing for our high school students has been disrupted by test date cancellations and postponements. Universities and colleges are rethinking how heavily they will weigh standardized test scores now and in the future due in part to limited access to exam dates and testing facilities. 

Even so, experts expect that testing will become widely available again as soon as August for the SAT and September for the ACT, so it’s important to make sure that test prep is part of summer plans for students preparing for college, which are typically rising high school juniors and seniors. Parents and high school students should check with their local SAT/ACT scheduling resources, namely the official websites for both tests because the information changes constantly. It is critical to have the most recent information on important dates like test availability and registration deadlines, many of which fall in the summer months. And, with high volumes of students needing to reschedule their exams, there is the potential that students may experience delays securing a future test date. Therefore, we recommend sophomores start to think about these exams to set themselves up for success as well. 

For our families enrolled in Huntington, we help them navigate this changing landscape to guide them to the right decisions - is a standardized test the right option, do we need to focus on grades, how is the college application looking, what are the student’s goals are some of the questions we go through. We help our students make sure they make the right decisions for themselves, because with so much disruption happening all around, we need to ensure our students know that we are here to help. 

Families and students should also familiarize themselves with the various application components for the student’s desired colleges and keep in touch with those admissions offices throughout the summer so the student is aware of any updates the school may decide to implement along the way. While many universities and colleges are beginning to embrace test-blind and test-optional policies, the SAT and ACT continue to be vital tools for building a strong college application. 

As we wait for new testing opportunities to become available, we suggest that students focus on other elements of the application. Brainstorming essay ideas and putting together an outline is a great starting point, and Huntington’s certified teachers and tutors are prepared to help you navigate writing roadblocks along the way in addition to subject specific tutoring and homework help. Additionally, students can begin outreach to teachers, coaches, mentors and others for letters of recommendation, which can help bolster their application.  

We are currently enrolling students in our SAT, ACT and subject matter test programs, so connect with your local Huntington Learning Center to get your child signed up today for a better tomorrow.

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Combatting Learning Loss in the Summer Months The term ‘Summer Slide’ refers to the learning regression that students may experience while on school break during the summer months. This learning loss can cause students to fall a full grade level behind in reading and math, which makes it difficult for them to catch up when school resumes.  

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 08:48:41 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/combatting-learning-loss-in-summer https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/combatting-learning-loss-in-summer Anne Huntington Anne Huntington Author: Anne Huntington, President

The term ‘Summer Slide’ refers to the learning regression that students may experience while on school break during the summer months. This learning loss can cause students to fall a full grade level behind in reading and math, which makes it difficult for them to catch up when school resumes.  

This year students are faced with a new challenge to their education: the ‘COVID Slide.’ This term refers to the learning loss from the disruption in education the pandemic has caused, a true education crisis that resulted in remote/distance learning, weeks without school, early school closures, challenges and obstacles with learning from home, postponements and cancellations of state and standardized exams in addition to technological issues and more. The ‘COVID Slide’ not only negatively impacted students’ learning, making them fall behind, but it has also been compounded by social and emotional anxieties that many students face when removed from their daily routines.  

To help students avoid the COVID and Summer Slides, we encourage families to get more involved in planning academic and enrichment activities throughout the summer, such as participating in a virtual summer camp, joining Huntington’s free Reading Adventure program themed ‘Anywhere You Want To Go!,’ or joining our Reading Live sessions on our Youtube channel.  For more ideas on how you can help students stay engaged in learning, we also offer free weekly webinars on topics like summer activities, tips for writing a great college essay, and helping children connect in a socially disconnected time, in addition to our virtual one-on-one tutoring offerings via HuntingtonHelps LIVE. 

At Huntington, students’ success has been our top priority for over 40 years, and we’re dedicated to providing every student with the best education possible. No matter the challenges we face in the days, months and years to come, we are here to help children learn.

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HuntingtonHelps LIVE Provides One-on-One and Small-Group Tutoring and Test Prep Online As families everywhere grapple with a new school reality – remote, online learning for the foreseeable future – Huntington Learning Center is ready to deliver a flexible, comprehensive online solution.

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Wed, 29 Apr 2020 09:37:38 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntingtonhelps-live-full-service-online-tutoring https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntingtonhelps-live-full-service-online-tutoring Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center As families everywhere grapple with a new school reality – remote, online learning for the foreseeable future – Huntington Learning Center is ready to deliver the same personalized learning services that students and parents have relied upon for 43 years, now in an online format. 

HuntingtonHelps LIVE is Huntington’s virtual tutoring platform that allows children to receive one-on-one and small-group tutoring and test prep services at home.  

Taught by Certified Teachers, All School Subjects Available 

HuntingtonHelps LIVE tutoring and test prep sessions are taught by the same certified teachers who work in Huntington’s brick-and-mortar centers. Current Huntington students as well as new students can get help using Zoom on a connected device, and teachers keep track of their progress. Subjects offered include: 

  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Science
  • History
  • Social studies
  • Language arts
  • Foreign language
  • Study skills

 In addition to getting help with specific subjects and study skills, students preparing for upcoming Advanced Placement (AP), SAT, and ACT exams can schedule test prep sessions. 

The Same Trusted Process Delivered Online 

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader and has delivered individualized instruction to students of all ages for 43 years. HuntingtonHelps LIVE meets students’ needs today, when they are learning remotely and still facing the same challenges they did before the coronavirus outbreak caused schools to close their doors. 

Whether your child needs homework help, is struggling with one particular subject, or is preparing for the SAT or ACT later this year, Huntington can help. Here’s how it works: 

  • Comprehensive evaluation – We’ll get a snapshot of your child’s current skill level.
  • Pinpoint strengths and weaknesses – We’ll assess where to concentrate when tailoring your child’s tutoring plan.
  • Develop a personalized tutoring plan – Based on the results of our academic evaluation, we’ll develop a customized tutoring plan to meet your child’s needs and help them achieve their academic goals. 

COVID-19 Causing Major Academic Impacts 

Learning loss is an issue that parents hear about regarding summer break, but the coronavirus crisis has created a new problem for students. Research from NWEA, a research-based, not-for-profit that supports students and educators worldwide, shares some projections: 

  • NWEA states that a typical summer slide leads to declines of 2-3 months of learning over the summer break.
  • NWEA estimates that students will return in fall 2020 with roughly 70% of the learning gains in reading relative to a typical school year, and less than 50% of the learning gains (in some grades) in math – nearly a full year behind what NWEA observes in normal conditions.
  • NWEA calls the COVID-19 crisis a call to action for educators and policy makers, as they will need to support students, who will likely be behind academically, when school is back in session. 

As you consider these startling facts, keep in mind that Huntington can help your child keep pace with grade-level expectations and stay on track for next school year. This will minimize stress and ensure your child does not struggle when regular school resumes. It’s a worthwhile investment made easier by Huntington’s convenient online programming. 

Schedule by Calling Your Local Center 

It’s easy to get started using HuntingtonHelps LIVE. If there is a Huntington Learning Center in your area, call it directly. If your child is not a current student or you’re unsure which center is nearest you, call 1-800 CAN LEARN. Coming soon, you’ll also be able to schedule appointments for your child at www.HuntingtonHelps.com

Learn more about HuntingtonHelps LIVE at www.huntingtonhelps.com/online-tutoring.

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(VIDEO) ANNE HUNTINGTON DISCUSSES HUNTINGTONHELPS LIVE AND A POSSIBLE ACADEMIC SLIDE Huntington Learning Center President Anne Huntington joined WUSA9  on April 27th, 2020 to discuss online tutoring opportunities now available to help students combat a potential academic slide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tue, 28 Apr 2020 13:25:53 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/anne-huntington-talks-online-tutoring-and-academic-slide https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/anne-huntington-talks-online-tutoring-and-academic-slide Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center President Anne Huntington joined WUSA9  on April 27th, 2020 to discuss online tutoring opportunities now available to help students combat a potential academic slide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about our HuntingtonHelps LIVE program and how it can help your student avoid an academic slide, call us at 1-800 CAN LEARN today.

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Get Your Child Reading Now with Huntington’s Reading Adventure Program Huntington Learning Center’s annual reading program launched last week, and it’s time to get your child reading! Reading Adventure is a fun and interactive way for students to enjoy reading during their downtime at home.

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Tue, 28 Apr 2020 17:13:06 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/get-started-with-reading-adventure-2020 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/get-started-with-reading-adventure-2020 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center’s annual reading program launched last week, and it’s time to get your child reading! While schools remain physically closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Reading Adventure is a fun and interactive way for students to enjoy reading during their downtime at home. The program incorporates supplemental activities and online resources. 

Reading Adventure is traditionally a summer reading program for Huntington students. This year, the program launched on April 22, 2020 and is open to all students, whether enrolled at a Huntington Learning Center or not. 

Fighting the “COVID-19 Slide” 

With the coronavirus crisis causing schools across the country to close their doors and move to remote learning, a new problem has emerged: the “COVID-19 slide.” Students of all ages are inadvertently being left behind, but Reading Adventure is one way to encourage students to read daily – and lessen the learning loss that is occurring nationwide. 

2020 Theme: Anywhere You Want to Go 

The theme of the 2020 Reading Adventure program is “Anywhere You Want to Go!” Readers are provided extensive reading lists with selections that expand their minds and build their love of reading. They receive a “reading passport” to fill with stamps as their journeys take them to different time periods and places, and they tap into their imagination along the way. The goal is to instill in all children a love of reading. 

Reading Live on Huntington’s YouTube Channel 

New this year, Huntington has expanded Reading Adventure to include additional online resources, including Reading Live, a program of weekly 30-minute reading sessions for different age groups: 

  • Mondays: Grades K-3
  • Wednesdays: Grades 4-5
  • Fridays: Grades 6-8 

Students can join the fun live on Huntington’s YouTube channel at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, or replay episodes whenever they like. Visit www.youtube.com/huntingtonhelps for more. 

Win Prizes for Posting on Social Media 

Every week during Reading Adventure, participants have a chance to win a $25 gift card. Have your child post a short recap of the book he or she is reading on social media using the #HuntingtonReadingAdventure hashtag. Drawings for the winner take place each Friday! 

Tips to Make Reading a Part of your Child’s Life, Now and Always 

Reading is a fun distraction while your child is homebound, and it offers many long-term benefits. Here are a few tips to get your child to incorporate reading into the daily routine: 

  • Establish a reading hour every day. Maybe it’s in the evening or over breakfast. While you’re working at home, take a mid-day break and read your book at the same time as your child, or read to your younger child (or have him or her read to you) over lunch.
  • Get guidance in choosing books. If your child hasn’t taken to reading, it could be that they aren’t finding the right books. The school librarian is likely going to be very responsive during this time to offer recommendations and guidance, and you can also try online resources like Goodreads or the American Library Association book lists.
  • Make read-a-thons a regular thing. With more time at home, encourage your child to take advantage and plan a read-a-thon once a week, inviting siblings to join. As the weather gets warmer, these can be outside on a picnic blanket or on your patio.
  • Read some movies. Pick a couple of books with movie adaptations to read together, then plan movie nights. Talk with your child after finishing the book to get their insights, and again after watching the movie to discuss how the film and book compare.
  • Check out authors reading online. Many authors and celebrities are hosting live book and story readings online. Check out @SaveWithStories and @LaVarBurton (former host of Reading Rainbow) on Instagram and search the hashtag #OperationStoryTime on YouTube or Twitter for starters. 

Register your child for Reading Adventure today by visiting www.huntingtonhelps.com/reading-adventure. For online homework and tutoring help while your child is homebound, contact Huntington at 1-800 CAN LEARN.

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Does Your Child Need Homework Help? HuntingtonHelps LIVE Has You Covered! With children everywhere learning exclusively at home, all school work these days is “homework.” But is your child getting the support they need? Huntington Learning Center is here to ensure they do.

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Tue, 28 Apr 2020 17:03:46 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntingtonhelpslive-homework-help https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntingtonhelpslive-homework-help Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center With children everywhere learning exclusively at home, all school work these days is “homework.” But is your child getting the support they need? Learning and school during the time of COVID-19 is quite different, after all. The challenges your child faced before schools closed haven’t gone away. In fact, those skill gaps might be widening as the days go by. 

What can you do to help your child learn and keep up with school work? Turn to HuntingtonHelps LIVE

HuntingtonHelps LIVE is Huntington’s virtual tutoring platform that allows children to receive one-on-one and small-group tutoring and test prep services from the comfort of home. So, if your child is struggling to… 

  • understand those Algebra problems
  • revise that paragraph to fix any grammatical errors
  • write a compelling argument essay
  • understand an assignment
  • organize their day and establish a good at-home school routine 

…Huntington’s certified teachers can help. They offer individualized homework help to students in grades K-12. You schedule an appointment and your child connects with the teacher on Zoom. It’s simple and streamlined, and your child receives the same caring instruction they would receive in our Huntington centers. 

Overcome School Challenges 

Schools are doing their best to keep children learning, but the reality is that children are losing knowledge during this time of remote learning. Another issue is that children who struggled before school closures are continuing to do so, but without the hands-on guidance in the classroom from their teachers. 

For these reasons, it is essential that you get your child the support they need now. If you are juggling work and other responsibilities, it’s difficult to add school support to your plate, especially if your child is missing essential building blocks or having a hard time understanding some concepts and topics. Huntington can help your child with specific subjects, create a personalized tutoring plan to cover multiple subjects, and build study skills. 

Tips to Help Your Child with School Work 

When it comes to helping your child be successful with remote school, many of the tried-and-true homework strategies are the same. Here are a few tips to ensure your child makes the most of each day and learns effectively: 

  • Encourage good communication. Your child needs to get used to communicating with teachers through email, chats, and posts. Guide them to read all communications from teachers, ask questions in a timely manner, and self-advocate when more guidance or support is needed.
  • Create a good school space. By now, you’ve probably tried to get into a routine, but if your child is still attempting to do school work in front of the television or has trouble keeping the school “station” organized, it’s time for a change. Set your child up in a place that is free of distractions and stocked with the supplies your child needs.
  • Fine-tune the schedule. Does your child have good habits in place? Are they getting enough sleep and scheduling time for school work? Make sure your child’s school hours are set for a time of day they are most productive and alert. And remember to encourage your child to take frequent breaks. Teachers do not want your child to sit in front of the computer from morning until night. Create a schedule that includes outside time, exercise, and non-screen time for activities like reading. Try Huntington’s Reading Adventure program.
  • Establish expectations about your availability. If you have a younger child who needs more support, but you’re also trying to work from home, set some ground rules for when your child can get your assistance. Consider scheduling work calls during the time that your child is reading and playing independently. 

These are trying times for all families with school-age children, but Huntington is here to help. Call us to learn more about scheduling regular tutoring sessions for your child to ensure they get the support needed to succeed with remote learning. You can help your child keep up and stay on track for next year with HuntingtonHelps LIVE. Learn more at https://huntingtonhelps.com/homework-help.

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Huntington Learning Center Launches Its Reading Adventure Program Themed 'Anywhere You Want to Go' Huntington Learning Center, the nation's leading tutoring and test prep provider, is launching its annual Reading Adventure, a reading program designed to activate the love of reading and to engage students in stories and imagination outside the classroom. 

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Wed, 22 Apr 2020 09:57:39 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntington-learning-center-reading-adventure-2020 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntington-learning-center-reading-adventure-2020 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center, the nation's leading tutoring and test prep provider, is launching its annual Reading Adventure, a reading program designed to activate the love of reading and to engage students in stories and imagination outside the classroom. Huntington's Reading Adventure has traditionally run during the summer months, but in response to the current pandemic, this year's program will begin on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, with the first "Reading Live" segment on Huntington's YouTube channel. Reading Adventure gives students the opportunity to read with our fun and interactive activities featuring a variety of online resources to enrich the adventure; and, for the first time, Huntington invites all students to participate -- whether or not the student is enrolled in a Huntington Learning Center program. 

"Huntington's summer Reading Adventure is one of our favorite annual programs and we seized the opportunity to invite students to participate before this school year is officially out. Now, more than ever, it is important to engage students with fun academic adventures," said Anne Huntington, President of Huntington Learning Center. "With the high rate of learning loss occurring because of the negative impact of the pandemic, there is a new term, 'COVID-19 Slide,' and we are here to stop the slide. It is critical for students to stay engaged in learning. Reading Adventure is one way to help students; of course, students need to practice all academic skills, not just reading, throughout the year to succeed."

This year's Reading Adventure theme is "Anywhere You Want to Go!" and invites participants to read books from extensive recommended reading lists that will expand their imaginations and help build a love of reading. Students will receive a "reading passport" to fill with stamps as they're whisked away to outer space, around the world and to different time periods.

Huntington has expanded its Reading Adventure program to feature additional online resources including "Reading Live," weekly 30-minute reading sessions targeted to specific age groups. Monday's "Reading Live" will focus on stories for students in grades K-3, Wednesday's "Reading Live" will focus on stories for students in grades 4-5 and Friday's "Reading Live" will be targeted towards students in grades 6-8. These "Reading Live" segments will bring stories to life and give students dedicated story-time. Join us on Huntington Helps YouTube channel starting this Wednesday, April 22, 2020, for the first "Reading Live."

Additionally, readers have the chance to win a gift card each week simply by following #HuntingtonReadingAdventure on social media and posting a quick recap of the book they're reading. Each post will be entered into a random drawing on Friday of each week and a winner will receive the prize.

To join the Reading Adventure, fill out the form at https://huntingtonhelps.com/reading-adventure and you will receive a "reading passport" to keep track of your travels.

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Eight Ways to Support Your Child’s Reading Habit Developing reading habits among children takes persistence and patience on parents’ part. And with reading playing such an important role in a child’s education, Huntington Learning Center says that the effort is definitely worth it.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2020 16:43:11 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/eight-ways-to-support-your-childs-reading-habit https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/eight-ways-to-support-your-childs-reading-habit Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Developing reading habits among children takes persistence and patience on parents’ part. And with reading playing such an important role in a child’s education, Huntington Learning Center says that the effort is definitely worth it.

“Reading is indeed something children can enjoy throughout their lives, but it’s essential in school as well.” Huntington offers several strategies for a reading habit that will help your child develop this critical skill:

  1. Make time for reading. From a young age, encourage your child to read before bedtime. It’s a relaxing nightly ritual and one that your child will learn to appreciate as life and school grow more hectic.
  2. Help your child research the best books to start reading. The more your child enjoys reading, the more he or she will be motivated to do it. If your child hasn’t discovered a type of book he or she loves, keep looking. Get a librarian’s help too.
  3. Keep reading during summer breaks. When the last bell of the school year rings, some children stop reading for three months. Don’t let your child get out of the reading habit. Adjust the habit for summer break—maybe nightly reading becomes lunchtime reading, or you can establish a family post-dinner routine of reading together on the patio.
  4. Start a book club. Help your child start a book club with his or her friends, or do a parent-child book club with a few friends and their parents. Talking about books with others is a big part of the fun for many young readers. Book clubs give them the opportunity to relate books to real life and share something with peers.
  5. Keep going to the library. The library has evolved a lot in the digital age, but it continues to be a great gateway to literacy for children of all ages. Encourage your child to explore the library’s other types of reading material beyond books and get involved with events like book clubs and summer reading programs.
  6. Take the Reading Adventure. Speaking of summer reading programs, get your child involved with Huntington’s Reading Adventure program. We choose age- and skill-appropriate books for children of all ages and abilities, and children fill out reading “passports” as they finish books.
  7. Create a home library. Help your child start a collection of favorite and to-be-read books. Give books as gifts and make regular outings to your local bookstores. Be sure to check out used bookstores and the bargain bins at chain bookstores.
  8. Be a good influence. Your child will take your suggestion to read more seriously if you practice what you preach. Research and find books you enjoy and make time for reading in your own life. Share with your child what you like about your latest book.

Children who develop the reading habit early are most likely to continue reading, but it’s never too late to become a reader. “At Huntington, we often see children who once hated reading become avid readers once they overcome challenges and build those reading skills. That transformation that results from individualized, caring instruction is powerful and can help a child fulfill their potential not only as a reader, but a student.”

For more ideas on developing reading habits or to learn how Huntington can help your child conquer any difficulties in reading, contact Huntington at 1-800 CAN LEARN.

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) EXAMS WILL BE OFFERED ONLINE IN LIGHT OF SCHOOL CLOSURES With the recent school closures, the College Board announced they are developing a new at-home testing option for the AP exams this spring. Students will be able to take the open-note exams on any device and will be given the opportunity to earn college credit for their courses.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2020 13:24:14 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/ap-exams-move-online-2020 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/ap-exams-move-online-2020 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center With the recent school closures, the College Board announced they are developing a new at-home testing option for the AP exams this spring. During this time, the College Board surveyed 18,000 AP students to see if they still wanted the opportunity to test this year and the overwhelming answer was yes! It is clear these exams are important to students who have been working very hard in their classes. Students will be able to take the open-note exams on any device and will be given the opportunity to earn college credit for their courses. Although the College Board recommends you do take the AP course to take the exam, it is not mandatory. This is a great opportunity for students to take these exams online and earn college credits.

Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction for the College Board said:

                 “We want to give every student the chance to earn the college credit they’ve worked toward throughout the year. That is why we quickly set up a process that’s simple, secure, and accessible.”

An Advanced Placement course is one of the most difficult courses a student can take during high school. Earning a qualifying score on the AP exams will expand student’s options, eliminate a required college course or students can begin taking upper-level college courses.

If your student is taking an AP course and preparing to take one of the online exams, Huntington can help you prepare with our online tutoring programs. Our individualized face-to-face tutoring will allow your student to get the best possible score and increase their college admissions chances.

Below are the primary exam dates from the College Board website:

AP Exams 2020 by Local Start TimesBelow are the primary exam dates. Makeup exam dates can be found below the Course Specific Exam Information.

Exam Start Times: Local times may vary depending on a student's geographic location.

Hawaii Time: 6:00 a.m.
Alaska Time: 8:00 a.m.
Pacific Time: 9:00 a.m.
Mountain Time: 10:00 a.m.
Central Time: 11:00 a.m.
Eastern Time: 12:00 p.m.
Greenwich Mean Time: 4:00 p.m.

Hawaii Time: 8:00 a.m.
Alaska Time: 10:00 a.m.
Pacific Time: 11:00 a.m.
Mountain Time: 12:00 p.m.
Central Time: 1:00 p.m.
Eastern Time: 2:00 p.m.
Greenwich Mean Time: 6:00 p.m.

Hawaii Time: 10:00 a.m.
Alaska Time: 12:00 p.m.
Pacific Time: 1:00 p.m.
Mountain Time: 2:00 p.m.
Central Time: 3:00 p.m.
Eastern Time: 4:00 p.m.
Greenwich Mean Time: 8:00 p.m.

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Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

United States Government and Politics

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Latin

Calculus AB

 

Calculus BC

Human Geography

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Physics 2: Algebra-Based

English Literature and Composition

European History

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Spanish Literature and Culture

Chemistry

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

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Art History

United States History

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Chinese Language and Culture

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Music Theory

Psychology

Japanese Language and Culture

 

Italian Language and Culture

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German Language and Culture

English Language and Composition

Microeconomics

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French Language and Culture

World History: Modern

Macroeconomics

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Comparative Government and Politics

Statistics

Spanish Language and Culture

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How to Deal with Different Types of Learning Problems For some students, school doesn’t come easy. Here are a few common types of learning troubles and ways you can address them at home.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2020 16:23:33 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-with-different-learning-problems https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-with-different-learning-problems Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington For some students, school doesn’t come easy. Some struggle with broad learning difficulties while others lack important skills, making it challenging for them to achieve grade-level expectations and get good grades. Here are a few common types of learning troubles and ways you can address them at home: 

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - There are different types of ADHD, and children can exhibit some or all of the typical symptoms, including difficulty learning, struggles with focus, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Having ADHD can make it difficult for children to complete tasks, stay organized with time and homework, keep themselves on track while working and pay attention. A few things parents can do to help:
    • Use a timer to help children stay aware of time and manage it better.
    • Stick to a routine so children know what to expect in the mornings and evenings.
    • Communicate regularly with the teacher about strategies that work in the classroom that parents can mimic at home.
    • Implement a reward system to keep children working toward continuous improvement. 
  • Disorganization - At a young age, being disorganized might seem like a small thing, but this can become very problematic when children reach junior high school. Disorganized students lose important things regularly, including homework and papers intended to come home to parents. They spin their wheels at homework time because they’re busy trying to find things they have misplaced and they do not write down homework assignments in their planners. A few ways parents can help:
  • Set goals and expectations and hold children to them.
  • Insist on the daily use of a planner to record homework assignments and check off nightly tasks.
  • Get children into a nightly routine of cleaning out binders and getting the backpack ready for school the next day. 
  • Reading problems - Reading problems can range from missing basic skills to learning disorders like dyslexia. Because school gets progressively more challenging every year, it is essential that parents do not ignore reading issues, even if they seem minor. While it is important to have an expert assess children who may be suffering from more than just typical reading challenges, here are a few things parents can do to help: 
  • Read nightly with children and pay attention to what causes them the most difficulty learning.
  • Reach out to teachers to get their observations on what might be happening in the classroom.
  • Get individualized tutoring help. 

The above is certainly not a comprehensive list of the types of learning troubles your child might have, and keep in mind that every child is different. The point is this: struggles are unique for each student. There is no one solution that works for everyone. 

Maybe your child’s grades seem to be sliding and you know he or she needs help, but you’re not sure what kind of help. Contact Huntington. We offer individualized learning programs that get to the root of each student’s problems. Our students turn to Huntington for a variety of reasons, whether they want to overcome learning problems, raise their grades, increase their confidence or all of the above. No matter what your child is dealing with, Huntington can help. Contact us today at 1-800 CAN LEARN.

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(VIDEO) Anne Huntington Featured on Cheddar Anne Huntington, President of Huntington Learning Center, shares how her company is using technology to support both students and parents during the coronavirus.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2020 09:15:49 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/anne-huntington-featured-on-cheddar-2020-coronavirus https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/anne-huntington-featured-on-cheddar-2020-coronavirus Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center President Anne Huntington was featured on Cheddar on April 2, 2020 to share how Huntington Learning Center is leveraging technology to continue support for both students and parents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Learn how Huntington Learning Center can help keep your student up to speed during the summer months and all year long.

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Helping Children Improve Attention and Focus Whether your child struggles sometimes with getting distracted or deals with a syndrome like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, knowing how to rein in the focus is invaluable for every student.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:47:01 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-children-improve-attention-and-focus https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-children-improve-attention-and-focus Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Whether your child struggles sometimes with getting distracted or deals with a syndrome like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, knowing how to rein in the focus is invaluable for every student. Here are several strategies that parents can work on with their children to help them improve their focus, prevent themselves from veering off task, and keep themselves on track:

Embrace routine. Students who have regular routines tend to be more successful academically and feel less stress. Work with your child to create and maintain a consistent daily schedule, from the time he or she wakes up to bedtime. This will help your child make the most of the hours in each day and successfully transition from activity to activity. 

Develop good sleep habits. Make sleep a priority for your child. According to WebMD, studies show that lack of sleep can prevent people from thinking clearly and slow down their thought processes. Your child will have a harder time focusing if he or she isn’t getting sufficient sleep each night. Lack of sleep can also negatively impact the memory, making it that much harder for students to commit that which they study to short- and long-term memory. 

Rely on checklists. As your child moves through each grade, the amount of work and things to keep track of will increase substantially.  It’s never too early to teach your child a simple organizational system for recording homework and upcoming project and test dates. This system will help your child minimize wasted time and make it easier to dive into work rather than waste time figuring out what he or she needs to do.

Encourage exercise. Research out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that physical activity may increase students’ cognitive control, or ability to pay attention and result in better academic performance. Encourage your child to do jumping jacks before sitting down to do homework or take a brisk walk up and down the street before heading off to school each morning (or better yet, have your child walk to school if feasible).

Embrace the “one thing at a time” mantra. Many children find it hard to get started on tasks, procrastinating on homework because they struggle with prioritization. Have your child take each night’s list of assignments and rank them from most to least important. What is due tomorrow? Of those things, what are the most difficult (and therefore make sense to do earliest in the evening)? After the “due tomorrow” items, what’s left and when are those things due? Teach your child to tackle one task at a time, which will give him or her a sense of accomplishment with each completed item.

Pay attention to learning styles. Every child learns differently, and what works for one might not work for another. Take time to get to know your child as a student so you can adjust his or her studying environment as needed. Is your child more focused pacing while studying or curling up into a cozy chair? Does he or she work best working while listening to music? By reading and thinking out loud? By studying in a quiet room without any distractions?

As school gets more intense, your child’s ability to focus becomes an essential skill. If your child struggles to concentrate for extended periods of time or you notice him or her having difficulty completing difficult tasks, Huntington can help. We work with many children who face similar challenges and can help your child become a more attentive, successful student.

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HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER LAUNCHES HUNTINGTONHELPS LIVE TO PROVIDE ONLINE TUTORING CAPABILITIES NATIONWIDE Huntington Learning Center, the nation’s leading tutoring and test prep provider, announced today the launch of HuntingtonHelps LIVE, a virtual tutoring platform.

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Tue, 24 Mar 2020 14:37:25 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntingtonhelpslive-online-tutoring https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntingtonhelpslive-online-tutoring Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Oradell, NJ -- March 24, 2020 -- Huntington Learning Center, the nation’s leading tutoring and test prep provider, announced today the launch of HuntingtonHelps LIVE, a virtual tutoring platform now available to existing and prospective Huntington students across the country. This decision comes as schools and tutoring centers face temporary closures, leaving parents and students with limited educational resources. 

“Huntington’s mission has been resolute for the past four decades - and that is to give every student the best education possible,” said Anne Huntington, President of Huntington Learning Center. “We are navigating uncertain times, and although we are far from ‘business as usual’ at the moment, we will continue to provide K-12 academic programs, support and resources to the hundreds of thousands of students and families who depend on us.” 

Starting today, HuntingtonHelps LIVE will provide virtual one-on-one and small group tutoring and test prep sessions with Huntington’s certified teachers and are available to both current and new students by appointment. Subjects offered include phonics, vocabulary, reading, writing; math and science; history and language studies; homework help and study skills. Huntington also offers standardized test prep sessions for a variety of exams including Advanced Placement, SAT, ACT and state tests.

 Enrolled and prospective students are invited to start HuntingtonHelps LIVE by scheduling appointments with their local centers or by calling 1-800-CAN-LEARN. Soon, students will also be able to schedule sessions at HuntingtonHelps.com

Additional resources include Huntington Learning Centers’ webinar catalog. Available now is “Remote Learning: How to Keep Your Child Engaged” and launching on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET is “Creating Structure at Home for Students with ADHD” with Dr. Mary Rooney from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Rooney will address important tips to help students with ADHD successfully learn at home during this time of transition. 

For more information, visit www.HuntingtonHelps.com

About Huntington Learning Center

Huntington Learning Center is the nation's leading tutoring and test prep provider. Its certified teachers provide individualized instruction in phonics, reading, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams. Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards. Huntington is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded in 1977, Huntington's mission is to give every student the best education possible. Learn how Huntington can help at www.HuntingtonHelps.com.

 Press Contact: Madeline Mesa, madeline@mbpconsultants.com

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A Message From Our President Anne Huntington Wed, 18 Mar 2020 15:21:58 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/statement-from-hlc-president-anne-huntington-2020 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/statement-from-hlc-president-anne-huntington-2020 Anne Huntington - HLC President Anne Huntington - HLC President

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Huntington Learning Center Celebrates Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month 2020 The month of April marks Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, and Huntington Learning Center is recognizing this important annual event.

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Tue, 17 Mar 2020 08:03:36 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/math-awareness-month-2020 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/math-awareness-month-2020 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The month of April marks Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, and Huntington Learning Center is recognizing this important annual event. 

Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month aims to increase the understanding and appreciation of mathematics and statistics. These disciplines play an important role in addressing real-world problems facing our society, including security, sustainability, disease, climate change, the data deluge and more. 

This annual program began in 1986 with a proclamation made by President Ronald Reagan to establish National Mathematics Awareness Week. The event was renamed in 1999 as Mathematics Awareness Month and moved to April and has been called Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month since 2017. It now celebrates mathematics and statistics and the diverse researchers and students in these fields who are contributing to furthering discoveries, solving problems, and finding beauty in the world. 

Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month is a program of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, which is a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America and the Society for Industrial Applied Mathematics. 

Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents that math and statistics are essential aptitudes used in so many different fields. “We recognize that math and statistics are integral to researching and solving worldwide problems and also are a big part of fields like medicine, technology, business, energy, manufacturing, biotechnology and others,” says Huntington. “Our goal in teaching children is to help them see the practical application of math and the power that it has to drive true innovations in today’s complex world. We’re pleased to join educators, parents, universities, schools and others nationwide to recognize this annual event and to encourage our communities to do so too.” 

Huntington offers parents the following tips to put math at the forefront of their children’s lives and remind them of its applicability in daily life and big-picture importance:

  • Get your children familiar with STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) career opportunities.
  • Incorporate mathematical thinking into your conversations with your child.
  • Bring math into the kitchen, having your child measure, decide on appropriate mixing bowl size based on the amount of ingredients, convert recipes and more.
  • Get your child into your weekly fantasy football league, and have him or her follow along each week with fantasy points.
  • Have your child estimate the bill whenever you shop or dine out at a restaurant.
  • Involve your child in maintaining the family checkbook or family budget for essentials like groceries, bills, mortgage and more.
  • Have your child keep track of family data in a spreadsheet, such as everyone’s height, shoe size, hand size and hair length and create graphs every six months to identify interesting patterns.
  • Open a bank account for your child, encourage your child to earn and save money, and talk about the concept of interest. Discuss financial goals your child has for him or herself such as buying a car at 16 or saving for college.
  • Talk about how statistics are used to make predictions about weather, stocks and other things and have your child make a few predictions him or herself.

To learn more about Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, visit www.mathaware.org.

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SAT ACT Exams Postponed Due to COVID-19 As news around the United States continues to pour in about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the two largest college placement examination groups in the country have announced that they will be rescheduling or canceling upcoming testing dates.

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Wed, 18 Mar 2020 02:41:51 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/sat-act-exams-postponed-2020 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/sat-act-exams-postponed-2020 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center As news around the United States continues to pour in about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the two largest college placement examination groups in the country have announced that they will be rescheduling or canceling upcoming testing dates.

In a statement released on its website Monday, the ACT's noted that their exam scheduled for April 4th, 2020, would be postponed until June 13th. A notice appearing on the ACT's website at this time states:

"The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date."

Also, on Monday, the CollegeBoard announced the cancelation of the March 14th makeup SAT (scheduled for March 28th, 2020) exam as well as the May 2nd, 2020 regular SAT exam. As of their most recent update, the CollegeBoard States:

"In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020, SAT administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled.

Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds."

For more information from both the ACT and CollegeBoard's handling of the COVID-19 situation, see resources each has put forth to help guide current and future registrants.

ACT COVID-19 Resource Page

College Board Natural Disasters Resource Page

 

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Huntington is Monitoring COVID-19 Related State and Standardized Test Cancellations Tue, 31 Mar 2020 10:07:37 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/state-and-standardized-test-cancellations-2020 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/state-and-standardized-test-cancellations-2020 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Last updated 03/31/2020 10:15:00 AM EDT.

Huntington Learning Center continues to monitor the national landscape as individual states continue to make recommended changes to their educational institutions and learning procedures. Below please find a listing of all national and state-level exams which have been postponed or canceled to date. Please bookmark this page and continue to return as we will be updating regularly.

 

National Exams:

Exam Date Scheduled Status New Date Resources
ACT April 4, 2020 Postponed June 13, 2020 ACT
SAT March 28, 2020 Canceled N/A College Board
SAT May 2, 2020 Canceled N/A College Board

  

State Exams Suspended or Canceled:

State Exam Status Resources
Alabama All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Alaska All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Arkansas All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
California All Assessments Waiver by US DOE CA Governor
Colorado All Assessments Waiver by US DOE CO Department of Ed
Connecticut All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Delaware All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
District of Columbia All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Florida All Assessments Waiver by US DOE FL Department of Ed
Georgia All Assessments Waiver by US DOE GA Department of Ed
Hawaii All Assessments Waiver by US DOE HI Public Schools
Idaho All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Illinois All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Indiana All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Iowa All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Kansas All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Kentucky All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Louisiana All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Maine All Assessments Waiver by US DOE ME Department of Ed
Maryland All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Massachusetts All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Michigan All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Minnesota All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Mississippi All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Missouri All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Montana All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Nebraska All Assessments Waiver by US DOE NE Department of Ed
Nevada All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
New Jersey All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
New Mexico All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
New York All Assessments Waiver by US DOE NY Department of Ed
North Carolina All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Ohio All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Oklahoma All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Oregon All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Pennsylvania All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Rhode Island All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
South Carolina All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
South Dakota All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Tennessee All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Texas All Assessments Waiver by US DOE Texas.Gov
Utah All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Vermont All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Virginia All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Washington All Assessments Waiver by US DOE Washington BOE
West Virginia All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Wisconsin All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  
Wyoming All Assessments Waiver by US DOE  

  

States With Pending Exam Waiver Requests:

State Request Type
Arizona US DOE Waiver
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Five Ways to Convince Your Child of the Importance of College The way you talk about college can have a tremendous influence on your child. Here are a few facts to share with your child to convince him or her that college is an excellent idea.

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Sun, 15 Mar 2020 13:26:58 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-ways-to-convince-your-child-college-is-important https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-ways-to-convince-your-child-college-is-important Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The way you talk about college can have a tremendous influence on your child. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center encourages parents to take the stance that college is an investment that’s not just a good idea, but essential. 

“Parents have probably heard it before and it is true: they are arguably the biggest influence in their children’s lives,” she says. “If you want your child to go to college, talk about it in a positive way. Avoid the ‘Do this because I say so,’ approach, which can backfire and robs your child of the opportunity to make his or her own decisions.” 

What is a better way to go about it? Share some of the most compelling benefits of college education. Here are a few facts to share with your child to convince him or her that college is an excellent idea:

  1. College exposes students to new ideas and people. There is a lot to be learned at college, both in and outside of the classroom. Huntington suggests that parents who went themselves talk fondly of college, the friendships they made, the life experiences they gained and the personal and academic discoveries gained. Parents who didn’t go to college can still make a convincing argument that their children should by sharing what led them not to and why they doing so would have benefitted them. 
  1. College graduates earn more over the long term. Parents should show their children data from a source such as the U.S. Census Bureau on the earning potential of people with college degrees. Their Current Population Survey (2018) figures speak for themselves, showing higher earnings for those with college education: 

Educational attainment

Median usual weekly earnings

Unemployment rate

Doctoral degree

 $                   1,825

1.6%

Professional degree

 $                   1,884

1.5%

Master's degree

 $                   1,434

2.1%

Bachelor's degree

 $                   1,198

2.2%

Associate degree

 $                      862

2.8%

Some college, no degree

 $                      802

3.7%

High school graduates, no college

 $                      730

4.1%

 

  1. College graduates stand apart (and/or meet minimum requirements). While there are companies and organizations out there that do not require bachelor’s degrees, there are also many that consider a four-year degree the minimum job requirement. And even for companies that don’t outright say that college degrees are required to work there, having one will set an individual apart from others and open doors in the long run. 
  1. College helps young adults figure things out. It isn’t easy to choose a career and many people change careers at least a couple of times throughout their lives. The primary purpose of college, however, is to prepare people to make good decisions about their career paths. Huntington reminds parents that attending college is a great way for teens to mature and explore many options with the guidance of professors, career services staff and other mentors. 

Lastly, Huntington says that if you do all of these things and still find as your child nears college that the idea of continuing on after high school just isn’t appealing, call Huntington. 

“Sometimes children who struggle through elementary and middle school really hit the wall in high school and have no interest in discussions about the importance of a college degree,” says Huntington. “Huntington can help identify what’s really going on. Your teen could be missing skills that are preventing him or her from succeeding in most classes, therefore making school a frustrating and unenjoyable experience. The sooner you get help, the better for your child’s future.” 

Cal Huntington at 1-800 CAN LEARN to find out how to help your child be the best student possible and lay the groundwork for college.

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Tips for Expanding Your Child’s Horizons with Current Events t a young age, your child’s world is small. But on any given day, there is a lot happening in the world outside your child’s bubble, which means many opportunities for expanding the mind and learning something new.

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Sun, 15 Mar 2020 13:32:31 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-to-expand-your-childs-horizons-with-current-events https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-to-expand-your-childs-horizons-with-current-events Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington At a young age, your child’s world is small. He or she goes to school, comes home to do homework and heads off to any extracurricular activities. But on any given day, there is a lot happening in the world outside your child’s bubble, which means many opportunities for expanding the mind and learning something new. Here are a few tips on how to create opportunities for lessons from current events, which will teach your child new things: 

  • Subscribe to the newspaper. Whether you like The New York Times or your local newspaper, a morning habit of browsing the headlines with your child will be impactful—and memorable. Read it each morning over breakfast and hand your child stories that might be of interest. Build your child’s critical thinking skills by talking about interesting news and asking your child’s opinion. 
  • Check out CNN 10 each day. CNN 10 is a daily 10-minute show that shares international stories as well as why they are making news, who they affect and how the events fit into society. It’s a great way for you and your child to get an overview of stories with multiple viewpoints. Plus, the explanatory nature means even complex stories are understandable and digestible for your child. 
  • Talk about what’s going on at school. Chances are, your child’s teachers are bringing up current events in class, some of which might even be emotionally charged. Talk about them. Ask your child where he or she stands on different topics and how other classmates differ. 
  • Visit sites of importance in your area. Let your child see the world in action. Spend time at the state capitol or city hall, which is good exposure to different careers. If you live near a city with a financial district, take a walk around or seek out a tour. Explore other sites in your city that share its history and culture. 
  • Try podcasts. Teaching current affairs to your child while leading a busy life is a reality with podcasts. There are all kinds of newsy podcasts out there, many of which would be suitable for children or teens who want to stay up on world or local issues. Listen to one in the car that gives a quick daily update. 
  • Watch the news. When your child reaches an appropriate age, consider watching your local news or a national news channel together each night. This can spark important conversations in your house on everything from business to technology to global issues. The same topics are likely coming up at school as well. 

Lastly, keep in mind that your child benefits most of all from applying what he or she learns in school to the real world. So, if your child is studying past presidents in history class, it’s valuable to learn about current presidential news. If your child is taking a technology class, keeping up with some of the leading tech organizations in the world might give him or her new perspective. 

Look for opportunities to teach your child new things—and reinforce what teachers are teaching in school—through the events and news around you. That applied learning will enrich and augment your child’s education.

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Huntington Learning Center Recognizes Read Across America 2020 March is National Reading Month and Huntington Learning Center joins teachers, educators, parents, children and others around the country to observe Read Across America, created by the National Education Association (NEA).

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Wed, 19 Feb 2020 08:51:28 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/read-across-america-2020 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/read-across-america-2020 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center March is National Reading Month and Huntington Learning Center joins teachers, educators, parents, children and others around the country to observe Read Across America, the annual reading motivation and awareness program created by the National Education Association (NEA). 

Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. This year-round program promotes big events on March 2, but is intended to motivate children and teens to read by offering events, partnerships and reading resources all year long. The Read Across America website provides a list of recommended books, activities, authors and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures. 

“One of our favorite aspects of Read Across America is the focus on making all children feel welcome and included,” says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “Read Across America encourages parents, teachers, educators and others to help children link books to their lives. Reading exposes children to so much: other cultures and ways of life, their place in the world, the impact they can have and much more. We appreciate the effort to promote the message that there is room in every community for all types of readers.” 

Huntington reminds parents that strong reading and comprehension skills are essential throughout children’s entire school experience. To persuade children to read, she offers these tips: 

  • Become regulars at the library. The library is the best free resource there is when it comes to exposing your child to literacy and reading. Check out activities and events for your child such as book clubs and summer reading programs.
  • Read with children from a young age. Help your child learn to associate reading with comfort and joy and think of it as a pleasing activity. Make it fun.
  • Read in front of your children. Establish a nightly reading habit of your own. Have family reading hour on weekends, where you all curl up on the couch with your books. Bring a book with you to your child’s piano lesson or sports practice and let your child see you enjoying reading in your free time.
  • Start conversations about reading. Ask your child what book he or she is reading and what’s great about it. What does your child think might happen next? What characters are likeable or deplorable? Listen and be interested any time your child wants to talk about books or reading.
  • Keep reading material on hand. Put a bookshelf in your child’s room and another in your family room. Give books as gifts and urge your child to build a home library of favorites.
  • Be flexible on what your child reads. It’s okay if your child experiments with different types of reading material. Literary fiction isn’t the only option—let your child check out that graphic novel or magazine from the library if he or she is so inclined. The key is to encourage your child to read and show him or her discover how entertaining it can be.

Learn more about Read Across America at www.readacrossamerica.org. For more reading tips and ideas, visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.

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What is an Academic Skills Gap and How Can You Fix It? School is not easy for every student, and when difficulties arise, parents don’t always know what to do. One of the most common—and most serious—issues that struggling students have is when skills are missing.

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Wed, 19 Feb 2020 08:43:02 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/fixing-a-skills-gap-2020 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/fixing-a-skills-gap-2020 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center School is not easy for every student, and when difficulties arise, parents don’t always know what to do. One of the most common—and most serious—issues that struggling students have, says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center is when skills are missing.

“Academic skill gaps are the missing links between what children need to know in a particular grade or subject and what they actually know,” she explains. “Left uncorrected, those gaps in knowledge grow bigger, and students’ lack of important skills make it difficult or even impossible to keep up with classwork or continue moving forward successfully in a subject.”

Here are a few tips on what to do if you suspect your child has one or more skill gaps:

  1. Observe carefully during homework time. What is tripping up your child? Is he or she functioning with some tasks and struggling with others? Watch how your child approaches homework and where specifically he or she gets stuck.
  2. Talk with the teacher. Get his or her insight on what is happening in the classroom and if it looks similar to what you observe at home. Perhaps your child has been absent on important days and needs to catch up. Your child could be having trouble focusing during instruction. Or maybe your child’s skill gaps stem back to last school year and are only getting worse this year. Have an open conversation about what you are both seeing.
  3. Talk with your child. Approach the conversation lightly, and ideally, not right after a frustrating homework session. Ask how your child feels during homework and in school. Your child’s perspective might surprise you and offer useful information that you can share with his or her teacher.
  4. Contact Huntington for help. Unfortunately, skill gaps will only grow if they are not fixed. Your child needs individualized instruction on the areas where he or she is lacking understanding or missing key foundational information. In math, for example, many skills build upon one another. If your child never learned basic concepts and his or her teacher is now on the more complex subject matter, your child is likely having a hard time completing work correctly (or at all).

Skill gaps happen for a variety of reasons, explains Huntington. “Sometimes children hide their knowledge deficits well in elementary school because they’re able to compensate temporarily for the skills they are missing,” she says. “Other times children cover up their learning problems with a bad attitude or by causing distractions in the classroom.”

Whatever the reason or situation, Huntington can help. “We will evaluate your child’s abilities, identify the skills he or she is missing (or weak on), and create a targeted program of instruction that will help your child get back on track,” says Huntington. “The sooner you act, the sooner your child will regain his or her confidence and self-esteem.”

Call Huntington today at 1-800 CAN LEARN.

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Four Tips to Encourage Reading in the Digital Age Wed, 19 Feb 2020 08:30:10 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/encouraging-reading-in-the-digital-age https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/encouraging-reading-in-the-digital-age Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington Parents, as you know, today’s generation of students have grown up with technology. It isn’t an add-on or something they think about separately, but rather, it’s integrated into everything they do in and outside of school. 

Technology certainly offers many advantages to students of all ages, but does it lead to less reading? While some children choose scrolling social media and browsing the internet on their smartphones over other activities (including reading), there are many ways to promote reading while acknowledging that technology plays a big part in your child’s life. 

Here are several tips on how to encourage your “digital native” child to read more: 

  1. Make reading material accessible. A bookshelf in your home and/or your child’s room is a great way to help him or her start creating a home library, but if your child has a laptop or tablet, he or she can download an app from Amazon or Barnes & Noble for digital reading. That way, wherever you are, your child always has access to his or her book. If your child prefers a separate tablet for reading only, e-readers and gift cards for future e-books make great gifts. Bottom line: make it easy for your child to get books. 
  1. Help your child find books of interest. Today’s students seek stimulation. Their minds work quickly. If a book doesn’t capture their attention, they’ll abandon it for something that does. This is all the more reason to help your child find reading material that gets him or her excited. Reading-focused social websites like Goodreads are an awesome resource and don’t forget about the librarian, who can guide your child toward material based on his or her interests, age, reading ability and more. 
  1. Talk about the downsides of multitasking. There’s plenty of research out there that articulates why doing five things at once is less effective than concentrating on one (the American Psychological Association explains that “doing more than one task at a time, especially more than one complex task, takes a toll on productivity”). Help your child establish good habits by setting a time in your household for daily reading (and reading only) and having your child mute all phone and other notifications when reading. 
  1. Make reading fun. This is an age-old tip for a reason. Put simply, if reading is enjoyable, your child will want to do more of it. Make reading a part of your child’s routine so that it becomes a habit as he or she grows older, but also use reading to create memories as a family. A few nights a week, make hot chocolate or popcorn and have family reading night in the living room or on the patio in the summer. On your free Sunday evenings, head to your favorite local bookstore or coffee shop for some reading, then go out to eat or come home to make dinner together. 

Lastly, remember how important it is to get your child help if needed. Your child will never choose to read more or think of reading as relaxing downtime if it is a constant struggle. So, if you notice that your child receives low test scores, grapples with text that seems simple or resists every effort you make to encourage reading, call Huntington. We’ll assess your child’s reading abilities to see what might be going on behind the scenes that are preventing your child from becoming a reader. Reach us at 1-800 CAN LEARN.

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Huntington Learning Center Recognizes Quality Schools in 2020 Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. National Lutheran Schools Week is a celebration of the nearly Lutheran 2,000 preschools, elementary schools and high schools in the United States.

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Mon, 17 Feb 2020 13:16:50 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/national-catholic-schools-week-national-lutheran-schools-week-2020 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/national-catholic-schools-week-national-lutheran-schools-week-2020 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center At the start of a new year, the Huntington Learning Center applauds high-quality schools during two important scholastic observances: Catholic Schools Week and National Lutheran Schools Week (both Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, 2020).

Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The week became an annual event in 1974. The observance comes after NCEA introduced a second week in 2019 to recognize Catholic schools, which they called Discover Catholic Schools Week (November 17-23, 2019). This week is aimed to help schools connect with prospective families, educators and other community members to showcase the many great aspects of Catholic school education.

The traditional Catholic Schools Week in January-February 2020 includes assemblies and a variety of activities in and outside Catholic schools and churches. The 2020 theme of Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

National Lutheran Schools Week is a celebration of the nearly Lutheran 2,000 preschools, elementary schools and high schools in the United States. Lutheran schools develop students’ love for and excitement about learning, work ethic, critical thinking skills and ability to work well with others. It is administered by the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, the second-largest Lutheran denomination. 

Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that Huntington applauds all schools of excellence. “There is nothing that pleases us more than to see schools upholding rigorous academic standards and providing students an excellent foundation for college and life after college,” Huntington says. “Catholic and Lutheran schools have earned reputations for quality for their commitment to high academic standards. They prepare students to make an impact on their communities and be good and productive citizens. And they offer welcoming learning environments for a diverse body of students. We honor and appreciate the efforts of these schools this January and always.”

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Five Tips for Reviewing the Midyear Report Card It’s a brand-new year and a brand-new term of school. That means the midyear report card has come home, which might be a source of stress, a source of pride or a little of both. Here are some tips on what to look for in your child's mid-year report card.

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Mon, 03 Feb 2020 17:26:57 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-tips-for-reviewing-the-midyear-report-card https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-tips-for-reviewing-the-midyear-report-card Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center It’s a brand-new year and a brand-new term of school. That means the midyear report card has come home, which might be a source of stress, a source of pride or a little of both. As Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says, this is a great time for parents and their children to have open and honest conversations about school.

“We always encourage parents to think of the midyear report card as much more than something they should read through and file away,” says Huntington. “The report card presents an opportunity to review children’s strengths, areas that need attention, study habits and so much more. Most importantly, this time of year is ideal for parents and children to talk about school.”

When reviewing the report card, Huntington offers parents these five tips:

  1. Focus on progress. Pay attention to progress indicators and benchmarks on the report card to see how your child is moving toward mastery of grade-level standards. Look at the report card prior to this one. How do your child’s grades in each subject compare to those on this report card?
  2. Talk about your child’s methods. What did your child do to earn that A in English? What led to the C in math? Grades are a measurement of your child’s knowledge, but it’s essential that you dig deeper to understand what your child is or isn’t doing to earn them—and keep up in school.
  3. Take note of any discussion about time management and organization. Some teachers put comments on the report card about these critical aptitudes, but if they do not, talk with your child about them. Have your child walk you through his or her approaches to staying organized and keeping track of all homework, due dates and other obligations.
  4. Gauge how your child feels about school. If you’ve noticed a lack of motivation or some negativity about school, open the lines of communication. What is causing your child’s indifference or frustration? Look to the report card for any comments from the teacher about your child’s demeanor and attitude too.
  5. Pay attention to any remarks about other skills. In today’s complex world, students need a range of abilities to succeed in the 21st-century learning environment. The report card might have a section assessing college-ready and career-ready aptitudes like higher-level thinking, problem-solving and comprehension skills.

Huntington reminds parents to reach out to their child’s teacher about the report card or attend midyear parent-teacher conferences. She adds the importance of being positive and keeping perspective. “Report cards might highlight trouble spots as well as areas of strength, but parents must remember that every student has ups and downs,” says Huntington. “One bad grade—or even several bad grades—does not define your child, and no problem is insurmountable. Whether your child is struggling a little or a lot, report card time is a ‘checkup’ and nothing to be afraid of.”

If your child had a difficult first half of the school year and you’d like to understand what’s going on more thoroughly, call Huntington at 1-800 CAN LEARN. We’ll assess your child’s current skills and identify areas where he or she might need additional help to get back on track.

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Six Ways Smartphones Enhance Learning The debate about cell phone use in school is ongoing and for good reason. While there is no doubt smartphones can prove distracting to some children, there are some very real benefits for children who own them.

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Wed, 15 Jan 2020 14:42:26 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-ways-smartphones-enhance-learning-2020 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-ways-smartphones-enhance-learning-2020 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The debate about cell phone use in school is ongoing, and for good reason. As Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center explains, there are many pros and cons of children having cell phones. “Because so many children use their cell phones—or more accurately, their smartphones—for so much more than making phone calls, they can be very distracting, whether children are in class or doing homework,” she explains. “However, there are also some very real benefits of having a smartphone. Huntington lists these six ways that smartphones can enhance children’s learning:

  1. Keeping track of homework – Many students like a paper planner, but keeping track of homework and project due dates is made easy with homework/planner smartphone apps. Because students often carry their phones with them wherever they go, it makes recording and checking in on daily deadlines and upcoming work fast and simple.
  2. Setting other reminders – The reminder/task functions on the smartphone are a great way for students to keep running to-do lists and add to them throughout the day. Your child can remind him or herself to do things like refill the pencil bag, attend that before-school club meeting tomorrow or request a letter of recommendation from a teacher for an upcoming scholarship application deadline.
  3. Looking up facts – The internet offers endless research possibilities for students. When teachers mention unfamiliar terms or dates, your child can quickly look them up without skipping a beat.
  4. Taking photos, video or audio of confusing concepts – Teachers move quickly sometimes, especially in high school. With permission, students can take photos of the board or video and/or audio clips of particularly confusing concepts to reference later when studying at home.
  5. Note taking – The reality is, most students are quick on their phones—much quicker than they are taking longhand notes. And apps like Evernote allow your child to capture ideas in his or her notes as well as video, web urls, photos and more. Then, your child can organize those notes in whatever way feels most logical.
  6. Accessing educational apps – Chances are, your child’s teacher uses at least a couple of learning apps, whether to remind students of assignments or share documents and assignment information. There are many excellent educational and learning apps out there, after all, that help students improve their study habits and be more organized, and bring teachers’ lessons to life. Smartphones make it easy for your child to access those tools when on the go.

Huntington reminds parents that while smartphones can be a distraction, they can also be an excellent learning tool. “The benefits that cell phones bring to the educational experience are undeniable,” she says. “As with all technology, it’s a good idea for parents to talk with their children about the importance of using their phones appropriately at school and always. Without a doubt, smartphones are a gateway to information, and if used appropriately, have the potential to enhance students’ learning.”

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New Year, New Attitude: Helping Your Child Start 2020 Right For children who have experienced a bumpy start to the school year and adopted a negative attitude as a result, the new year is an opportunity to hit the reset button and change the attitude.

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Tue, 07 Jan 2020 11:08:52 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-your-child-start-2020-right https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-your-child-start-2020-right Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington One of the best things about starting a brand-new year is the pervasive feeling of a fresh, new beginning. For children who have experienced a bumpy start to the school year and adopted a negative attitude as a result, the new year is also an opportunity to hit the reset button and change the attitude. Here are several tips on how to help your child start 2020 off right: 

  • Get to the root of the problem(s). Maybe your child has had a difficult time in one class. Maybe he or she doesn’t see eye to eye with some teachers. Or perhaps a subject that went well last year has suddenly become difficult this school year. Start off the year with an open and honest conversation with your child. Resist any judgment and simply listen. Knowing what has led to your child’s feelings of frustration and negativity will help you develop a 2020 action plan that you both feel good about.
  • Set goals or revisit goals set earlier in the year. The goal-setting process is valuable in so many ways. It encourages students to think about things they would like to accomplish in the remainder of the school year, and it helps renew their motivation. Sit down together to review any goals your child set at the start of the school year to see how he or she is progressing. Adjust them as needed and discuss how your child will take steps in the coming weeks and months.
  • Reflect on achievements last year. If the start of the school year has been a little rough, it’s understandable why your child might feel down or negative. Point out your child’s strengths. Talk about a few of the high points of the first semester of the school year (and even the end last school year). Even small successes are worth noting.
  • Refresh your child’s perspective. A recent report card with across-the-board bad grades is certainly grounds for concern, but it isn’t the end of the world—and it certainly isn’t a problem that cannot be fixed. Remind your child that talking about these issues and making a plan to correct them is the first step toward turning things around.
  • Instill resilience in your child. In school (as in life), problems arise all the time. The more you can teach your child to learn and grow from difficult times, the stronger your child will become. Remind your child that when confronted with challenges, he or she should take a deep breath, believe in him or herself, and persevere. That grit is a trait that will serve your child well in life.

Lastly, it is important that you have a good attitude about school as well. Your child witnesses how you react to and talk about school, and it rubs off. If your child is struggling, he or she likely feels worse about the situation than you do. Be positive, action-oriented, and most of all, supportive. Let your child know that education is important but his or her well-being is even more important. Together, you’ll make this year a great one. 

Huntington is here to help your child achieve his or her best and regain that self-esteem. Call 1-800 CAN LEARN to talk about how we can help your child make this year his or her best one yet.

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Huntington Learning Center Announces Results Of SAT, ACT And Scholarship Survey For 2019 Huntington Learning Center, the leading tutoring and test prep company with approximately 300 locations across the country, recently announced the results of its annual SAT, ACT and scholarships survey for 2019.

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Mon, 23 Dec 2019 16:18:52 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntington-learning-center-announces-results-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntington-learning-center-announces-results-2019 Madeline Mesa Madeline Mesa Huntington Learning Center, the leading tutoring and test prep company with approximately 300 locations across the country, recently announced the results of its annual SAT, ACT and scholarships survey for 2019. On average, students who participated in Huntington's standardized test prep programs reported an increase of 229 points on the SAT, and 5.4 points on the ACT. Additionally, Huntington students reported receiving over $71,000 in scholarships on average, up from $57,000 in 2018. Total scholarships awarded to Huntington students surveyed was $187 million, up from $140 million in 2018.

"We are incredibly proud of the achievements of our students, parents, tutors and franchisees over the past year," said Anne Huntington, President of Huntington Learning Center. "Our individualized programs have a proven track record of success, and we're honored to be able to have a positive impact on so many students' lives."

These scores bring to a close a year of celebration for Huntington, which in 2019 received top honors from Training Magazine for its employer-sponsored training and development programs. Additionally, Huntington Learning Center was named a Top Franchise by both Entrepreneur Magazine and the Franchise Business Review, and received top honors from Newsweek for its excellent customer service.

Also this year, Anne Huntington was named President of Huntington Learning Center, and was honored as Woman of the Year in Franchising by the Stevie Awards, as well as named to NJBiz's prestigious 40 Under 40 List and the Education Power 50 List. Anne and her mother, Huntington Co-Founder and CEO Eileen Huntington, were also named to Franchise Dictionary's 50 Women of Wonder List.

2019 was a period of notable growth and expansion for the company, which opened up more than 40 franchising opportunities across the Northeast region -- the company's most significant period of franchise expansion since its inception in 1977. To date, more than 50% of these franchise locations have been sold.

For information about Huntington Learning Center franchise opportunities, please visit www.HuntingtonFranchise.com or call 1-800-653-8400.

About Huntington Learning Center

Huntington Learning Center is the nation's leading tutoring and test prep provider. Its certified teachers provide individualized instruction in phonics, reading, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams. Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards. Huntington is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded in 1977, Huntington's mission is to give every student the best education possible. Learn how Huntington can help at www.HuntingtonHelps.com and for franchising opportunities www.HuntingtonFranchise.com.

Press Contact: Madeline Mesa, madeline@mbpconsultants.com

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Huntington Learning Center Announces Results of 2019 SAT/ACT and Scholarships Survey Huntington Learning Center recently completed its annual survey of college students about their SAT/ACT scores and scholarship dollars received. Read on to find out the results. 

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Tue, 31 Dec 2019 10:42:34 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/hlc-announces-results-of-2019-sat-act-survey https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/hlc-announces-results-of-2019-sat-act-survey Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center, a leading test prep and tutoring services provider, recently completed its annual survey of college students about their SAT/ACT scores and scholarship dollars received. Responses on ACT/SAT results (2019) were as follows:

 

  • Total scholarships awarded to Huntington students surveyed was $187 million, up from $140 million in 2018.
  • Of the students surveyed, scholarship offers averaged over $71,000 per student.
  • The average increase for students taking the ACT after completing a Huntington ACT prep program was 5.4 points. In 2018, the increase was 5.2 points.
  • The average increase for students taking the SAT after completing a Huntington SAT prep program was 229 points. In 2018, the increase was 226 points.

Eileen Huntington of the Huntington Learning Center says that Huntington’s test prep programs have proven successful for many years. “We take an individualized approach, which is highly effective because our programs are designed to meet students’ needs and not as one-size-fits-all curricula,” she says. “The upward success trajectory of our survey findings confirms what becomes very clear during one of our SAT or ACT exam prep sessions: customized learning yields better results.”

 

Huntington’s positive news comes as U.S. News and World Report shares that more students in the graduating class of 2019 took the SAT than ever before—2.2 million, a 4 percent increase from 2018. The increase is largely attributed to more states allowing schools to administer the test during the school day for free. More students from low-income areas and students whose parents did not attend college took the exam. Overall, median SAT scores (2019) for math and reading dropped slightly.

Huntington explains that while score fluctuations are to be expected year to year, good test preparation makes a difference. “When students have a good handle on their strengths and weaknesses and take the time to study carefully, they perform better,” she says. “At our 300 centers across the country, we have seen great improvement among students for that reason. Diligent, focused studying makes all the difference.”

For more information about Huntington Learning Center’s exam prep services and how they help students perform better on the SAT and ACT—and prepare for college success—contact Huntington Learning Center at 1-800 CAN LEARN or visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.

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Life After High School: Five Tips to Help Your Teen Be Successful While school is obviously very important, there are many aptitudes beyond the academic that children will need for college and life. Eileen Huntington offers several tips on how parents can get their children ready for a successful life after high school. 

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Tue, 10 Dec 2019 08:58:06 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-tips-to-help-your-teen-be-successful https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-tips-to-help-your-teen-be-successful Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Oradell, NJ – When your child starts kindergarten, college and the “real world” probably seem ages away. But those 12 years go quickly, and the preparation for life should begin sooner than later. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center explains that while school is obviously very important, there are many aptitudes beyond the academic that children will need for college and life. “As a parent, your goal should be to equip your child with life skills that he or she will use forever,” she says. “Academic abilities are essential, but there is so much more that your child needs.”

Huntington offers several tips on how parents can get their children ready for a successful life after high school:

  1. Teach them basic money management skills. An allowance is a great way to get children to grasp the concept of earning and accumulating money from a young age. Make sure you give your child opportunities to understand the value of money as well. Talk about what it means to earn a living and live within your means. When you go to the grocery store, bring your child along to comparison shop brands and items. Establish a family budget and show your child how you manage your income and expenses to it and save for various things.
  2. Talk careers early and often. It’s never too early for parents to start asking their children what type of career sound interesting. Encourage your child to talk with the adults in his or her life about how they got to where they are. As your child gets closer to high school, do research together on what strengths (academic and otherwise) might translate into different career possibilities.
  3. Don’t solve your child’s problems. Life and school have ups and downs. Children need to know how to approach problems methodically and with confidence and optimism. Be there to support your child, but don’t step in and fix problems. Encourage your child to take responsibility and ownership for school—and all that comes with it.
  4. Teach your child how to think critically. In everyday conversation, parents can teach their children to be curious and inquisitive. Invite your child to share with you how he or she analyzes problems and comes up with a variety of alternate solutions. When your child shows you homework, ask how your child came up with answers and what steps were taken to get there.
  5. Show your child how to be resourceful. In college and the real world, people are expected to figure things out sometimes. Your child will often be faced with periods of uncertainty and times when he or she is asked to do something completely new. Help your child nurture this ability by encouraging perseverance through challenges and creativity when one attempt is unsuccessful.

“Support your child as a well-rounded person,” says Huntington. “Vital life skills like problem-solving and creativity will take your child further in life than many other things.” For more tips on how to support your child as he or she navigates school and builds independence as a learner and person, call Huntington at 1-800 CAN LEARN.

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Making the Most of School Through school, children learn about how to become independent people, how to work with others, the importance of discipline and more. In many ways, school is what your child makes of it—and the more effort he or she puts in, the more equipped your child will be for college and life success.

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Wed, 11 Dec 2019 08:54:19 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/making-the-most-of-school https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/making-the-most-of-school Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center School is obviously a place for learning, but the experience is so much more than just classes and books. Through school, children learn about how to become independent people, how to work with others, the importance of discipline and more. In many ways, school is what your child makes of it—and the more effort he or she puts in, the more equipped your child will be for college and life success.

Here are several ways your child can make the most of school and the overall experience:

Get to know teachers. It may sound obvious, but both you and your child should spend time getting to know his or her teachers. They are your first point of contact at school and the people to turn to when needing help or guidance. Reach out to these individuals early in the school year and stay in touch—and encourage your child to do the same. A positive, communicative relationship with your child’s teachers will provide your child with the support needed to learn effectively.

Take advantage of the wealth of resources available. When your child is young, make sure you are in contact with the appropriate school staff members who can help your child acquire needed skills and stay engaged in the classroom. These people might include the librarian, gifted/talented specialist or reading specialist. As your child grows older, encourage him or her to take the initiative to seek out help when needed. Your child should always talk to teachers when questions or problems arise, as they can work with your child individually and make sure his or her needs are being met.

Look for character-building opportunities. Getting involved at school will benefit your child in numerous ways. Extracurricular activities are not only a wonderful way for children to get to know other students and have fun, they promote leadership skills, build organizational and time management skills, teach collaboration with all different types of people and teach children to balance multiple responsibilities outside of school.

Seek out a mentor. When your child is in high school, encourage him or her to find a teacher or coach who can serve as an informal mentor. Mentors can play an important role in a student’s support system in high school and can serve as a sounding board and confidant. They can help students navigate challenges and set goals, push them to advocate for themselves, and even offer college and career advice. 

Keep college and career top of mind. It is never too soon to start thinking about college—and your child’s primary and secondary school experiences lay the foundation for college and adulthood. Talk with your child about college from a young age and discuss different careers that might be of interest one day. Your child should talk with teachers and mentors about college and careers as well. Don’t forget to take advantage of any opportunities offered by your school or community for students to learn about college and the application process or explore careers.

A well-rounded school experience should include more than just the academics, so teach your child to make the most of school by utilizing resources available, seeking out help when needed, building relationships with teachers and others, and getting involved. As a bonus, you’ll find that by teaching your child to look for ways to enhance the school experience, you are encouraging independence, maturity, and self-advocacy. Teach your child today to make the most of school, and he or she will undoubtedly apply that same assiduous attitude in college and beyond.

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Eight Holiday Break Learning Activities to Do with Your Child Holiday break is the perfect chance for your child to explore something new and relish learning for the fun of it. Find out about eight holiday activities for kids you can try over the break that will boost your child’s brain power.

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Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:30:31 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/holiday-break-learning-activities https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/holiday-break-learning-activities Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington For most families, holiday break is symbolic—you’ve reached the midway point of the school year and it’s time for a breather. However, that doesn’t mean your child should spend the next two weeks scrolling social media. Here are eight holiday activities for kids you can try over the break that will boost your child’s brain power:

  1. Reading – Don’t force your child to crack those textbooks, but do encourage him or her to choose a book (or several) to enjoy over break. Head to the library for an afternoon at the start of break to stock up. Consider reading something together to make it a fun family activity.
  2. Classes for fun – Look around and you’ll discover many fun holiday learning activities and classes for children over break. Your nearby recreation center, library or bookstore are good places to look for winter break classes and workshops on things like cooking, holiday crafts, writing, art or even sports.
  3. Museum hopping – Art galleries, history museums, and nature and science museums make ideal day trips for children of all ages. Check out those in your town for any special exhibits for the holidays. Holiday break is a chance to explore some of those lesser-known museums too, like a heritage museum or sports museum.
  4. Educational movies/TV – Who doesn’t love curling up on the couch around the holidays to enjoy some entertainment on screen? When you visit the library, look for interesting documentaries or based-on-true-events movies that might pique your child’s interest. Perhaps there’s a thought-provoking TV series (think science, animal and history channels) that your family could watch together over break.
  5. College research – If you have a high school student, holiday break is a great time to do some college research and/or preparation. That might include browsing college websites to start gathering information, reading up on financial aid or fine-tuning that admissions essay if you have a senior who is working on applications.
  6. Cooking – Many families do a lot of entertaining and hosting over the holidays, which means lots of food. And guess what? Cooking involves practical math skills such as measuring and shopping, and time management skills for the planning and preparation. Hand your child a cookbook and put him or her in charge of your holiday menu.
  7. Family history documentation – Your child could devote some time this break to creating a cherished book of family history. Have your child call or visit family members to ask about their childhoods or favorite holiday memories.
  8. Science projects – What is your child curious about? What’s going on around you? Have your child come up with a few things to track or measure over break (e.g. snow accumulation or hourly temperature). Have him or her research easy science experiments online that he or she can do with household materials and try a few a day.

Holiday break is the perfect chance for your child to explore something new and relish learning for the fun of it. Get creative. There are all kinds of ways for your child to keep her mind engaged over break while having fun at the same time.

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Five Tips from Huntington Learning Center on Filling Out College Applications There’s a lot for students to do when it comes to preparing to go to college. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents that the volume of to-dos increases substantially. As teens near the time when they need to submit applications, she offers five tips for working on those college applications.

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019 15:54:54 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-tips-on-filling-out-college-applications-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-tips-on-filling-out-college-applications-2019 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center There’s a lot for teens to do when it comes to preparing to go to college. The journey starts early in high school, but as teens near the time when they need to submit applications, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents that the volume of to-dos increases substantially.

 

“The college application is actually a substantial package of information that admissions officers use to evaluate students, so it’s important that teens allow plenty of time to assemble everything that will bolster them as candidates,” says Huntington. She offers five tips for teens as they work on those college applications:

 

  1. Develop a timeline and detailed to-do list. At a minimum, teens must be aware of SAT/ACT dates (and registration deadlines), college application due dates (regular and early decision/early action) and all deadlines associated with the other materials colleges might request (e.g. recommendation letters), which vary from college to college (see tip #2). The College Board’s college application checklist is a general list of the documents and tasks that most colleges need completed.  
  2. Look to the colleges themselves for application tips and requirements. Many colleges and universities use the Common Application for basic information, but most also require quite a bit of supplemental material. Teens would be wise to visit college or university websites to get a clear understanding of what they request of applicants (and to review any tips or resources).
  3. Establish an organizational system. Once teens identify schools to which they plan to apply and assemble all due dates and requirements mentioned in tips #1-2, they need to create files for each college—both hard copy and on their computers—to store all documents. Teens should update those college-specific checklists and keep them on hand.
  4. Follow all directions and be thorough. Yes, there are many tasks to complete in anticipation of college, but most colleges try to make things simple. Teens must review directions and the application steps provided on each college’s website carefully and thoroughly. Being diligent about following directions will prevent teens from skipping steps or submitting incomplete information.
  5. Devote time to the essay. If colleges recommend or require personal essays, teens should give them the attention they deserve. They need to choose appropriate topics that address the essay prompts, plan ahead to make the essay poignant and powerful, and write multiple drafts. It’s also important to allow sufficient time for editing, ask for feedback on the essay from one or more teachers, and do a final proofread of the essay before considering it final.

 

Last but certainly not least, Huntington reminds teens to put forth their very bet effort. “College applications are students’ best chance to prove to colleges that they deserve to be accepted for admission,” she says. “Students should seize that opportunity by showing that they’ve put in the work and by presenting themselves as strong candidates. Our advice to students is to work hard in school and get tutoring help when needed. Retake that SAT or ACT if they want to raise their scores. Ask for letters of recommendation from the teachers who see their potential, and give those teachers time to craft something compelling. Write a great essay. Then, pull it all together to create the best application possible.”

For more information about Huntington Learning Center’s services to prepare students for college success, contact Huntington at 1-800 CAN LEARN or visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.

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2019 American Education Week Starts November 18, 2019 On November 18, 2019, American Education Week will kick off. Created by the National Education Association (NEA), this weeklong celebration of public education honors the professionals who make a difference in ensuring that every child in the country receives a quality education. Find out how you can celebrate the different days of American Education Week.

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Tue, 19 Nov 2019 13:26:44 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/american-education-week-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/american-education-week-2019 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The week before Thanksgiving, on November 18, 2019, American Education Week will kick off. Created by the National Education Association (NEA), this weeklong celebration of public education honors the professionals who make a difference in ensuring that every child in the country receives a quality education—from teachers to support staff, from communities to principals.

Communities around the country can celebrate the daily components of American Education Week as scheduled below:  

  • Monday, November 18: Kickoff Day – The nationwide kickoff, with activities and events at schools around the country.
  • Tuesday, November 19: Parents Day – A day for parents and/or other family members to join their children at school for a first-hand look at a typical school day.
  • Wednesday, November 20: Education Support Professionals Day – A day to honor the contributions of public support staff, such as instructional assistants, office workers, paraeducators, bus drivers, custodians, and security guards.
  • Thursday, November 21: Educator for a Day – A program in which community members are invited to school as “guest educators.” This day gives them the opportunity to get a feel for a typical school day, including everything from teaching classes to eating lunch in the cafeteria.
  • Friday, November 22: Substitute Educators Day – A day that honors the professional substitute educators who run classes when regular educators are absent.

American Education Week was founded in 1921 by the National Education Association and the American Legion as a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education. The week-long celebration is now co-sponsored by several other organizations as well, including the U.S. Department of Education, the National School Boards Association, the American Federation of Teachers and the American School Counselor Association, among others.

“Public schools are continually working to be better and to keep pace with the ever-changing world—and prepare students for that world,” says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “Public schools are open to all, and are worthy of celebration. American Education week recognizes the many people who contribute to educating our nation’s children. As part of that group, we at Huntington Learning Center are so thankful for our colleagues and communities for all that they do to support students’ academic achievements and give all children a quality education.”

Learn more about American Education Week at www.nea.org/aew. For more information about Huntington Learning Center’s services, contact us at 1-800 CAN LEARN or visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.

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Five Signals That Your Child Has a Learning Problem For many children, school is not a straight path free of roadblocks. Ups and downs in school are inevitable, and some subjects and grades might go more smoothly than others.

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Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:37:03 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-signals-your-child-has-a-learning-problem https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-signals-your-child-has-a-learning-problem Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center For many children, school is not a straight path free of roadblocks. Ups and downs in school are inevitable, and some subjects and grades might go more smoothly than others.

As a parent, you do your best and follow your instincts when dealing with problems as they arise. But Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center cautions parents to watch for signs that their children need more than typical parental involvement. “No child has a trouble-free school experience, but it’s important to be aware of issues that might have deeper roots and require more intensive intervention,” she says. Huntington lists these five signs of possible learning problems:

Sign #1: Poor comprehension – Poor reading comprehension can be a sign of many different learning issues. Pay attention to how your child completes reading and writing assignments. Does it take far longer than it should to read a page? Does your child have a hard time answering questions about books he or she is reading? Is your child’s writing often unclear with spelling and grammatical mistakes? 

Sign #2: Poor attention span – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is most associated with a poor attention span, but even students not diagnosed with such an issue might need support improving their ability to focus and complete work. Take note of your child’s work habits while studying. Do you notice a lot of gazing out the window? Getting out the phone or surfing the internet when he or she should be doing something else? Working for only a few minutes before getting distracted? 

Sign #3: Difficulty retrieving information – There are several types of memory, all of which are essential for students to be able to store and retrieve information when they read and listen in class. Do you notice your child struggling to answer questions about material he or she has just read or forgetting information learned just recently? Do you see your child frequently leaving the room to get or do something only to return a moment later having forgotten what that item or task was? Or, does your child remember recent topics taught but have a harder time recalling topics taught a month ago? 

Sign #4: Weak organization and time management skills – While many children grapple from time to time with organization and time management, consistent difficulty planning ahead on homework, staying organized, and paying attention to details could be signs of something bigger. Specifically, your child might lack executive functioning skills, which are essential aptitudes that allow students to self-regulate and achieve their goals. 

Sign #5: Poor grades in language-based subjects – As mentioned, a poor grade in any subject should be a red flag that something is going on with your child in school, but if you observe problems with reading fluency, writing, spelling or recall, the scope of your child’s challenges is narrower. Your child could simply be dealing with missing skill gaps, or the issue could be something more complex like dyslexia. 

If you notice one or more of the above signs, or other red flags such as low self-esteem, apathy about school, or homework taking an exceptionally long time, contact Huntington at 1-800 CAN LEARN. We can assess what is going on with your child, identify the problems ailing him or her, and establish a plan of action to correct them.

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Six Activities that will Help Your Child Hone Leadership Aptitudes Whether your child grows up to become a powerful business person, a teacher, or a doctor, the ability to lead people toward a goal and be a positive influence on others is invaluable.

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Tue, 05 Nov 2019 10:56:36 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/activities-to-promote-leadership-aptitude-in-chrildren https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/activities-to-promote-leadership-aptitude-in-chrildren Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington There is such a thing as a born leader, but the truth is, you can cultivate leadership aptitudes in your child from an early age. Whether your child grows up to become a powerful business person, a teacher, or a doctor, the ability to lead people toward a goal and be a positive influence on others is invaluable.

Here are six activities that will help your child develop and strengthen those leadership skills:

  1. Volunteering at an organization that helps people. Leaders have empathy for others, and there is no better way to build children’s empathy than to put them in situations where they can help others who are less fortunate or need support. Empower your child to take action (or get involved in an effort already underway) when he or she sees something wrong in the community and wants to fix it.
  2. Running for student council. By its very nature, student council, whether in elementary school, middle school or high school, is a great way to show your child what it means to inspire change in an organization (a school in this case). Student council will also build your child’s public speaking, teamwork, and organizational skills.
  3. Joining a club and becoming an officer. Any extracurricular involvement will benefit your child in a multitude of ways, but taking on a position such as secretary or treasurer (or even president or vice president) is especially good for your child. Such a position will build your child’s sense of responsibility.
  4. Becoming part of a team. This could be a soccer team, a dance troupe, a glee club or something entirely different. A team environment helps participants cultivate their abilities to collaborate and work effectively with different types of people.
  5. Working with children. This might be most applicable when your child becomes a teenager. Whether it’s babysitting, assisting in a preschool art class or coaching a children’s team, working effectively with younger children requires many of the same competencies that leaders need. Your teen will learn how to manage disorder, get others’ attention and motivate children to work toward similar tasks and goals while building his or her patience in the process.
  6. Being in charge of something. At home, you can help nurture your child’s inner leader by giving him or her something to manage independently. Chores are one option but think bigger. Is there some part of your family’s “modus operandi” that your child or teen could take over? Do you have a family business with which your child could get involved?

Even if your child isn’t planning to become a Fortune 500 CEO, leadership development is extremely beneficial. Your child will grow up to be more confident, adaptable, resilient and capable. He or she will become more proficient at making decisions and listening to others’ ideas (and articulating his or her own). Encourage your child to engage in activities that nurture their leadership skills. The positive effects will be long-lasting.

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Five Tips to Get Students to Participate in Class If there’s one thing all teachers feel would make their jobs easier, it is student participation. Your job is to engage your students in learning, after all.

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Tue, 29 Oct 2019 13:38:45 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-student-participation-tips-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-student-participation-tips-2019 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center If there’s one thing all teachers feel would make their jobs easier, it is student participation. Your job is to engage your students in learning, after all. That task is much easier when they are willing to share their ideas and ask questions.

How can you get more students to participate? Here are a few tips:

  1. Set the expectation. If you haven’t already, let your students know that you expect them to contribute to the class dialogue. You can certainly make participation part of their grades, but express your desire that they ask questions and offer their input and ideas.
  2. Get to know your students as individuals. The more you know about your students and their learning styles, interests, and motivations, the easier it is for you to get them involved and excited in class.
  3. Use technology. Today’s generation of students is accustomed to using digital tools and apps to augment their learning. They expect that their teachers will integrate those things into their educational experience.
  4. Lecture only when you have to. The more you talk “at” your students, the less involved they feel in the learning experience. Try cooperative learning techniques that get students participating, or flip your classroom and do activities in the classroom (vs. having students do them on their own at home).
  5. Break students into groups. Some students are more likely to open up to their peers. Small group work is a more comfortable setting for some students who feel intimidated speaking up in front of you and all of their classmates.

You set the tone for good participation in your class, so keep working on it. When you cultivate this type of environment, your students benefit greatly from that positive energy and encouragement.

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5 Tips to Give Your Student an Advantage There is no magic bullet to ensure that your child will be an excellent student who never experiences problems or challenges. However, there are several things parents can do to help your child stay focused and work more efficiently, thereby setting him or her up for success.

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Fri, 01 Nov 2019 14:01:40 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-tips-to-give-your-student-an-advantage-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-tips-to-give-your-student-an-advantage-2019 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center There is no magic bullet to ensure that your child will be an excellent student who never experiences problems or challenges. However, there are several things parents can do to help your child stay focused and work more efficiently, thereby setting him or her up for success:

Work on basic skills.  If your child is struggling with basic concepts and this is causing problems in class and during homework, it may be time to investigate. Consider having your child assessed to get more details on what academic skills he or she may be lacking. Huntington Learning Center offers an academic evaluation that can pinpoint any student's needs based on their strengths and weaknesses.

Constant reading. A confident reader will find school to be easier overall. Reading is essential in every subject, and teachers will increasingly expect your child to offer opinions on and insight into the things he or she reads. Make reading a frequent family activity by carving out time on a daily basis and encourage your child to read for fun, both aloud and independently.  

Critical thinking. No matter what subject your child studies, critical thinking is an important skill that you can and should hone from an early age. Encourage your child to analyze, question and express opinions on books, articles, news and more. When reading stories, discuss the characters and main messages and have your child share his or her thoughts and ideas. Even with subjects like math and science, teach your child to think through problems and talk about the practical application of math and science concepts. The more your child develops such essential higher-order thinking abilities, the more capable your child will be as a student.

Establish guidelines. Clearly defined rules create a home environment conducive to maximum learning, eliminating wasted time and encouraging children to work more efficiently. On the other hand, a lack of structure can result in a child feeling unorganized and overwhelmed. Just as your child’s teacher does in the classroom, establish and maintain clear routines for study time at home. Once you have established and communicated those rules, hold your child to them. The less time spent on getting settled into homework, organizing or finding one’s things, the more time can be spent on learning.

Foster good study habits. Many children who are otherwise capable students are hampered by disorganization and poor study skills. Teach your child the basics, such as maintaining a neat workspace and backpack, embracing a system for tracking homework and projects (and their due dates), and making all study and homework sessions efficient. Ask for suggestions from your child’s teacher as well.

Finally, one of the most important things parents can do to benefit their children is to talk about school. It sounds simple, and it is—but study after study proves the positive effects of parental involvement on students’ long-term educational outcomes. Communication between parent and student improves not only student behavior and attendance but also affects student achievement.  A small amount of effort today will help your child build a strong foundation for school and life success.

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Six Things to Pay Attention to on Your Child’s First Report Card of the Year Your child has been back in school for a month or two by now, which means there’s an important milestone coming up: the first report card of the year. Read about six important indicators to look for when reviewing your child's progress.

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Tue, 29 Oct 2019 13:08:36 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-things-to-pay-attention-to-on-the-first-report-card-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-things-to-pay-attention-to-on-the-first-report-card-2019 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Your child has been back in school for a month or two by now, which means there’s an important milestone coming up: the first report card of the year. As Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center explains, the first report card is telling and significant. “Parents should give the report card much more than a glance,” says Huntington. “This early ‘checkup’ shares a lot about how children are progressing in all subjects so far as well as how ready they were or weren’t for the grade.”

As you review your child’s first report card of the year, Huntington suggests paying careful attention to these six things:

  1. The grades – Grades are the most obvious sign of how your child is doing in school. Look at both the grades themselves and the change in grades from last year. Did your child end sixth grade math with an A but now has a B- at the start of seventh grade?
  2. Teacher comments about behavior – Read all remarks about your child’s academic attitude and classroom behavior. Does the teacher mention concern about responsibility, self-control, ability to work well with others, aggressiveness or anything else? Does the teacher commend your child for his or her work ethic, attitude or team effort?
  3. Areas of strength – Remember that the report card isn’t just a tool for identifying problems. Take note of positive comments about your child as well. Your teacher gets to know your child on a different level, after all. He or she might notice aspects of your child’s personality and performance that are special or exceed expectations.
  4. Marks or comments about study habits and organization – Good study skills are essential, and the further your child progresses in school, the more important they become. Look for any indicators about your child’s study habits and organizational/time management skills (or lack thereof).
  5. Areas of progress – It’s only the first report card of the year, but the teacher might have included measurements about your child’s progress toward grade-level standards for the year or the semester.
  6. Notes about potential – Straight As looks great, but you must read between the lines a little on report cards as well. Did your child forgo honors English for regular English, receiving an A+ on the report card? Just as you do not want your child to be overly challenged in school, you don’t want your child to lose opportunities to reach his or her potential. A conversation with the teacher might help you better assess whether your child is being appropriately pushed.

Huntington reminds parents that the report card is just one tool to help them support their children. “Being involved as a parent and communicating frequently with teachers is absolutely critical,” he/she says. “It’s also vital that you establish a good working relationship with your child regarding school. Set expectations and support your child as a student by asking about school often. And when questions about the report card do come up, have an open conversation with your child as well as any teachers or guidance counselors.”

If the first report card of the school year had a few unfortunate surprises or you have other concerns about your child’s academic performance, call Huntington—the earlier in the year, the better. School problems rarely go away. The longer they’re ignored, the harder it is for children to catch up and rebuild their self-esteem.

Contact 1-800 CAN LEARN to learn more about Huntington’s customized instructional programs for students of all ages.

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Teaching Children Financial Literacy as a Way to Build Practical Math Skills Before parents send their children off to college and into the real world, there are many skills they must ensure they have. One that is increasingly important, though not always top of mind, is that of financial literacy.

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Tue, 29 Oct 2019 13:02:14 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/financial-literacy-to-build-practical-math-skills-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/financial-literacy-to-build-practical-math-skills-2019 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Before parents send their children off to college and into the real world, there are many skills they must ensure they have. With so many academic skills taking front and center, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that financial literacy isn’t always top of mind for parents.

“Managing personal finances is a skill that children need in life,” Huntington says. “The great news is that when parents make the effort to educate their children about saving, budgeting, spending, credit and more, they’re also building their children’s practical math skills.” She offers parents these ideas:

  1. Open a savings account for your child. Take your child to the bank to open his or her first bank account. Show your child how to record deposits, withdrawals, and interest in the register and explain how compound interest works as the account grows. Check with the bank on whether they offer any handouts or workshops for children who are just starting to save and learn about money basics.
  2. Give an allowance. An allowance is one of the best ways to give children practical examples of what their relationship with money will be like in the future. Perhaps you can establish that different types of chores earn different wages and leave it up to your child how much money he or she wants to earn each week. Then, encourage your child to set aside money for saving, investing, and spending, and take him or her to the bank every month to make a deposit.
  3. Discuss the difference between saving and investing. Speaking of saving and investing, talk with your child about what each of these means. Explain that saving is setting aside money for safekeeping for the future while investing is trying to grow that money. Talk about the various ways to grow money. Explain how certain investments are riskier, and thus, earn greater returns. You might even share your monthly savings account statements vs. your monthly 401(k) statements to show your child the difference.
  4. Have your child help you update the family budget. If your family uses a budget—either a spreadsheet or through an app—have your child help you update it each week or month. Alternately, have your child create a budget of his or her own, starting with all income sources (e.g. allowance, birthday money, part-time job income) and listing out any expenses (e.g. clothes, gas money). Share a high-level version of your household budget and how you decide how much to save and invest every month.

Just as children need to think about career paths and their viability before they go to college, they also need to build their financial literacy. “When parents teach their children about budgeting, credit, income, and paying different expenses, they’re also strengthening their ‘money math’ knowledge, including concepts like decimals, percentages, and reasoning,” says Huntington. “These are skills children will put to use and appreciate in adulthood, and the earlier you teach these ideas, the better.”

For more information about Huntington’s math and other subject tutoring programs, call 1-800 CAN LEARN.

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Tips to Become a Better Note Taker One of the most important study skills for high schoolers who will soon be college students is note-taking, which helps students succinctly capture what their teachers cover in class so that they can review that information more in depth later.

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Thu, 31 Oct 2019 14:57:14 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-to-become-a-better-note-taker https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-to-become-a-better-note-taker Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center One of the most important study skills for high schoolers who will soon be college students is note-taking, which helps students succinctly capture what their teachers cover in class so that they can review that information more in-depth later. Good notes will help your student better process information when studying independently, thereby enhancing his or her learning. However, many teachers and college professors assume that students will learn this important skill on their own—so there’s a good chance that your teen will not receive explicit instruction on the topic in a class along the way.

Here are several tips to share with your student on how to take good notes that will support his or her learning:

Keep notes organized – Notes should be succinct and well organized. Your teen can take notes in a notebook or on index cards or use another system. Whatever method he or she prefers, the notes should contain enough information so he or she can quickly pull out the main points of the teacher’s lecture. If the teacher begins his or her lecture by stating four main areas he or she will discuss, your teen should write those down as a summary. Then, he or she can outline each of those areas with key points, additional resources that the teacher suggests reviewing later, phrases or words to study, and the like.

Record key points – When teachers lecture, they usually give verbal cues to students on important points and key ideas that they are trying to get students to understand. Your student should realize that it is less important to take down every word that a teacher says and more important to note topics that the teacher emphasizes. Students shouldn’t forget to jot down examples that support those points, too.

Pay attention to the teacher’s style. No two teachers present material exactly alike, so your teen will need to learn different note-taking strategies depending on his or her teacher’s approach. Some teachers may not write anything on the board and instead will only hint at the information they want students to pay particular attention to, while others may provide an outline of their lecture to guide students as they follow along.

Don’t stop listening. Many students may follow a teacher’s lead and jot down whatever he or she notes as the most important points, then tune out. However, your student should listen carefully as his or her teacher explains each of those points. Writing down a few additional thoughts may help your student check his or her understanding and will help him or her recall the information later.

Review and tidy notes within 24 hours. Taking notes only to set them aside until it’s time to take a test weeks later isn’t effective. A better strategy is to review those notes—along with the class textbook—within a day or two of class, which will help keep the material fresh and give your student an opportunity to clarify any abbreviations or unclear points he or she may have written down quickly. Cleaning up and/or rewriting class notes will also help your teen continually improve his or her note-taking abilities. 

As with any academic skill, it may take practice for your teen to become a skilled note taker, and he or she may create his or her own strategy and method that is different from those of classmates. Encourage your student to seek guidance from one or more teachers, too, as they may offer valuable suggestions on how to organize and best use notes. Most important is that your student finds an approach that helps him or her study—and learn—more effectively.

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Why Individualized Tutoring is More Effective Than Group Tutoring If you know your child could benefit from the help of a tutor, your next decision is what type of setting is going to be most effective Learn why individualized tutoring offers the greatest benefit.

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Tue, 01 Oct 2019 10:40:27 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/individualized-tutoring-vs-group-tutoring https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/individualized-tutoring-vs-group-tutoring Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington You’ve seen several red flags, including a decline in grades and a poor report card. Maybe your child has asked you for homework help but you can tell your child has big skill gaps and you feel unequipped to help him or her close them. If you know your child could benefit from the help of a tutor, your next decision is what type of setting is going to be most effective: a one-to-one or group tutoring setting?

At Huntington, we are proponents of individualized tutoring for students for a variety of reasons:

  • One-to-one tutoring programs are customized for each student’s needs. In a one-to-one tutoring session, the teacher determines what to cover based on the student’s specific needs and goals. The curriculum is designed to address each student’s challenges. Sessions are built specifically around the student.
  • Students can’t get lost in the crowd. Just like in a classroom with many students, students in a larger group tutoring session can fade into the background by avoiding asking questions or engaging the teacher. Not so in an individualized tutoring program. Students get the help they need because they are the sole focus.
  • The programs scale according to students’ growth. Because an individual tutoring session is designed around each student’s areas of weakness, there’s no risk of students getting left behind. Tutors will not move ahead to a new concept without ensuring their students master the essential building block skills first.
  • Students learn more than just school skills. A quality subject tutoring program focuses on more than the academic skills your child needs for success. At Huntington, for example, we strive to help students boost their self-esteem and turn around any negative feelings they might have about school. Our goal is to help students become motivated self-starters who are confident in their abilities.

Signs it’s time for tutoring

So, when should you call Huntington? When the grades have fallen, of course, but here are several other signs your child needs personal tutoring help:

  • Your child lacks study skills. Watch for sloppy or incomplete notes from class and a haphazard approach to nightly homework. Take note if your child seems to make things harder on him or herself by succumbing to distractions or failing to set up good habits during homework and studying.
  • Homework takes way too long. Tasks that you know should be quick take a long time because your child gets distracted or easily confused. Observe how your child spends his or her time and how long it takes to get going when he or she sits down to do work.
  • Your child doesn’t care. If your child once enjoyed school and now seems lazy and apathetic about the idea of learning, there might be something going on behind the scenes. There’s a reason for that lack of effort. You need to find out what it is.
  • Your child’s typical nightly routine: avoid. If procrastination and avoidance have become the nightly norm, your child is probably be struggling with school material. Avoidance is easier than slogging through something difficult or asking for help.

Call 1-800 CAN LEARN to learn more about Huntington’s one-to-one student tutoring plans. We work with children of all ages to identify and target their areas of weakness so they can get back on track in school.

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Understanding Your Unmotivated Student You have a smart child who seemingly does not care about school. His or her grades are suffering, but he or she seems indifferent about making a change—despite the fact that your child knows that school is important. How can you help?

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Mon, 30 Sep 2019 14:50:00 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/understanding-your-unmotivated-student https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/understanding-your-unmotivated-student Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center You have a smart child who seemingly does not care about school. His or her grades are suffering, but he or she seems indifferent about making a change—despite the fact that your child knows that school is important. Not only does he or she not put forth an effort, your child consistently shuns responsibility, procrastinates and seems incapable of working independently.

If any of this sounds like your student, you may be at a loss as to what to do. How can you help, and more importantly, how can you correct this behavior moving forward?

According to Bright Minds, Poor Grades, by Dr. Michael Whitley—a clinical psychologist specializing in motivational difficulties of children, adolescents and adults—underachieving students are unlikely to change on their own. The first step for parents to help their children overcome underachievement is to identify the personality characteristics that they lack—self-discipline, independence and a sense of responsibility, for example—as well as their patterns of underachieving behavior. How can you help your child become a motivated, independent student—whether he or she is a chronic procrastinator and or a social butterfly who considers school merely an opportunity to be with friends? Consider these tips, as derived from Dr. Whitley’s 10-step program to conquer underachievement:

  1. Establish trust. Let your child know that starting immediately, you expect the truth when it comes to school and grades. In return, you must avoid nagging and long lectures. Let your child know that your motivation is to help him or her become independent at school and capable of overcoming any issues that arise.
  2. Set goals. Have your child define specific goals for each of his or her classes—what grades does he or she want to receive? Accept your child’s goals, even if the bar is set low.
  3. Have your child lay out his or her game plan. Talk with your child honestly about how he or she plans to earn the “goal” grades. Get a clear picture of the study schedule he or she plans to adhere to, the steps your child thinks he or she must take, and more. Persevere even if your child seems apathetic about the discussion.
  4. Note any problems. What is standing in the way of your child achieving his or her goals? Talk about your child’s perspective on and attitude about those roadblocks. Ask for specific examples, but do not judge—simply gather the information.
  5. Make the connection between problems identified and goals set. Help your child see the patterns that result from certain behaviors and the relationship between problems and consequences.
  6. Develop a plan to solve the problems identified. Put your child in the driver’s seat. What ideas does he or she have to fix the problems that have led him or her in the past to experience school problems? What issues might arise to steer him or her off course? Have your child set the plan of action, including detailed steps.
  7. Review the plan thus far, including decisions, successes and failures. Ask your child to reiterate the steps of the plan, the setbacks that arise when he or she does not follow through or do his or her part, and the resulting consequences. Reiterating the plan helps your child recognize how his or her own decision making leads to success or failure.
  8. Talk about it. Have your child talk through his or her feelings about the plan forward. Remind him or her to feel proud each time he or she follows through on the plan developed. It is also okay for your child to feel conflicted or even annoyed about giving up the thing he or she wants (an activity or hanging out with a friend, for example) to meet the goals of his or her plan.
  9. Ask for a final recap. Have your child restate his or her commitment to doing what he or she has agreed to do.
  10. Take the time for follow-up. Did your child do what he or she is supposed to do to avoid the problems that have ailed him or her in the past? If not, what happened? Have your child walk you through the situation step by step. If the goal is to start homework before dinner, check-in each day. What happened in between coming home from school and dinner? By following up, your child will begin to notice how his or her decisions affect his or her goal achievement. Slowly but surely, your child will learn to recognize his or her tendencies and take responsibility for them.

If you suspect that your child may lack some of the skills necessary to succeed in school, it is important to address the issue right away. Your child may need targeted help to address problem areas so that he or she is capable of performing at grade level. If you need help, call Huntington to discuss our academic evaluation and one-to-one programs for students of all ages. 

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How to Uncover Learning Problems and Help Correct Them Mon, 30 Sep 2019 14:39:00 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/uncover-learning-problems-and-correct-them https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/uncover-learning-problems-and-correct-them Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center “I hate school.”

If you’ve ever heard those three words come out of your child’s mouth, you’ve probably felt sad and helpless—wondering what you can do to make things easier for your child. However, what you may not fully understand is the meaning behind and complexity of your child’s declaration.  For many children, academic struggles tend to snowball into a variety of other problems, such as self-esteem and behavioral issues and more.

What’s actually going on

In his book, “Why Don’t Students Like School?” cognitive scientist Dan Willingham discusses how the mind works and what it means for the classroom—and notes that “if schoolwork is always just a bit too difficult for a student, it should be no surprise that she doesn’t like school much.” For students to enjoy school more, Willingham says, they must consistently experience the satisfaction that comes with successfully solving a problem. Without the proper foundational skills, however, students are ill-equipped to do so. 

Children are naturally curious, but it’s also a natural inclination to give in to frustration, tune out and give up if schoolwork is too difficult for them. Certainly, each child’s circumstances are different, but most school problems can be attributed to a child becoming disengaged with and/or overwhelmed by the work that is expected of them. And as problems persist, children feel hopeless that they will ever be capable of doing better.

Discovering the problem

While it is important to communicate with your student and his or her teacher, it may take deeper digging to get a good understanding of what exactly is causing your child to struggle. You’ll need to identify specifics about your child’s academic performance, then analyze further.

For example, if reading is hard for your child, it’s important to pinpoint what skill gaps are causing him or her to fall behind grade level. Is your student struggling to differentiate and hear individual letters and letter blends? Or is the problem spelling and vocabulary? At Huntington Learning Center, teachers perform an academic evaluation of every student, which provides detailed information about a student’s academic strengths and weaknesses and is a starting point for instruction.

Correcting the problem

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to tutoring. Therefore, targeted instruction is the best method. You will have the best chance of success in helping your child succeed in school if you pinpoint and correct the specific underlying challenges.

Keep in mind that it may take time for such a program to yield results. Your child will need to put in the effort and you will need to keep in touch with your child’s teacher, tutor and your child. It may surprise you, but your child may even welcome the assistance, as he or she will finally be able to get the help he or she needs.

If you continue to hear your child complaining about school, don’t wait to seek help. The sooner you step in and develop a plan of action, the sooner your child will be able to catch up in class, raise those grades and boost his or her confidence.

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Six Valuable School Resources for Parents and Children Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:07:55 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-valuable-school-resources-for-parents-and-children-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-valuable-school-resources-for-parents-and-children-2019 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Every school year has its ups and downs. When your child is struggling, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do to help. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents that there are many resources available right in their child’s school. “Obviously parents know that they should reach out to the teacher when school becomes difficult for their child, but there are many other staff members at a school whose job it is to nurture students’ development,” Huntington says. Here are six valuable school resources for both parents and children:

  1. Guidance counseling office – The guidance counselor provides academic, personal and post-graduate advising services. That includes crisis intervention, helping students work through social issues, drug and alcohol intervention, and counseling for students who are dealing with personal matters. It also includes helping high school students select the right course load and prepare for post-secondary education and their careers and giving them advice and information about standardized tests, the ACT and SAT, the Advanced Placement program and other exams.
  2. Mental health team – Mental health teams in schools often include school psychologists, nurses, social workers, and other staff. Generally, these teams are intended to meet the needs of the whole student. Every school district is different, but you can expect this team to offer guidance on things like identifying educational disabilities, intervening with serious mental health issues, and more.
  3. Special education – Special education serves students who might have an Individual Education Plan or qualify for other special education or 504 services. This team will support the needs of students who have developmental delays, emotional disorders and other learning challenges.
  4. Technology team – Technology and the internet are integral to student learning. Your school’s technology teacher or department is a great resource for both students and parents. This department might host classes or webinars on topics such as internet and social media safety, bridging the technology gap between home and school, and how parents can support today’s learners in the digital age.
  5. Gifted/talented services– Students who stand out as having exceptional abilities and potential for academic achievement might be identified as gifted and talented and referred to this school specialist team. Working with your child's teacher, this team will foster your child’s learning and growth. If your child is identified as such, you’ll want to get to know this individual or office, as they can work with you on how to best support your advanced learner at home.
  6. Resource center for families – Some school districts around the country cultivate and develop student achievement through a resource center for families. Ask your school whether such a resource center exists, as it might offer parent development and training programs, parent groups, educational resources, instructional services for students and families, and more.

As a parent, you want to help your child flourish in school as much as possible. “Take advantage of the resources at your school,” says Huntington “After all, they are there for the benefit of your child.”

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Preparing Your Child for Back to School Success Going back to school does not have to be stressful for your child. In fact, a little effort now makes the transition easier—and your child will feel more motivated and ready to make it a great school year.

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Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:51:17 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/preparing-your-child-for-back-to-school-success-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/preparing-your-child-for-back-to-school-success-2019 Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington Going back to school does not have to be stressful for your child. In fact, a little effort now makes the transition easier—and your child will feel more motivated and ready to make it a great school year. Here are suggestions on how to prepare your child for going back to school this fall:

  • Plan a few fun outings to gear up. Take your child out to lunch and to shop for school supplies and a first day of school outfit or two. Sometimes, picking out a backpack and new school supplies makes things fun, helping children ease into the idea of school.
  • Spend time setting goals for the fall semester. At Huntington, we often talk with students about the importance of goal setting. This process helps children get into the right frame of mind for learning and focused on working hard toward the future. Encourage your child to reflect on last year and think about what to could improve this year. Have him or her write down those goals and a few steps to take to reach them.
  • For high school students, talk about college. Help your teen keep the big picture in mind by having regular conversations about higher education and career plans. What does your teen find interesting from an academic and career standpoint? Discuss visiting their guidance counselor early this fall to ensure your teen is aware of and on the right track with all of the college to-dos.
  • Talk about the importance of staying organized. Organization is the key to doing well in school, and it all starts with developing a good system for keeping track of homework and test and project dates. If you have a younger child, consider a simple homework notebook, while a student planner or smartphone planner app might work best for your middle or high schooler.
  • Remind your child about good time management practices. If your child has gotten a little lax with any sort of routine over summer break, it’s time to start discussing what a typical school day will look like. Together, start putting important dates on the family calendar, such as school orientation and back to school night. As the school year gets underway, have your child show you how he or she will block off time in the hourly schedule of his or her planner and record important dates and deadlines.
  • Encourage your child to advocate for him or herself. You’ll do your child a big favor if you teach him or her how to communicate well with teachers and peers. The sooner your child takes ownership of his or her education, the more equipped your child will be to address problems correctly with the help of you and teachers.
  • Be enthusiastic. Be a good role model for optimism. Remind your child of the great parts about school, whether that’s seeing friends again, making new ones or getting back into a daily routine. Be positive and frame up the new school year as an opportunity for growth, learning and adventure.

Need more guidance on how to prepare your child for back to school success? Contact the Huntington team for more back to school ideas. We will share our best back to school tips, plus more about how Huntington’s one-to-one learning programs will help your child be efficient and effective with homework and studying and achieve his or her potential.

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Getting Your Child Ready for Middle School The move from elementary to middle school can feel like an enormous leap to a child and includes a variety of academic, social and other changes. Read about some tips to ease the transition.

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019 13:30:04 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/getting-your-child-ready-for-middle-school https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/getting-your-child-ready-for-middle-school Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The start of a brand new school year is always a little exciting, yet anxious, for most students, but if your child is about to begin middle school—or already has— it may be even more so. The move from elementary to middle school can feel like an enormous leap to a child and includes a variety of academic, social and other changes. Here are six tips to prepare your child for a smooth transition to middle school and set the stage for a great year—and overall middle school experience:

  1. Promote organizational skills. Work with your child to establish and maintain a solid organizational system. If your child has historically kept a messy desk, room or backpack (or all of the above), it’s important to correct those bad habits by creating some ground rules on keeping the desk tidy, where schoolwork goes when it comes home and where to keep important school paperwork. Remember: your child may take up to eight different classes with eight different teachers. That means significantly more homework and paperwork to keep track of. Good organization is critical in middle school.
  2. Work on time management. In middle school, your child will be expected to manage his or her own schedule, which means keeping track of assignments, handing in homework on time and more. Teach your child to use a planner or notebook to write down each day’s to-dos and responsibilities and keep track of longer assignments. At home, keep a family calendar in an accessible place and encourage your child to write important due dates, activities and other obligations on it.
  3. Teach your child to prioritize. Along with time management is the essential ability to prioritize. In addition to requiring much more from your child academically, middle school offers many new social and extracurricular opportunities. It may be difficult for your student to decide what to get involved with, so help him or her learn to set goals and rank priorities from the very first day of school. During homework time, your student should make a list of the most important tasks in order to keep him or her focused and on task. When it comes to choosing outside activities, have him or her create a schedule that allows sufficient time for homework and sleep and teach him or her now that it is important not to overcommit oneself to too many things.
  4. Hand over the reins. Like many well-meaning parents, up to this point in your child’s school career, you may have helped him or her stay organized on all fronts by giving frequent reminders and other help. Now is the time to communicate to your child that just like you have a job, his or her job is school. Your child must take ownership of his or her school work and grades, and he or she must understand that the choices he or she makes will have consequences—good or bad.
  5. Help your child discover how he or she learns best. Middle school is a time for your child to more closely examine how he or she learns. Perhaps your child has already begun to think about this in elementary school, but if not, help him or her recognize what subjects and lessons are easier and harder and why. Talk about the various learning styles and help your child begin to appreciate his or her own preferences. Knowing this information will help him or her greatly as he or she begins to take a more active role in his or her education and learning.

Encourage your child to speak up. Middle school teachers are charged with helping students become more independent, critical thinkers and inspiring them to be engaged learners. Your child will gain the most from his or her middle school experience if he or she puts effort toward getting to know his or her teachers and showing initiative in the classroom. He or she can do this by asking questions, seeking help after school and being an active participant in the classroom.

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Do Digital Distractions Result in Poor School Performance? Learning in the digital age is a frequent topic of conversation here at Huntington Learning Center, and it certainly raises a lot of questions. For parents who grew up without technology so readily accessible like it is today, the main one is: do electronics help or hinder my child’s school performance?

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Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:43:44 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/do-digital-distractions-result-in-poor-school-performance https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/do-digital-distractions-result-in-poor-school-performance Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington Learning in the digital age is a frequent topic of conversation here at Huntington Learning Center, and it certainly raises a lot of questions. For parents who grew up without technology so readily accessible like it is today, the main one is: do electronics help or hinder my child’s school performance?

Here are a few interesting observations about the negative impact of internet-enabled electronics—laptops, tablets and cell phones—reported from several recent studies:

  • A 2016 Psychological Science study recorded college students’ laptop internet use in class and found that nonacademic internet use (e.g. social media, videos, email and online shopping) was frequent and inversely related to performance on the subject’s cumulative final exam—regardless of interest in the class, motivation to succeed and intelligence (full article: “Logged In and Zoned Out: How Laptop Internet Use Relates to Classroom Learning”). In other words, even if a student was interested in a subject and deemed intelligent (based on other test scores), the use of the internet in classes had a negative impact on his or her final exam score.
  • The same study did not find that accessing the internet for academic purposes was related to any benefit in performance. In other words, even if a student went on the internet during class for something academic in nature, doing so didn’t benefit his or her final exam score.
  • A 2019 study in Educational Psychology: an International Journal of Experimental Psychology found that students’ exam performance was poorer for the material taught in classes that allowed electronic use than those that did not (full article: “Dividing attention in the classroom reduces exam performance”).
  • The same study also found that students in the device-permitting classroom that did not use devices still scored lower, which points to the likelihood that such students were distracted by devices around them.
  • A 2013 study in Communication Education found that of students who watched a video lecture, took notes and took quizzes afterward, those who did not use their mobile phones wrote down 62% more information, took more detailed notes and were able to recall more detailed information from the lecture than those who did use mobile phones during the lecture (full article: “The Impact of Mobile Phone Usage on Student Learning”).
  • The same study found that the students who did not use their mobile phones during class scored a full letter grade higher on a multiple-choice test than those who actively used their mobile phones.

While there’s no question that the internet and electronic devices that connect us to it have opened up a world of possibilities for learning and knowledge acquisition, the research is clear: digital distraction is a real problem for today’s students.

What can you as a parent do to ensure your child’s school performance does not suffer because he or she uses a cell phone and/or laptop regularly (in class or outside of it)? Here are a few tips:

  1. Teach your child about the importance of concentrating during set periods of time and also taking mental breaks while working. This practice improves focus and retention and encourages your child to separate school work and screen time.
  2. If your child doesn’t need the computer or phone while doing homework, he or she should set them aside.
  3. Teach your child how to set rules for study/homework time and hold him or herself accountable to those rules.
  4. Encourage your child to establish short-term objectives for every homework session. Having a to-do list to work from will help your child stay on task and avoid digital distractions.

If your child is struggling to focus, it may be that he or she needs help developing a good study system—and it’s certainly possible that something else is going on. Call Huntington at 1-800 CAN LEARN to learn how we can help your child become a more efficient, productive student in the digital age.

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What You Need to Know about SAT Adversity Score Wondering what exactly to expect regarding the Adversity Score (also known as the Adversity Index)? Huntington discusses the three different components.

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Thu, 25 Jul 2019 08:43:42 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-sat-adversity-score https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-sat-adversity-score Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The SAT Adversity Score is supposed to give context to an applicant’s SAT score by rating his or her neighborhood and high school.  The College Board, which administers the SAT, recently introduced its Environmental Context Dashboard (ECD), but it quickly became known as the “Adversity Score”. The College Board claims this score “allows colleges to incorporate a student’s school and environmental context into their admissions process in a data-driven, consistent way”.

The Adversity Score does not alter SAT scores or take into account a student’s personal characteristics beyond their test scores. Instead, it aggregates publicly available information about schools and neighborhoods. It has three components:

  1. Students' SAT scores can be seen within the context of the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile of SAT scores from their high school.
  2. Information on the high school, including senior class size; percentage of students who meet federal eligibility criteria for free and reduced-price lunch; rurality/urbanicity; average first-year SAT score of colleges students from that high school attend; and the percentage of seniors taking an Advanced Placement exam and other information about AP scores and exams.
  3. Contextual data on the neighborhood and high school environment, which is calculated using data drawn from a combination of publicly available sources (e.g. U.S. Census Bureau and National Center for Education Statistics).

The goal is to allow them to view a student’s academic accomplishments in the context of where they live and learn. Whether college admissions officers decide to consider the Adversity Score is up to them. The College Board claims the information is not intended to replace or contradict existing information about schools and neighborhoods. It will refresh its Adversity Score’s underlying data each year.

The tool was piloted for use by admissions officers at 50 colleges and universities in 2018-2019.  This fall, the College Board will expand the pilot to more than 150 colleges in a research partnership and continue to shape the tool. It will become broadly available in 2020.

Anecdotal feedback from the initial pilot is that the Adversity Score helped colleges recognize hardworking students who care about school but might come from an environment that made it difficult to fully thrive. Some admissions officers reported that the Adversity Score helped them contextualize college entrance exam scores within a high school to give a better idea of what success looks like in a certain area.

More information about the Environmental Context Dashboard – aka Adversity Score – is available on the College Board website.

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Five Trusted Exam Prep Tips for All Students Few students love studying for tests but knowing how to do so effectively can transform their academic career. There are certain practices that make exam prep of all types more productive and successful.

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Mon, 12 Aug 2019 08:07:39 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-trusted-exam-prep-tips-for-all-students https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-trusted-exam-prep-tips-for-all-students Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Few students love studying for tests but knowing how to do so effectively can transform their academic career. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that there are certain practices that make exam prep of all types more productive and successful. “Some students freeze up when it comes to test preparation, even if they actually understand a subject,” says Huntington. “There are several things students can do when studying to consistently improve their performance on exams and prove their knowledge.”

She offers these exam prep tips taught by Huntington:

  1. It’s essential that students make a plan to study smart by allocating their study time appropriately. Reviewing areas that they know well and ignoring those they don’t is likely to result in a grade that’s lower than it could have been. The best approach is to use any review sheet or overview of what will appear on the test as a starting point.
  2. Create a study schedule. The single-most important exam preparation tip from Huntington: be consistent with study time. The best way to do this is to create a detailed schedule leading up to an exam date. This deters procrastination, spaces out studying, and keeps students focused on material that will be covered on their test. A study schedule helps students maximize study time and minimizes stress.
  3. Prepare the space and the mind. To study effectively, students must get into the right mindset and prepare their space for studying. This means removing any distractions, getting comfortable and flipping that switch to study mode. Students should print out the study schedule and gather any needed supplies (e.g. highlighters and sticky notes) while setting goals for each study session on what to cover.
  4. Use practice exams whenever possible. Taking practice tests is one of the best ways for students to get familiar with question types, test length, and material. If available for practice—as in an SAT or ACT exam prep course, for example—students should take advantage.
  5. Don’t shortchange the sleep. Busy students often forgo sleep for studying when they’ve got a big test coming up, but sleep deprivation can lead to worse academic performance. Late-night/all-night cram sessions make it hard for students to focus well and recall information.

 

Huntington explains that preparing for tests and quizzes does not come naturally to all students. “We see often that even bright students struggle with exam prep because of the inherent pressure that it brings,” she says. “It’s important to correct those poor test preparation habits early so that by the time students get to college, they’re better equipped for success.”

To learn more about how Huntington helps students of all ages adopt essential study skills, including effective exam preparation, call Huntington at 1-800 CAN LEARN

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From Summer Brain to School Brain: Six Tips to Get your Child Back-to-School Ready If your child has enjoyed a leisurely summer of trips to the pool, sleeping in, hanging out with friends and operating on a more relaxed pace than during the school year, you both may be dreading the end of summer, when the backpacks come back out and the routine is back in full swing.

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Wed, 24 Jul 2019 16:42:56 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-tips-to-get-your-child-back-to-school-ready https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-tips-to-get-your-child-back-to-school-ready Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center If your child has enjoyed a leisurely summer of trips to the pool, sleeping in, hanging out with friends and operating on a more relaxed pace than during the school year, you both may be dreading the end of summer, when the backpacks come back out and the routine is back in full swing. Don’t fret, however. There are a number of things you can do to prepare for a new school year. During the last few weeks leading up to the first day of school, you can help your child make a smooth transition from summer brain to school brain by following these tips:

Move back the clocks. Gradually adjust bedtime and wake-up time to be more consistent with a typical school year schedule. If the evening routine has gotten out of whack during the summer, attempt to re-establish some semblance of structure—a set dinnertime, bedtime and reading time will help your child begin to get back into a school-year frame of mind.

Load up the backpack. Pull out those school supply lists and head out shopping—and bring your child along. Many teachers provide classroom lists before the school year begins to ensure each student arrives on the first day of school equipped with the tools and supplies they will need. Don’t forget to restock the desks at home and have your child clean and organize his or her homework space to get it ready for regular use again.

Read up. If your child hasn’t been reading much this summer, the end of summer break is an ideal time to start. Take your child to the library once a week and re-establish a nightly reading routine, letting him or her choose the books. You might consider pulling out some of last year’s reading material or assignments (or even books that he or she has already read) as a refresher.

Write once a day. Find ways to incorporate writing into your child’s daily activities as school draws nearer. It may be difficult to convince a middle schooler to write a series of essays about summer vacation, but get creative. Write letters to the grandparents. Get your child to help you create a summer scrapbook about a special summer vacation or some fun family outings you’ve had together. Give your child a new journal for the brand new year and encourage him or her to start filling it with the things about which he or she is excited or nervous.

Set goals for a brand new year. Have your child think about and write down several goals for this school year. They can be academic objectives or other things—improving a grade or trying out for a sports team, for example. Talk about any challenges he or she faced last year and how to approach this year differently if needed. You could even establish some rewards for your child to earn if he or she meets small milestones along the path toward his or her goals.

Review last year’s work. If you have some of it saved, spend a little time each day reviewing math concepts, spelling words and the like from last year. Older students could review chapter summaries from their prior year textbooks to re-familiarize themselves with what they learned in the previous grade. Even 10 minutes a day will help refresh your child’s memory on what he or she knows. 

Just a few small steps will help your child make a successful transition from vacation mode to school mode. With a little effort in the final few weeks of summer, your child will be mentally prepared—and ready to make it a great school year by the time the first bell rings.

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Five Essential Tools for your Teen’s Off-to-College “Toolbox” When it comes to packing, he or she may be focused on dorm décor and clothes, but there are a number of other intangible items your teen will want to remember to bring along when he or she begins the college journey.

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Wed, 24 Jul 2019 16:48:49 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-essential-tools-for-your-teens-college-toolbox https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-essential-tools-for-your-teens-college-toolbox Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center It’s almost here: your teen’s departure for college. When it comes to packing, he or she may be focused on dorm décor and clothes, but there are a number of other intangible items your teen will want to remember to bring along when he or she begins the college journey. Don’t forget these all-important tips and tools for the brand new college student:

List of college resources – Don’t let your teen lose track of that college directory and handbook at orientation. As he or she learns to be an independent adult, your student may need access to the support services and other resources on campus designed to make his or her college experience a good one. Be sure he or she knows how to get a hold of the academic advisor, faculty advisor (if assigned one yet), tutoring center and other resources. If your teen has a learning disability, he or she may want to have the phone number and location of the disability support services office available. Think ahead—what else might your student need? Where is the closest computer lab? How can he or she form a study group with students in his or her dorm or major?

Good study habits – Is your teen equipped with the study skills to succeed at college? If he or she is disorganized, now is the time to work on improving this skill. Other skills, such as problem-solving, goal-setting, persistence in achieving those goals, and focus are also so important. Off on his or her own for the first time, your teen will need to think critically, make decisions and learn from his or her mistakes.

Time management – Time management is arguably one of the most critical skills your teen will need to do well in college and in his or her career. At college, your student will have many choices on how to spend his or her time. Having the discipline and ability to prioritize all of the things in his or her life is crucial to your student’s academic success—and overall happiness. You can begin working on this before your student leaves for college by keeping a family calendar, encouraging your teen to maintain a planner, and spending a little time together each night to go over any assignments due the next day or within a week and talk about any projects further out on the horizon.

Financial basics – While it is less of an academic tip—but no less important—your teen must be financially responsible and savvy enough to take care of him or herself. Can he or she balance a checkbook? Have you equipped him or her with the “street smarts” to know not to max out a credit card or disregard bill due dates? If your student is paying for some of his or her education, be sure he knows how to access resources such as the financial aid office, too.

An understanding of work-school balance – College is an exciting journey for your student, and he or she should stay focused on the pursuit of his or her education. However, while your student should work hard in school, there is more to college than studying, and it is healthy to seek balance. By encouraging your student to lead a well-balanced life in high school—making time for school, family, friends and any other priorities (volunteering, work, activities or other hobbies)—you’ll also be helping to set the foundation for a successful college experience.

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How to Help Your Child Embrace Reading This Summer The school year is packed for most children, so summer is a welcome break from the routine of homework and studying. One of the best summer pastimes and easiest ways to mitigate summertime regression is reading.

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Fri, 09 Aug 2019 15:07:13 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-help-your-child-embrace-reading-this-summer https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-help-your-child-embrace-reading-this-summer Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The school year is packed for most children, so summer is a welcome break from the routine of homework and studying. One of the best summer pastimes and easiest ways to mitigate summertime regression, says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center, is a daily reading habit. “As school gets increasingly more time-consuming and rigorous, children who once enjoyed reading start to see it as just another ‘have to’ instead of something they like doing for fun,” she says. “But with its slower pace, summer is the perfect time for parents to help their children reignite their love of reading.

How can you help your child embrace reading this summer? Huntington offers these tips:

Check out summer reading programs. Summer reading programs through your local library are book store make reading fun, offering children rewards for reaching certain goals and building a sense of community among readers. Check out Huntington Learning Center’s Reading Adventure Program, which is going on all summer long. Children choose books from a pre-selected book list and earn prizes for meeting reading goals. Online, look at programs like the Scholastic Challenge, “Read-a-Palooza,” which invites readers to enter their reading online and complete weekly reading challenges.

Stock the home library. Help your child start his or her very own book collection and designate a space in the home as the cozy reading corner, complete with a bean bag and bookcase. Make trips to the bookstore a special treat (keep an eye out for sales or memberships) and start becoming regulars at your local used book stores.

Springboard from another passion. If it feels easier said than done to hand your child a stack of books to start reading over summer and expect success, try a different approach. Begin with your child’s other passions. If your child is a basketball player, for example, perhaps autobiographies on favorite players might appeal. Your local librarian is a wealth of information, so be sure to ask for ideas.

Get recommendations. On that note, choosing books haphazardly isn’t the best way to find books your child will love. Seek recommendations for the best summer books and good vacation books to read—from the librarian or bookstore employee and on websites like Goodreads.com and the Young Adult Library Services Association book finder.

Bring books and reading into your life. During school, homework, activities and other things might take center stage. But now, it’s summer—an ideal time to relax a little. So, make reading a nightly family tradition. Gather on the porch or patio after dinner with drinks and books for 30 minutes of reading time. Read the same book as a family. Choose a book-turned-movie and make plans for movie night when you all finish. And of course, make frequent trips to the library and bookstore.

It’s simple: the more your child reads, the better he or she will become at reading. And Huntington reminds parents that the best way to encourage reading is to get children to consider it an activity of choice. “Reading for pleasure often takes a backseat as children grow older and other activities dominate their attention,” she says. “However, summer presents a great opportunity to remind children what a wonderful activity reading really is. Find ways this summer to incorporate reading for fun into your lives, and you’ll notice your child choosing to do it more.”

To learn about Huntington’s summer reading program or how Huntington helps students become stronger readers, call 1-800 CAN LEARN.

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Homework Strategies for Different Types of Homework You’ve heard before that there’s no such thing as “one-size-fits-all” learning. The same is true for study and homework strategies. Homework nurtures students’ time management skills and their ability to complete tasks.

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Mon, 08 Jul 2019 09:43:16 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/homework-strategies-for-different-types-of-homework https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/homework-strategies-for-different-types-of-homework Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington You’ve heard before that there’s no such thing as “one-size-fits-all” learning. The same is true for study and homework strategies. The responsibility factor is a big part of homework and one of its primary benefits. Homework nurtures students’ time management skills and their ability to complete tasks. But the primary purpose of homework is to reinforce what teachers teach in the classroom.

The U.S. Department of Education describes four common types of homework: practice, preparatory, extension and integration. At Huntington, we help children of all ages become better students. Here are some of the strategies we teach for tackling different homework types:

Practice – Practice homework is the most common type you’ll see come home. It is intended to bolster classroom learning and help students master specific skills. So, just as the name implies, the key to success with this type of homework is to keep practicing. A few tips for children:

  • Nail down the basic skills that are the underpinning for more complex skills.
  • Learn from mistakes by going over missed class problems or test questions.
  • Always consider homework to be required, not optional.
  • Dig into the steps. In math, for example, children must understand the “why” behind steps and not just the rote “how.”

Preparatory – Like it sounds, preparatory homework introduces concepts and ideas that will be covered in class in the near future. Common preparatory homework examples include learning vocabulary or reading a textbook chapter before the content is to be discussed the next day. A few tips for children doing preparatory homework:

  • Take notes of the main ideas of passages and bring them out when the topic is covered in class.
  • Write down questions that arise while completing homework. Ask those questions in class the next day.
  • If stumped on a problem (math or science, for example), circle it and write down a few reasons why the problem is confusing.

Extension – Extension homework is often assigned when teachers want to challenge a student with opportunities to apply what they have learned to something new. A few tips for children doing extension homework:

  • Be resourceful, looking through notes or the textbook for strategies on how to solve a problem or additional information that might be helpful for homework completion.
  • Think about concepts in different ways and from different angles. This helps children engage in different ways of mental processing.
  • Take a problem-solving approach to new and unfamiliar material. Children should think about what tools and information they already have that might help them tackle a problem.

Integration – Integration homework requires students to apply different skills to a single task (e.g. book reports or larger projects). A few tips for children doing integration homework:

  • Be organized and keep track of all research and information.
  • Plan thoroughly and effectively, with milestones for multi-step projects.

Here are a few best practices to make homework time more productive and successful, no matter what type of homework:

  • Establish the spot. Consistency is important and helps children get into good homework routines. Designate a place in your home for homework, whether that’s the kitchen, dining room or your child’s desk in her room.
  • Designate a time. Some children focus best right after school, while others are most alert after dinner and activities. Figure out the best time of day for homework and do your best to set and keep a schedule.
  • Commit to organization. A homework center with the supplies your child needs to be productive helps children get to work when it’s time to do homework. Your child should spend a few minutes at the end of each homework session tidying it up for the next day.
  • Spend time creating a game plan. Your child should go through his planner before starting homework to look over all assignments for the evening and rank them in order of priority. This will keep homework time on track and eliminate procrastination.
  • Limit homework help. Resist the urge to take a lead role in your child’s homework or step in to show your child how to do homework. Your child should take the initiative and assume responsibility. Make sure your role is as a supporter.

Is your child stressed and struggling with homework on a daily basis? Huntington can help. Call us at 1-800 CAN LEARN to talk about how we can help your child master homework and become a stronger student.

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Guiding Your Teen During the College Admission Process Whether your teen is knee-deep in college viewbooks and applications or he or she is just beginning to explore his or her college options, the college admission process can easily instill fear and anxiety in the calmest of parents and teens.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:13:22 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/guiding-your-teen-during-the-college-application-process https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/guiding-your-teen-during-the-college-application-process Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Whether your teen is knee-deep in college viewbooks and applications or he or she is just beginning to explore his or her college options, the college admission process can easily instill fear and anxiety in the calmest of parents and teens. “It’s not uncommon for parents to become obsessed micromanagers when their teens start evaluating colleges—feeling compelled to push them in the ‘right’ direction or even take over the process,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “The parent plays a vital role in the college search and selection process, but should be more of a partner than an organizer.” Huntington offers these tips to successfully guide your teen through the college admission process:

 

Give up some control.

In your teen’s junior and senior years, many decisions will need to be made—about the college traits that are important to you and your teen (location and school size, for example), the best date to take the SAT and/or ACT and even which colleges to visit. Establish with your teen the types of decisions you are comfortable letting him or her make alone as well as those you must make together. Give your teen opportunities to explain the reasoning behind his or her viewpoints and decisions, and trust the decisions he or she makes, even if it you disagree with them. Doing so allows your teen to mature and learn to be more responsible for his or her choices.

 

Guidance is good. Overinvolvement isn’t.

There’s a lot to the college admission process, and it’s important for parents to be supportive, stay aware of important deadlines and get familiar with the financial aid process. However, your teen must take ownership of his or her college admission. While you should be on hand for questions and be a part of decisions that impact the family, you shouldn’t write your teen’s college application essays or fill out his or her applications. Ultimately, your teen is the one who will be attending college—not you.

 

Help your teen find a great fit, not just a random choice.

Remember that the college admission process is an opportunity to assess your teen’s academic strengths, personality and potential field-of-study interests, and find colleges that are best suited to him or her. Set realistic expectations at the outset—an expensive, highly competitive film school may simply not be possible given your budget and/or your teen’s GPA and test scores—then take a proactive approach to evaluate the choices.

 

Foster good communication.

The college admission process can be stressful for every member of the family, but regular, healthy communication can minimize conflicts and bring you and your teen closer together. Establish the best way for the two of you to stay in touch throughout the process. Understand that you will not agree about everything, but be sure your teen understands when your input is required and when you expect him or her to make decisions independently. And always encourage your teen to talk with you about his or her fears, questions and aspirations.

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(VIDEO) Anne Huntington Discusses the Summer Slide with Live on Lakeside Anne Huntington joined Live on Lakeside on June 18, 2019 to discuss important ways to avoid the summer slide this year.

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Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:17:48 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/anne-huntington-summer-slide-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/anne-huntington-summer-slide-2019 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Anne Huntington Joined Live on Lakeside to discuss ways parents and students can avoid the summer slide in 2019.

Learn how Huntington Learning Center can help keep your student up to speed during the summer months and all year long.

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Seven Tips for Helping Elementary Students Transition to Middle School If your child is just finishing elementary school, you’ve probably heard it all year: the transition to middle school is a big one. Huntington Has some suggestions on how to make that transition easier for them.

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Mon, 08 Jul 2019 09:34:33 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/elementary-to-middle-school-transition https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/elementary-to-middle-school-transition Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center If your child is just finishing up elementary school, you’ve probably heard it all year: the transition to middle school is a big one. “Classes are more challenging, teachers expect more, and there’s more homework, responsibility and pressure overall,” says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center.

How can you help your child navigate this major change? Huntington offers these seven tips:

  1. Set expectations. Give your child an idea of what’s to come. Talk regularly about the specific aspects of the school experience that will be different, including:
  • Size of school
  • New surroundings
  • Number of students
  • Number of classes
  • Amount of homework
  • Teacher expectation changes
  • Grade point average
  • Discipline and behavior expectations

 

  1. Focus on time management. It’s time to get serious about curbing those time-wasters and bad habits. Work with your child on establishing a daily routine and scheduling time for everything: school, sleep, dinner, homework, extracurriculars and free time.
    Discuss the importance of planning out study sessions and prioritizing homework assignments.
  2. Work on the organizational system. Good organization goes hand in hand with time management, and students who embrace both perform better academically and are less stressed. Invest in a large binder with folders for each subject to keep everything in one central place. At school, have your child divide the locker into shelves/slots for books, take-home folders and leave-at-school folders. At home, an accordion file, stackable letter trays or a file cabinet will assist your child in keeping track of graded homework and everything else. Also, these apps for digital organization are worth a look too: iStudiez Pro, Todoist, RescueTime and Scanner Pro.
  3. Build independence. Up to now, you’ve probably played an integral role in school. It’s essential that your child begins to take full ownership of his or her school work and grades and feel the impact of any and all choices, both good and bad. As best you can, step back as your child moves into middle school. Put your child in charge.
  4. Empower your child. A big part of being independent is learning to advocate for oneself. In middle school, teachers want students to participate in class and come forward when they don’t understand something. If your child’s teacher doesn’t grade a test correctly or mistakenly marks him or her absent, it’s on your child, not you, to point out those things. With teachers, those early first impressions matter.
  5. Take a tour. Many middle schools offer orientation programs for incoming students that include school tours and other valuable information sessions. Take advantage of this opportunity if available. If there’s nothing formal in place, call the school to ask about tours and any informal mentoring programs that could help your child.
  6. Teach your child to recognize when to ask for help. In middle school, it’s still critical that you keep the lines of communication with your child open and watch for any warning signs that he or she might be struggling. However, your child needs to be self-aware enough to identify when he or she needs help. Start talking about how to manage stress and a heavy workload and what to do when your child feels overwhelmed.

Middle school is a whole new ballgame, and it’s important to help your child prepare. “Don’t worry, though,” adds Huntington. “A little effort goes a long way to get students ready. Lay the groundwork now and your child will have a successful middle school experience.”

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

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Reading Milestones for Early Readers As children become better and more independent readers, parents can help guide them along in their reading and literacy development. Parents need to understand the progressive reading “building blocks” and guide your child toward mastery of each of them.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:10:05 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/reading-milestones-for-early-readers https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/reading-milestones-for-early-readers Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center As children become better and more independent readers, parents can help guide them along in their reading and literacy development. Parents need to understand the progressive reading “building blocks” and guide your child toward mastery of each of them. Here are some of the key reading milestones as your young reader advances through elementary school:

 

Decoding – Once students learn phonics—the sounds of letters and letter combinations—they move on to decoding, in which they use small words or word units to figure out larger words. Learning to decode helps students recognize root words, prefixes and suffixes. For example, a child who can read up can more easily read cup and upon.

 

Word recognition – In kindergarten, children spend a great deal of time learning high-frequency words (often called sight words). These are vocabulary words that appear often in books and other literature. Memorizing them and being able to recognize them instantly is one of the keys to achieving reading fluency. Examples include the, that, an, him, her, into, like and come.

 

Spelling – In the early grades especially, your child will learn how different letters are associated with different sounds and how words are composed of letters. Part of spelling involves learning about the sounds that vowels and consonants make as well as other letter combinations, including:

  • Blends (such as fr, sp and bl, for example)
  • Digraph sounds, or pairs of letters that make a single sound (th, sh and ng, for example)
  • Diphthongs, or two adjacent vowels (au and oi, for example)

 

Young readers also begin to identify letter patterns and recognize them in unfamiliar words (such as the short a sound in cat and hat and the long i sound in bite and kite).  

 

Punctuation and mechanics – In order to read (and write) well, children must understand the parts of a sentence, how sentences are formed and what punctuation means.

 

Comprehension – As your child begins to read to him or herself and to you, the ability to comprehend what he or she reads is critical. Your child should be able to read a passage or chapter, recall details about what happened, and make predictions about what might happen next.

 

Fluency – Reading fluency is the ability to read quickly, smoothly and correctly. As your child progresses through elementary school, he or she must improve his or her reading fluency and be able to recognize words on sight without having to sound out every letter or chunk.

 

Here are a few simple ways you can help your child improve his or her reading skills:

 

  • Point out patterns. As your child learns to decode words, point out words that rhyme, words that contain the same prefixes and suffixes, words that build on other words, and similar patterns.
  • Read aloud. Continue to read aloud to your child even when he or she can read independently.
  • Mix it up. Have your child read aloud to you and silently to him or herself. Read to your child. Have him or her read to a sibling or family member. And read a variety of material types.
  • Encourage questions. As you read together, ask your child periodically to summarize what a story or passage means. Ask about the theme of the story, what he or she thinks about the characters and what they might do next, and what he or she does or doesn’t like about the story.
  • Teach your child to relate to stories. Comprehension involves self-reflection. Encourage your child to compare situations in stories to those in his or her own life. Ask whether your child knows any classmates or friends who are similar to characters in the stories he or she reads.

 

As your child advances through school, he or she will continue to strengthen the reading basics. Aid your child in learning the fundamentals now so that he or she will soon have the skills to succeed in school and enjoy this wonderful pastime for the rest of his or her life.

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Tips for Creating a Great Resume for College Applications If your teen is starting to think about college, it’s also a good time to work on developing a resume.

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Mon, 08 Jul 2019 09:34:54 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/creating-a-great-resume-for-college-applications https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/creating-a-great-resume-for-college-applications Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center If your teen is starting to think about college, it’s also a good time to work on developing a resume. As Eileen Huntington of the Huntington Learning Center explains, resumes are valuable for many reasons. “Teens can use the resume to prepare for college interviews, to share with people writing them letters of recommendation and much more,” she says. What should teens include on their resumes? What should be avoided? Huntington offers these tips:

  1. Make it brief. Even the most involved, standout high school junior or senior should limit the resume to one front-and-back page.
  2. Format well. A resume should be scannable and easy to read. It’s important to divide it into sections (separated by headers) and make use of bullets, bolding, and italics where appropriate.
  3. Focus on the most important elements. For a high school student, the education section of the resume should be the primary focus, but don’t leave out other important content. Here’s a possible template:
    • Contact information – Name, address, phone number, email address
    • Education section – Graduation date, weighted grade point average, and SAT/ACT scores
    • Valuable skills section – Software proficiency, foreign languages, etc.
    • Extracurricular activities – Any sports, clubs, activities or volunteer work
    • Work experience – Any for-pay work experiences, including employer name, job title, responsibilities, and recognition
  4. Highlight character traits and work ethic. The purpose of a high school resume is to augment, not repeat, the college application. Thus, teens should highlight their skills, passion, work ethic and leadership skills through the jobs and other activities they list.
  5. Highlight accomplishments. Again, it is important for teens to use the resume to showcase their strengths to colleges as well as teachers/mentors writing recommendation letters for them. That means including any achievements, awards or other recognition on the resume (e.g. not just Chess Club, but Chess Club, Four-time district champion, 2016-2019).
  6. Show course work not on a high school transcript. That includes any college prep courses, college courses, academic camps or training programs, certifications or similar.
  7. Consider a summary section. Some teens might want to include a career summary or a personal summary. This section calls out a teen’s goals and best traits/assets and can be a great resume addition.

Lastly, Huntington shares with parents that the resume helps teens reflect on their high school careers and prepare for the next step in their lives. “As teens get closer to college, it is so important that they put their best foot forward and feel confident talking about their strengths and assets,” she says. “Encourage your teen to invest the time into developing a great resume, as it will help get him or her into ‘professional mode’ and prepared to show colleges his or her very best.”

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

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Six Activities to Keep Your Child Learning this Summer It’s summer break and children around the country are celebrating. While your child certainly deserves a break from the daily grind of homework and studying, it’s important to keep that brain active to avoid regression, the loss of academic skills that is so common over long breaks from school.

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Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:01:30 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-activities-to-keep-your-child-learning-this-summer https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-activities-to-keep-your-child-learning-this-summer Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington It’s summer break and children around the country are celebrating. While your child certainly deserves a break from the daily grind of homework and studying, it’s important to keep that brain active to avoid regression, the loss of academic skills that is so common over long breaks from school.

What can you do to keep your child learning over summer break? Here are six ideas from Huntington Learning Center:

  1. Read daily. A regular reading habit is quite possibly the best and easiest way for children to retain their reading skills over summer and avoid the dreaded “summer slide.” Make reading a part of your nightly summer routine. Check out Huntington’s Reading Adventure program and any summer reading programs at your local library, and visit the library often. And consider setting goals and rewards for your child for summer (e.g. dinner at a favorite restaurant for every book finished).
  2. Start a journal. You might not be able to convince your child to practice essay writing over summer, but a journal is a fun way for your child to keep track of the things he or she does, trips, and more. Browse the bookstore for themed journals with daily prompts if you think your child might benefit from a little nudge. Some of those memories and moments might prove useful later on when your child is seeking inspiration for college entrance essays.
  3. Play learning games. No matter how old your child is, there are all kinds of games out there that are fun to play and teach valuable skills and knowledge at the same time. Research online for websites with popular games but don’t forget classics like chess, checkers, all kinds of card games, Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Risk, and other board games.
  4. Get out the puzzles. Puzzles are a fantastic way to pass those hot summer days. Even if your child isn’t into the traditional jigsaw puzzle, there are lots of variations. Look for metal and wood disentanglement puzzles, tangrams, box puzzles, Tetris puzzles, speed cubes and interlocking ring puzzles.
  5. Embrace summer science. There are many ways for your child to use the outdoors to learn about the weather, how things grow, living organisms and more. Start a garden and put your child in charge of researching and planting fruits, vegetables and flowers that grow well in your climate. Have your child chart the weather and track how it changes over summer. Encourage your child to watch for birds and animals in the yard and pay attention to their behaviors. Science and summer go hand in hand!
  6. Save and invest. If your child is planning to earn money this summer, why not take him or her to the bank to open an account and learn about the different savings options available? Search for an online class that will teach your child the basics of saving and earning interest. Check out the tools and information at Northwestern Mutual’s The Mint.

The great thing about summer is it offers an opportunity to explore curiosities and learn for learning’s sake. It’s okay if you can’t get your child to crack a math book—there are lots of ways for children to deter learning loss and enjoy themselves in the process.

Need more ideas? Call Huntington at 1 800 CAN LEARN to learn about our customized summer programs for kids that help children of all ages catch up or get ahead in school and boost their confidence.

 

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

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The Importance of Personalized SAT/ACT Test Prep When it comes to teens preparing for success on the SAT or ACT, here’s something parents need to know: not all test prep programs are created equal.  And one of the most important things parents should look for when evaluating companies that deliver test prep courses is whether the program meets students’ distinct needs.

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Tue, 21 May 2019 09:12:16 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/importance-of-personalized-test-prep https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/importance-of-personalized-test-prep Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center When it comes to teens preparing for success on the SAT or ACT, here’s something parents need to know: not all test prep programs are created equal. And one of the most important things parents should look for when evaluating companies that deliver test prep courses, says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center, is whether the program meets students’ distinct needs.

“Because no two students are exactly the same, the SAT/ACT prep course each student takes shouldn’t be the same either,” says Huntington. “Huntington test prep programs are successful because they are customized to each student. Taking a one-size-fits-all approach to test prep results in some students getting left behind.”

Huntington shares several reasons that parents should seek out personalized SAT/ACT test prep for their college-bound teens:

Every student has different strengths and weaknesses. An area of strength for one teen might be an area of weakness for another. Thus, a “broad brush” approach to preparing a group of students for the math test of the SAT is unlikely to work well for everyone. The content of what is taught and the methodology must be tailored to each student’s abilities.

Every student learns at a different pace. Just as classroom teachers differentiate their instruction in the classroom, test prep teachers need to take into account that every student has unique challenges. A great SAT/ACT test prep curriculum will be efficient, focusing on areas where teens need the most help and delivering the content at a pace that works for them.

Not all SAT/ACT tutors have the same qualifications. Too often, parents assume that hiring any experienced tutor of high school students will work when it comes to helping their teens prepare for the SAT or ACT. Not true. It’s essential that teens work with qualified teachers who are experienced teaching to the SAT and ACT. These teachers know the tests inside and out and understand that to achieve the best results, they must adapt their tactics and study plan, depending on the student(s).

A personalized SAT/ACT test prep program begins with a practice test. It’s difficult for an a test prep teacher to be as effective with students when they don’t first administer a diagnostic evaluation in the form of a practice exam. A full-length, timed practice test not only gives students a true feel for what the SAT or ACT is like, it gives their test prep teacher a baseline for instruction. With detailed results, a teacher can develop an SAT/ACT prep program that addresses all weaker subject areas thoroughly.

Huntington says that Huntington’s excellent track record with college entrance test prep is due to the learning center’s individualized approach, but parents should rest assured that Huntington SAT/ACT test prep is both specific and thorough. “When we work with a student, we cover all the bases,” she says. Making sure students are ready for each section and subsection of the exam is a big part of that, but we also cover essentials like improving their speed under pressure and stress management. The point is simple: the best test prep program is detailed and addresses students’ individual needs and goals.”

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

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Huntington Learning Center Launches 2019 Reading Adventure Program Summer break is a perfect time for children to establish or renew a reading habit, which is why the Huntington Learning Center is launching its annual summer reading program, Reading Adventure.

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Mon, 20 May 2019 12:51:34 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntington-summer-reading-adventure-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntington-summer-reading-adventure-2019 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Summer break is a perfect time for children to establish or renew a reading habit, which is why the Huntington Learning Center is launching its annual summer reading program, Reading Adventure. 

Reading Adventure introduces children to high-interest reading material and gets them excited about reading. Running from May to August, the program is for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Students choose books from Huntington’s pre-selected book lists, which offer a variety of high-interest choices by grade level and reading ability. Students then record what they read in their “reading passport,” sharing their opinions and observations about each book. 

Reading is an easy way for students to mitigate learning loss over summer break, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “The goal of Reading Adventure is to show children how fun and exciting reading can be, but the major benefit we see with children who participate in the program is that they retain their reading and literacy skills during the months they aren’t in school, she says. “As with any skill that takes practice, students who read regularly become better at it, which makes it something they’re more likely to continue to do. Reading Adventure makes reading enjoyable and benefits children at the same time.” 

Huntington shares that getting children to read over summer is easier than parents think. She offers a few tips on how to get their children reading during the break: 

  • Make an effort to find “best fit” books. What are your children into and excited about? Find books on those topics if your children seem uninspired when choosing their own reading material. Librarians are a great resource that can help you search genres and point children toward high-interest books.
  • Read together. Sometimes, the best way to get children reading is to let them see you doing it too. Make family reading a relaxed nightly tradition.
  • Set goals and establish small rewards. There’s nothing wrong with using a little bribery to motivate children to read more. An ice cream outing or sleepover with friends for every two books finished might be just the incentive a child needs.
  • Find a nearby used bookstore. Wandering through any bookstore is stimulating and enjoyable, but there’s something uniquely special about used bookstores. Take your children to one in your town and let them loose. The prices are low but the sense of discovery that accompanies every visit is high.
  • Subscribe for newspaper delivery for the summer. These days, reading the newspaper to get your daily or weekly news is a novelty that many children might find fun. Reading the paper over coffee and orange juice could be a summer morning tradition with the early risers in your home—or save it for night time (with hot chocolate, of course).
  • Read some blockbusters. Try choosing and reading a family book-turned-film together, then plan a movie night later this summer. There are lots of great options for children and teens out there, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, and The Lightning Thief, to name a few. 

To learn more about the Huntington Reading Adventure program, contact Huntington Learning Center at 1-800 CAN LEARN or visit www.huntingtonhelps.com. 

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

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Six Benefits of Teens Working Part Time Understandably, many parents want their teens to focus first on their academics and extracurricular commitments, but there are so many benefits for teens who work a part-time job.

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Mon, 20 May 2019 17:28:13 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-benefits-of-teens-working-part-time https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-benefits-of-teens-working-part-time Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington Most parents agree that there’s value in teens putting effort toward something other than classes and homework. Sports, clubs and volunteer work are awesome resume boosters that teach worthwhile life lessons. 

However, there’s another activity that deserves some attention: working part time. Understandably, many parents want their teens to focus first on their academics and extracurricular commitments, but there are so many benefits for teens who work a part-time job. Here are six of the most notable: 

  • They’ll learn about money. Before teens go to college, it’s essential that they learn fiscal responsibility. Mom and Dad won’t give an allowance forever, and high school is the prime time for teens to learn about budgeting, investing and saving for things they want (e.g. clothes, concerts and doing things with friends) and need (e.g. college textbooks). 
  • They’ll become skilled at time management. Teens who want an income have to give up at least some of their free time. That means they need to be diligent about scheduling time for homework, sports/other practices and other to-dos, and adept at keeping a very organized planner. These skills become even more important in college, when the workload and expectations increase significantly. 
  • They’ll learn work ethic. Even the act of researching jobs and going to interviews requires motivation and follow up. And once a teen has a job, he or she will inherently learn what it takes to perform well in different industries and how to meet and exceed the expectations of managers with different styles and personalities. 
  • They’ll gain skills that aren’t taught in school. Performing well in school requires effort, but skills learned on the job in a restaurant or retail setting, for example, are valuable in a different way. Many jobs that are available to teens involve regular interactions with customers. They’ll need good listening skills, empathy, patience and more. Often, these jobs are in fast-paced settings too, so teens will become pros at working efficiently under pressure. 
  • They’ll put their academic knowledge to use in the real world. Many of the duties of jobs in the retail and restaurant industries (where teens often work) involve technology (e.g. using a point of sale system) and math (e.g. preparing customer bills and making change). Office work is also a great way for teens to apply academic skills to the real world—skills like typing, reading, developing spreadsheets and writing. 
  • They’ll gain exposure to different careers and industries. Teens who are convinced they want to become doctors might explore opportunities to work in doctor’s offices or hospitals—and while they are unlikely to interact directly with patients, even working in that environment is excellent experience. Any job that gives teens an idea of what a post-collegiate career they’re considering is actually like is a job worth taking. 

Teens who work part time develop many indispensable skills that translate directly to life. While it is wise for a teen to make sure a job won’t interfere with school priorities and the ability to lead a balanced life, a job with reasonable hours and expectations offers many lasting and positive advantages. 

About Huntington 

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com

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Huntington Learning Center Celebrates Educators on National Teacher Day The Huntington Learning Center will celebrate National Teacher Day on May 7, 2019, alongside educators, students, parents and communities around the country.

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Mon, 20 May 2019 12:40:39 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/national-teacher-day-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/national-teacher-day-2019 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The Huntington Learning Center will celebrate National Teacher Day on May 7, 2019, alongside educators, students, parents and communities around the country. National Teacher Day is an annual celebration and part of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10, 2019), sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA). 

Huntington is pleased to recognize the important role that teachers play in the creation of strong communities and the lives of children, says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning. “We have teachers to thank for growing and shaping children and helping them realize their callings in life,” she says. “Teachers build future leaders. They inspire children. And of course, they equip them with the skills and knowledge they need in life and their future careers. During Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day—and all year long—we applaud their commitment, hard work and passion.” 

Huntington offers parents several suggestions to honor and thank teachers during National Teacher Day and Teacher Appreciation Week:

  • Have your child to write a thank-you note to any current and past teachers sharing what he or she loves about school and the teacher’s class.
  • Write one of your child’s teachers a note of appreciation—or even one of your past teachers who had a positive impact on your life.
  • If you own a retail business or restaurant, offer teachers a discount on their purchases on National Teacher Day.
  • Organize a week of lunches for the teachers at school.
  • Thank a teacher on social media using the #ThankATeacher hashtag.
  • Show your solidarity with teachers by wearing red on Wednesday, May 8, and sharing a photo on social media using the #WearRedForEd hashtag.
  • Post and share a story about great teachers in your life on Facebook or Snapchat. 

National Teacher Day is a longtime celebration and started in 1953 thanks to the encouragement of Eleanor Roosevelt. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day, and in 1985, the NEA voted to move the event to May. 

Learn more about National Teacher Day at www.nea.org/grants/teacherday.html.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader.  Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

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Best Ways to Support Your Reader at Home All parents want to give their children the tools to be successful in school, but did you know that making reading a priority is arguably the most essential academic skill?

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Mon, 20 May 2019 12:01:57 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/supporting-your-reader-at-home https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/supporting-your-reader-at-home Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center All parents want to give their children the tools to be successful in school, but did you know that making reading a priority is arguably the most essential academic skill? “Reading skills help students expand their vocabulary, improve their attention span, become stronger communicators and so much more,” says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. How can parents support their readers at home? Here are several tips:

  • Suggest books and other reading material. Encourage your child to create a home library so that he or she never runs out of material to read. Librarians are a great source of information and can offer all kinds of suggestions based on children’s interests and abilities, and websites like Goodreads are another good place to get book recommendations.
  • Let your child see you reading. Often, children emulate their parents. If your child never sees you reading for pleasure, your suggestions to pick up a book for fun might seem disingenuous. Read alongside your child. Make it fun, setting out a plate of treats and serving up tea or hot chocolate. Incorporate reading into your nightly family routine.
  • When reading together, embrace best practices for reading comprehension. If you’re reading to your child or having them read to you, use the following process for boosting reading comprehension:
    • Preview the text before reading (especially when reading a textbook).
    • Pause to check in after every page for understanding and to discuss confusing parts of questions.
    • Summarize main takeaways at the end of each section or chapter.
    • Reflect on lingering questions and interesting information at the end of each chapter.
  • Make connections to other parts of your child’s life. When talking about books, encourage your child to think beyond the words on the page. Ask questions to get him or her thinking about the main characters and their motivations, how the story relates to anything in real life and if the story or people in it seem familiar.
  • Record daily reading. Your child’s teacher might require you to do this anyway. If the teacher does not, it can serve as a motivator to give children a weekly reading chart on which they can mark off days they’ve read and for how long, or even a book journal. Consider small incentives for certain goals reached (such as an ice cream outing for each book completed).

Last and most important, be sure to provide help if you notice your child struggling with reading. “Sometimes it’s obvious—your child has difficulty reading aloud or it seems that his or her reading comprehension is especially low,” says Huntington. “Other times it’s harder to tell. If you suspect your child needs is missing fundamental reading building blocks, call Huntington. We’ll assess your child’s reading skills, determine what is causing problems, and develop a customized program of instruction to help your child become a better reader.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

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What is Emotional Intelligence and Why Does Your Child Need It? You may have heard how important emotional intelligence is for students as they navigate school, but what is emotional intelligence?

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Mon, 20 May 2019 11:54:40 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/important-of-emotional-intelligence-in-children https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/important-of-emotional-intelligence-in-children Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington You may have heard how important emotional intelligence is for students as they navigate school, but what is emotional intelligence? Simply put, it involves the ability to understand one’s own feelings as well as the emotions of others. Children and teens with high emotional intelligence tend to be more mature and responsible. Here are some of the other reasons children need emotional intelligence:

To be able to relate to their peers better. The ability to understand, communicate and work with others effectively will benefit children tremendously.

To learn to read social situations. Knowing how to read social cues and body language is a life skill many of us take for granted. Children who are more emotionally intelligent are adept at reacting and responding to others in different scenarios.

To foster responsible decision-making. With emotional intelligence comes the ability to make decisions thoughtfully and learn from those decisions by weighing consequences and how different actions can impact different people.

To become more skilled at tackling problems. When people are emotionally intelligent, they have greater empathy for others’ perspectives and can more easily resolve conflicts. They’re also able to solve problems methodically and thoroughly.

To build leadership competencies. The world needs great leaders and emotional intelligence is an essential trait of a great leader. These individuals are good at building relationships based on trust and mutual respect. They listen well and know how to make others comfortable enough to share their ideas and input. Because they are skilled at relating to people, they are also good at building teams and motivating others.

So, how can you work on raising an emotionally intelligent child? Here are several tips:

  • Help your child develop his self-awareness. Encourage your child to be more mindful and more willing to take note of his emotions, good or bad, and talk and think through those feelings. Invite conversation. Encourage self-reflection.
  • Nurture the development of good friendships. Children should recognize the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships. Teach your child what to expect of all friendships and how to be a respectful, encouraging friend to others.
  • Build your child’s confidence. To cultivate emotional intelligence, help your child become comfortable with who he is and the decisions he makes in life.
  • Help your child think critically. Because emotional intelligence is all about recognizing one’s emotions and reactions and those of others, it also requires trusting one’s feelings and conclusions about different people and situations. Make sure your child feels empowered to use his perspectives to make decisions.
  • Teach self-regard for strengths and weaknesses. There’s great value in acceptance. Teach your child to be realistic about who he is and confident enough to believe he can improve on those weaker areas.

It’s a fact: students who possess emotional intelligence often outperform their peers. Teach your child to develop his and you will set him up for success in all aspects of life.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

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How to Help a Child Overcome a Poor Grade At some point or another, every student brings home a poor grade on an assignment or a test, which can be a real blow to the self-esteem. It is understandably difficult to see your student struggling and feeling badly about school, but here are several things you can do to help your child overcome a bad grade or dip in school performance.

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Thu, 16 May 2019 11:03:08 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/overcoming-a-poor-grade https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/overcoming-a-poor-grade Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center At some point or another, every student brings home a poor grade on an assignment or a test, which can be a real blow to the self-esteem. It is understandably difficult to see your student struggling and feeling badly about school, but here are several things you can do to help your child overcome a bad grade or dip in school performance:

Be supportive, not angry. Let your child know that you’re there for support and you want to help him or her—whether this is a small or growing problem. When a bad grade comes home, resist the initial urge to yell or punish him or her. It’s understandable that you may feel concerned or angry, but your child probably feels as bad as you do about his or her school struggles. First, have an open, non-judgmental conversation with your child about what happened.

Determine whether you’re dealing with a one-time problem or a deeper issue. Has your child had problems with this particular subject or skill in the past, or is this a new issue? Talk with your child about what went wrong on the assignment or test. Does he or she understand what mistakes were made and how to correct them?

Look for signs elsewhere. Occasional bad grades happen to all students. Consistently low grades and test scores, however, are worth investigating further. How is your child during study and homework sessions? Does he or she take far more time than seems reasonable to complete work? Is his or her work sloppy or disorganized? Has your child regressed in a certain subject since the prior year? Do tests seem to make your child anxious?

Remind your child that failure is a part of life. It may be hard for your child to understand without the perspective that you have, but let him or her know that making mistakes is how we learn. Share a story of a time when you or a favorite aunt or uncle struggled in school. Let him or her know that you do not expect perfection, and that this is an opportunity to strive for improvement.

Focus on the future. Try not to dwell too much on a poor grade or test score. Instead, figure out the best way for your child to overcome any difficulties in order to earn a better grade next time. Be sure to involve your child when developing that plan of action. Teach him or her to set goals, lay out steps to achieve those goals, and work with you and his or her teacher to tackle problems as they arise.

Ideally, you should take these steps before your child’s school difficulties spiral into big problems. However, it is never too late to help your child turn things around and repeal any serious damage to his or her confidence and academic record. Huntington Learning Center works with students who have been struggling for a few months, students who have been struggling for years, and everyone in between. Whether your child needs help in math, science, reading, writing or another subject, Huntington’s experienced, certified teachers can design a customized, tutoring program that makes an impact. If you suspect that your child needs help and you’re not sure where to begin, call us at 1-800 CAN LEARN.

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Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13, 2019 Huntington Learning Center is pleased to join schools, teachers, librarians and community members in celebrating National Library Week, an observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).

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Mon, 20 May 2019 11:50:50 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/national-library-week-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/national-library-week-2019 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center is pleased to join schools, teachers, librarians and community members in celebrating National Library Week, an observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). This annual event, held April 7 to 13, 2019, also incorporates daily celebrations to honor some of the most important library workers and announces the release of important publications: 

  • State of America’s Libraries Report release, which includes the Top 10 Frequently Challenged Books of 2018 (Monday)
  • National Library Workers Day (Tuesday) - Recognizes staff, users, administrators and friends of libraries
  • National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday) - Honors the professionals that make bookmobile outreach possible in their communities
  • Take Action for Libraries Day (Thursday) – A national library advocacy effort 

For 2019, the ALA has chosen a theme of “Libraries = Strong Communities.” The Honorary Chair of 2019 National Library Week is Melinda Gates, who is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has invested more than $1 billion through her foundation’s Global Libraries initiative to enhance the power of libraries to promote literacy and improve lives. 

Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that all types of libraries (school, public, academic and special) are important in society, adding that libraries can transform communities. 

“At Huntington, we frequently suggest that parents and children make library visits a regular part of their lives,” she says. “Libraries are gathering places that offer citizens many resources to learn and better themselves. Of course, libraries also help parents lay the foundation for their children’s lifelong literacy and appreciation of books. National Library Week is an important celebration to all of us at Huntington. We encourage our students and their families to support our nation’s libraries this week and always.” 

National Library Week was founded in 1958. In the mid-1950s, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed the National Book Committee, which aimed to encourage people to read in their leisure time. That committee developed a plan for National Library Week, which promoted the support and use of libraries around the country. 

While libraries are great places to check out books, magazines and other reading material, Huntington reminds families of the many other uses of libraries: 

  • As a meetup spot for students working on group projects or studying
  • For computer access
  • To participate in leisure activities (such as a cultural organization or meditation class)
  • To access media (movies, music, audiobooks, etc.)
  • To take free or low-cost classes on a wide range of topics, such as computer use, completing taxes and creative writing
  • As a social gathering space
  • For clubs, reading groups and other organizations
  • As a resource for gathering information on starting a business
  • For meeting spaces 

To learn more about National Library Week and this year’s theme, visit www.ala.org/nlw.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

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Matching Learning Styles to Study Tools As your child matures into an independent student, he or she will continue to refine those all-important study skills. Throughout school, students employ a variety of tools when studying, however, what works for one student may not for another.

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Wed, 03 Apr 2019 14:18:18 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/matching-learning-styles-to-study-tools https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/matching-learning-styles-to-study-tools Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center As your child matures into an independent student, he or she will continue to refine those all-important study skills. Throughout school, students employ a variety of tools when studying, however, what works for one student may not for another. Help your child enhance his or her study sessions through the use of the right tools for his or her learning style.

There are many different types of learning styles, but one common way to categorize learning preference is through the senses: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Here are descriptions of each and the types of tools or devices that may aid such learners in their study sessions.

Visual learners generally like to see or read what they learn. Students who learn visually often take detailed notes, watch people intently when they are speaking, have vivid imaginations and are good at remembering places or people. They also tend to understand concepts better when a teacher writes them on the board or draws them out.

Study tools for visual learners:

  • Visual aids, such as diagrams, pictures, maps, drawings and charts
  • Flash cards and other visual memory devices
  • A blank notebook or blank paper for drawing out ideas and concepts visually (in order to aid in the student’s comprehension)
  • Written directions for assignments and projects
  • To-do lists
  • Day planners in which to record assignments, appointments and other tasks
  • White boards

Auditory learners learn best by listening and verbalizing concepts aloud. In class, these students may not necessarily need to watch the teacher to comprehend his or her lessons or lectures, provided the subject matter is being discussed in sufficient detail. They prefer to study by reading aloud and talking to themselves and they may be good at remembering the information they hear. Classroom lectures are a comfortable form of learning for these students and many auditory learners ask a lot of questions to reinforce their understanding of things.

Study tools for auditory learners:

  • Tape recorders for classroom lectures
  • Handheld dictation machines to record and play back concepts and ideas
  • Mnemonic devices to help with memorizing facts and information
  • Audio books
  • Study groups
  • Text to speech software, such as NaturalReader (naturalreaders.com)

Kinesthetic learners like to be active participants in the learning process, whether through hands-on activity or some other active endeavor. Such students learn best by doing and enjoy manipulating materials and objects as part of the learning process. In the classroom, these students may need to stand, move around or doodle while listening to lectures. Long periods of reading may make them fidgety and/or cause them to lose focus.

Study tools for kinesthetic learners:

  • Note taking
  • Highlighters to highlight while reading or reviewing
  • Stress ball or other ball (tennis ball or baseball) to play with while studying
  • Interactive tools tied to studying, such as Quizlet, an online study software or Google SketchUp, a drawing and 3D modeling tool
  • Standing desk
  • Stationary bike or treadmill (to use while reading)

Remember that a student might prefer a certain learning style for one task or subject and another style for a different task. Also, tools that work for one type of learner may also work well for another type, too. It’s always good practice to try out different study approaches and tools and talk with your child’s teachers for additional ideas and suggestions. Encourage your child to explore his or her own learning preferences through the use of different tools and techniques so that he or she make the most of every class and study session.

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Help Your Elementary School Student Develop Critical Thinking Skills In today’s complex world, it is not just important, but imperative that children learn to think critically—and not just learn to memorize facts and figures. Although there is a lot of information at every grade that children need to learn—the mechanics of reading and writing, mathematics, science and much more—it is essential for young learners to gain plenty of practice reasoning, questioning assumptions, considering the logic of various ideas and solving problems independently.

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Wed, 03 Apr 2019 14:11:51 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/develop-critical-thinking-skills https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/develop-critical-thinking-skills Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center In today’s complex world, it is not just important, but imperative that children learn to think critically—and not just learn to memorize facts and figures. Although there is a lot of information at every grade that children need to learn—the mechanics of reading and writing, mathematics, science and much more—it is essential for young learners to gain plenty of practice reasoning, questioning assumptions, considering the logic of various ideas and solving problems independently. How can you help foster your elementary-age child’s critical thinking skills? Here are several exercises and suggestions to put into practice in everyday life, which will serve your child long after the school days are over.

 

Employ the Socratic Method. The Greek philosopher Socrates questioned his students continuously and encouraged oppositional debate among them to get them to think critically and generate new ideas. Most elementary school children go through a phase (or several) in which they ask a lot of questions. The next time you’re asked, “Why?” try answering with, “What do you think?” or “What do you know already and what do you need to know to solve your problem?” Instead of answering questions outright, encourage your child to try to answer them for him or herself. Teach your child to listen to others’ ideas, always keeping in mind that often, there is more than one right answer to a question.

 

Sort things and recognize patterns. Any activity in which a child is asked to identify a pattern is one that helps build critical thinking skills. This could be as simple as sorting laundry or organizing toys during daily chores, or playing thinking games such as chess, puzzles, tangrams, pentominoes or Sudoku. When driving around town, ask your child to name the shapes of the signs he or she sees. Have him or her look for patterns in the grocery store (for example, how many price signs end in $0.99 versus $0.50, etc.). Or challenge your child to predict the next item in a series (if driving through a neighborhood where all the streets are named for trees, for example, have your child guess what the next street might be).

 

Talk about facts versus opinions. Teach your child about the difference between things that are true and always true (your child has two eyes, for example) and things that cannot be proven true 100% of the time (your cat is the best pet ever). You can talk about this any time, even when watching television together. After commercials, ask your child what statements the commercial made about the product being advertised; then ask whether the statements were fact or opinion, and how he or she knew the difference. You can also discuss who made the commercial and why, analyzing the company’s point of view versus the consumer’s. 

 

Summarize stories whenever you read. When you and your child read together, ask him or her to summarize what happened at the end of each chapter or major section of a book. The ability to recap the major points of texts is an important critical thinking skill that your child will use again and again as a student—from elementary school through college. If you get a newspaper at home, look at headlines together each morning and ask your child to guess what the story will be about.  Then read the story and decide if the headline did a good job of summarizing the information. Ask your child to write his or her own headline for the story.

 

Deliberate and discuss. The next time you and your child do not agree on something, give him or her the opportunity to persuade you to see his or her side. Don’t worry—this does not have to mean that every rule in your house is negotiable. However, it is important to teach your child to back up his or her ideas and arguments and think about why he or she believes or does not believe things. Push your child to think about his or her arguments carefully. In addition, an important part of thoughtful debate is learning to see things from other people’s points of view.

 

Analyze like a scientist. Urge your child to think like a scientist and apply the scientific method to anything and everything. The main components of the scientific method are observation, developing a hypothesis, prediction and experimentation. Teaching your child this practice of thinking will give him or her the tools to think through issues and figure out solutions to all kinds of problems.

 

Embrace the practice of critical thinking in your household and in all that you do, encourage your child to be a curious student of life. In doing so, you will teach your child to be resourceful when tackling school and other problems, which will help him or her gain confidence, perceptiveness and a lifelong love of learning.

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Four Tips for Teaching Your Child Internet Safety The internet opens up a world of educational opportunities, but it’s important for parents to err on the side of caution in today’s uber-connected world.

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Mon, 20 May 2019 11:45:22 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/teaching-your-child-internet-satefy https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/teaching-your-child-internet-satefy Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The internet opens up a world of educational opportunities, but it’s important for parents to err on the side of caution in today’s uber-connected world. “Today’s students have grown up with technology and are very aware of the internet’s many avenues to discover and learn,” says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “However, it’s essential that parents are up on best practices in digital safety and that they educate their children on the dangers of the internet.”

Huntington offers parents these internet safety tips:

  1. Talk about the risks. Naivety online can be downright dangerous. It’s important for parents to make sure their children know that some people on the internet might pretend to be helpful or nice when they are not. They need to understand why they should never share personal information with anyone online. And it’s also essential that children recognize that their online behavior is just as important as their “real world” behavior. Parents and children need to talk about the risks of sharing too much on social media and the fact that embarrassing themselves online could come back to haunt them when it comes time to apply to colleges.
  2. Avoid playing spy. It’s tempting for parents to want to control their children’s every move and spy on what they do online. Eventually, however, this only promotes a household culture of mistrust. Also, as children grow older, they will become savvy enough to figure out how to hide what they’re doing. A better approach is one where parents communicate with their children about house rules and expectations regarding technology and cyber safety. Even when monitoring their children’s online activity, parents should respect their privacy.
  3. Invest in parental control software. It’s a smart idea to install a parental control tool that monitors all of your family’s internet-connected devices. There are lots of options out there (check out Qustodio, Net Nanny, and Norton Family for starters), but make sure whatever you choose lets you control device usage, filter content to block access to inappropriate websites and keep a detailed log of web activity.
  4. Create a contract. Setting expectations is an important step toward holding children accountable, and a contract can help do that. Make sure your internet/digital safety contract addresses the following:
  • Never giving out personal information (including name, phone number, address and school name) online
  • Rules for online use (time limits and times of day)
  • Never giving out passwords to anyone, even friends
  • Never sending people pictures without checking with parents first
  • Being a good online citizen and never doing anything unethical or mean online
  • Never making plans to meet someone in person that your child met online
  • Talking to mom and dad about any inappropriate or uncomfortable online interactions that your child is a part of or witnesses

Lastly, Huntington urges parents to keep the lines of communication open. “We live in a time when people get hurt and scammed online every day and even damage their lives by making poor choices online,” she says. “Parents, teach your children internet safety from an early age and talk about it often. The more you educate your child now, the better equipped he or she will be to stay safe online as a teen and young adult.”

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

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Huntington Learning Center Celebrates Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month 2019 During the month of April, the Huntington Learning Center is celebrating Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month.

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Tue, 17 Mar 2020 08:03:15 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/math-awareness-month-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/math-awareness-month-2019 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center During the month of April, the Huntington Learning Center is celebrating Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month.

This annual, nationwide event aims to increase the understanding and appreciation of mathematics and statistics. These two subjects play an important role in tackling pressing problems of our time, such as the data deluge, internet security, curing and treating diseases, and other worldwide issues.

Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month began in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation to establish National Mathematics Awareness Week. His goal was to encourage the study and utilization of mathematics and remind Americans of the importance of this basic branch of science in our daily lives. The celebration is a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America and the Society for Industrial Applied Mathematics.

Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that Huntington has proudly celebrated Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month for many years. “We’re delighted to once again join educators, students, schools and other groups in elevating discussions about math’s importance for the progression of our economy and society,” says Huntington. “When working with children who are struggling with math or want to get ahead in the subject, we remind them why math knowledge is essential—not just in school, but in life. We’re pleased to join in this annual event and to encourage the families we serve to do the same.”

Huntington reminds parents to show their children that mathematics and statistics are a part of daily life and many things they do and enjoy. She offers these tips:

  • Talk about careers that require math and statistics knowledge.
  • Have your child estimate the bill whenever you shop or dine out at a restaurant.
  • Have your child help you calculate weekly statistics during fantasy football season.
  • Have your child maintain the family checkbook or family budget.
  • Talk about the role that math/statistics has played in major events like space shuttle launches and sharp rises and falls of the stock market.
  • Show your child sports statistics online or in the newspaper and have your child track his or her favorite athletes’ or teams’ data.
  • Create graphs to track fun family data, such as the weekly height of everyone in the family, the amount of snowfall or rainfall throughout the year, or the number of times your family eats out in a year.
  • Anytime you cook, get your child involved in measuring ingredients, checking temperature and setting timers.
  • Plan a family road trip, and have your child calculate drive time, planned mileage, estimated cost of gas and more.
  • Open a bank account for your child, encourage your child to earn and save money, and talk about the concept of interest.
  • Make predictions and talk about how statistics are used to make all kinds of predictions, like developing weather forecasts and analyzing stocks.

To learn more about Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, visit www.mathaware.org.

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What Can Tutoring Do For Your Child? There are many benefits to tutoring besides increased grades. For over 40 years, Huntington has helped thousands of students flourish as a result of tutoring. Find out some of the advantages tutoring can have on your student.

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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:26:07 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/what-can-tutoring-do-for-your-child https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/what-can-tutoring-do-for-your-child Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center If your child has ever failed a test or struggled through one or more subjects or classes, you’ve probably thought about looking into tutoring programs that could help. Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center says that most parents recognize the obvious benefits of tutoring, but there are many other positive results as well. “Individualized tutoring can help children fill in any learning gaps and raise their grades,” says Huntington. “The great news is that there are so many other wonderful byproducts of tutoring that can have a lasting impact on a child and help shape his or her future for the better.”

Huntington shares some of the positive things that tutoring can do for your child:

Foster independence. Children who struggle to keep up in the classroom often feel helpless and stuck, unable to complete tasks on their own. When they receive individualized instruction and develop the “building blocks” needed to progress in their learning, over time, they will feel empowered and more comfortable taking ownership of their education.

Improve self-esteem. Most children who struggle with school for an extended period of time begin to feel worthless and embarrassed, thinking of themselves as stupid or incapable of learning. The right personalized tutoring program will start to yield positive results, leading a child to feel relieved and even proud of his or her newfound abilities.

Renew interests. When children seem indifferent or angry about school, they might be masking their struggles to understand basic concepts and their feelings of frustration about even the smallest tasks. Tutoring will help pinpoint the root of any academic problems so that parents and teachers can take action. Once a child begins to feel more capable and confident, he or she will also remember what it feels like to be interested in learning.

Motivate. For children who repeatedly struggle in school, it’s a daily challenge to muster up the motivation to put effort toward homework or assignments. Sadly, these students tend to feel that no matter how hard they try, they will fail. A customized program of instruction will help a child become a better student, and as a result, allow that child to experience the positive feelings associated with acquiring new knowledge. Soon, that child will feel more inspired to work harder and persevere when things are difficult.

One of the best things tutoring can do for your child is prompt him or her to feel more optimistic about school—and happier overall. “When children are able to finally understand something that has historically been difficult for them, it’s an immediate boost to their confidence and feelings of self-worth,” says Huntington.  “Without a doubt, tutoring is a wise long-term investment in your child that you as a parent will see paying dividends for years to come.”

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Helping Your Teen Approach the College Search Process College planning is a highly involved process. If you and your teen are feeling overwhelmed by the many aspects of this important decision, it’s best to take a deep breath and remember: one step at a time.

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Fri, 08 Mar 2019 16:16:12 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-your-teen-approach-the-college-search-process https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-your-teen-approach-the-college-search-process Dr Raymond Huntington Dr Raymond Huntington College planning is a highly involved process. If you and your teen are feeling overwhelmed by the many aspects of this important decision, it’s best to take a deep breath and remember: one step at a time. Here are a few tips on how to choose a college and find great fit.

Make a list of programs of interest. Teens should look for colleges that offer academic programs of study that match their goals and interests. It’s fine to still be undecided about a major, but it’s still a good idea for teens to start brainstorming. That way, they will focus on colleges that offer them plenty of options. A student who is interested in some sort of business path, for example, would be wise to make sure any colleges on his or her list offer a variety of business majors.

Consider academic goals. Maybe a student wants to apply to medical schools in a few years. It’s critical that he or she lays the groundwork now by choosing a reputable college for the bachelor’s degree. Other students might have dreams of prestigious careers in highly selective fields, which might make their college choice all the more important. Parents should talk with their teens about their career goals to ensure they find the right college to match their desires and aptitude.

Assess the value/price. For every family, cost is a major factor when it comes to evaluating colleges. Teens and parents should start researching federal financial aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov is a good place to start) and each college’s financial aid processes and options. It’s also essential to have a conversation about budgeting and how much of their education costs teens will be expected to cover.

Think about location. Some students are eager for a big change and might love the idea of an out-of-state college, if the cost is feasible. Others might prefer staying closer to home and their family support system. Parents and teens should discuss all issues related to a college’s location, including the climate, whether or not they will get a car, and how often their teens will be able to visit home.

Research campus life. There’s much more to college than academics. Teens should make a list of things they’re looking to get out of college life and make sure the colleges they’re evaluating offer plenty of ways to enrich their college experience. For some teens, clubs and activities might appeal. For others, it could be social events and campus happenings that bring students together. Bottom line, a rich campus life can help make a college feel more like home.  

Ask around. An outside perspective can be very helpful during the college search. Teens should visit their guidance counselors, who might be able to connect them with high school alumni attending their colleges of interest. The colleges themselves might be able to put teens in touch with current students who can answer questions and give some insight into what life is really like at that college.

Every parent wants their teen to find the right college and be happy and successful there. Parents can help their teens’ dreams become a reality by encouraging them to approach the college search and application process diligently and methodically. For the last half of high school, college planning should be their job. Teens who embrace that conscientious attitude will make a good college decision.

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Teaching Children to Revise Their Written Work As a student, part of the process of becoming a better writer is learning to revise one’s written work. Huntington encourages parents to work with their children on revising their written work—and to talk with them about what revising actually means.

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Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:24:34 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/teaching-children-to-revise-their-work https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/teaching-children-to-revise-their-work Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center  As a student, part of the process of becoming a better writer is learning to revise one’s written work. “For many children, revising is difficult, and for good reason,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “When a child crafts an essay, for example, he or she invests a lot of energy into collecting his or her thoughts, organizing them, and writing them in a coherent and compelling way. Completing a draft feels like a monumental feat, so it’s tempting to spell check and call it done, but revising is a critical part of the writing process.”

Huntington encourages parents to work with their children on revising their written work—and to talk with them about what revising actually means. Here are five ways to help your child revise well:

Explain that revision is different than proofreading or editing. As your child becomes a more experienced writer, he or she must learn to understand the differences between revision and proofreading or editing. Revision addresses organization, focus and purpose, and helps a writer assess whether he or she addresses an audience appropriately and explains his or her thoughts clearly and logically. Editing is the process of reviewing a piece for errors, word choice, clarity, tone and the like. Proofreading is the final quality check for correct spelling and proper punctuation and capitalization.

Break writing into steps. Young students are taught that writing involves developing an idea and putting it on paper. But advanced writers understand that a finished piece should be polished—an impossibility if that piece has not been carefully revised at least once. Your child should think of the writing process as six separate steps, each of which is important:

  1. Planning/outlining
  2. Writing
  3. Revising
  4. Editing
  5. Proofreading
  6. Final read-through

Think big picture. Adding or deleting words isn’t revising. Discuss your child’s written work on a conceptual level. If he or she is trying to convince the reader of something in an essay, it is important to ask pertinent questions when revising that essay. Is the argument well thought out? How did he or she support that argument? Is there information in the essay that, at second look, does not need to be there? Overall, revision is about making writing stronger.

Show your child how to revise. Read a newspaper article or essay with your child (try asking his or her teacher for suggestions, too). Then, ask questions—did the introduction make you want to keep reading? Was the main point clear? Point out areas you think were confusing or not as strong as they could be, and offer suggestions on how you would try to improve those areas.

Teach your child that revision is about being objective. A good reminder to the young writer is that revision isn’t about tearing his or her work to shreds. Rather, revision is about improving an argument, strengthening an article’s supporting points and making one’s writing as good as it can be. Point out the good parts of your child’s first draft before launching into a discussion of the areas that need work. Remind your child that good writing requires patience and practice. Most of all, encourage your child to view his or her work with fresh eyes during revision and to be open to new ideas throughout the process.

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Six Components of a Foolproof Time Management System A student’s life is very full. Much of the day is spent at school, but there’s a lot to fit in after the bell rings too—like studying, homework, extracurricular activities, dinner and sleep. A time management system is essential so that children can make the most of every hour and fit in everything they want and need to do. What exactly should that system entail?

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:54:53 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/foolproof-time-management-system https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/foolproof-time-management-system Dr Raymond Huntington Dr Raymond Huntington A student’s life is very full. Much of the day is spent at school, but there’s a lot to fit in after the bell rings too—like studying, homework, extracurricular activities, dinner and sleep. A time management system is essential so that children can make the most of every hour and fit in everything they want and need to do. What exactly should that system entail? Here are six important components:

  1. Commitment – It probably goes without saying, but it’s vital that your child commits to owning responsibilities and planning his or her time responsibly. Without that sincere commitment, any effort by your child to take control of his or her day and many tasks will simply fall flat.
  2. A planner – A planner is a must for any student. Your child should use it to write down all daily assignments, dates for tests, quizzes and projects due, as well as any other commitments such as scheduled work or volunteer hours, sports practices, club meetings, performances or games.
  3. A structured schedule – Have your child block out all scheduled time on the calendar in his or her day planner, including school hours, sports practices or other activities, sleeping, eating dinner and winding down. An hourly schedule in the planner helps your child visualize his or her time and get a clear picture of what time is and isn’t free or flexible. It’s a good idea to hang a family calendar in a central spot in your home as well.
  4. A running list of goals – Goal setting is so important and goes hand in hand with time management. Encourage your child to keep a list of short-term and long-term goals and refer to it (and revise it) often. Short-term goals might focus on your child’s current classes while long-term goals can be bigger and contain multiple smaller goals. For example, the college-bound teen might want to get into his or her dream college, but there will be many small sub-goals to achieve to get there.
  5. Prioritization skills – Good time management is about much more than keeping an organized calendar and list of goals. As early as possible, teach your child to spend a few minutes at the beginning of homework time looking over his or her planner and labeling all tasks to be completed today, tomorrow, this week or later. That prioritization process helps your child get focused and mentally prepared to get to work.
  6. To-do lists – Last but not least, it’s critical that your child break things down to the specific tasks that he or she must complete each day. The planner serves as a master to-do list, keeping track of everything your child has coming up on the homework/test/quiz front. But after prioritizing at the start of a homework session, your child should develop a game plan: a to-do list for the evening that guides the homework session. Your child should write or print out that list and check things off as completed.

Teach your child to own his or her time and not be owned by it. A trusted time management system will minimize stress and wasted time, boost productivity, and set your child up for school and life success.

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The Dangers of Procrastination (and Tips for Children to Overcome It) Many parents have experienced the frustration of watching their child put off important school work or studying until it is a stressful, “fire drill” situation. 

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Mon, 20 May 2019 11:20:02 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/overcoming-procrastination-in-children https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/overcoming-procrastination-in-children Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Many parents have experienced the frustration of watching their child put off important school work or studying until it is a stressful, “fire drill” situation. But procrastination isn’t just annoying, says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. It can be downright harmful. “Parents often ask us what they can do to teach their children how to not procrastinate, and we feel there are two aspects to discuss,” Huntington says. “First is helping children understand why procrastination is so detrimental to their learning, and the second part comes down to adopting good habits.”

Here are some of the dangers of procrastination:

Everything takes longer than it needs to. The most obvious problem with procrastination is that it wastes precious time. Homework that could take an hour instead takes an entire night. Often, children who procrastinate do everything school-related at the last minute—or worse, they run out of hours in the day—and squander away all their free time.

Children hold themselves back. What children don’t realize when they procrastinate repeatedly is that they are not fulfilling their potential. The time they spend goofing around instead of doing what they need to do is time they could be bettering themselves—in school or some other extracurricular passion.

It causes stress. Procrastination puts children in the bad situation of having something to do and not enough time to do it. That is certain to lead to stress and tears for children and their parents. Long term, this can take a toll, causing children to feel overwhelmed and disappointed in themselves.

Even with good intentions, children set themselves up to fail. Picture a child who wants to earn a good grade but continuously undermines his or her abilities by waiting until the last minute to study and do homework. Children simply cannot achieve goals they set for themselves when they put things off over and over.

And now the tips. Here are five suggestions to help your child conquer procrastination:

  1. Embrace the planner. The planner is a great tool to help your child stay organized and on track. Each day, your child should record all homework and upcoming tests or deadlines. The planner should drive your child’s nightly to-do list and serve as the master checklist for everything school related.
  2. Prioritize each day’s to-dos. Have your child make a list of homework at the start of each homework session and rank each task in order of importance. That exercise alone helps children get into work mode and gives them clear direction on what to start with when sitting down for homework.
  3. Make homework time screen-free time. Get your child into the habit of putting the smartphone or tablet in a drawer during homework time. And under no circumstances should your child do homework in front of a television.
  4. Set time goals. Research shows that set periods of work time combined with regular breaks help students maintain focus longer. Set a timer during homework to have your child work for 25 minutes before earning a five-minute break.
  5. Rely on programs to help with tech distractions. Many children (especially those in middle and high school) need computers to do homework. If you’re concerned about making sure your child doesn’t waste time on the internet or social media, programs like RescueTime are a great way to track the amount of time spent on different websites, email, and applications like Microsoft Word. You can block distracting websites during “focus” periods and set up alerts for spending too much time on websites or social media.

Last and certainly not least, Huntington reminds parents to address the matter at hand: why their children might be procrastinating. “Some children who are struggling avoid work because they fear failure,” she says. “Others are disorganized and lack good time management skills. Procrastination is also one symptom of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Bottom line: there are many reasons children procrastinate, but parents can help by addressing the underlying causes.”

For help getting your child focused on school and into a good homework routine, call Huntington at 1-800-CAN LEARN.

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Huntington Learning Center Celebrates Read Across America Huntington Learning Center joins teachers, educators, parents, children and others around the country to celebrate Read Across America, the annual reading motivation and awareness program created by the National Education Association (NEA).

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Mon, 20 May 2019 10:46:27 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/read-across-america-2019 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/read-across-america-2019 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center joins teachers, educators, parents, children and others around the country to celebrate Read Across America, the annual reading motivation and awareness program created by the National Education Association (NEA). 

Historically, Read Across America Day has been recognized on the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, the beloved children’s author. 

The NEA event is now considered a year-round reading program intended to motivate children and teens to read through events, partnerships and reading resources. To celebrate a diverse nation of readers, NEA created the Read Across America 2018-2019 Calendar with recommended books, activities, authors and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures. 

“We are a nation of diverse people and backgrounds, which is what makes our country so special,” says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “Huntington is pleased to celebrate Read Across America and share the NEA’s reading calendar and other resources with students as a way to broaden their horizons and enrich their reading experiences. And of course, at the heart of our celebration is honoring Dr. Seuss, who entertained and inspired readers young and old with his gift of storytelling and making us smile. We proudly recognize Read Across America in his name.”   

To encourage children to adopt a regular reading habit, we offer parents these tips: 

  • Go to the library. Make regular trips to the library a part of your family routine. Parents should let their children choose their own books and lean on the librarians for good suggestions.
  • Make reading a nightly ritual. A reading habit has many benefits for children. Parents can make it a family activity to turn off the electronics, get cozy and read for 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Build the library. Parents can encourage reading by making sure their children are never short on reading material. Build the collection with both favorite books and magazines.
  • Participate in library activities. Libraries usually offer a range of activities for children and teens, including book clubs, author events and read-a-thons. These kinds of activities can be fun for children and a wonderful way to associate reading with enjoyment.
  • Keep reading aloud. There’s something special about reading a “family” book together. Even as children grow older, this is an enjoyable way for children and parents to connect over something in common.
  • Talk about books. Sure, children write book reports in school, but it’s also fun for them to be able to talk with their parents about what they read. Parents can offer a listening ear and make the books their children read part of their dinner conversation.

March includes several other reading and literacy programs, including National Reading Month, Women’s History Month and World Poetry Day (March 21).   

To learn more about Read Across America, visit www.nea.org/readacross. To view the Read Across America 2018-2019 Calendar, visit www.readacrossamerica.org

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

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Promoting Learning That Lasts Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:54:15 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/promoting-learning-that-lasts https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/promoting-learning-that-lasts Dr Raymond Huntington Dr Raymond Huntington Some children understand the purpose of homework, studying, school and learning. They realize that school is a worthwhile endeavor that will help them achieve their life goals, and they consider the acquisition of new knowledge important and often, enjoyable.

Unfortunately, other children—particularly those who are struggling—think that going to school is a waste of time. They do not understand or appreciate why they should learn algebra or history or how to write papers. It is helpful to guide students like this toward the meaning of learning, since the task itself is not compelling enough.

How can parents help their child—whether he or she is a smart, but uninspired student, or one who struggles with school work—become more excited about and engaged in learning? Here are a few tips on how to promote learning that stays with a child for his or her entire education:

Develop the critical thinker –In today’s educational environment, students are expected to be able to apply the knowledge they learn in school to a range of real-world settings. So, to help your child succeed in school – and help him or her overall - you should draw out the inner thinker whenever possible. Ask him or her questions about passages and books he or she reads. Encourage your child to think about where certain skills and knowledge might be useful in real life.

Encourage your child to express his or her opinion – Passion fuels learning, so encourage your child to talk about his or her feelings and ideas and why he or she sees the world or a topic a certain way. Often, students who form strong opinions about various topics are more motivated to express those feelings through speech and in writing. Nurture this skill-building at home by working with your child to make arguments, express those arguments logically and reason with others with different opinions. These skills become more critical as your student progresses through school and eventually goes to on to college and the workforce.

Embrace challenges – From the time your child is young, encourage him or her to dream big. Let your child know that you genuinely believe that people can accomplish anything with hard work and perseverance, and that he or she is no different. Often, students find school uninteresting because they feel forced to do it. However, having a small or big goal in mind can make school feel more worthwhile because your child will start to realize that most endeavors in life require skills gained in the classroom. As your child progresses toward his or her goals, he or she will gain confidence, vision and drive.

Build up the confidence – If your child comes across as apathetic or negative about school (even if he or she seems confident as a person), he or she may lack self-efficacy, the belief that he or she can achieve or learn. Students who have little or no self-efficacy often lack motivation, too. Without motivation, students don’t learn easily—or at least, they don’t take ownership or interest in their own learning. As your child masters new skills and experiences success, his or her confidence will rise. Always let your child know that you believe in his or her abilities.

If your child is one who struggles to find the meaning in school and views learning as a “have to,” it can be challenging to engage him or her. Share with your child that the goal of school is to learn, not to earn straight As on every test or report card. Explain that you are less interested in that sort of evidence of his or her knowledge and more concerned with his or her effort, persistence and curiosity. Above all, your objective should be to help your child acquire and retain knowledge so that he or she can apply that knowledge throughout his or her life. As you strive to achieve that goal, your child will increasingly come to value and appreciate learning.

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The “Thinker” Child Daydreamer. Curious. Lost in thought. Imaginative. If a teacher has used any or all of these descriptions when talking about your child, you probably want to know what you should do to nurture your child’s inner intellect while still keeping him or her on task. After all, learning, exploring and being engaged with subject matter are important for any student, but so is the ability to see tasks through to completion.

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Tue, 29 Jan 2019 13:49:17 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/the-thinker-child- https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/the-thinker-child- Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Daydreamer. Curious. Lost in thought. Imaginative. If a teacher has used any or all of these descriptions when talking about your child, you probably want to know what you should do to nurture your child’s inner intellect while still keeping him or her on task. After all, learning, exploring and being engaged with subject matter are important for any student, but so is the ability to see tasks through to completion.

If your child has the tendency to think intently about various topics—but not always the ones that are important for school—what can you do? Here are a few tips to encourage your child to continue to build those thinking skills and get excited about learning, while staying productive:

Give your child sufficient time. If you keep hoping that your child will just get things done faster, remember that each child has a different pace. Some children process what they learn by connecting what they read and learn to things they already know. They think, connect, contemplate and repeat. It may take more time, but be patient and trust that there is a method behind your child’s approach that can be effective when paired with a good routine.

Discuss the right and wrong times for mind wandering. Every child needs to understand that creativity coupled with critical thinking produces results.  However, there is a time and a place for such activities.  Talk with your child about teachers expectations in the classroom. In school and in the real world, your child is accountable for certain responsibilities. Make sure your child knows they has sufficient time in his or her schedule for free thought, but is also adept at how to manage a daily routine with deadlines and to-dos.

Task orientation is valuable. Discipline is a critical part of school success. Teach your child that creativity and outside-the-box thinking are especially valuable when combined with the ability to move tasks forward. Help your child approach homework and projects in an organized, methodical way, breaking larger projects into smaller tasks, checking off assignments as completed and the like.

Study skills and organization is a must. Encourage your child to embrace tools such as to-do lists and a planner (or planner app for the smartphone, if applicable).  If your child suddenly has difficulty keeping track of homework, maintaining a neat study space, or making the most of each study session, he or she may need help establishing effective study and organizational habits.

Pay attention to what motivates your child. Some children are creative as well as goal oriented. Others enjoy the brainstorming or planning process far more than sitting down to do work. Some children need stimulation by understanding the purpose or practical application of that which they learn. Knowing what your child enjoys (or doesn’t) about the learning process is helpful information that you can use to stimulate your child’s mind as you teach him or her valuable tools like organization and time management.

Having a child who is curious and inquisitive is a huge advantage, but if your challenge is keeping your child on task and productive, remember that practice makes perfect. If your child needs support with this, call Huntington. We can assess your child’s learning style and skills to determine what might help merge his or her passion for learning with strong, effective school habits.

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntingtoncan help your child. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2019 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Huntington Learning Center Celebrates National Catholic Schools Week 2019 National Catholic Schools Week is the week of January 27, 2019, and Huntington Learning Center will join educators and communities from around the country to recognize this important tradition. The annual academic event celebrates Catholic schools in the U.S., elevating the value of Catholic education and its contributions to communities and the nation.

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Tue, 28 Jan 2020 09:36:15 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntington-learning-center-celebrates-national-catholic-schools-week- https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntington-learning-center-celebrates-national-catholic-schools-week- Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center National Catholic Schools Week is the week of January 27, 2019, and Huntington Learning Center will join educators and communities from around the country to recognize this important tradition. The annual academic event celebrates Catholic schools in the U.S., elevating the value of Catholic education and its contributions to communities and the nation.

The 2019 theme of Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Daily themes guide the week:

  • Sunday, January 27: Celebrating Our Parish
  • Monday, January 28: Celebrating Our Community
  • Tuesday, January 29: Celebrating Your Students
  • Wednesday, January 30: Celebrating the Nation
  • Thursday, January 31: Celebrating Vocations
  • Friday, February 1: Celebrating Faculty, Staff and Volunteers
  • Saturday, February 2: Celebrating Families

Founded in 1974, Catholic Schools Week is administered by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), the largest private professional education association in the world, which works with Catholic educators to support ongoing faith formation and the teaching mission of the Catholic church. Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of NCEA and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Co-Founder and CEO, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that Huntington is proud to recognize our nation’s excellent schools, including Catholic schools. “Catholic schools are widely recognized for preparing students to be productive citizens and future leaders,” Huntington says. “These schools set high academic standards and offer a safe and welcoming learning environment for students. During National Catholic Schools Week and throughout the entire year, we applaud their commitment to rigorous education and sending graduates on to college.”

 Learn more about National Catholic Schools Week at www.ncea.org/csw.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help your child. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2019 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Five Tips to Boost Your Child’s Nonfiction Writing Skills Whether students grow up to become historians or business people, lawyers or teachers, the ability to write is critically important. “While there is great value in being able to craft a story, nonfiction writing is that practical skill that people will need throughout their entire lives,” says Co-Founder and CEO Eileen Huntington of  Huntington Learning Center. “We regularly remind our students at Huntington that one day, they will write memos and business proposals, emails and blog posts. It’s important that children hone their craft while they are students, because nonfiction writing is certain to be one of their most essential skills.”

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Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:49:42 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-tips-to-boost-your-childs-nonfiction-writing-skills- https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-tips-to-boost-your-childs-nonfiction-writing-skills- Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Whether students grow up to become historians or business people, lawyers or teachers, the ability to write is critically important. “While there is great value in being able to craft a story, nonfiction writing is that practical skill that people will need throughout their entire lives,” says Co-Founder and CEO Eileen Huntington of  Huntington Learning Center. “We regularly remind our students at Huntington that one day, they will write memos and business proposals, emails and blog posts. It’s important that children hone their craft while they are students, because nonfiction writing is certain to be one of their most essential skills.”

How can children boost their nonfiction writing skills? Here are five tips:

  1. Write with purpose. Whatever children write, it is essential that they remember to first plan the purpose of that writing. In school, that means following directions clearly and creating an outline to ensure the essay writing (or other type of writing) addresses what the writing is supposed to be—which might be to inform, make an argument, or explain an idea.
  2. Always, always, always plan it out. For longer pieces especially, an outline is a must. This keeps children on track during the writing process so that whatever they’re writing flows from start to finish. Whether children are writing an essay or a book report, it’s always best to have a structure in mind first before beginning to write. Diving in without a plan is likely to result in a finished product that doesn’t make its point successfully and has unclear and/or unnecessary sections.
  3. Know your audience. There are many types of nonfiction writing: factual, creative, persuasive and narrative, to name a few. Each has a different audience, which should dictate a writer’s approach and tone. For example, the audience of a college essay is an admissions officer. How should writing to that audience differ from essay writing or writing a speech for an entire student body?
  4. Practice adjusting tone of voice. Obviously, an essay describing the process of constructing something should have a different tone than a compare/contrast assignment or personal narrative. But what exactly is tone? Think of it as the style and personality of one’s writing, which might be formal, scientific, cheerful or morose. Tone should adjust depending on the goal of the piece and the audience to which it speaks.
  5. Follow best practices. There are a few writing strategies that will improve any piece of writing:
  • Organize the writing so that the message flows from introduction to body to conclusion.
  • Draft, edit, revise, review, repeat if needed, and proofread.
  • Polish those sentences to ensure there’s plenty of variety in structure and length.
  • Review with fresh eyes to ensure the writing is logical, follows directions and is easy to read.
  • Write in active voice by making sure the subject of a sentence performs the verb (e.g. The girl pushed the swing), as opposed to passive voice, which positions the subject of a sentence as being acted upon (e.g. The swing was pushed by the girl).
  • Avoid “fluff” words, obscure words, overly ornate words and too many words (less is more).

If your child has difficulty with essay writing or the writing process or simply needs reliable tools to improve those all-important writing strategies, contact Huntington. Nonfiction writing is something your child will use for the rest of his or her life. Now is the time to lay a solid foundation for your child to become a stronger, more confident writer. 

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help your child. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2019 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Helping Your Child Establish New Year’s Resolutions January is a great time to help your child establish resolutions in the new year. Huntington provides some tips to help stay focused and goal-oriented. Read more online!

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:59:02 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-your-child-establish-new-years-resolutions https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-your-child-establish-new-years-resolutions Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The school year is well underway, but it’s a brand new calendar year and an ideal time for students to think about how to continue making positive progress in school. This month, spend time with your child to come up with a set of academic New Year’s resolutions. This exercise is worthwhile for several reasons:

  • The process of thinking about how to achieve one’s goals is highly beneficial, helping students stay motivated, build confidence and persevere.
  • Setting resolutions teaches students how to think introspectively about their life and goals.
  • Taking the time to identify areas of improvement helps students learn the importance of discipline and encourages them to take action to achieve the things they want rather than hope they happen.

 

As you welcome the New Year, here are a few tips for guiding your child to establish resolutions that will kick off the winter term right:

Make them realistic. Too often, people make resolutions that are unreachable. Encourage your child to set resolutions that are achievable and reasonable, given your child’s age and academic ability. For example, a resolution to earn all As this school year when your child has a C average isn’t realistic. A resolution to raise any C grades to a B is more attainable.

Focus on the action, not the result. Grades are a useful measure of a student’s understanding of subject matter and progress toward grade-level standards, but as a parent, try to focus on learning and effort, not outcomes such as grades. When setting resolutions, your child’s focus should always be on effort not results. Encourage your child to answer honestly whether he or she is focused on learning class material and has put sincere effort into all subjects.  If not, what could your child do differently in the future?

Plan out the steps. Setting a goal but failing to define the steps necessary to achieve it is likely to be ineffective. As your child comes up with resolutions, encourage him or her to break down each one into smaller steps. Then, have your child assign dates to each step. Your child should make a plan to follow up on those sub-steps periodically to measure progress.

Put it on paper. It’s fine to brainstorm resolutions aloud, but always have your child write down the final list. Studies show that people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. Committing to resolutions on paper will help your child hone in on exactly what he or she wants to achieve. This written list also serves as inspiration—something tangible that your child can refer to regularly throughout the remainder of the school year.

Incorporate good study habits. No matter who your child is or what age, he or she could likely use a refresher on good study habits, such as time management and organization. Have a conversation with your child about how the year is going so far. Go over the evening schedule and how your child manages time, the homework routine, your child’s organizational habits and more. If anything needs improvement, establish resolutions that focus on making changes where needed. 

Setting New Year’s resolutions can be very valuable for students going into the second half of the school year, encouraging them to think about what went well and not so well in the fall term and define steps to make adjustments going forward. You’ll find that getting your child into the habits of self-reflection and continuous improvement will benefit him or her in the long run as well. Help your child navigate the process so that he or she heads back to school after holiday break armed with a great attitude and a plan for success.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Homework Time For many parents and children, homework is a nightly struggle. Huntington provides helpful changes you can implement to improve motivation & focus. Read more now!

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:59:50 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/dos-and-donts-of-homework-time https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/dos-and-donts-of-homework-time Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center For many parents, one of the most stressful aspects of the school experience is the nightly homework routine—or lack thereof. Does the mere mention of homework cause your child to go running in the other direction? Is your child at the age where he or she should be doing homework independently, but isn’t? Does your child procrastinate so much that homework is too often a stressful, late-night battle that is dreaded by the entire family?

The good news is that homework time doesn’t need to look like this—and in fact, there are a number of changes you can make at home to help your child become more focused, efficient and effective during homework time. Here are a few dos and don’ts when helping your child with homework:

Do have your child set goals. Have your child set goals at the start of each and every homework session. Your child should list out the assignments he or she needs to complete and rank them in order of priority. To get your child into the habit of managing time, try breaking down assignments into smaller tasks, and have your child estimate how much time each task will take. Then, use a timer to help keep your child on track.

Don’t put yourself in charge of keeping your child on task. Certainly, in the early grades, your child may need more guidance, direction and management during homework time, but as time goes on, always strive to put your child in the driver’s seat when it comes to goal-setting and time management during study sessions.

Do make homework a priority. Studies show that when parents make school a priority and regularly express its importance, children feel more committed to school. Treat homework like a top family priority and schedule all other activities around it (and not the other way around). Remind your child that school is his or her responsibility, just as you have responsibilities as a parent and employee.

Don’t “homework bash.” Let’s face it: there may be times when your student’s homework seems confusing to you both. There may be nights when your child is overwhelmed by the volume of what he or she is supposed to do and it frustrates you. And there may be moments when you can relate to how your child is feeling about homework. However, it will not help matters to agree with your child that homework is stupid and pointless or to empathize that you also hate reading. Do your best to remain positive about homework and school and their importance.

Do encourage and incentivize the right way. Sometimes, children need a little encouragement with homework, and it’s fine to offer small rewards for achieving goals. For example, if your procrastinator child completes homework within a reasonable timeframe for five nights in a row, perhaps he or she could earn a privilege such as a sleepover with friends or an extra hour of TV at the end of the week. It’s also helpful to offer small bonuses during homework, too. For example, after 30 minutes of good effort toward homework, give your child a five-minute break to text a friend or go outside.

Don’t bargain, nag, threaten or bribe. If your child resists homework, it is easy to fall into the trap of yelling to force him or her to do what you want or even to bribe him or her with rewards (or alternatively, punishment). These strategies are short-term fixes—if that. To truly help your child in the long run, you must get him or her to buy into the importance of homework, which cannot be accomplished through threats or arguments. Instead, set an expectation with your child that homework will be completed each night, set aside sufficient time for homework and support your child in his or her efforts.

Homework doesn’t have to be a source of conflict. By establishing and sticking to a routine, setting expectations with your child that he or she will put in effort to complete homework on time and to the best of his or her ability, and praising your child’s efforts, you can take much of the stress out of the process. It is also important to let your child know that you care about his or her future.

Sometimes, homework struggles are a sign of deeper learning issues. If you are concerned that your child might lack the ability to complete his or her homework successfully or independently, or that he or she is struggling with other types of problems, call Huntington at 1-800-CAN-LEARN.

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Tips for Reviewing the Midyear Report Card The school year has reached the halfway mark, which means it is report card time. Co-Founder and CEO Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that while some parents and children dread this time of year, report cards present an opportunity to make adjustments if needed and get children back on track. “The midyear report card is a great chance for parents to assess their children’s strengths, weaknesses, progress and study skills,” she says. “Parents should open the lines of communication with their children and children’s teachers and guidance counselors and formulate a plan for the rest of the year to address any parent concerns.”

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Wed, 09 Jan 2019 12:28:39 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-for-reviewing-the-midyear-report-card https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-for-reviewing-the-midyear-report-card Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The school year has reached the halfway mark, which means it is report card time. Co-Founder and CEO Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that while some parents and children dread this time of year, report cards present an opportunity to make adjustments if needed and get children back on track. “The midyear report card is a great chance for parents to assess their children’s strengths, weaknesses, progress and study skills,” she says. “Parents should open the lines of communication with their children and children’s teachers and guidance counselors and formulate a plan for the rest of the year to address any parent concerns.”

Huntington offers parents these tips when reviewing the report card:

It’s important to focus on progress. Too often, parents jump to the letter grades and don’t spend time looking at much else. What you should look for is your child’s progress toward mastery of grade-level standards. How is your child growing this school year? Pay attention to progress indicators and benchmarks.

Effort matters most. Parents who are involved in the homework routine at home should have a good sense of how their children are doing on school work, but the report card will shed additional light. Look for marks and comments on the report card that highlight your child’s effort—and whether that effort is reflected in his or her grades, as it should be.

Look for common warning signs. Low grades are one problem, but keep an eye out for other common red flags, including any indicators that your child has poor study skills, lacks focus, struggles to keep up or has difficulty with essential skills like organization and time management. If you’ve noticed a change in your child’s demeanor and these kinds of issues are showing up on the report card, a discussion with the teacher is a good idea before the crisis period worsens.

Content knowledge is just one measure. Yes, it is important to review your child’s grades on content knowledge in the core subjects, but in today’s education landscape, there are many other measures of students’ performance. Review the report card for comments and marks on your child’s higher-level thinking, problem solving, comprehension and other similar abilities.

Attitude is everything. Children’s attitudes about school are very telling—and a child who seems indifferent or angry about school is likely dealing with low confidence and feelings of hopelessness. Pay attention to any comments from the teacher (and probe further during the parent-teacher conference) on your child’s motivation and overall attitude about learning and his or her grades.

Report cards are a valuable tool for parents to gain a detailed understanding of how their child is performing in school. And no matter what the midyear report card looks like, Huntington encourages parents to keep in mind that no problem is insurmountable. “If your child’s midyear report card highlighted areas of concern, call Huntington,” she says. “There is plenty of time to address and correct issues before the end of the year, and help your child re-build his or her self-esteem and finish the year strong.”

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help your child. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

 

©2019 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Strategies to Build Your Child’s Working Memory Throughout the course of any given day, children are asked to do a lot of different things, from getting ready to engaging in the classroom, from doing chores to doing homework. In school, your child’s job is to learn, but learning is actually quite complex. It requires paying attention, comprehension, active listening, reasoning, critical thinking, making comparisons and organizing thoughts—for multiple subjects.

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Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:58:28 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/strategies-to-build-your-childs-working-memory- https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/strategies-to-build-your-childs-working-memory- Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington Throughout the course of any given day, children are asked to do a lot of different things, from getting ready to engaging in the classroom, from doing chores to doing homework. In school, your child’s job is to learn, but learning is actually quite complex. It requires paying attention, comprehension, active listening, reasoning, critical thinking, making comparisons and organizing thoughts—for multiple subjects.

When all of those activities come easy for children, school usually comes easy too. But if you notice that your child struggles in school and has difficulty remembering important information and focusing on homework, you might wonder what’s going on. There could be several contributors, but it is possible that your child has a weak working memory.

Working memory is defined as “memory that involves storing, focusing attention on, and manipulating information for a short period of time” (Merriam-Webster). Years ago, researchers first defined working memory as memory used to plan and carry out behavior (Miller GA, Galanter E, Pribram KH. Plans and the structure of behavior. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc; 1960.)

Put simply, working memory is what helps children remember homework directions long enough to complete the work. It allows them to problem solve when they encounter tricky math homework or a word they do not understand when reading. It helps children recognize when a draft of a writing assignment needs correcting. Children who lack working memory, on the other hand, likely have a range of issues in school, including:

  • Poor memorization skills
  • Difficulty paying attention in class
  • Difficulty staying organized
  • Struggles with completing math calculations in their heads
  • Lots of mistakes in writing (difficulty retaining and remembering grammar rules)
  • Difficulty working independently/easily distracted
  • Often unable to answer questions correctly or thoughtfully when called on in class
  • Often unable to follow multi-step directions

Here’s the good news: you can help your child improve his or her working memory with brain-boosting exercises and other memory improvement strategies. Here are some easy ways to do so:

Make sure your child gets sufficient sleep. Children might roll their eyes at the “get more sleep” suggestion, but the research doesn’t lie: sleep accelerates the improvement in working memory performance. A good night of sleep will help your child improve the memory and increase focus—among many other important benefits.

Play memory games. Certain games help children improve working memory because they require them to keep track of moves of their opponents and recall information quickly. Think card games, which require players to remember their cards and keep information in their heads long enough to decide their next move, and games like Simon, which has players memorize and repeat a color pattern that gets increasingly complex.

Break down bigger tasks. Have your child break down complex, detailed assignments into smaller steps. He or she should write them down and keep that to-do list visible. To strengthen working memory, encourage your child to use tools like graphic organizers, visual maps and checklists when doing homework.

Working memory is one of the most essential functions students need—and integral for the cognitive abilities that fuel school success. It is what allows children to manipulate, process and retain information.

If you suspect your child has poor working memory, call Huntington. We’ll evaluate your child to determine his or her strengths and weaknesses and develop a targeted plan of action that focuses on memory improvement, building confidence and improving academic performance.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help your child. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

           

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Six Tips for Polishing Up the College Application Essay Over Winter Break With many colleges’ regular decision applications due between January 1 and February 1, holiday break for high school seniors is a good time to put any finishing touches on the college application package—including the essay. CEO and Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents that whether the colleges to which their teens are applying require an essay or strongly encourage one—or their teens have chosen to write essays to strengthen their overall application—it is best to take a methodical approach to the writing process. “The application essay gives admissions officers a glimpse of your teen as a student and person and tells them a lot about his or her goals, work ethic, character and more,” Huntington says. “A well-planned, well-thought-out essay can have a tremendously positive impact.”

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Wed, 26 Dec 2018 12:20:52 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-for-strengthening-the-college-essay-during-winter-break https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-for-strengthening-the-college-essay-during-winter-break Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center With many colleges’ regular decision applications due between January 1 and February 1, holiday break for high school seniors is a good time to put any finishing touches on the college application package—including the essay. CEO and Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents that whether the colleges to which their teens are applying require an essay or strongly encourage one—or their teens have chosen to write essays to strengthen their overall application—it is best to take a methodical approach to the writing process. “The application essay gives admissions officers a glimpse of your teen as a student and person and tells them a lot about his or her goals, work ethic, character and more,” Huntington says. “A well-planned, well-thought-out essay can have a tremendously positive impact.”

She offers these six tips for teens working on creating a strong essay over winter break:

  1. Read the directions (more than once). It’s critical that teens pay careful attention to any guidelines provided for their application essays, including a suggested word count and a precise essay prompt. Disregarding these instructions can make applicants seem lazy. At worst, it might immediately discredit their application and hurt their chances of acceptance.
  2. Brainstorm and compare possible topics. The essay is an opportunity for teens to share who they really are. It’s a good idea to give sufficient time to the brainstorming process to ensure that whatever the prompt, the topic a teen selects does the best possible job addressing it.
  3. Outline first. The application essay is not the place to wing it. Teens should create a detailed outline to keep them focused and make sure the essay flows easily from beginning to end. The outline should clearly tie back to the essay prompt and make clear how the essay will fully answer it.
  4. Create a schedule. It takes time to craft a great essay. A schedule can keep things on track. Here’s an example schedule for a student starting their essay over winter break with an application deadline of February 1 (note: obviously the earlier teens can start their essays the better, and students applying to colleges with regular application deadlines of December 1 will not be able to work on their essays over winter break):
    Outline essay according to directions December 16
    Complete first draft December 18
    Set essay aside December 19
    Edit December 20-22
    Complete second draft December 23
    Set essay aside December 24-26
    Edit December 27-28
    Complete third draft December 29
    Set essay aside December 30
    Share essay with parent or trusted mentor December 31-January 7
    Share draft with a teacher or counselor January 7
    Get suggestions back from teacher/counselor January 11
    Make final revisions January 12-14
    Proof and read through January 19
    Essay due to college January 30
  5. Write from the heart. When it comes to the application essay, there’s nothing more frustrating to an admissions officer than reading words that don’t ring true. Colleges are looking for applicants who are passionate and articulate when sharing something that has changed or impacted them in a significant way. Bottom line: teens should be real and authentic in their essays and forget about trying to impress anyone.
  6. Plan on rewriting. Yes, proofreading for grammatical errors and typos is an important step, but it should be the very last step. First, teens must allow themselves time to revisit drafts with fresh eyes and take a hard, honest look at their essays when editing. This means making sure the essay is clear not confusing, not too long or short, and achieves the desired tone and message. It also means making sure the essay is poignant, interesting from the very first sentence, and articulate, and that it sounds like the person writing it. Practice makes better. Teens should write, revise, and repeat as much as needed.

Putting the effort into the application essay is certain to be time well spent—and it could mean the difference between a college acceptance and rejection. “Parents and teens need to remember that admissions officers want to get to know the person behind the name on an application,” Huntington says. “Teens should give the essay the careful attention it deserves.”

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Five Ways to Reinvigorate Your Child This Winter Break Holiday break is here and if your child is like most, he or she is probably grateful for a little time off school and away from homework. While a break is certainly in order and important for children to recharge and rejuvenate, CEO and Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center encourages parents to use these next couple of weeks away from school as a chance to open the lines of communication and plan ahead for a great rest of the year.

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Wed, 26 Dec 2018 11:06:42 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-ways-to-reinvigorate-your-child-during-winter-break https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-ways-to-reinvigorate-your-child-during-winter-break Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Holiday break is here and if your child is like most, he or she is probably grateful for a little time off school and away from homework. While a break is certainly in order and important for children to recharge and rejuvenate, CEO and Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center encourages parents to use these next couple of weeks away from school as a chance to open the lines of communication and plan ahead for a great rest of the year.

“At this point in the year, report cards are coming out soon and it’s important for parents to check in with their children about how things are going so far and where or if they need additional support,” she says. “Keep it positive so that when January comes and it’s time to head back into the classroom, children feel refreshed and ready to finish the first quarter strong.”

Huntington offers five suggestions for parents this winter break:

  1. Talk about areas where your child feels strong. Whether your child got off to a great start in one or more classes or has made improvements in a subject since last year, take the time to recognize and celebrate your child’s strengths.
  2. Ask your child about the homework routine. By now, it should be fairly obvious if your child’s study and homework routine isn’t as effective as it could be. Ask your child how he or she feels about it and then simply listen, offering gentle suggestions. Use winter break to get your child talking freely and resist the urge to overwhelm him or her with criticism and pointers about how to improve.
  3. Spend time tidying up the study space. Getting your home study space cleaned up and restocked is a segue to discuss study skills and get your child’s thoughts on how his or her methods are working (or not). Ask your child for suggestions on how to change things for the better and whether there’s anything that might support him or her at home (e.g. different supplies or a quieter space).
  4. Encourage balance. After a couple of months in school, let’s face it: your child is probably worn out. Winter break is a good opportunity to remind your child about taking good care of him or herself. A routine will help make sure your child has time for everything (school, homework, sleep, and free time) but are there other areas where your child’s life seems out of balance? Talk about it to see how your child is feeling.
  5. Set goals for the New Year. There’s nothing like the culmination of a year to inspire your child to think about what he or she wants to achieve for the rest of the school year. Make this a constructive, optimistic conversation. Encourage your child to share his or her goals for the remainder of the semester and year as well as any sources of stress.

This winter break, take a step back from the day-to-day school grind and let your child know that you’re there for support, whether the year has gone well or poorly. “Most children need this break to unwind, but that doesn’t mean parents should avoid talking about school,” Huntington says. “Lay the foundation for good communication now and when report cards come out in a month, you and your child can just continue the conversation you’ve started and formulate a plan to guide your child toward success.”

Wondering about tutoring options for the New Year? Call Huntington at 1-800 CAN LEARN to discuss our one-to-one programs of instruction and our unique individualized approach.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Help Your College-Bound Teen Create A Holiday Break Game Plan While your teen certainly deserves a mental break from the hectic pace of school, holiday break is an ideal opportunity to focus on the things he or she needs to do in preparation for college. “The quiet of holiday break is a good time for teens to make sure they are on top of all of their college to-dos,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “There is a lot for juniors and seniors to think about this time of year, and now is a perfect opportunity for students to review it all.”

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Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:44:10 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/help-your-college-bound-teen-prep-for-college-admissions https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/help-your-college-bound-teen-prep-for-college-admissions Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center While your teen certainly deserves a mental break from the hectic pace of school, holiday break is an ideal opportunity to focus on the things he or she needs to do in preparation for college. “The quiet of holiday break is a good time for teens to make sure they are on top of all of their college to-dos,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “There is a lot for juniors and seniors to think about this time of year, and now is a perfect opportunity for students to review it all.”

Huntington offers the following reminders for parents and teens:

Consider retaking the ACT or SAT – If your junior wasn’t satisfied with his or her ACT or SAT scores, he or she must register for the upcoming test in the winter or early spring.  Many SAT Subject Tests are also offered in January —if your student recently finished a course that corresponds to such a test, he or she should consider taking the January test while the subject matter is fresh in his or her mind. Remember that the next opportunity is not until spring.

Sign up for test prep. A post-holiday exam preparation course may be just what your teen needs to raise his or her ACT or SAT score and achieve his or her goals. If your teen wants a boost, consider Huntington’s individualized Premier, 32-hour, 14-hour SAT or ACT prep courses, which will help him or her target weaker exam areas.

Brainstorm essay topics. It’s not too early for juniors to begin thinking about the application essay. While he or she may not be ready to write it, now is an ideal time for your teen to reflect on this important component of the application package and start a list of the life experiences that have shaped him or her.

Double check all application deadlines. With many colleges’ regular application deadlines as early as January 1 for incoming freshmen, your teen should be sure he or she has everything necessary to send off college applications on time. Check each college’s website carefully. Does your teen have all paperwork ready to go? Has he or she completed all requirements (including SAT Subject Test scores, essays and recommendation letters)?

Rest up for a great finish to the year. With summer vacation around the corner, some teens struggle to stay focused and on task leading up to the end of the school year. While holiday break is a good time to catch up on college to-dos, it’s also a chance for your teen to recharge so that come January, he or she is ready to take on the spring semester—perhaps his or her final semester of high school—with energy and enthusiasm.

ABOUT HUNTINGTON

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader.  Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Six Ways Parents Can Help Children Master the Task of Prioritization As every parent knows, time management is an essential aptitude that students must have to be successful. At the core of good time management skills, however, is the ability to prioritize: to rank tasks from most to least important. Children who are capable of prioritizing their to-dos are at an advantage in several important ways:

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Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:32:30 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-ways-parents-can-help-children-master-prioritization https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-ways-parents-can-help-children-master-prioritization Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center As every parent knows, time management is an essential aptitude that students must have to be successful. At the core of good time management skills, however, is the ability to prioritize: to rank tasks from most to least important. Children who are capable of prioritizing their to-dos are at an advantage in several important ways:

  • They make the most of their time.
  • They have greater control over their schedules.
  • They tend to be less stressed.
  • They tend to have more free time (due to minimized procrastination).

Parents: if you want to help your children become better managers of their time, teach them how to prioritize their school work and incorporate this practice into their daily routine. Here are six ways to do just that:

  1. Start with the “big picture.” Your child should have a master to-do list with everything on it that he or she is responsible for. This should include immediate tasks as well as those that are on the horizon (a week or a month out).
  2. Divide things up. Armed with the master list, have your child divide homework assignments into three groups: things due tomorrow, things due this week, things due next week or beyond.
  3. Create the high-priority to-do list for the night. The first list—things due tomorrow—is where your child should focus his or her attention at homework time each night. Before getting started, children should rank everything they have to do for tomorrow from most to least important. Order of importance might be subjective, but it could be based on how early in the day the subject/class falls and whether there’s an opportunity to do any work in a study hall or free period before it.
  4. Rank items from hardest to easiest. The top priority items are all important, so for some children, it’s easiest to think about what homework requires the most effort and time. That refined nightly to-do list might look like this:
    Math - p. 10-11 Most important (1st period) Hard 40 minutes
    English - edit essay Equally important (2nd period) Easy 30 minutes
    Social Studies -read Important, could be done tomorrow Medium hard 30 minutes
  5. Consider study preferences. Does your child like to work on the hardest homework first, or would checking off some of the less difficult assignments give a sense of accomplishment? Only your child can decide what works best for his or her brain. It might take a little trial and error to figure out those study preferences, but don’t worry. The more your child does this, the easier (and faster) this decision-making process will become.
  6. Develop a plan for the bigger projects. While the above strategy works well for daily assignments, for more intensive projects, it’s a good idea to create a “workback” schedule to keep your child on track and focused on any deadlines. A project due February 1 might seem far away, but a detailed schedule might show your child that there are actually tasks he or she could start doing much sooner. Consider this example schedule for an English paper:
    Choose topic January 2
    Research compiled January 5
    Create outline  January 8
    Finish any additional research January 10
    First draft January 13
    Review and revise January 15
    Second draft January 17
    Have parent/peer review/edit January 18
    Revise, third draft January 20
    Get teacher feedback January 21
    Revise January 23
    Final edits January 25
    Fourth draft January 27
    Final review and proof January 28
    Submit January 29

Don’t we all want to make homework time less stressful and more efficient? The simple task of prioritization helps children establish effective working habits for any homework that comes their way. Rather than waste time fretting about how much is on the plate and procrastinating, a child who is adept at prioritizing will quickly assess what he or she has to do and dive right in.

If your child struggles with time management and your efforts to set him or her on a positive path aren’t working, call Huntington. We can help your child get into a good routine and boost his or her confidence. Call us at 1-800-CAN LEARN today.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

 

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Six Tips for Building Confident, Eager Readers Reading is the foundation for all learning and essential for school success. As children progress through school, it’s important to continue to build their reading abilities. “Reading confidence comes with continued practice,” says CEO and Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “The more children read, the better they become at it and the more they enjoy it.”

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Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:24:05 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-tips-for-building-confident-eager-readers https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-tips-for-building-confident-eager-readers Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Reading is the foundation for all learning and essential for school success. As children progress through school, it’s important to continue to build their reading abilities. “Reading confidence comes with continued practice,” says CEO and Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “The more children read, the better they become at it and the more they enjoy it.”

How can parents help build their children into confident, eager readers? Huntington offers these six tips:

  1. Work on vocabulary. Nothing will frustrate a child while reading more than encountering lots of unfamiliar and difficult words. Request vocabulary lists from your child’s teacher if they don’t come home from school already and work with your child every night on reviewing those words. When reading, encourage your child to keep a dictionary nearby to look up unknown words. If your child reads on an iPad or e-reader (such as Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes and Noble’s Nook), the dictionary function is a great way to quickly look up words (and it’s easy to get right back to the page).
  2. Focus on the building blocks. At a very early age, children learn phonemic awareness—that words are composed of different sounds, which form words and other sounds—and phonics—letter sounds, the relationship between letters and sounds, and decoding words. But as they move into more challenging texts, fluency and comprehension become the focus. You can help by continuing to read aloud with your children and encouraging your child to do the following while reading: think through the plot and structure of a story, pause to confirm understanding (and ask questions/search for answers) and discuss ideas.
  3. Make daily time for reading. It’s worth repeating: practice makes improvement when it comes to reading. If your child isn’t required to read for school, still make time for it. Reading before bedtime is a good part of a daily routine. Remember to make it an enjoyable activity as well rather than a “have to” that your child feels forced to do. Make a plate of cookies, get out the blankets and read as a family.
  4. Show children how it’s relevant. You’ve succeeded if you get your child to think of reading as a fun pastime, but it’s also important to show your child why reading is useful and important. One of the best ways to do this is to help point out connections between reading and everyday life. If your child is interested in a certain subject, go to the library or online to look for articles and books on that topic.
  5. Encourage goal setting. Goal setting is valuable because it gives children something to work toward and can serve as a motivator. Think about fun ways you can encourage the reading habit by setting goals. Maybe you plan an ice cream outing to talk about every new book your child finishes. Maybe you read a book together and set page goals for each week, then talk about what you’ve read at the dinner table. Find ways to use the goal-setting process to inspire your child and fuel his or her interest in reaching reading milestones.
  6. Foster those curiosities. Reading is a gateway to exploration. Whenever your child shows interest in a new topic, look together for reading material on the subject—whether that’s a book, article, magazine or blog post. When your child embraces reading, there are endless opportunities to learn and explore. Make sure to help your child open his or her mind to those possibilities.

Reading is so important for school and life. If you know your child is struggling with reading and you’re not sure how to help, call Huntington. We will uncover the root of the problem and develop a customized learning program that will help your child strengthen those reading skills, regain his or her confidence and learn to enjoy reading.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

 

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Huntington Learning Center Celebrates 2018 Teen Read Week Teen Read Week is October 7-13 and Huntington Learning Center is celebrating this national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the American Library Association. Launched in 1998 and held annually during the same week as Columbus Day, this commemoration encourages teens to be regular readers and library users.

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Tue, 27 Nov 2018 15:01:27 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntington-celebrates-teen-read-week-2018 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntington-celebrates-teen-read-week-2018 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Teen Read Week is October 7-13 and Huntington Learning Center is celebrating this national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the American Library Association. Launched in 1998 and held annually during the same week as Columbus Day, this commemoration encourages teens to be regular readers and library users.

The 2018 theme of Teen Read Week is "It's Written in the Stars: READ." This theme is designed to encourage teens to think and read outside of the box. CEO and Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that reading should spark curiosity and there are many book genres that do that, including fantasy and science fiction.

“Something we strive to do with our students is encourage them to view reading as an adventure and an opportunity for exploration,” says Huntington. “Libraries help children grow into readers—a true gift that they carry into teenhood and beyond. We are pleased to celebrate Teen Read Week at Huntington alongside our education counterparts because we believe in the importance of reading and we want to help students become lifelong readers.”

This year, YALSA is inviting readers between ages 12 and 18 to vote on their favorite books for the Teens’ Top Ten, a teen choice book list. Nominations were announced during National Library Week in April 2018 and voting is open as of August 15, 2018. Teens can vote for up to three books; winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week 2018. Visit www.dogobooks.com/voting/2018-teens-top-reads.

Huntington suggests that parents find ways to make reading an enjoyable activity in their homes. “We find that children who read more often like it more, and of course, are stronger readers overall because they have established a regular reading habit,” she explains. “By the time students reach high school, they have learned to embrace reading as a way to acquire new knowledge.”

Huntington offers several suggestions for parents to promote reading at home:

  • Keep reading together. Make reading a fun family activity, whether you all settle into your beds with books at bedtime or make it an evening ritual to curl up on the couch with a beverage or snack of choice and read in the same room.
  • Enjoy literary outings together. Book signing of a favorite author coming to your town? Take your teen with you. Movie coming out next year based on a bestselling novel? Buy copies for both you and your teen and plan to finish the book together before the movie hits theaters. Find creative ways to bring stories and books into your lives.
  • Check out books related to interests. Nudge your teen toward books that are related to hobbies or interests. If your teen idolizes any professional athletes or musicians, consult a librarian for book suggestions that your teen might like.
  • Keep going to the library. If you started a tradition of going to the library regularly when your child was young, keep it up now that he or she is a teen. The more your teen is exposed to books, the more he or she will consider reading as a choice activity.
  • Build the book collection. There’s something special about showcasing your favorite reads on a bookshelf. Help your teen start his or her own library collection. Bonus: your teen will never be at a loss for something to read.

To learn more about how Huntington helps children and teens become stronger readers and students, visit www.huntingtonhelps.com or call 1-800-CAN-LEARN.

For more information about Teen Read Week, visit http://teenreadweek.ning.com/.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

 

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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2018 American Education Week The Huntington Learning Center, along with educators and communities around the country acknowledge American Education Week during the week of November 12 - 16, 2018.  The week was created by the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Legion in 1921 to inform the public of the accomplishments and needs of our nation’s public schools and recognize the professionals who make a difference in ensuring that every child in our country receives a quality education.

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Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:55:56 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/american-education-week-2018 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/american-education-week-2018 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The Huntington Learning Center, along with educators and communities around the country acknowledge American Education Week during the week of November 12 - 16, 2018.  The week was created by the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Legion in 1921 to inform the public of the accomplishments and needs of our nation’s public schools and recognize the professionals who make a difference in ensuring that every child in our country receives a quality education.

Each day of the week will spotlight the different people who are critical in building great public schools for the nation's 50 million K-12 students. American Education Week's celebration days include:

  • Monday, November 12: Kickoff Day – The nationwide kickoff, with activities and events at schools around the country.
  • Tuesday, November 13: Parents Day – A day for parents and/or other family members to join their children at school for a first-hand look at a typical school day.
  • Wednesday, November 14: Education Support Professionals Day – A day to honor the contributions of public support staff, such as instructional assistants, office workers, paraeducators, bus drivers, custodians and security guards.
  • Thursday, November 15: Educator for a Day – A program that invites community members to school to be “guest educators.” This day gives them the opportunity to get a feel for all aspects of a school day.
  • Friday, November 16: Substitute Educators Day – A day that honors the professional substitute educators who keep classes running smoothly when regular educators must be absent.

Co-Founder and CEO, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center encourages community members to show their support for students and public schools during American Education Week. “Public schools welcome all students, regardless of ability or background,” she says. “We are appreciative of the many people who come together to give children a quality education. At Huntington, we see firsthand that a positive school experience helps children go on and be successful in college and their careers. There are many individuals involved in helping each student build that foundation, from parents to teachers, from guidance counselors to mentors. This week and always, we celebrate them and their efforts.”

American Education Week is co-sponsored by the National Education Association, the American Legion, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Parent Teacher Association, the National School Boards Association and many other groups.

“We at Huntington Learning Center could not do our jobs well without the support of parents, teachers and other community members,” adds Huntington. To learn more about American Education Week and how to get involved, visit www.nea.org/aew.

For more information about Huntington Learning Center, contact Huntington at 1-800-CAN-LEARN or visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Five Tips for Teaching Your Child Perseverance Parents work hard to raise children who are responsible and conscientious students, but what other qualities are important? Co-Founder and CEO, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that perseverance is one of the most essential traits of high-achieving students. “All parents want their children to put sincere effort into school and other endeavors, but what they sometimes forget to keep in mind is that there is so much to be learned from encountering difficult times and working through them,” she says. “The strongest students out there have this in common: they know that success takes hard work.”

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Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:13:55 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-for-teaching-your-child-perseverance https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-for-teaching-your-child-perseverance Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Parents work hard to raise children who are responsible and conscientious students, but what other qualities are important? Co-Founder and CEO, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that perseverance is one of the most essential traits of high-achieving students. “All parents want their children to put sincere effort into school and other endeavors, but what they sometimes forget to keep in mind is that there is so much to be learned from encountering difficult times and working through them,” she says. “The strongest students out there have this in common: they know that success takes hard work.”

How can you teach your child to persevere, even when things are challenging? Huntington offers five tips:

  1. Teach your child that learning never stops. Learning is an active, lifelong journey. Remind your child that he or she always has something new to learn and that consistent practice—of homework or any skill—leads to improvement.
  2. Embrace the failures. It’s absolutely critical that you allow your child to attempt homework and projects independently and let him or her work through struggles and manage frustrations without “helicoptering.” Stepping in to fix your child’s problems robs your child the opportunity to learn from mistakes. Instead, talk with your child about trying new strategies when one failed approach doesn’t work.
  3. Celebrate the effort. Yes, high grades are great, but your job as a parent is to teach your child that persistence leads to accomplishments. Make it clear to your child that what you value most is diligence in school and a good attitude, regardless of any outcome.
  4. Encourage your child to try something new. There are so many great lessons your child can learn from regularly taking on new challenges, despite the unknown outcomes. Whether your child decides to try a new activity or tackle a project on a challenging subject, let him or her know that some of the best things in life come from learning new skills and pushing oneself outside the comfort zone.
  5. Talk about the importance of sticking with it. Your child should set goals and define the steps to reach those goals—while keeping in mind that he or she will encounter road blocks sometimes. When it comes to school, that means giving homework and studying his or her very best and recognizing that part of learning requires grit when things aren’t easy.

Last and certainly not least, Huntington reminds parents that their attitude about school perseverance has a tremendous influence on their children. “Share stories of times that you tried, faced rejection or failure, and learned in the process,” she says. “Parents should let their children know that their success in life will be directly tied to their belief that good things come to those who apply themselves and fight through adversity.”

Huntington at 1 800 CAN LEARN to learn about how we help develop children into determined lifelong learners.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Huntington Learning Center Offers College Application Tips Fall is an important time for high school seniors applying to colleges, and Huntington Learning Center is proud to be a part of the college journey for so many students across the nation. Huntington encourages all students to reach for their goals and pursue higher education, which will equip them with skills and knowledge that will last a lifetime.

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Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:47:29 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/college-application-tips-to-use-now https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/college-application-tips-to-use-now Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Fall is an important time for high school seniors applying to colleges, and Huntington Learning Center is proud to be a part of the college journey for so many students across the nation. Huntington encourages all students to reach for their goals and pursue higher education, which will equip them with skills and knowledge that will last a lifetime.

Co-Founder and CEO, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents of high school seniors that fall is not only prime season for finalizing those college application packages, it’s the best time to retake the SAT and ACT. “Teens who took the SAT or ACT in September and October have gotten their scores back now, and if they feel like they could have done better, there’s still time to try again before college applications are due,” Huntington says. “Many colleges consider students’ ‘superscore,’ which is the combined highest individual section scores across any test dates (check with individual colleges/universities to confirm their SAT or ACT score-use practice and whether they consider highest section scores across test dates, single highest test date scores, or something else).  So, even students who performed well on one section of the SAT or ACT but not on others should consider a retake in December.”

Huntington also encourages students who need individualized SAT or ACT prep help to contact Huntington about its highly successful test prep programs. “Every year, we work with thousands of students to help them raise their college entrance exam scores and get into the colleges of their dreams,” she says. In a study of Huntington students graduating high school in 2018, the average increase for students after completing a prep program was 226 points on the SAT (a 22% increase) and 5.3 points on the ACT (a 24% increase). Of the Huntington students surveyed the average scholarship offered was $57,200, and the total scholarships awarded to Huntington students surveyed was $140 million (results are based on a survey of 4,157 Huntington students graduating in 2018).

Huntington offers a few tips for teens getting their college applications ready this fall:  

  • Review financial aid information. Seniors should have submitted their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after October 1 as possible and should receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) within three days to three weeks (depending on whether submitted online and how it was signed). Make sure this information is correct, as it is what colleges use to calculate your financial aid offer.
  • Finalize the college essay. If the college to which your teen is applying requires an essay, now is the time to make it shine (and ask at least one person to review/edit it). Remind your teen that a first attempt should not be considered the final draft that he or she submits with an application.
  • Complete applications if applying early decision/early action. Many schools have November deadlines for early decision/early action applicants, so if this is your teen’s plan, he or she should get those application packages in order.
  • Register to retake the SAT/ACT if needed. Registration for the December 1, 2018 SAT is November 2. Registration for the December 8, 2018, ACT is November 2.
  • Contact Huntington about an SAT/ACT prep program. Huntington offers customized premier, 32-hour and 14-hour programs, perfect for teens who need to brush up on one exam section or are seeking a comprehensive prep program.
  • Make sure all materials are ready to go for each college. This includes the completed application itself, transcripts (sent directly from the guidance counselor to each college), letters of recommendation from teachers and mentors, SAT/ACT/Subject Test scores, the essay and any other supporting information required.
  • Allow for sufficient review time. Applying to colleges requires a lot of effort. Make sure your teen takes the time to carefully review his or her entire application package to make sure nothing has been overlooked: signatures, supplemental material, fees paid, etc.

For more information about Huntington Learning Center’s SAT/ACT prep courses and one-to-one tutoring programs for high school students planning to go to college, contact Huntington Learning Center at 1-800-CAN-LEARN or visit www.huntingtonhelps.com to find a location near you.

 About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

 

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How Technology Can Support Children’s Education Today’s students are digital natives who have never known a life without computers and the internet. As we all know, technology (in the form of cell phones and social media) shares blame for distracted students and many other problems. But technology also has all kinds of advantages for teachers as well as parents and students. Here are several ways technology can enhance your child’s education:

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Mon, 17 Dec 2018 11:59:21 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-technology-can-support-childrens-education https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-technology-can-support-childrens-education Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington Today’s students are digital natives who have never known a life without computers and the internet. As we all know, technology (in the form of cell phones and social media) shares blame for distracted students and many other problems. But technology also has all kinds of advantages for teachers as well as parents and students. Here are several ways technology can enhance your child’s education:

Your child can dig deeper into any topic. There’s no denying that one of the greatest benefits of living in the digital age is that students can fairly easily track down information on anything. Library resources are available online and anecdotal research is at students’ fingertips. If your child wants to know what a village in Peru looks like, all he or she has to do is look up images online. When your child isn’t certain how to complete that algebra problem (and neither are you), a quick internet search will likely point him or her to a website or video that can help.

There’s an app for everything. If your tech-savvy child doesn’t embrace the paper planner, there are lots of other digital tools that might be of interest—from to-do list apps (e.g. Remember the Milk or Todoist) to full-blown homework/planner apps (e.g. iStudiez Pro). For the child who needs something to keep lots of ideas, notes and brainstorming in one place, tools like Evernote are worth a look. Bottom line: technology has opened the floodgates for creative people to invent useful digital tools.

Digital learning means high engagement. Educators often argue that one of the best things about the infusion of technology into education is the greater variety of learning experiences. Passive learning wherein students listen while teachers lecture is a thing of the past, and difficult topics can now be taught more easily using rich media. There are lots of interactive games and tools to help your child practice concepts taught in class. Your child’s education is certain to be richer because of them.

Your child can stay on top of school work more easily. Many school districts use learning management systems where teachers share homework and updates and students can access their attendance records as well as grades on assignments, tests, projects and quizzes. These systems foster collaboration and help students stay connected and improve their performance.

Lastly, a few words of caution regarding technology use. While the internet is the curious child’s best friend and has dramatically expanded opportunities for independent student research, it can be a big distraction. Use good judgment when establishing family rules for technology time and usage limits. It’s also important to encourage your child to talk with teachers about high-quality, reliable resources when researching online and make sure you reinforce school rules regarding ethical internet usage.

Technology has changed every industry, including education. If you’re ever unsure how your child can get the most out of technological tools, reach out to his or her teachers for guidance. They can advise you on the best ways for your child to use technology to make new discoveries and boost his or her education. 

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Parents' Guide to the First Report Card The first marking period of the year does not have to conjure up stress for children and their parents. "The report card should be viewed as an opportunity to identify any potential trouble areas, address any issues and set goals with your child," advises Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. As the first academic review of your child's school performance this year, Huntington suggests that parents keep in mind the following when they receive their child's fall report card:

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Wed, 07 Nov 2018 12:28:57 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/parents-guide-to-the-first-report-card https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/parents-guide-to-the-first-report-card Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The first marking period of the year does not have to conjure up stress for children and their parents. "The report card should be viewed as an opportunity to identify any potential trouble areas, address any issues and set goals with your child," advises Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. As the first academic review of your child's school performance this year, Huntington suggests that parents keep in mind the following when they receive their child's fall report card:

The teacher can offer more in-depth information. Grades should be digested with the help of a teacher, who can provide more insight into and specifics about your child's academic strengths and weaknesses, behavior in the classroom and more. Together, you can identify the areas where your child may need additional support and develop a plan to provide just that—at home and in the classroom.

Poor organization and study skills may hamper a student's performance. Sometimes a child has the ability to learn and comprehend, but he or she is disorganized and unskilled at managing his or her time. If your child is getting bad grades, talk about his or her homework, study routine and approach. Perhaps a few small changes may help your child become a more effective and efficient student.

Last year was last year. It's a whole new school year, with more demanding classes and concepts for your child to learn and different teachers who may approach subjects differently. This means that the challenges that confront your child may be completely different this year. Do not be surprised if your child brings home a lower-than-expected grade in a subject that did not cause trouble last year, and remind yourself that no matter what troubles present themselves, you and your child can overcome them together.

Some problems don't go away on their own. Certain issues need correction sooner rather than later. If your child does not acquire certain "building block" skills in math or reading that are essential for him or her to grasp more difficult and in-depth concepts, for example, he or she will continue to struggle in those subjects. Your child's teacher can advise whether your child would benefit from tutoring that will help him or her close those skill gaps as quickly as possible.

Huntington reminds parents that perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind when grades are declining is that the action taken is what really counts. "Inevitably, issues will arise throughout your child's education," says Huntington. "However, if you stay optimistic and calm and take steps early, you can overcome those issues before they grow into major problems."

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader.  Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. Huntington offers prep for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible. Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit

www.huntingtonfranchise.com

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Dos and Don’ts for College Admissions Interviews It’s college application time and your teen has taken the SAT or ACT, kept up his or her grades, written a stellar essay and completed all college applications. There is one more piece to the college admissions puzzle that could potentially gain your teen the acceptance he or she seeks: the college admissions interview. “Not all colleges require a college admissions interview, but many of the competitive institutions do, as do some colleges’ departments or schools that require secondary admission,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “The admissions interview intimidates many prospective students, but we encourage them to approach this as an opportunity to put a face to a name, make a good impression and articulate face-to-face why they would be a great student at the college.”

Huntington offers a few tips to students as they prepare for the college admissions interview:

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Tue, 02 Oct 2018 14:33:17 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/the-college-admissions-interviews https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/the-college-admissions-interviews It’s college application time and your teen has taken the SAT or ACT, kept up his or her grades, written a stellar essay and completed all college applications. There is one more piece to the college admissions puzzle that could potentially gain your teen the acceptance he or she seeks: the college admissions interview. “Not all colleges require a college admissions interview, but many of the competitive institutions do, as do some colleges’ departments or schools that require secondary admission,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “The admissions interview intimidates many prospective students, but we encourage them to approach this as an opportunity to put a face to a name, make a good impression and articulate face-to-face why they would be a great student at the college.”

Huntington offers a few tips to students as they prepare for the college admissions interview:

Do spend time reflecting on yourself as a candidate for admission. The interviewer might want to learn more about your reasons for wanting to attend the college and the components of your background that would make you an ideal fit. There are no wrong answers in an admissions interview, since the interviewer simply wants to get to know you better. However, the more you prepare, the more polished you will come across.

Don’t present yourself as someone different than the real you. While you might feel tempted to embellish your ré or act in a way you think might impress the interviewer, it is better to be honest about who you are and what you have to offer. That may even mean discussing lessons you have learned from challenges or failures.

Do act professionally. You should treat the admissions interview as a chance to share your goals, educational journey, future plans and excitement about the college. Although the interviewer wants you to feel comfortable, treat this interview as you would a job interview. Come ready to answer a variety of questions about yourself in a direct and clear way.

Don’t be aloof or act too casual. Avoid cracking jokes, using inappropriate language or sharing too much personal information. Relax and be yourself, but remember that this is still an interview for college admission.

Do be prepared to ask questions. There is a good chance that you will be asked if you have any questions. Do your research about the college and the program or programs in which you are interested and develop a list of questions before your interview. Have them ready just in case.

Don’t waste valuable interview time asking about things you could learn elsewhere. While there may be time allotted for questions, choose those questions wisely. You could easily find out about the admissions process and extracurricular activities on the college’s website.

“The admissions interview is a great opportunity and should not be a source of anxiety,” Huntington reminds students. “Look on the college’s website for any interview guidelines or tips, spend time preparing for the interview, and most important, put your very best foot forward.” 

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Test-Taking Tactics to Succeed on the SAT/ACT The SAT (or ACT) is arguably one of the most important exams your teen will ever take. Putting together a solid exam prep plan isn’t just a good idea—it is essential for teens who want to earn the best scores possible as they start their college application process.

While thorough, targeted preparation is critical for success on the SAT/ACT, it’s helpful to have a few tools to rely upon when test day comes around. You can help your teen prepare for the SAT/ACT by strengthening those test-taking tactics. Here are a few tips to share with your teen:

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Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:52:58 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/test-taking-tactics-to-succeed-on-sat-and-act https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/test-taking-tactics-to-succeed-on-sat-and-act Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington The SAT (or ACT) is arguably one of the most important exams your teen will ever take. Putting together a solid exam prep plan isn’t just a good idea—it is essential for teens who want to earn the best scores possible as they start their college application process.

While thorough, targeted preparation is critical for success on the SAT/ACT, it’s helpful to have a few tools to rely upon when test day comes around. You can help your teen prepare for the SAT/ACT by strengthening those test-taking tactics. Here are a few tips to share with your teen:

Become a pro at time management. One of the most unexpectedly difficult aspects of the SAT/ACT for test-takers is managing one’s time. If your teen practices this, however, it can become a strength. Your teen should get familiar with each test’s structure and question types so that he or she can strategically calculate the amount of time to spend on each question. Here is a high-level overview of the specific sections of each exam:

ACT SAT
English – 75 questions (45 minutes)    Writing and Language – 44 questions (35 minutes)
Math – 60 questions (60 minutes) Math – Calculator – 38 questions (55 minutes)
  Math – No Calculator– 20 questions (25 minutes)
Reading - 40 questions (35 minutes) Reading - 52 questions (65 minutes)
Science - 40 questions (35 minutes)  
Essay (optional) – (40 minutes)      Essay (optional) – (50 minutes)

 

Use logic to narrow down multiple-choice answers. Narrow down answer choices to rule out those that are obviously incorrect. Your teen should watch out for answer choices that contain “absolute” words like always, never or all.

Tune out distractions. Encourage your teen to practice concentrating or reading test content with other people around and getting into his or her own “zone” of focus.

Embrace stress management techniques. Even when your teen is prepared for a test, the test setting can conjure up feelings of nervousness and anxiety. Teach your teen strategies to manage any stress, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, and positive visualization techniques.

Use any spare minutes to check answers. If your teen gets through all exam questions, it’s a smart practice to go back and review the test to ensure he or she did not miss any questions and to revisit any skipped questions.

Test-taking isn’t easy for all students, and with the added pressure of the SAT/ACT exams’ significance, it can be downright stressful for some. Remind your teen that studying effectively removes a lot of the anxiety that can come with taking such an important exam. But getting familiar with each exam and learning good test-taking strategies will also help.

The Huntington Learning Center college entrance exam prep programs offer individualized instruction tailored to each student’s precise strengths, weaknesses, needs, and goals. Our highly trained tutors can work with your teen to develop the confidence and test-taking aptitudes he or she needs to succeed on the SAT or ACT.  We offer premier, 32 hour, and 14 hour customized programs for any students’ busy schedule.  Call us at 1-800 CAN LEARN today.

 

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FAQs about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) If you are the parent of a high school student, college is likely on your mind—and so is how to pay for it. Many parents are not as informed as they could be about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), says CEO and Co-Founder, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Centers. “Most families understand that the FAFSA gives them access to federal student aid in the form of federal grants, work-study and loans, but the financial aid process can still be quite overwhelming,” says Huntington. She answers some of the most frequently asked questions about federal aid:

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Fri, 28 Sep 2018 14:44:07 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/faqs-about-the-fafsa https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/faqs-about-the-fafsa Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center If you are the parent of a high school student, college is likely on your mind—and so is how to pay for it. Many parents are not as informed as they could be about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), says CEO and Co-Founder, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Centers. “Most families understand that the FAFSA gives them access to federal student aid in the form of federal grants, work-study and loans, but the financial aid process can still be quite overwhelming,” says Huntington. She answers some of the most frequently asked questions about federal aid:

What are the requirements to receive financial aid? Students must hold a high school diploma or General Education Development certificate and be enrolled in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate, maintaining satisfactory academic progress. They must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen with a Social Security Number, not be in default on any federal student loans, not have any convictions for the possession or sale of illegal drugs, and register with the Selective Service System if a male and not currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (more details on all of this at https://fafsa.ed.gov).

What do students need to complete the FAFSA? A Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number, federal income tax returns, W-2s, and records of taxed or untaxed income, bank and investment records, and an FSA ID, which parents and students can create at https://fsaid.ed.gov.

Do students need to wait until their/their parents’ taxes are filed to complete the FAFSA? No. For the 2018-2019 school year, students will report their 2016 income information (not 2017).

What are the federal student aid deadlines? The FAFSA for the 2018-2019 school year was available on October 1, 2017 and students/parents can apply between then and June 30, 2019 for aid for the 2018-2019 school year. For the 2019-2020 school year, students/parents can apply between October 1, 2018 and June 30, 2020.

Are state student aid and college aid deadlines different? Yes, they might be. Check online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm. In New Jersey, for example, the fall and spring term state aid deadline is September 15, 2018. Each college might have its own financial aid deadline, so students need to contact the colleges they’re interested in attending to find out for sure.

Do students need to wait until they are accepted to a college before completing the FAFSA? No. They do have to list at least one college that will receive their FAFSA information, but students can list all schools they are interested in—even if they haven’t applied or been accepted yet. If they submit the FAFSA and later consider a school that they did not list previously, they can submit a correction to the FAFSA online.

Are grades taken into consideration when financial aid is awarded? No. If students want to continue receiving federal student aid, however, they must maintain satisfactory academic progress. This essentially means they must meet a minimum grade-point average and complete a certain number of credits each year. Each school has its own policy, so it’s a good idea to check with them.

What happens after a student submits the FAFSA? The U.S. Department of Education processes the application within 3-10 days, depending on whether the student applied online or not. Then they will receive a copy of a Student Aid Report (SAR), which summarizes the information provided on the FAFSA and includes an Expected Family Contribution. Colleges use this figure to assess eligibility for other federal and nonfederal student aid and creating students’ award packages (and distributing that aid).

These are some of the most common questions about financial aid, but Huntington encourages parents and students to visit the Federal Student Aid website for more information about the FAFSA and federal aid for students: https://fafsa.ed.gov.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Senior Year College Application Calendar Do you have a senior in high school who plans to go to college next year? Although your teen may have put in quite a bit of effort toward the college application process already, senior year is no time to slack, says Co-Founder and CEO Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “These last nine months of high school are when teens really need to stay on track to ensure they do not miss any important deadlines as they make this important life decision,” says Huntington. Here’s a senior year college application calendar that your teen should keep on hand:

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Fri, 27 Sep 2019 13:55:04 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/senior-year-college-application-calendar https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/senior-year-college-application-calendar Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Do you have a senior in high school who plans to go to college next year? Although your teen may have put in quite a bit of effort toward the college application process already, senior year is no time to slack, says Co-Founder and CEO Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “These last nine months of high school are when teens really need to stay on track to ensure they do not miss any important deadlines as they make this important life decision,” says Huntington. Here’s a senior year college application calendar that your teen should keep on hand:

September

  • Make a list of top college choices and their application and financial aid due dates.
  • Make a list of all scholarships to which you plan to apply and their due dates. Put all due dates on the calendar—and keep in mind that many scholarship deadlines are between October and March.
  • Get familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid website (https://fafsa.ed.gov/) and requirements for submitting yours as soon as possible after October 1.
  • Request recommendation letters to give teachers/counselors plenty of notice, as they will receive requests from other students as well.
  • Register to retake the ACT on October 27 if needed (registration deadline is September 28).

October

  • If applying early decision/early action, begin working on applications. Many colleges have early admissions application deadlines as soon as November 1.
  • Begin drafting any application essays.
  • Register to retake the SAT on November 3 if needed (registration deadline is October 5).

November

  • Register to retake the SAT on December 1 if you want one more chance to raise your score (registration deadline is November 2).
  • Register to retake the ACT on December 8 if you want one more chance to raise your score (registration deadline is November 2).
  • Request that the guidance counselor send first-semester transcripts to all colleges to which you are applying.

December

  • Submit any college applications due in early 2019.
  • If you submitted your FAFSA in the fall, keep an eye out for the Student Aid Report, which colleges use to put together your college financial aid package. Make sure to review this report carefully to check that everything is correct.
  • If you applied for early decision, keep an eye out for admissions letters. You should hear something in mid-December.

January and February

  • Continue working hard in school to maintain a high GPA. Colleges often want to see spring semester grades.
  • After winter break, touch base with the guidance counselor to make sure there’s nothing you’ve overlooked.
  • Relax! The hardest part is behind you, and now you wait to hear from colleges.
  • Review your scholarship list. Have you submitted applications on time? Remember that the more you apply, the greater your chances are of receiving some scholarship money. Every dollar counts.

March and April

  • If you applied for regular decision, keep an eye out for admissions letters. You should expect to hear something within six to eight weeks—so if you sent your application in mid-January, a notification by mid-April is likely.
  • Once you do hear from all colleges, review your acceptance letters and compare financial aid offers. Contact each college’s financial aid office with any questions.
  • Make your college decision and let all colleges know. Many colleges request that you notify them of your plans by May 1.

May

  • Request that the guidance counselor send final transcripts to the college you’re attending.
  • Celebrate!

“Senior year is an exciting time for teens and their parents, but it’s essential to pay attention to any and all deadlines,” says Huntington. For questions about preparing for the SAT or ACT, how to give your teen’s college application package a boost or the college admissions process in general, contact Huntington Learning Center at 1-800-CAN-LEARN.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com

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Dos and Don'ts When Encouraging a Child in His or Her Academic Endeavors Without a doubt, students flourish when they have the support and encouragement of their parents, but there are a number of ways that well-meaning parents unintentionally discourage their children. Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center says that providing children the right type and level of support can make all the difference in their motivation and self-esteem. “Encouragement must be genuine and positive, and although a parent’s intentions might be good, certain types of comments can send the wrong message,” says Huntington. She offers several dos and don’ts for parents when encouraging their children in school:

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Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:43:03 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/dos-and-donts-when-encouraging-a-child-in-his-or-her-academic-endeavors https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/dos-and-donts-when-encouraging-a-child-in-his-or-her-academic-endeavors Eileen Huntington Eileen Huntington Without a doubt, students flourish when they have the support and encouragement of their parents, but there are a number of ways that well-meaning parents unintentionally discourage their children. Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center says that providing children the right type and level of support can make all the difference in their motivation and self-esteem. “Encouragement must be genuine and positive, and although a parent’s intentions might be good, certain types of comments can send the wrong message,” says Huntington. She offers several dos and don’ts for parents when encouraging their children in school:

Do celebrate progress and successes. There are subtle differences between praise, which is more of a subjective expression of approval, and encouragement, which inspires a child’s self-confidence through fact-based observations. Instead of complimenting your child for earning that A, point out that his or her hard work and diligent studying paid off. Always focus on your child’s efforts, which will help build your child’s self-assurance and pride.

Don’t overreact about mistakes. Keep in mind that for every mistake your child makes, he or she has done many other things right. On a 25-question test where your child answered four wrong, you might be tempted to jump right into dissecting incorrect answers, but don’t forget to congratulate your child for any successes or improvement. Also remember that mistakes are an essential part of life and learning.

Do believe in your child. Studies show that children do better in school when their parents and teachers expect them to and communicate those expectations to them in positive ways. Tell your child regularly that you believe in his or her ability to learn and you’ll always be there for support.

Don’t be unrealistic in your expectations. High expectations are good, but holding your child to a standard that he or she is unable or unlikely to ever reach does more harm than good. Similarly, comparing your child to another student may only cause feelings of inadequacy or embarrassment. Children generally lose motivation when they feel they have no chance of achieving parental expectations.  

Do give your child tools to problem solve. From an early age, children should be encouraged to attempt to solve their own problems. When a challenge arises—whether a math problem or another dilemma—you can help your child think through solutions or next steps by asking reflective questions, soliciting ideas and encouraging your child to try out different solutions.

Don’t take the driver’s seat on homework or projects. Giving your child too many tips and suggestions on how to solve a problem or do an assignment is not only aggravating, it tells your child that you don’t trust his or her ability to do things. Step back, and give your child the chance—and the support—to attempt tasks independently.

When you encourage your child the right way, you build your child’s self-esteem and positive attitude. Just as importantly, you teach him or her that school takes effort and persistence. Huntington adds, “Parents can make a tremendous positive impact by pointing out to their children when they are working hard and making progress. Those children will believe that learning is their responsibility, and if they also feel encouraged but not overpowered by their parents, they will be far more likely to give school their best effort and actually enjoy learning.”

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Huntington Learning Center Shares Common “Academic Pitfalls” of High School Students High school is a different world when it comes to academics—and for many students, it can mark the beginning of academic problems or exacerbate issues that were minor in middle school. According to Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center, parents can help their teens avoid such academic pitfalls—if they know the signs. “High school is a time when parents need to pay very careful attention to what is going on with their teen in school because they will be more removed from the classroom than they ever have been,” says Huntington. “Communication with your teen and teachers is important, as is watching your teen’s grades and demeanor overall.”

Huntington shares five academic pitfalls that can plague students in high school—and tips on what to do if you notice your teen falling into any of them.

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Thu, 06 Sep 2018 17:12:05 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/common-academic-pitfall-of-high-school-students https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/common-academic-pitfall-of-high-school-students Eileen Huntington Eileen Huntington High school is a different world when it comes to academics—and for many students, it can mark the beginning of academic problems or exacerbate issues that were minor in middle school. According to Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center, parents can help their teens avoid such academic pitfalls—if they know the signs. “High school is a time when parents need to pay very careful attention to what is going on with their teen in school because they will be more removed from the classroom than they ever have been,” says Huntington. “Communication with your teen and teachers is important, as is watching your teen’s grades and demeanor overall.”

Huntington shares five academic pitfalls that can plague students in high school—and tips on what to do if you notice your teen falling into any of them.

Slacking off – High school offers an abundance of opportunities to meet new people, get involved and have fun. For some students, that can have a negative impact on their motivation and/or commitment to their studies. If you notice your teen spending a disproportionate amount of time on his or her social life (vs. school) and poor grades come home early in the school year, talk about how to put a plan into place that will help your teen find a better balance.

Apathy – Some intelligent students get to high school and lose their sense of responsibility (especially without as much nudging from parents). Does your teen seem to lack self-discipline and independence when it comes to school work and studying? Does your teen rush through homework, often leaving it incomplete? Students who become lazy in high school need intervention immediately. With the help of your teen’s teachers, you can set goals and a study plan to achieve them (as well as a follow-up plan). With time and effort, your teen will begin to understand how his or her actions affect school achievement.

Effort that doesn’t yield results – In high school, it’s normal to expect that your teen will spend more time on homework. However, if you observe that your teen’s hard work is not yielding positive results or that simple homework is taking more time than seems reasonable, you should investigate whether there are gaps in your teen’s skills causing him or her to struggle.

Disorganization – Up until high school, many students lean on the help of teachers and parents to stay organized and on top of everything. However, some teens who are otherwise capable students become overwhelmed by the volume of high school work. If your teen suddenly has difficulty keeping track of homework, maintaining a neat study space, or making the most of each study session, he or she may need help establishing effective study and organizational habits.

Avoidance – Avoidance of school work can take many forms, but the most obvious is procrastination. If your teen consistently puts off work until late at night or avoids planning ahead for big, important projects, there’s no doubt that this will quickly become a major problem in high school. Pay attention to whether the issue is with all subjects or one in particular.

High school definitely steps up the academic challenge. Huntington reminds parents to take note of how their teen handles the change. “Most parents are intuitive enough to recognize when there is a problem with their children, but it isn’t always easy to know exactly what’s going on,” she says. “If you have a child in high school and you sense issues arising, call Huntington. No problem is too big to overcome, and we can help your teen get and stay on the right track.”

 

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Huntington Learning Center Shares Six Habits of Successful Students As parents, we all want to help our children be as successful in school as they can be. But what is the best way to do so? At Huntington Learning Center, we encounter a range of students—some who are highly motivated to get into excellent colleges and others who are looking to make improvements in one or more subjects. In the 41 years we have been in business, we have observed that the best students have a lot in common—and they embrace many of the same academic habits. Here are six such habits to keep in mind as you guide your own children toward school success:

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Mon, 29 Oct 2018 12:24:30 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-habits-of-successful-students https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-habits-of-successful-students Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington As parents, we all want to help our children be as successful in school as they can be. But what is the best way to do so? At Huntington Learning Center, we encounter a range of students—some who are highly motivated to get into excellent colleges and others who are looking to make improvements in one or more subjects. In the 41 years we have been in business, we have observed that the best students have a lot in common—and they embrace many of the same academic habits. Here are six such habits to keep in mind as you guide your own children toward school success:

  1. They commit to study time. When it comes to studying, top-performing students are dedicated. They stick to best practices: choosing to study at a time of day when they are most focused and alert and avoiding distractions during that study window.
  2. They are skilled at prioritizing. Highly successful students make the most of study time by prioritizing assignments and tasks before they dive in. At the start of each study session, they review their tasks and rank them from most to least pressing, and only begin working once they’ve done so.
  3. Time management rules all. The best and brightest are often involved in more than just school. As active young people, these students recognize that there’s no room for procrastination when they want to get a lot accomplished. Such students put everything in their planners, from the hours they’re in school to all extracurricular activities, from wakeup time to bedtime. They schedule everything to ensure they make time for all of it. And they are good at using their hours wisely and not losing it to meaningless time-wasters.
  4. Organization is a habit. Great students know that a messy backpack or desk leads to lost time—and that’s counterproductive. These students develop an organizational system that keeps them on task and minimizes the chances they lose important papers or “spin their wheels” during study time because they can’t locate the supplies they need.
  5. They take good notes. An organized approach to note-taking leads to more effective studying later on. Students who become accustomed to taking notes that help them remember important information and key ideas are better equipped for success in college and beyond.
  6. They aim to learn, not memorize. Memorization is a requirement sometimes, but excellent students strive to think critically, analyze and evaluate that which they are taught in school. They listen actively in class and strive to process information so they are able to retain it.

Parents, the next time you wonder if you’re doing all you can to help your children in school, refer to this list. Everything you do to support your children as students should work toward these habits, which together create the “gold standard” of being a student.

As always, Huntington is here to help. If your child is struggling with his or her grades and also seems to need help figuring out reliable methods for school success, call us to schedule an academic evaluation. We’ll pinpoint the areas where your child needs the most support, and together, we can develop a customized learning program that will help him or her become a better, happier student.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Huntington Learning Center Joins the Coalition for the Homeless to Collect 5,000 Filled Backpacks for NYC Students in Need For the third year in a row, Huntington Learning Center has partnered with the Coalition for the Homeless for its annual drive, Project: Back to School, to provide homeless children with the supplies they need to be successful in the classroom. Together, the organizations and additional partners, hope to collect and distribute more than 5,000 new backpacks filled with supplies for students in kindergarten to 12th grade prior to the start of the new school year.

Through August 22, select Huntington Learning Center locations will serve as collection centers. Interested participants are encouraged to bring backpacks and school supplies to any of the following drop-off locations:

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Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:09:02 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntington-joins-coalition-for-the-homeless https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntington-joins-coalition-for-the-homeless Annual Drive Aims to Better Prepare Students and Alleviate Constraints for Homeless Families

Oradell, NJ, August 8, 2018 – For the third year in a row, Huntington Learning Center has partnered with the Coalition for the Homeless for its annual drive, Project: Back to School, to provide homeless children with the supplies they need to be successful in the classroom. Together, the organizations and additional partners, hope to collect and distribute more than 5,000 new backpacks filled with supplies for students in kindergarten to 12th grade prior to the start of the new school year.

Through August 22, select Huntington Learning Center locations will serve as collection centers. Interested participants are encouraged to bring backpacks and school supplies to any of the following drop-off locations:

Wish List

  • #2 Pencils
  • Pocket Folders
  • Ruler
  • Markers, Crayons
  • Glue Sticks, and More!

Participating Locations

  • Bronx - 1807 Williamsbridge Road
  • Brooklyn (Park Slope) - 808 Union Street
  • Brooklyn (Bay Ridge) - 514 86th Street
  • Queens (Flushing) - 35-30 Francis Lewis Blvd #205
  • Staten Island - 2791 Richmond Ave, Suite 200


According to the Coalition for the Homeless, over 115,000 NYC students experienced homelessness in 2017. At this rate, 1 in 7 elementary students will face homelessness before their elementary school graduation. With many resources scarce or nonexistent for homeless families, students often show up to school empty handed. Project: Back to School was established to change that.

“We believe every student has the right to the best education possible,” said Anne Huntington, Vice President of Huntington Learning Center. “We are proud to join the Coalition for the Homeless again and come together with our community to make sure NYC students have the tools they need to thrive in the classroom.”

“For so many kids whose families simply can’t afford to buy school supplies, the start of the school year can bring feelings of stress and shame,” said Dave Giffen, Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless. “We are so happy that Huntington Learning Center has been so committed to helping us ensure that every homeless child can walk into school on that first day feeling proud, prepared, and ready for whatever lays ahead.”

To learn more about Project: Back to School, visit: http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/event/2018-project-back-to-school/. 

About the Coalition for the Homeless

Established in 1981, the Coalition for the Homeless is the nation's oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children. The Coalition helps more than 3,500 homeless New Yorkers each day living in extreme poverty, offering a variety of programs that address immediate needs and help men, women and families overcome long-term barriers to employment and stability.  For more information about the Coalition for the Homeless, visit www.coalitionforthehomeless.org

About Huntington Learning Center

Huntington is the nation’s leading tutoring and test prep provider. Its certified teachers provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. Huntington preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Huntington is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

Contact Information:
Kim Jaffe
JaffeK@HLCmail.com

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Does Your Student Need High School Entrance Exam Preparation? Attention parents: if you are considering sending your middle school student to a private, parochial or college preparatory high school, it is important to begin the process of preparing for the school’s entrance exam as early as possible so that your child can perform his or her best. “Studying for any test can be nerve-wracking for a student, but preparing for a high school entrance exam can be especially scary,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “Solid preparation involves understanding the structure of these exams, building test-taking skills and plenty of practice.”

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Tue, 07 Aug 2018 12:14:34 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/does-your-child-need-high-school-entrance-exam-prep https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/does-your-child-need-high-school-entrance-exam-prep Eileen Huntington Eileen Huntington Attention parents: if you are considering sending your middle school student to a private, parochial or college preparatory high school, it is important to begin the process of preparing for the school’s entrance exam as early as possible so that your child can perform his or her best. “Studying for any test can be nerve-wracking for a student, but preparing for a high school entrance exam can be especially scary,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “Solid preparation involves understanding the structure of these exams, building test-taking skills and plenty of practice.”

Huntington offers a quick download on some of the well-known high school entrance exams for which Huntington has significant experience helping students prepare:

  • The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is required by many private and competitive magnet schools as part of the admissions process. There are three levels of the test for candidates entering grades 5–6, 7–8 and 9–12 and five exam sections: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, mathematics and a 30-minute essay.
  • The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) – The SSAT is used by some private and competitive high schools and middle schools to help rank applicants. There are three levels of the test: elementary, middle and upper. The test consists of two parts: a writing sample and a section with multiple choice questions in math, verbal and reading comprehension.
  • The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is used for admissions, scholarship selection and course placement. The test is administered to eighth graders seeking ninth grade placement in parochial high schools. The standard test covers language skills, vocabulary, reading, mathematics and an optional section on either Catholic religion, mechanical aptitude or science.

What does Huntington’s exam prep program offer? Huntington says that parents can expect a customized program of instruction built off the same successful method used in Huntington’s SAT and ACT prep programs. Features include:

  • An initial academic evaluation that has students take a full-length exam.
  • A post-academic evaluation conference to discuss results and Huntington’s recommended program.
  • A personalized program tailored to each student's needs and designed to help achieve test score goals.
  • Several full-length exams to measure progress.
  • One-to-one tutoring with a highly trained professional tutor (all Huntington tutors are state certified or Huntington certified).
  • Interim conferences to discuss progress towards goals.
  • Flexible scheduling.

For more information about Huntington’s high school entrance exam preparation programs, call 1 800 CAN LEARN.

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Six Skills Your Teen Needs for College Readiness If your teen is headed to college soon, it’s important to make sure he or she is prepared. College classes are a big step up from high school classes in terms of rigor and expectations, and your teen must have a range of aptitudes and habits to do well.

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Wed, 15 Jan 2020 10:48:38 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-skills-your-teen-needs-for-college-readiness https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-skills-your-teen-needs-for-college-readiness Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington If your teen is headed to college soon, it’s important to make sure he or she is prepared. College classes are a big step up from high school classes in terms of rigor and expectations, and your teen must have a range of aptitudes and habits to do well. What exactly does it take? Here are six essential skills your teen must have to be successful in college:

  1. Independence – By high school, teens should be keeping track of homework and upcoming projects and tests all on their own. They should be in tune with their needs in the classroom so they can advocate for themselves. Your support in school remains important in high school but make sure your teen understands that school is his or her responsibility and that he or she is taking initiative to complete homework, study and manage all of his or her responsibilities.
  2. Time management – The college workload can take many freshmen by surprise, and those who lack a good time management system tend to struggle. Teens must be adept at prioritizing their studying and planning ahead when they have big projects. If your teen doesn’t use the planner faithfully, now is the time to start.
  3. Adaptability – In college, there are times students get a lot of direction from professors and times they do not. A class project’s scope or timeline might change. It’s important to be able to adjust and pivot when a situation changes, new information is acquired or when faced with uncertainty. Encourage your teen to problem solve and stay calm in high-pressure situations. These skills go hand in hand with adaptability.
  4. Resourcefulness – College students do a whole lot of research. They are frequently expected to develop written arguments on texts they read and other topics and must be able to supply evidence and support for those interpretations. And outside the classroom, students should be comfortable asking for help and identifying and taking advantage of the different resources available to them. Suggest that your teen do the same as a high school student.
  5. Study skills Good academic habits are essential in college, including studying smart, notetaking and planning out the study and homework schedule. Students are expected to be responsible and on top of all of their classes and responsibilities. Make sure your teen nurtures the study habits so that by the time he or she is in college, they are second nature.
  6. Critical thinking skills – College professors want students to participate in class and articulate their ideas clearly. They expect that they are able to analyze new information, make connections about that which they learn and draw conclusions. As often as possible, encourage your teen to express opinions and the reasons for them and think through arguments.

College success requires a combination of academic and other skills, and these final years of high school are your teen’s opportunity to strengthen them. Help your teen acquire the skills and knowledge he or she will need so that by the time graduation comes, your teen is ready to make the college years the best ones yet.

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Huntington Learning Center Shares Simple Ways Parents Can Contribute to The Betterment of their Child’s School Every parent knows that teachers and staff are part of what makes a school great, but parents have a lot to do with a school’s success as well. “There are objective measures of schools’ performance such as test scores and teacher-student ratio, but there are a number of other intangible factors as well,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “A positive school culture that fosters student success truly does take a village, and parents are key members of that village.”

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Tue, 07 Aug 2018 12:20:24 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/simple-ways-parents-can-contribute-to-their-childs-school-success https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/simple-ways-parents-can-contribute-to-their-childs-school-success Eileen Huntington Eileen Huntington Every parent knows that teachers and staff are part of what makes a school great, but parents have a lot to do with a school’s success as well. “There are objective measures of schools’ performance such as test scores and teacher-student ratio, but there are a number of other intangible factors as well,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “A positive school culture that fosters student success truly does take a village, and parents are key members of that village.”

What can parents do to contribute to a great school environment? Huntington suggests these simple tips:

Be supportive. Without parental support, teachers cannot do their jobs to the best of their ability. Reach out to your child’s teacher early in the school year to establish a positive working relationship. Communicate often and make it clear that you want to help your child succeed in school and do your part at home. Ask how you can support the teacher’s efforts in the classroom and follow through on fulfilling those requests.  

Collaborate. The best schools are those where parents and teachers maintain collaborative partnerships for the benefit of the students. So, seek suggestions from the teacher on how to support your student’s learning. If your child is struggling, don’t just assume that the teacher will handle it. Solicit suggestions of things you can do at home to help, such as enrolling your child in a tutoring program. When it comes to homework, ask about the best ways you can relate assignments to real-world learning.

Uphold high expectations for your child. Research shows that upholding high expectations for students results in increased confidence and motivation, improved learning and more. Communicate with your child’s teacher about the most appropriate learning tasks that will spark your child’s interests and foster his or her success. When you and the teacher are on the same page about your child’s capabilities and potential, together, you can offer him or her consistent support.

Get involved. Involved parents make a great school. Volunteer in the classroom if you can, but if your schedule prevents this, there are many alternatives.  Attend school events. Go to Parent-Teacher Organization meetings to learn more about your school and how you can help make it the best possible environment for students. Also, one of the simplest ways to get involved is to show your child that you value his or her education. Establish a good relationship with teachers and school staff and talk to your child about his or her school day, interests, homework and projects.

“Schools should offer children a well-rounded education and help them become capable, independent citizens, but parents play an essential role in schools’ efforts,” says Huntington. “Parental support at home and at school will have a direct and indirect positive impact on your child. Get involved, communicate with teachers and show your child through your actions that you want to support their school however you can.”

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Five Back-to-School Tips for Parents and Children With summer coming to a close, families with children are gearing up to head back to school. According to Co-Founder and CEO, Eileen Huntington, of Huntington Learning Center, there are several things parents can do toward the end of summer break that make a tremendous difference in getting children mentally prepared to start the year off right. “Students need summer break to relax and recharge their batteries, but the beginning of a new grade can be a little bumpy if parents and children remain in ‘summer mode’ until that first school bell rings,” says Huntington. Luckily, a little preparation can make the back-to-school transition easier. Here are five back-to-school tips for parents and children:

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Thu, 26 Jul 2018 11:28:17 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-back-to-school-tips-for-parents-and-children https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-back-to-school-tips-for-parents-and-children Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center With summer coming to a close, families with children are gearing up to head back to school. According to Co-Founder and CEO, Eileen Huntington, of Huntington Learning Center, there are several things parents can do toward the end of summer break that make a tremendous difference in getting children mentally prepared to start the year off right. “Students need summer break to relax and recharge their batteries, but the beginning of a new grade can be a little bumpy if parents and children remain in ‘summer mode’ until that first school bell rings,” says Huntington. Luckily, a little preparation can make the back-to-school transition easier. Here are five back-to-school tips for parents and children:

  1. Revisit the organizational system. Go over the importance of staying organized with the use of a homework notebook (for younger students) or student planner or smartphone planner app (for older students). Clean off the desks and make sure your home is ready for the school year, with new pencils, paper and other supplies, a family calendar in a central location and a reliable system for keeping track of papers that come home from teachers and school.
  2. Meet the teacher. Attend back-to-school night to meet any teachers and staff as well as school leaders. Ask the teacher how you can support your child in school and the best way to stay in touch about any issues that might arise.
  3. Go over the school day routine. For most families, summer offers a more relaxed pace and schedule, but come August, it’s a good idea to go over the routine your family will resume once school is back in session. Update the family calendar with any scheduled activities, start waking your child up a little earlier the week or two before the first day of school, and get back to a regular evening routine (dinner, reading before bed and lights out at a reasonable hour).
  4. Refresh the memory on last year’s school work. The “summer slide” is a serious problem, with many students losing several months of knowledge gained in the prior school year. If your child hasn’t touched a book all summer, you can still make up some ground by having him or her review last year’s assignments or textbooks and re-establishing a nightly reading habit.
  5. Have positive conversations. The end of summer can induce stress for children who didn’t have the best experience last school year or struggle with one or more subjects. Embrace a positive attitude and talk to your child about what changes you would both like to make this school year. Talk about your child’s biggest areas of worry and how you can offer support. Remind your child that no problem is insurmountable and that you’re there to help.

If your child wants to make it a great school year, Huntington can assist. Huntington encourages parents to reach out to Huntington to share their concerns. Huntington can develop a customized plan to help children improve their study habits, build their confidence and close any knowledge gaps that caused school challenges last year. Call Huntington Learning Center at 1-800-CAN-LEARN to learn more.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

 

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

 

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How Can You Help Your Child Sidestep the Summer Slide? Summer is a welcome break for families, but it can cause problems when it comes to the long-term retention of academic skills and knowledge. Many experts report that summertime regression is a significant problem for students of all ages, with children losing several months’ worth of reading and math skills over break. Here’s the good news: it’s not as hard as you think to minimize the problem. Here are a few ways you can help your child avoid the summer slide:

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:13:37 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/side-step-the-summer-slide https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/side-step-the-summer-slide Dr Raymond Huntington Dr Raymond Huntington Summer is a welcome break for families, but it can cause problems when it comes to the long-term retention of academic skills and knowledge. Many experts report that summertime regression is a significant problem for students of all ages, with children losing several months’ worth of reading and math skills over break. Here’s the good news: it’s not as hard as you think to minimize the problem. Here are a few ways you can help your child avoid the summer slide:

Read every day. A regular reading habit is a valuable part of a good bedtime routine anyway, but best of all, it is one of the easiest ways for your child to keep up those literacy skills. Make frequent visits to the library and encourage your child to get involved in any book clubs or summer reading programs offered. Let your child explore other formats in addition to books. The point is to get him or her reading.

Review past work. It might take a little convincing, but even ten minutes a day spent looking over old worksheets, math problems, or other assignments is time well spent. This will help your child keep fresh on the skills learned last school year and ensure he or she is ready to pick up where the teacher left off when the fall semester begins.

Plan writing activities. Have your child continue to strengthen those writing muscles by embracing fun activities like journaling, creative writing or even blogging. If those things don’t pique your child’s interest, consider weekly themes for inspiration. For example, one week’s theme might be favorite people, and each day children could write about a celebrity or professional athlete they admire, a friend who means a lot to them, or another role model.

Go places. Many families use their children’s summer break as a chance to take vacations. Why not transform those road and plane trips into educational opportunities? You and your child should check out travel guides from the library and do some online research together to learn more about wherever you’re headed. Have your child choose a few cultural attractions to enjoy and share what he or she wants to discover while visiting them.

Catch up or get ahead. Summer is the best time to close any skill gaps and correct any problems that arose during the school year. It’s also a great chance to get ahead if your child is gearing up to take several challenging classes next year or wants to solidify knowledge built during the prior school year.

If you’d like help creating a targeted summer learning program that meets your child’s goals and helps him or her flourish, call Huntington. We’ll help your child retain those important skills he or she learned throughout the school year. By the time next fall comes around, he or she will be ready to hit the ground running and keep building that knowledge base. Call 1-800 CAN LEARN today.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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The College Search Checklist: What Your Teen Should Consider When Evaluating Colleges Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions of your teen’s life. While exciting, the process of identifying schools and narrowing the list can be overwhelming to many students. CEO and Co-Founder, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says the best way for parents to help is by reminding their teens that there are several essential components to evaluating colleges. “Too often, teens get their hearts set on one or two things and ignore everything else,” she says. “It’s important to focus on what matters most and not overlook the factors that really make the college experience.” She offers this list of key considerations for teens and parents to keep on hand when embarking on the college search:

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Mon, 12 Nov 2018 07:57:06 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/what-your-teen-should-consider-when-evaluating-colleges https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/what-your-teen-should-consider-when-evaluating-colleges Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions of your teen’s life. While exciting, the process of identifying schools and narrowing the list can be overwhelming to many students. CEO and Co-Founder, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says the best way for parents to help is by reminding their teens that there are several essential components to evaluating colleges. “Too often, teens get their hearts set on one or two things and ignore everything else,” she says. “It’s important to focus on what matters most and not overlook the factors that really make the college experience.”

She offers this list of key considerations for teens and parents to keep on hand when embarking on the college search:

Fields of study – Whether teens are certain about a college major or still deciding, it’s a good idea to ensure any college on their short list has a range of enticing options. Keep in mind that changing majors early in college is common, so parents should caution their teens to not paint themselves into a corner. An engineering college is a great option if there’s no chance your teen will end up deciding to switch gears to his or her backup plan, pre-medicine.

Size – Many teens know right away what they’re looking for as far as student population, but if your teen isn’t sure yet, talk about it. Larger universities offer more academic options and the chance to engage in opportunities like undergraduate research. Many also have graduate programs too, if your teen is thinking about taking that path. Smaller schools will have a lower faculty-student ratio and a more intimate classroom and campus feel. There are advantages and disadvantages of both, and it’s important that teens think this through.

Proximity to home – Teens who have their hearts set on moving far away for college need to understand the logistics involved in doing so. Parents and teens should discuss things like how often their teens will be able to visit home (because of costs and time involved) and the value that their teens place on having a support system in their new area.

Cost and financial aid – This is an important consideration, but it’s hard to make an informed decision by looking at a college’s tuition schedule on their website. A true college price tag will take financial aid assistance and scholarships into account, so while it might be tempting to rule out colleges that have a “sticker price” that is out of reach, you and your teen should do a little digging. Talk with each college’s financial aid office to learn more about typical financial aid packages, the best approach to applying for scholarships, and more.

Campus life – Most students go to college to grow both academically and personally, and campus life plays a big part in that transformation. Teens should get a feel for what life is like at a college, either by visiting in person or by talking with current and former students and scouring the colleges’ websites. Does the college offer the kinds of social and student life opportunities they are seeking? Is there a lot going on outside of the classroom (e.g. athletic events and other fun activities)? What is dorm life like and how many students live on campus as freshmen?

“Without a doubt, choosing a college is a major decision, but the process can be made simpler when teens take a systematic approach to comparing and contrasting different schools,” Huntington says. “Our advice at Huntington is to let teens take the reins on this process, as they are the ones who must feel confident in the decision. Offer them a framework for assessing each college, encourage them to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of their high school guidance counselor, and weigh in when you need to. With this approach, teens are sure to make a smart decision that they will be happy with in the long run.”

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Helping Your Child Focus Is your child easily distracted? A constant daydreamer? Just plain unfocused? If you’re concerned about your student’s ability to concentrate when it matters most—at school or during homework time—don’t wait to intervene. Luckily, there are many simple things you can do to help your child become a more focused and attentive student who is capable of handling challenging homework and school assignments. Here are six tips to support your child at home:

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Mon, 09 Jul 2018 11:46:25 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping_your_child_focus https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping_your_child_focus Helping Your Child Focus

Is your child easily distracted? A constant daydreamer? Just plain unfocused? If you’re concerned about your student’s ability to concentrate when it matters most—at school or during homework time—don’t wait to intervene. Luckily, there are many simple things you can do to help your child become a more focused and attentive student who is capable of handling challenging homework and school assignments. Here are six tips to support your child at home:

Evaluate the basics: sleep and exercise. Children who do not get sufficient sleep each night may face a variety of problems, including an inability to focus. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adolescents ages 10-17 years old need 8.5-9.25 hours of sleep each night. Children ages 5-10 need 10-11 hours. It’s also important for children to get plenty of exercise, another important factor in good sleep.

Break down tasks into chunks. Many children get overwhelmed with larger projects or a lot of homework, causing them to become sidetracked when diving in. Teach your child to break down assignments into manageable parts and have him or her see each part through to completion. For example, if a student needs to read a book and write a report on it by Friday, write down the necessary steps for Monday through Thursday, and have him or her check them off as completed. Set a timer for each part to keep your child on track.

Encourage organization. Being organized minimizes opportunities for a child to procrastinate or get off task. Help your child make use of a planner to keep track of homework and other obligations and his or her daily schedule. At home, establish a routine with set times for homework, friend time, bedtime and extracurricular activities. It’s important to incorporate downtime into the schedule, too.

Take breaks. Researchers have found that children who take exercise breaks during school are more attentive and on task than those who do not. When studying, have your child take 5- and 10-minute “brain breaks” to move around or take a quick walk up and down the street.

Minimize distractions during homework. Make sure your home has a good study space. If your child studies in the kitchen, for example, make sure he or she isn’t distracted by things like a television, a younger sibling playing noisily or a parent talking on the phone. If he or she studies in a bedroom, be sure all electronics are off.

Work on task completion in day-to-day duties. At home, give your child clear direction on to-dos and make sure he or she completes each task before moving on to another. For example, when you get home from school, tell your child to wash hands and empty and put away his or her lunch box. Those tasks must be completed before moving on to anything else. As your child improves task completion (without frequent reminders), give him or her more complex, multi-step tasks. Consider a chore and rewards chart.

As always, it is important to know your student and adapt to his or her learning style and preferences. Some students might focus better during study time by playing with a small stress ball, standing or pacing around the room, or talking through concepts or problems aloud. Pay attention to your child’s needs and work with his or her teacher to accommodate those needs at home. If you are concerned that your child’s focus issues are medical in nature, talk with his or her doctor. However, if your child needs help with organization, time management, study skills and similar areas, contact Huntington Learning Center at 1 800 CAN LEARN. We can help your child become a more attentive, effective student.

 

 

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Your Teen’s Summer SAT/ACT Exam Prep Calendar School may be out for summer, but if your teen is college bound in a couple of years, this is a perfect time for him or her to study for the SAT or ACT. “It’s difficult for most teens to put in the kind of time they need to during the school year to study effectively for college entrance exams,” says Elieen Huntington, Co-Founder and CEO of Huntington Learning Center. “However, with school on break and many extracurricular activities on hiatus, summer gives teens the opportunity to focus on exam prep.”

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:12:01 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/your-teens-summer-sat-act-exam-prep-calendar https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/your-teens-summer-sat-act-exam-prep-calendar Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center School may be out for summer, but if your teen is college bound in a couple of years, this is a perfect time for him or her to study for the SAT or ACT. “It’s difficult for most teens to put in the kind of time they need to during the school year to study effectively for college entrance exams,” says Elieen Huntington, Co-Founder and CEO of Huntington Learning Center. “However, with school on break and many extracurricular activities on hiatus, summer gives teens the opportunity to focus on exam prep.”

To encourage teens to make the most of their studying and stay on track, Huntington offers this two-month study schedule:

Month one:

  • Get familiar with the exam(s) by taking an initial evaluation test.
  • Choose either the SAT or ACT based on the results of the evaluation (and any college preferences).
  • Identify strong and weak areas and develop a targeted study plan.
  • Create a study schedule by exam section and sub-section. Based on the outcome of the initial evaluation test, some sections may require more or less attention.
  • Study a few days a week according to a customized prep schedule.
  • Get familiar with different problem types (multiple choice, student-produced response questions, improving sentence questions, etc.)

Month two:

  • Take a full-length, timed practice test at the beginning of the month.
  • Delve more deeply into the different exam sections, targeting weaker areas.
  • Continue to study a few days a week according to a customized prep schedule.
  • Improve on question types where the lowest practice scores are received.
  • Adjust the study schedule as needed based on weaker sections.
  • Work on exam time management by learning the structure of the exam and building skills such as quickly ruling out obviously incorrect answers.
  • Spend time learning how the exam you are taking is scored and adjust test-taking strategies and pacing accordingly.
  • Take a full-length, timed practice test at the end of the month.

Make sure your teen also registers for the exam early. For both the ACT and the SAT, registration deadlines are approximately four weeks before test dates. Here are the 2018-2019 exam dates:

 

SAT

ACT

August 25, 2018

September 8, 2018

October 6, 2018

October 27, 2018

November 3, 2018

December 8, 2018

December 1, 2018

February 9, 2019*

March 9, 2019

April 13, 2019

May 4, 2019

June 8, 2019

June 1, 2019

July 13, 2019*

 

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February and July test dates. No test centers are scheduled in California for the July test date.

If your teen needs help studying for the SAT or ACT, call Huntington. “Huntington’s customized test prep courses first help students identify their strengths and weaknesses so that their studying is precise and not haphazard,” says Huntington. “We also work on test-taking strategies, give tips for staying focused and calm during the exams, and prepare students with what to expect.” To learn more about Huntington’s individualized test prep services, call 1 800 CAN LEARN.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

 

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

 

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Five Educational Summer Activities for Elementary School Children Summer is here, a time for children to recharge their batteries and enjoy a much-needed break from the busy school year. While every child deserves this, Co-Founder and CEO, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center urges parents to offer a variety of educational activities to ensure their children retain everything they worked so hard to learn all school year. “Sadly, so many children toss aside the backpack on the last day of school and do not touch a book until the first day of the next school year,” says Huntington. “The problem with this is that students can easily lose several months of grade-level equivalency in math, reading and other subjects.” Bottom line: it’s important that children keep those brains active throughout the summer. Here are five suggested activities that will help them do just that:

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Mon, 02 Jul 2018 10:51:28 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5-educational-summer-activities-for-elementary-school https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5-educational-summer-activities-for-elementary-school Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Summer is here, a time for children to recharge their batteries and enjoy a much-needed break from the busy school year. While every child deserves this, Co-Founder and CEO, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center urges parents to offer a variety of educational activities to ensure their children retain everything they worked so hard to learn all school year. “Sadly, so many children toss aside the backpack on the last day of school and do not touch a book until the first day of the next school year,” says Huntington. “The problem with this is that students can easily lose several months of grade-level equivalency in math, reading and other subjects.” Bottom line: it’s important that children keep those brains active throughout the summer. Here are five suggested activities that will help them do just that:

  1. State/city “field trips” – Have your child plan a few weekend excursions with the help of Google Maps. If you can take a family road trip, your child can help plan the agenda and map out the route, including drive time needed. If you’re leaning toward a few short staycations closer to home, however, you can still let your child research attractions and events at your local museums, pick out great hikes or camping spots in the area or plan a walking tour of your city (complete with his or her research, of course).
  2. Daily reading sessions – This is one of the easiest ways to help children keep up those essential literacy skills. Check out summer reading programs at the library or book store and make a weekly outing there to refresh the reading material. Consider reading book series as a family. Read together each evening and make it fun by serving up lemonade or hot chocolate. Huntington Learning Center offers a reading adventure program during the summer months, which encourages students to keep reading. Reading Adventure runs May to August and is open to currently enrolled students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students choose books from Huntington’s pre-selected book lists, which offer a variety of high-interest choices by grade level and reading ability. Each student receives a reading “passport” in which to record books as completed and make a few notes of what he or she learned and enjoyed about each book.
  3. Journaling – Like reading, a daily writing habit will go a long way toward helping children minimize regression. If your child isn’t eager to write book summaries, a journal is an open-ended forum in which he or she can write anything from poems to stories to a daily log of summer activities. Start with ten minutes a day, and as the summer goes on, your child might grow to enjoy this practice and want to do it longer.
  4. Taking classes – Are there educational programs available over the summer in your community, such as science, technology, engineering and math camps, art classes, or robotics programs? Maybe your child wants to take up an instrument. Perhaps he or she is interested in a youth creative writing class. Your school or local library are good places to start for seeking suggestions. Huntington Learning Center offers tutoring for students during the summer months especially if the past school year was a challenge. Enrichment sessions are also available for students who enjoy academic adventures to develop new skills.
  5. Researching a hobby or other topic – The freedom of summer offers lots of opportunity for discovery. Encourage your child to check out an autobiography on a favorite athlete, rent a documentary on a topic that intrigues him or her, or look up answers online (with your guidance) to those burning questions he or she usually asks you.

Huntington adds that summer learning doesn’t need to be complicated to be effective. “Children who spend just a little time each day enjoying a book or exploring an interesting topic will reap great benefits and find that transitioning into the next grade is easier,” she says. For additional ideas on how to engage your child in effective but enjoyable summer learning activities, call Huntington Learning Center at 1-800-CAN-LEARN or visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Brain in Shape Over Summer Break Many parents have probably heard the term “regression” before, but what exactly does it mean? Regression is the loss of academic knowledge learned during the school year, also known as the “summer slide.” According to Co-Founder and CEO, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center, with a little effort, parents can prevent their children from regressing over summer break. “It is easier than most parents think to help their children engage in regular educational activities,” Huntington says. Need ideas? Here are several tips to help children keep learning this summer:

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Mon, 02 Jul 2018 10:24:30 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/keep-your-childs-brain-in-shape-over-summer https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/keep-your-childs-brain-in-shape-over-summer Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Many parents have probably heard the term “regression” before, but what exactly does it mean? Regression is the loss of academic knowledge learned during the school year, also known as the “summer slide.” According to Co-Founder and CEO, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center, with a little effort, parents can prevent their children from regressing over summer break. “It is easier than most parents think to help their children engage in regular educational activities,” Huntington says. Need ideas? Here are several tips to help children keep learning this summer:

Enjoy summer reading. It’s on every list of top summer learning activities for good reason. Reading is perhaps the easiest way to keep up those literacy skills—and the most fun. Let your child choose the reading material and make it a daily activity. Take regular trips to the library and consider giving small incentives for milestones reached (e.g. each book, every 200 pages, etc.).

Review last year’s assignments. For subjects like math especially, one of the best ways to maintain those math building skills is to review/redo old problems. Before that final school bell rings, ask your child’s teacher for copies of worksheets and other assignments completed during the school year. Sort them into labeled folders for each week of summer and have your child review something every weekday, or at least several assignments each week.

Review last year’s textbooks. If you purchased textbooks for language, math, social studies, and science and they’re yours to keep, don’t throw them into the recycling bin. A quick call to the teacher should give you what you need in terms of the chapters covered this year and what would be best to review over summer break, but if school is out already and you forgot to do so, simply divide the text’s pages evenly and plan to have your child read sections each day.

Embrace the “something learned each day” mantra. Keeping the brain in shape is like keeping the body in shape: daily effort adds up to a lasting difference. For some children, a more flexible approach to summer learning will work better than textbooks and worksheets. Encourage your child to spend 30 minutes a day learning something new and keep a journal about those experiences. This gives him or her the freedom to chase those curiosities while acquiring new knowledge. Provide your child a list of questions to spark ideas, which might include the following:

  • What have I always wanted to know about <a favorite book, author, subject, or city>?
  • How are <a type of vehicle, a type of food, a musical instrument> made?
  • How was <a type of technology or other invention> first created or invented and by whom?
  • Who discovered <constellations, South America, sharks, how to make paper> and how?

Huntington reminds parents that the summer slide is preventable and can be reversed. “What parents don’t always realize is that summer tutoring is the best opportunity for children to overcome learning challenges or get ahead for the next school year,” she says. “With a more relaxed schedule and no pressure of homework and other obligations, there’s time for children to pinpoint the subjects that are troubling them most and make big strides between now and the start of next school year.”

For more suggestions on how to help your child retain everything he or she learned throughout the school year and overcome any problem areas, call 1 800 CAN LEARN.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Summertime: An Ideal Time for Test Prep If your teen is preparing to take the SAT or ACT anytime soon, there is no better time for him or her to register for a customized exam prep course now. Summer break is the perfect opportunity for students to focus on studying for the SAT or ACT, because their schedules are far less crowded with school and extracurricular activities. Your teen can work from a targeted schedule to put him or herself in the best position for the upcoming exam.

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Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:28:30 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/summertime-an-ideal-time-for-test-prep https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/summertime-an-ideal-time-for-test-prep Dr. Raymond J. Huntington Dr. Raymond J. Huntington Summertime: An Ideal Time for Test Prep

If your teen is preparing to take the SAT or ACT anytime soon, there is no better time for him or her to register for a customized exam prep course now. Summer break is the perfect opportunity for students to focus on studying for the SAT or ACT, because their schedules are far less crowded with school and extracurricular activities. Your teen can work from a targeted schedule to put him or herself in the best position for the upcoming exam.

To get the most out of his or her efforts, here are a few tips for your teen as he or she engages in summertime exam prep:

Register. The registration deadlines for the upcoming exams are as follows:

Exam              Test date                                 Registration deadline

  • ACT              September 8, 2018                            August 10, 2018
  • ACT              October 27, 2018                               September 28, 2018
  • SAT              August  25, 2018                                 July 27, 2018
  • SAT              October 6, 2018                                  September 7, 2018
  • SAT              November 3, 2018                              October 5, 2018
  • PSAT            October 10 & 13, 2018                        Talk with the school PSAT coordinator

Encourage your teen to register now so that he or she has a committed date on the books—and a goal to work toward. That date will be the starting point when developing a study schedule.

Know the exam. For the most effective prep, your teen must be familiar with the exam he or she plans to take (and the differences between the ACT and the SAT). It is worthwhile to investigate the preferred exam at his or her colleges of choice. Most important, your teen should understand the structure and sections of the exam he or she is taking in order to study efficiently and effectively. 

Make a plan and stick to it. Your teen will be far more successful if he or she has a schedule and a detailed plan to follow at each study session. Every session’s work plan should be divided into exam sections and should take into account the student’s strengths and weaknesses so he or she does not waste valuable time on areas where he or she is stronger and gloss over areas where he or she is weak. The best way to assess those strengths and weaknesses is by taking an initial practice exam.

Don’t underestimate the practice exam. No study plan is complete if it does not incorporate practice exams. Your student will get a much better feel for the SAT or ACT’s structure and different question types (and how to answer them) when he or she takes an actual, full-length, timed practice exam.  

Work on speed. Both the SAT and ACT are timed exams with no “fluff” time. Subject-matter knowledge is critical, but your teen must also be able to manage his or her time effectively to earn the best score. That means he or she will need to become comfortable reading and understanding the questions, narrowing down the choices and recognizing wrong answers—all very quickly.

Understandably, it can be overwhelming for teens to know where to begin with SAT or ACT exam prep. If your teen needs help, call Huntington. We help thousands of students every summer prepare for the SAT and ACT, and we know both exams very well. Our highly trained teachers will work with your teen to understand his or her strengths and weaknesses and develop an individualized test prep program to master the skills needed to raise his or her scores.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Great Summer Reading Programs One of the best and simplest ways to prevent your child's reading proficiency levels from declining this summer is to establish a daily reading habit.

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Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:31:03 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-great-online-summer-reading-programs https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-great-online-summer-reading-programs Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Great Summer Reading Programs

One of the best and simplest ways to prevent your child’s reading proficiency levels from declining this summer is to establish a daily reading habit. And with the relaxed pace of summer, your child might be happy to hear that he or she is free to choose whatever books sound the most interesting—a welcome change from the school year, which is undoubtedly busy with required school reading.

Want to give your child a nudge in the right direction? Why not enroll him or her in a summer reading program? Summer reading programs offer a fun way for children to keep track of their reading and rewards for completing reading milestones. Huntington Learning Centers offer a summer reading program to all of their students in grades K through twelve. Your local library or bookstore may have a reading program, and there are also a number of excellent online options as well.

Here are a few online summer reading programs for you to explore:

Scholastic’s Summer Challenge ∙ The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge runs May 7 to September 7, 2018. Once you register your child, you will receive book lists, activities and tips and your child can earn weekly virtual badges and free book excerpts for meeting certain milestones. The program also features a sweepstakes with a range of prizes. www.scholastic.com/summer

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading ∙ Barnes & Noble provides a reading journal in which your child records the books he or she reads and a little about the book. The program runs from May 15, 2018 to September 3, 2018. After finishing eight books, a child can bring the reading journal into a Barnes & Noble store and redeem it for a free book. www.barnesandnoble.com/summerreading

Pizza Hut Book It Summer Program ∙ Pizza Hut’s summer reading program (called Spark Your Greatness) asks children to read books and record them on the program website. Participants are then entered into a sweepstakes for prizes. In addition, the program has activity calendars and games. www.bookitprogram.com/summer

Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program Half Price Books—the independent new and used bookstore chain in 16 states—has a summer program in which children ages 14 and under are challenged to read for 15 minutes a day in June and July. Once they reach 300 minutes, they can turn in their completed reading log to earn $5 in “bookworm bucks,” redeemable in the Half Price Books marketplace. Top reader awards are given out each month, too. www.hpb.com/fyb

Huntington Learning Centers across the country offer a reading adventure program during the summer months, which encourages students to keep reading.  Reading Adventure runs from May to August and is open to students in all grades who are currently enrolled in a Huntington program. Students choose books from Huntington’s pre-selected book lists, which offer a variety of high-interest choices by grade level and reading ability. Each student receives a reading “passport” in which to record books as completed and make a few notes of what he or she learned and enjoyed about each book.

A summer reading program is a great way to incentivize your child to stick with reading all summer long. These programs all strive to make reading enjoyable, reward progress and encourage children to commit to reading as a hobby of choice. The summer is upon us—get started now, and help your child start off on the right foot for a fun-filled summer of learning and exploration.  

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About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams. Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards. Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible. Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

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How to Help Teens Be Successful Students There’s no doubt that success in school requires that students work hard, put forth significant effort, and of course, reach out for help from teachers and parents when they need it. But the best students embrace several other habits and strategies. Here are some of the most important ones that parents can suggest that their teens follow:

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Mon, 02 Jul 2018 10:14:19 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-help-teens-be-successful-students https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-help-teens-be-successful-students Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington There’s no doubt that success in school requires that students work hard, put forth significant effort, and of course, reach out for help from teachers and parents when they need it. But the best students embrace several other habits and strategies. Here are some of the most important ones that parents can suggest that their teens follow:

Setting goals and making plans – Teens who think about their futures and set academic and career goals for themselves will always be more successful than their wandering counterparts. Parents can talk with their teens about where they want to take their lives and how they can start taking steps in the right direction now. They should also encourage them to welcome big challenges with confidence.

Getting involved – Few teens want school work to be the only thing they have going on in life. Extracurricular activities like sports, music or clubs are important for teens’ mental and social development. Such endeavors allow teens to develop passions and strengthen their connections to school and give them opportunities to form relationships with other students. All of these things have been shown to support academic achievement while having many other benefits.

Speaking up in class – There’s a reason many teachers incentivize teens with participation points that contribute to the overall class grade. Being engaged in class is the simplest form of active learning and helps students retain material more effectively, recognize areas of confusion quicker and take ownership of their educational experience.

Adopting good life habits – Parents should never underestimate the importance that daily practices can have on their teens’ lives. A healthy breakfast before school has long been linked to improved concentration. Sufficient sleep helps teens get through their busy days and stay focused at school and in the evenings when they need to do homework. A consistent home routine minimizes anxiety and helps teens feel more in control.

Planning the study routine – Studying is essential in high school, but so is planning out those study sessions for maximum learning. Teens who lay out a plan for each study session make better use of their time and are better able to keep up with school work than those who approach homework time haphazardly and without any advanced planning. Done correctly, that planning process should involve setting goals for each study session and prioritizing homework to be completed.

Helping your teen develop these kinds of behaviors as students will lay the groundwork for life success as well. Just as important, it will help him or her start off on the right foot at college. Make a few small changes and see what they do for your teen’s school attitude and academic well-being. As you implement other adjustments, you’ll begin to notice the additional benefits and positive impact on your student.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Does Your Child Need Summer Math Tutoring? While summer is typically a time for children to relax and enjoy time off from all-day learning, it's a good idea to take charge of your child's skills during this period.

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Fri, 01 Jun 2018 17:22:41 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/does-your-child-need-summer-math-tutoring https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/does-your-child-need-summer-math-tutoring Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Does Your Child Need Summer Math Tutoring?

While summer is typically a time for children to relax and enjoy time off from all-day learning, it’s a good idea to take charge of your child’s skills during this period. Summer can be a great time for students to brush up on their math skills, or catch up if there were concepts they didn’t quite grasp during the school year. If your child didn't understand what was being taught, didn't pay attention during math class, or simply wants to get ready for the next school year, summer math tutoring is available to help your child maintain his or her knowledge or get back on track.

Summer math tutoring and home math exercises can prepare your student for the next grade and create a foundation for future success. Some summer math exercises and activities you can play with your child can be found in the U.S. Department of Education's in-depth PDF called Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, "Our increasingly technological world demands strong skills in mathematics, not only in the workforce but also in everyday life, and these demands will only increase over the lifetimes of our children."

This is just one reason why it's important to meet your child's math study needs during the summer.

How do you know if your child needs something more than your attention, the extra time summer offers, and mathematical exercises similar to those in the PDF linked to above? How do you know, for instance, if your child needs extra help like summer math tutoring?

To help answer these questions, below we provide the top reasons why parents enroll their child in math tutoring courses during the summer.

Your child can benefit from summer math tutoring if:

  • Your child has trouble paying attention in school. With friends sitting behind, in front of, and next to your child in math class, it can be difficult for your child to pay attention and learn all of the necessary material. Summer tutoring courses do not have distractions like this and allow your student to give 100% of his or her attention to the math material and designated tutor.
  • Your child has a form of dyscalculia. If your child struggles with a math disability (also known as dyscalculia), enrolling him or her in a summer tutoring class can help your child understand math-related concepts in new ways. Having your child exposed to school teaching and tutoring diversifies your child's learning strategy and may help him or her understand math better.
  • Your child received a C grade or lower. A "C" grade indicates your child did not score well on tests and assignments, which means he or she does not understand the course material. Mathematics is a foundational practice; therefore, one concept needs to be understood before learning another. It's important for your child to understand course material better than a "C" grade indicates.
  • Your child wants to prepare for the future. Your child may understand the material in this year's math course, but it is not guaranteed that he or she will understand the material in next year's course. For this reason, children and their teachers depend on summer math tutoring for future preparation.

If any of these circumstances relate to your child, find a Huntington Learning Center near you today. We offer summer math courses taught by qualified math tutors at hundreds of locations nationwide.

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How to Recognize When Your Student is Struggling with a School Subject It’s perfectly normal for a student to have difficulties from time to time with one or more subjects in school. And as Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center says, “Many students who did fine with basic reading, writing and math may experience problems as subjects become more complex.” How can you recognize the warning signs before your student brings home a poor report card or becomes totally discouraged? Huntington offers several red flags to watch for in subjects such as math or science:

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Fri, 11 May 2018 12:11:35 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-recognize-when-your-student-is-struggling-with-a-school-subject https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-recognize-when-your-student-is-struggling-with-a-school-subject Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center It’s perfectly normal for a student to have difficulties from time to time with one or more subjects in school. And as Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center says, “Many students who did fine with basic reading, writing and math may experience problems as subjects become more complex.” How can you recognize the warning signs before your student brings home a poor report card or becomes totally discouraged? Huntington offers several red flags to watch for in subjects such as math or science:

  • Your student typically receives good grades, and you’re seeing a sudden dip in one subject in particular—or more than one.
  • Your student seems to struggle to gain traction on homework, or gets stuck easily.
  • Your student has questions about areas covered in class that he or she did not understand—but he or she can’t seem to help him or herself through notes or the textbook.
  • Your student continues to miss the same problem types over and over in math and/or science.
  • Your student continually gets stuck on one part of a problem and struggles to move past it to complete the problem.
  • Word problems are difficult for your student because he or she can’t separate the important and irrelevant information.
  • Math is becoming increasingly difficult for your student to do independently because he or she struggles to understand the directions.
  • Multi-step math problems are difficult for your student.
  • Your student’s homework is sloppy or unreadable.
  • Your student struggles to interpret data provided for problem solving.
  • Despite genuine effort, your student’s grade in a certain difficult subject is suffering.

Huntington Learning Center offers subject tutoring for students in middle school and high school. “We offer one-to-one tutoring in all math and science classes and in other subjects,” Huntington says.  “We work with students who want to improve a grade, those who are struggling to do homework and everyone in between,” And though many students seek help once they begin falling behind, others may be less forthright with their struggles, Huntington reminds parents. “The obvious red flags are poor grades and elevated frustration at homework time, but if you suspect that your student is lost in class and could use individualized help, it’s never too late to get started.” Contact the Huntington Learning Center at 1 800 CAN LEARN to discuss your student’s needs.

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Teaching Your Child to Embrace a Positive Attitude About School If your child has experienced any difficulty in school, then you likely know well the challenge of keeping things positive amid poor grades and dwindling self-esteem. School has any number of anxieties, even for the student who sails through classes seemingly with ease. However, for the student who frequently comes upon academic road blocks, the school experience can instigate negativity, fear and other problems.

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Fri, 11 May 2018 12:21:37 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-teach-your-child-to-embrace-a-positive-attitude-about-school https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-teach-your-child-to-embrace-a-positive-attitude-about-school Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center If your child has experienced any difficulty in school, then you likely know well the challenge of keeping things positive amid poor grades and dwindling self-esteem. School has any number of anxieties, even for the student who sails through classes seemingly with ease. However, for the student who frequently comes upon academic road blocks, the school experience can instigate negativity, fear and other problems.

The power of positive thinking is undeniable, and learning to embrace optimism can have an enormous impact on your child’s emotional and physical well-being. Here are several ways parents can encourage their child to adopt a positive attitude about school, even when it isn’t all easy.

Take notice of your child’s achievements and strengths. If your child is struggling in one subject, he or she may feel badly about school overall—and that negativity can quickly build upon itself. Make sure you take note of the small successes, such as an improved grade or a sincere effort on studying for a test. Point out traits that you admire or respect in your child, not just those you wish he or she would change.

Teach your child that failure is a part of learning. Your child needs to know that everyone messes up sometimes, and doing so yields valuable lessons. Let your child know that you support him or her no matter what, and that you are there to help him or her when things are difficult. Also remind your child that mistakes are an opportunity to learn and apply that new knowledge in future situations.

Help your child keep things in perspective. It is easy for a child who is struggling with one or more subjects to feel badly about him or herself. However, don’t let your child blow problems out of proportion. An issue he or she is dealing with today may be solved a year from now. A poor test score—or even a slew of them in a row—is not going to ruin your child’s life, and together, you can stop small problems from growing into big ones.

Look forward, not backward. If your child brings home a poor report card or grade, it’s natural for you to want to dissect what happened—and even to point the finger at your child’s failures. Did your child not study enough? Is he or she not paying attention in class?  While reflection is productive, dwelling on mistakes is not. In such a situation, have an open conversation with your child about how to move forward and develop an action plan to overcome problems.

Teach your child to problem solve. Nobody lives a problem-free life. Your child will be happier and more independent if he or she knows how to address and solve problems effectively.  Give your child the opportunity to make decisions at home. Encourage him or her to ask questions and be curious, as thinking critically is one of the components of good problem-solving ability. Teach him or her that sometimes, one’s first attempt at solving a problem isn’t successful. Good problem-solvers keep trying new solutions until they find one that works.  

Optimistic thinking can make all the difference in a child’s school experience, giving him or her the energy and courage to face school problems head on. Have a positive attitude about school problems, and encourage your child to do the same. With confidence and a can-do demeanor, your child will be able to overcome any issue he or she encounters in school—and life.

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Tips for Helping Your Teen Explore Career Options Parents often have ideas of what types of careers their children should consider once they approach college, but they are, of course, quite biased. Although adults have a lifetime of experience to draw from, they really only know their own career journey well. Parents’ intentions might be good when they suggest possible college majors and career paths, but it’s more important that they put their teens in the driver’s seat and guide them from the sidelines.

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Tue, 15 May 2018 14:05:19 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-for-helping-your-teen-explore-career-options https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-for-helping-your-teen-explore-career-options Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Parents often have ideas of what types of careers their children should consider once they approach college, but they are, of course, quite biased. Although adults have a lifetime of experience to draw from, they really only know their own career journey well. Parents’ intentions might be good when they suggest possible college majors and career paths, but it’s more important that they put their teens in the driver’s seat and guide them from the sidelines.

“Understandably, parents want to compel their teens to get serious about their futures as early in high school as possible, but this can be overwhelming and counterproductive for students,” says Eileen Huntington, CEO and Co-Founder of Huntington Learning Center. So, what’s the best way to help teens explore the possibilities and discover the best career for them? Huntington offers these tips:

Ask more than just, “What do you want to do?” Sure, some teens have known what they want to do from the time they were in third grade, but for those who haven’t discovered that yet, it’s fruitless and frustrating to be asked the question over and over—they simply don’t know yet. Instead, parents should ask their teens about school and extracurricular experiences that make feel fulfilled and productive. Try questions like, What subjects are you best at? In school and life, when do you feel most successful? and Are there any jobs you’ve heard of that sound interesting to you?

Springboard from the strengths. While teens might recognize that they are skilled at science and math, they might not understand what careers would suit their strengths. This is where a career assessment might be useful, and the school guidance counselor might have recommendations—or parents can search online for options like ACT Profile, a college and career planning platform that helps students identify majors and occupations that might fit their interests and abilities. The College Board’s Big Future Major and Career Search tool is also a great resource for teens who know what they’re good at but aren’t sure what careers best highlight those assets.

Encourage them to talk to real-world professionals. Sure, an internship in college is a great way to get hands-on experience in a field, but high school is a good time to figure out what career options appeal. Teens who are interested in medicine might spend time volunteering in a hospital or talking with a physician in private practice. Those convinced that acting is their calling can reach out to a local theater company and ask to talk to some of the people who work there about their experience. Parents can encourage their teens to check out job shadowing (and similar) opportunities through their guidance counseling offices, or proactively set up conversations and experiences on their own.

 

Nudge them to get involved. Sports are an obvious extracurricular activity in high school, but teens should look beyond athletics for ways to get to know themselves. Many clubs and organizations lend members insights into different academic pursuits and careers. Look for clubs focused on math, science, entrepreneurship, journalism, foreign languages, debate, business, public speaking and art, to name a few possibilities. The hands-on nature of clubs fosters professional development while building responsibility and encouraging teens to think about their life purpose and future.

Huntington reminds parents that most people’s careers are not a straight, narrow path. “While parents want their teens to make the very most of the college investment, the real value in this process is that teens learn to assess their strengths and navigate their careers,” she says. “It’s never too early to begin thinking about one’s career plan, but life is a journey. Teens should explore opportunities, continually evaluate their strong suits, and keep an open mind as they move through their lives.”

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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7 Note-Taking Strategies for High School Students A lot changes when students transition into high school and one skill that becomes more important than ever is that of note-taking. “In high school, students are expected to become proficient note-takers, and those notes will become essential study tools that they use to review material for quizzes and tests,” says Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “Note-taking should augment student learning and help students recall difficult concepts more easily and remember what teachers teach. Our goal when working with students is to share some of the basics that will help them retain what they learn and study smarter.”

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Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:47:11 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/note-taking-strategies-for-high-school-students https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/note-taking-strategies-for-high-school-students Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center

A lot changes when students transition into high school and one skill that becomes more important than ever is that of note-taking. “In high school, students are expected to become proficient note-takers, and those notes will become essential study tools that they use to review material for quizzes and tests,” says Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “Note-taking should augment student learning and help students recall difficult concepts more easily and remember what teachers teach. Our goal when working with students is to share some of the basics that will help them retain what they learn and study smarter.”

Huntington shares these seven strategies for effective note-taking with parents and their teens:

  1. Record meaningful facts. The goal of note-taking should be to summarize the most important parts of what a teacher shares during a lecture: dates, names, places, formulas or anything else that is emphasized. It’s good to write lots of notes, but teens should focus on recording points that seem important, recurring themes or other details that are critical to their overall understanding.
  2. Group ideas. Lots of “raw” notes may not make studying any easier for a student. It’s a good idea to leave space on the left- or right-hand side of the notebook for condensing and recapping concepts. During class or afterward, teens can write down any main ideas on the side of their notes, or at a minimum, subtitles of what was discussed.
  3. Think quality over quantity. New high school students tend to think good note-taking means recording everything the teacher says. It’s a common challenge for students: focusing so intently on taking notes that they forget to listen and process information enough to be thoughtful about what they record in their notebooks. Big picture: notes should concentrate on what the teacher wants the class to know. That may very well mean teens’ pencils aren’t moving the entire class period, and that’s perfectly fine.
  4. Follow along in the book if appropriate. When the teacher focuses on a particular chapter or topic, it can be helpful later on to have page numbers to refer to for clarification or more information. Teens should ask at the beginning of the period if the teacher is referencing textbook material.
  5. Date and title notes. It’s a minor thing that can make a huge difference: labeling notes will prove helpful when it comes time to study for a test. Teens should always put the date, class name and topic(s) discussed at the top of their notes.
  6. Highlight the clues. Teachers usually point out information that students need to know and it is a smart idea to call out these cues in notes. Teens should listen for phrases like the most important part, for example, in summary, as a review and the only exception to this is. These should trigger careful note-taking and teens should notate these important points with an asterisk or other symbol.
  7. Say it another way. One of the most important parts of note-taking is not the note-taking itself—it’s the reflection process. Teens should write down complex points in their own words so they are easier to understand later. This helps information “click” and reinforces long-term retention.

Huntington reminds parents that taking notes is not a natural skill—it must be taught and practiced. “Organized students tend to take cleaner notes, of course, but note-taking is meant to solidify knowledge and make studying easier and more effective, and that doesn’t come easily to many students,” she says. Huntington helps students develop their study skills, including their note-taking abilities. For more information, contact Huntington Learning Center at 1-800-CAN-LEARN.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams. Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards. Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible. Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Huntington Learning Center Kicks Off 2018 Summer Reading Adventure Program The Huntington Learning Center is launching its annual summer reading program this week, called Reading Adventure. Reading Adventure runs May to August and is open to students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students choose books from Huntington’s pre-selected book lists, which offer a variety of high-interest choices by grade level and reading ability. Each student receives a reading “passport” in which to record books as completed and make a few notes of what he or she learned and enjoyed about each book.

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Tue, 15 May 2018 13:58:03 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/summer-reading-adventure-program-2018 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/summer-reading-adventure-program-2018 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The Huntington Learning Center is launching its annual summer reading program this week, called Reading Adventure. Reading Adventure runs May to August and is open to students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students choose books from Huntington’s pre-selected book lists, which offer a variety of high-interest choices by grade level and reading ability. Each student receives a reading “passport” in which to record books as completed and make a few notes of what he or she learned and enjoyed about each book.

Eileen Huntington, CEO and Co-Founder of Huntington Learning Center says that summer reading is one of the simplest, most effective ways to keep students learning over summer. “Regression is a common problem over summer break, but we find that a regular reading habit can help prevent students from sliding backward,” she says. “Best of all, this is a great time for children to read what they want to read for the pure enjoyment of it. Our reading lists include many popular titles that are perfect for students of all reading ability.”

Reading Adventure is intended to get children excited to read over summer, but Huntington offers several other suggestions to make literacy a priority during the break:

  • Go to the library regularly. While there, be sure to explore summer reading activities, book clubs and other opportunities to get involved.
  • Choose a family book that you can all read together.
  • Celebrate milestones—a pizza night or ice cream outing for every three books read, for example.
  • Make reading a family affair, spending 30 minutes each night reading on the patio together.
  • Check out books on CD from the library for your summer road trip.
  • Read the newspaper together each morning.
  • Read a few books-turned-movies together, then plan a night to watch the movie versions (think the Harry Potter or The Lightning Thief series, for example).
  • Try books related to your child’s hobbies, such as autobiographies on favorite sports icons or handbooks or guides for the avid gamer.

To learn more about the Huntington Reading Adventure program, contact Huntington at 1-800-CAN-LEARN or visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Tips to Help Children Become Better Writers Writing is one of the most important skills a child will acquire as a student—and also one of the most difficult to master.

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Fri, 04 May 2018 16:50:52 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-to-help-children-become-better-writers https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-to-help-children-become-better-writers Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center

Writing is one of the most important skills a child will acquire as a student—and also one of the most difficult to master. Why? Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center explains that writing involves a combination of skills. “Good writers are also good readers and have strong critical thinking and analytical skills, not to mention reading comprehension skills,” Huntington says. “It is something that takes lots of practice, which can be a challenge when children struggle with any of the underlying building blocks.”

Luckily, Huntington says there are a number of ways students can build their writing skills from the ground up. Here are a few tips to help students develop and improve their writing skills:

Read more. Many teachers say that the best way to become a better writer is to read more and read widely. There are many reasons for this: reading helps children expand their vocabulary, understand the many different uses of language and methods of storytelling or informative writing, and see grammar rules in action. It helps them appreciate the concept of voice in fiction and develop an understanding of how to share information in a clear, coherent, succinct way in nonfiction.

Brainstorm first. Strong writers often invest as much into the preparation required to write as the writing itself. For an essay or other writing assignment, your child should become adept at the brainstorming process. If given a specific topic, your child’s job is easier, but if not, encourage him or her to think through an approach to the topic before writing. Your child should ask questions such as: What is most interesting about this subject? Who am I speaking to? What facts about this topic might people not already know?

Get organized before writing. When writing anything from a two-page book report to a 15-page research paper to an opinion essay, an outline is a must. This helps writers organize their ideas and present them in the most logical, compelling way. Encourage your child to refer back to their brainstorming notes and come up with the “big idea” of what they’re writing and main three or four points, then confirm that they are answering the questions being asked of them (in an assignment). Even a loose outline will help your child write more clearly and stay on topic when working from a writing prompt or assignment.

Become a better editor. Strong writers know that no article, essay or story comes out perfect the first time. Teach your child to think of writing as a process that involves writing, editing, improving (and repeating if needed). After your child writes a draft, he or she should set it aside, then read with fresh eyes no sooner than a few hours later. At this point, your child should mark up the written piece for grammar and spelling mistakes as well as any areas that are unclear, do not follow the outline, do not make sense or could make his or her points stronger. It can be helpful for you to read your child’s work as well.

Write for fun. For many children, the mechanics of writing make it a frustrating subject—not to mention the fact that so much of what they write is required for school. Encourage your child to keep a journal, or even make it something you do together each evening. A daily journaling habit has numerous benefits for a child’s emotional well-being and stress level, but it is also a great way to think critically through ideas and express opinions and feelings in writing. Writing letters to a friend, grandparent or other family member is another valuable and fun activity.

Like any subject, writing is one where practice makes better. The more your child writes, the more he or she will improve—and perhaps even enjoy it. “Writing well involves using vivid language, organizing one’s thoughts and using good grammar and spelling,” says Last Name. “These are all things students can improve by reading frequently and seeking guidance from their teachers—and of course through plenty of repetition.”

If your child needs help building the skills that writing requires or would simply like some guidance on how to become a better writer, call Huntington Learning Center at 1-800-CAN-LEARN or visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader.  Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

©2016 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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6 Tips to Help Children Strengthen Their Writing Skills In today’s competitive school environment, it’s critical that students know how to write effectively. Especially as children approach the higher grades, it is expected that they are not just capable writers, but that they are also able to research and gather evidence, communicate their thoughts and ideas in writing, and make connections between what they read and write.

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Fri, 27 Apr 2018 11:48:37 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/6-tips-to-help-children-strengthen-their-writing-skills https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/6-tips-to-help-children-strengthen-their-writing-skills Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center In today’s competitive school environment, it’s critical that students know how to write effectively. Especially as children approach the higher grades, it is expected that they are not just capable writers, but that they are also able to research and gather evidence, communicate their thoughts and ideas in writing, and make connections between what they read and write.

As children move through school, how can parents help them strengthen those all-important writing skills? Below are some effective writing tips for your children:

  1. Emphasize good organization. Whether children follow a loose or detailed outline, it’s wise to at least make sure an essay or story follows a logical flow from introduction to making its main points to drawing a conclusion. Children who follow a basic structure when writing essays and other assignments will find that their finished products are more cohesive and clear.
  2. Encourage children to break up ideas appropriately. Long, drawn-out paragraphs make for difficult reading. Children can organize their thoughts by breaking ideas into separate paragraphs. Each paragraph needs to have a focus, and when it’s time to venture into a different idea, it’s time for a new paragraph. Before starting a new paragraph, children should include a transition sentence to bridge ideas together.
  3. Teach them how to edit. Every writer will agree that editing is a vital step in the writing process. Children must review each and every sentence they write with a critical eye to identify wordy places and unclear messaging. This involves more than simply replacing a few words here or there. A good edit takes a piece from weak to strong and tightens every sentence so it is meaningful and easy to understand.
  4. Talk about sentence and word variety. Nothing makes a piece of writing more lackluster than using too many sentences with the same structure and length. When writing, children should try to use different sentence starters (as opposed to beginning every sentence with The or It). It’s also a good idea to mix in simple sentences with longer, more complex sentences.
  5. Stress the importance of the final review. Fresh eyes can do wonders for the editing process. Children should make it their practice to write first drafts, set them aside, then return to them for a thorough read-through. The final review needs to include checking for spelling and grammatical errors, and children can ask themselves questions while reviewing like:
    • Does this piece make sense?
    • Is the flow logical?
    • Did I follow the directions?
    • Can another reader easily grasp what I’m trying to articulate/communicate?
  6. Discuss active vs. passive voice. Strong writing uses active voice, wherein the subject of a sentence performs the action (The car hit the tree). Passive voice, on the other hand, is when the subject of the sentence is acted upon (The tree was hit by the car). Passive voice is harder to understand, as the sentences do not flow as easily. It’s best for maturing writers to avoid these types of sentences.

Writing skills are essential in school, and the more parents can do now to help their children improve them, the better off their children will be by the time they get to college. When writing is a source of struggle for a child, Huntington can help. Call 1 800 CAN LEARN to learn more about the Huntington program and how we help children become stronger, more confident writers.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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What Parents Need to Know About AP Classes If you’re the parent of a high school student planning to go to college, you’ve probably heard about Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams. But what do you need to know about these classes other than they will help your teen stand out to colleges and universities and might allow them to earn college credits? Here are the essentials for parents:

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:37:43 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/what-parents-need-to-know-about-ap-classes https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/what-parents-need-to-know-about-ap-classes Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington If you’re the parent of a high school student planning to go to college, you’ve probably heard about Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams. But what do you need to know about these classes other than they will help your teen stand out to colleges and universities and might allow them to earn college credits? Here are the essentials for parents:

There are seven categories of AP exams. Students can take AP classes/exams in the following areas: AP Capstone (two available), Arts (five available), English (two available), History & Social Science (nine available), Math & Computer Science (five available), Sciences (seven available), and World Languages & Cultures (eight available).

AP scores are a measure of students’ achievement in college-level AP courses. While an AP score shows how well a student performed on an AP exam, it is also a measure of the student’s success in the corresponding class. In other words, a higher score on the AP Biology exam tells colleges that your teen has a good grasp of the subject matter in that class.

One major benefit: college credit. When your teen takes an AP course and scores well on the related AP exam, he or she can earn college credit. The College Board scores these exams on a 5-point scale: 5 (extremely well qualified), 4 (well qualified), 3 (qualified), 2 (possibly qualified), and 1 (no recommendation). Many colleges grant course credits for scores of 3, 4 and 5. This means savings on college tuition.

AP helps students get ahead. All college majors require students to take general education classes like math and English. If your teen earns qualifying scores on AP Exams, he or she could avoid having to take some of those introductory classes. Also, if your teen knows what he or she plans to major in at college, taking AP exams in subjects within that major could mean that he or she can skip those and move directly into upper-level classes. This frees up time in your teen’s schedule to pursue a minor, take electives or just graduate quicker.

The 38 AP exams have some elements in common. Every AP exam has its own requirements, but all AP exams are two to three hours long and usually consist of multiple-choice questions and free-response questions (essay, spoken response, or solving a problem). Most exams are given in the first two weeks of May.

AP is also about building skills. AP classes help prepare students for the next phase of their educational journey. The classes are similar to college classes in that students are expected to dig deeper into problem-solving and analysis, get hands-on with the material, dialog and debate ideas, and push themselves. 

Perhaps most important for parents to keep in mind about taking AP classes is that doing so is a great way for your teen to get ready for college. These classes are challenging and teach students skills often taught in college. And if your teen can earn college credit and/or advanced placement by taking the corresponding exams, all the better.

Learn more about AP exams at https://apstudent.collegeboard.org and be sure to check with the colleges to which your teen plans to apply about their policies on AP credits, as every school is different. If you have questions about your high school’s AP class offerings, reach out to the guidance counselor at your school. For more information about how Huntington helps students prepare for the AP exams, call 1 800 CAN LEARN.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018  Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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3 Things Tutors Can Provide For SAT And ACT Prep That Teachers Can't For students about to take the SAT as well as their parents, it can be a point of debate whether or not to find a tutor for test prep. Some think it would be unheard of to take the test without being prepared by a tutor or qualified teacher, while others seem to think it's an expense that can easily be spared as long as you do well in school. In truth, there are many things tutors can do for students they can't do alone or with the help of a teacher.

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:59:52 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/3-things-test-prep-tutors-can-provide-that-teachers-cannot https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/3-things-test-prep-tutors-can-provide-that-teachers-cannot Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center For students about to take the SAT as well as their parents, it can be a point of debate whether or not to find a tutor for test prep. Some think it would be unheard of to take the test without being prepared by a tutor or qualified teacher, while others seem to think it's an expense that can easily be spared as long as you do well in school. In truth, there are many things tutors can do for students they can't do alone or with the help of a teacher.

1.   TUTORS CAN PROVIDE DISCIPLINE

It's true that there are many bright students who may have the capability to prepare themselves for the SAT, but that doesn't mean they have the discipline to do so. It's also not safe to assume that teachers will provide SAT-oriented material. Having an SAT coach means that a student is held accountable for studying specified portions of material, and therefore, it gives the student the discipline needed to do so. There's no doubting that the right amount of studying will improve a test score, but some students need the incentive to actually study. 

2.  TUTORS CAN PROVIDE SPECIALIZED HELP

Many students do extremely well in certain subjects but not-so-well in others. For example, some students are proficient in math and science courses, but struggle with writing. If this is the case, it can be helpful to find a tutor who specializes in a certain subject. You can't get all the help you need just from sitting in class, because lesson plans are designed to accommodate everyone. When you find a tutor, you can sit down and explain exactly what you're having trouble with. Specialized help is one of the biggest benefits of hiring a tutor or coach.

3.  TUTORS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE EXPECTATIONS OF COLLEGES

The benefit of having SAT tutors is that they're familiar with what colleges expect of their applicants. Together, a student and tutor can reach goals that are both attainable and specific to the program that the student is applying to, making it more likely they will get into their top choices and excel in their programs.

Get started with finding a tutor or learn more about Huntington’s SAT prep programs and how they can help you reach your SAT goals.

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Help! 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Between Math Programs If your child is struggling in school it is natural to search for a math tutoring program that can provide the assistance needed before gaps grow too wide and misunderstanding snowballs out of control. Watching your child struggle with learning math is hard and finding the perfect program can raise a child’s understanding and boost confidence. A carefully designed program will work to fill in gaps in your child’s learning and build on established strengths. You want to choose a program that carefully evaluates your child’s math skills, is aligned with adopted standards, personalizes instruction to the individual child’s needs, and provides ongoing feedback.

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Fri, 30 Mar 2018 14:41:01 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5-questions-to-ask-when-choosing-between-math-programs https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5-questions-to-ask-when-choosing-between-math-programs Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center If your child is struggling in school it is natural to search for a math tutoring program that can provide the assistance needed before gaps grow too wide and misunderstanding snowballs out of control. Watching your child struggle with learning math is hard and finding the perfect program can raise a child’s understanding and boost confidence. A carefully designed program will work to fill in gaps in your child’s learning and build on established strengths. You want to choose a program that carefully evaluates your child’s math skills, is aligned with adopted standards, personalizes instruction to the individual child’s needs, and provides ongoing feedback.

As you research programs that provide math help it is important to ask questions. Make sure you find the answers to these helpful questions:

  1. What format is the math tutoring program? There are a variety of different formats for programs that provide math help. You can choose a program that is housed in a tutoring center and offers help sessions on a regularly scheduled basis. There are programs available online that provide an interactive, self-directed learning model and are available at any time. You may find that a textbook curriculum is a good fit for your child and can choose a program that utilizes individual instruction in your home by a parent or other adult. As a parent you will know which format is the best for your child and can evaluate how your family’s schedule and work habits will impact the choice you make.
  2. How is my child evaluated? Since no two children are alike, a program designed to provide math help must carefully evaluate the student’s ability before prioritizing necessary skills. This evaluation should be thorough and based on learning standards to identify areas of strength and need. Evaluation also shouldn’t end with the onset of instruction. The program should employ evaluation methods throughout the instructional time, or even school year, to monitor progress and check for understanding. This ongoing evaluation will provide valuable information on how your child progresses at learning math.
  3. What is the curriculum aligned with? A child’s evaluation results are crucial when determining programming and instruction but ensuring that it is aligned with age based or developmental standards is just as important. A program can be aligned with a variety of standards including state and local standards, national Common Core State Standards, developmental standards, or a scope and sequence that carefully spirals instruction and skills. Carefully planned instruction, aligned with a set of standards or as part of a scope and sequence, will help to prevent gaps in your child’s understanding.  
  4. Is the program personalized? Once the evaluation is complete and your child’s strengths and weaknesses are aligned with age based or developmental learning standards, instruction can begin. This instruction should be personalized to the child’s determined needs and built on established strengths. This personalization targets your child’s individual needs and prevents further gaps in your child’s math achievement. An effective program will also employ instructional strategies and activities based on your child’s interests. Research proves that learning is most effective when it is engaging, interactive, and based upon what a child is interested in.
  5. What type of feedback will I receive? As the math instruction continues it is important that you receive feedback on your child’s progress. This feedback will provide you with information that you need on your child’s developing skills, continued areas of need, and the effectiveness of the program. Evaluation data and progress reports will paint a picture of your child’s work in the program.

What insights have you discovered in your search for an effective math help program? What characteristics in a math tutoring program are most important to you?

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Five Tips to Motivate Children with ADHD For parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it can be very challenging to figure out exactly what motivates their students to study and complete homework. CEO & Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that parents should help their children get to know themselves as students and embrace techniques that work for them. “While parents will find it difficult, if not impossible, to change their children’s behavior, modifications to their study habits and learning environment are far more likely to be helpful,” says Huntington. To motivate children to strive toward academic success, she suggests these five tips:

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018 09:42:37 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5-tips-to-motivate-children-with-adhd https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5-tips-to-motivate-children-with-adhd Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center For parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it can be very challenging to figure out exactly what motivates their students to study and complete homework. CEO & Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that parents should help their children get to know themselves as students and embrace techniques that work for them. “While parents will find it difficult, if not impossible, to change their children’s behavior, modifications to their study habits and learning environment are far more likely to be helpful,” says Huntington. To motivate children to strive toward academic success, she suggests these five tips:

  1. Establish good organizational habits. Nothing will hamper an ADHD child’s ability to succeed like weak organizational skills. At a minimum, children must maintain an orderly desk and backpack and create a reliable system for keeping track of papers and making sure they hand in all work. Parents should keep an eye on their children’s organizational skills and work with them to make adjustments whenever needed.
  2. Follow a schedule. Time management can be hard for the ADHD student. A student planner with all test and project due dates is a must, but more important are the habits of using such a tool. Parents should help their children get used to estimating how long tasks will take and planning their time accordingly. They should also teach their children to pull out the planner at the beginning and ending of every class and record all assignments, due dates and other reminders.
  3. Write it down. Whether an ADHD student has a smartphone or a paper planner, it’s critical that he or she gets into the habit of writing down important things the moment the student hears them. Parents can teach their children to keep a pad of sticky notes on them at all times, make good use of the reminder function on their phone or use some other method. Having a master to-do list (in addition to a more structured schedule in the day planner) is a good starting point when students set out to create a daily action plan.
  4. Break tasks down. Learning to prioritize homework can be difficult for ADHD students. It’s best to divide longer, harder assignments into smaller steps that students can assign themselves and check off one at a time. This type of approach gives students manageable to-dos, which discourages procrastination and is less daunting.
  5. Adopt the right study habits. Parents must help their children recognize the way they study and learn best and stick to those habits. It’s important to remember that an ADHD student’s preferred study methods are likely different than those of his or her parents. This is fine and to be expected. The point is that children need to do what is most effective for them. ADHD students with strong impulsive/hyperactive tendencies might work best when pacing or sitting on a balance ball. Those with mainly inattentive type ADHD likely focus best in a distraction-free room. It’s wise to test out different approaches and pay attention to what does and doesn’t work.

It can be a challenge to find ways to successfully motivate children with ADHD, but Huntington reminds parents that establishing good routines is key. “It takes practice for children with ADHD to stay on top of established habits, but with diligence, these students will be successful,” she says. “With each small accomplishment, they feel good about what they have achieved and motivated to sustain those positive feelings.”

If you are the parent of an ADHD child who needs help motivating to do his or her best work in school or is otherwise struggling, call Huntington at 1 800 CAN-LEARN.  

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc. SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc. These entities were not involved in the production of and do not endorse either program.

 

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2 Step-By-Step Guides To Improve Odds And Score Higher Is it possible to be a top student and a terrible test-taker? Many parents and caregivers would answer a resounding "yes" when speaking of their own children. And they may be especially worried in the springtime, when many schools use test results to determine which students will graduate and move on to the next grade. But with careful preparation and strong test-taking skills, all students can take positive steps to improve their test scores. Here are some tips:

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Wed, 28 Mar 2018 13:32:07 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/step-by-step-guides-on-improving-test-scores https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/step-by-step-guides-on-improving-test-scores Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington Is it possible to be a top student and a terrible test-taker? Many parents and caregivers would answer a resounding "yes" when speaking of their own children. And they may be especially worried in the springtime, when many schools use test results to determine which students will graduate and move on to the next grade. But with careful test prep and strong test-taking skills, all students can take positive steps to improve their test scores. Here are some tips:

GET PREPARED

Step One: Find out in advance about what's going to be tested. The guidance office of your child's school should be able to give you details about state and district "standards" for subject matter knowledge that will be tested in these exams. Reviewing these standards will give you a good idea of the test content, and which skills and knowledge areas should be strengthened before taking the exams. You can also find out more about the standards and tests at the Department of Education Web site for your state.

Step Two: Talk with teachers. Chances are, your children's teachers are already focusing instruction to ensure their students are prepared for these tests. Talking with teachers is another good way to determine how your child is performing on tests results, multiple choice, and grade-level material that's relevant to the tests.

Step Three: When reading, think about the 5 "W"s. Reading comprehension skills are vital for academic success and for higher test scores. Students can strengthen these skills by quizzing themselves with questions about "Who, What, Where, Why and When" as they work through reading passages on the tests, and on homework and classroom reading assignments as well. Who is the passage about? What is happening and why is it important? Where is it taking place? Why is this important, and when is it happening?

Step Four: Become a better writer. Writing skills are also key to success on most statewide tests - and for new versions of the SAT and ACT as well. Writing two types of journals can strengthen these skills. A schoolwork journal can help students summarize what has been read or studied. Through a personal journal - in which students write about whatever interests them - students can become more adept at articulating ideas and feelings.

Step Five: Get help. For 29 years, Huntington Learning Center educators have provided instruction in reading, writing, mathematics and study skills tailored to each student’s learning needs. Students who turn to Huntington gain an advantage not only for test prep but also for continued academic improvement and growth. If your child is struggling, your local Huntington educators can discuss the best approach for building knowledge, skills and confidence. 

Your child's teacher should also be able to tell you about test prep programs that may be available after school or on weekends to boost test scores. If your child's teacher re commends extra help from a tutor, make sure that you work with individuals and organizations that begin with a diagnostic assessment of your child's skills and knowledge. This will enable a qualified tutor to create a personalized program of instruction.

STRENGTHEN TEST-TAKING SKILLS

Step One: Read the directions carefully. 

Students should pay close attention to the directions, and follow them to the letter. If students don't understand the directions, they should ask the teacher before beginning. 

Step Two: Quickly survey the entire test before beginning. 

This process helps students get a good overall idea of the material that will be tested and helps identify which questions will be easiest to answer. 

Step Three: Answer the easier questions first. 

This will help build up points (and confidence!). While answering the easier questions, your child can be subconsciously finding answers for the difficult questions to come. 

Step Four: When it comes to multiple choice, take a logical path to the right one. 

Students should start by eliminating answers they know are wrong, and then carefully consider the others. If your child isn't sure, he or she should make the best choice, since not answering is usually the equivalent of giving a wrong answer. 

Step Five: Save time for review. 

Students should save a few minutes to review answers and to make sure that all questions have been answered. It's also important to proofread for grammar, spelling and careless mistakes. 

The Final Word: Take a healthy approach. 

Most parents recognize the connection between rest, nutrition and everyday academic performance, but these factors are especially important on the day of a big exam. A good night's sleep and a good breakfast will help your child concentrate. Parents should also try to lessen their children's anxiety about these tests. By planning ahead and getting whatever help might be needed, most students will be more relaxed and confident when their skills are put to the test.

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How To Know It's Time To Look For Reading Tutoring Programs We know reading skills are important, but exactly why should parents be quick to address reading issues the moment they are identified? Don’t all students learn at their own pace? It’s true that every student has his or her academic strengths and weaknesses, and may pick up some skills more quickly than others; however, if your elementary student is reading below grade level or receiving report card marks that indicate under-performance, taking action is imperative.  Ignoring a reading deficiency can set the stage for struggles for the rest of the academic year and beyond.

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Tue, 27 Mar 2018 17:03:03 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-know-when-to-look-for-reading-tutoring-programs https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-know-when-to-look-for-reading-tutoring-programs Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center We know reading skills are important, but exactly why should parents be quick to address reading issues the moment they are identified? Don’t all students learn at their own pace? It’s true that every student has his or her academic strengths and weaknesses, and may pick up some skills more quickly than others; however, if your elementary student is reading below grade level or receiving report card marks that indicate under-performance, taking action is imperative.  Ignoring a reading deficiency can set the stage for struggles for the rest of the academic year and beyond.

When struggling readers become more inclined to avoid reading out of frustration and lack of confidence they will continue to limit their progress. A negative attitude toward reading can snowball into a lifelong aversion to reading, which can put your student at a significant disadvantage. Poor reading skills are likely to impede on an individual’s chances of scoring well on all areas of standardized tests.

In addition, reading skills aren’t confined to the elementary student’s reading lesson, nor will they be once your student enters middle school and high school. Mathematics, science, social studies and history all depend on reading skills like textual analysis and expository writing. The truth is that success in reading translates to greater success in all academic subjects.

So how can you provide your struggling reader with adequate help? Turn to a reading tutor. A reading tutor is the most effective way to successfully address a reader’s weakness in phonetics, fluency and comprehension. A reading tutor can conduct in-depth assessment of a reader’s abilities and provide individualized one-on-one instruction. Plus, at a well-respected tutoring service like The Huntington Learning Center, where our proven strategies have warranted success for over thirty-five years, parents are sure to see results quickly and students will gain new confidence in the classroom.

How do parents know when it’s time to seek the help of a reading tutor?

  1. A reading tutor may be necessary if the reading instruction he or she does receive does not fully address their specific needs.
  2. If your elementary student can read with fluency and accuracy, but does not comprehend what he or she is reading, your student is a struggling reader and could benefit from the help of a reading tutor.
  3. A conversation with your child’s teacher is also an easy way to tell if your student is struggling with reading, as is your student’s sudden disinterest in reading, tendency to read aloud memorized words but skip over sight words, or inability to read fluently from diverse passages.
  4. If you observe your student to be a strong reader at home with grade-level reading abilities but his or her grades don’t fully reflect this, the stress of the classroom environment may be hindering your student’s performance. A reading tutor can help build confidence for reading out loud.
  5. Keep in mind that reading tutors are not just for students who are at risk for falling behind; if your elementary student is an advanced reader, a tutoring program could help him or her excel even further with one-on-one instruction delivered at the pace that works best.

These are just some of the many ways parents may be able to identify their student as a struggling reader. For more information on tutoring services or resources, or to arrange for a reading tutor for your young reader, contact the Huntington Learning Center today by visiting our website or calling 1-800-CAN-LEARN.

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Six Signs Your Child Needs Tutoring Rarely do children sail through school from kindergarten through twelfth grade without encountering a few challenges along the way. How can you recognize a problem that requires more than just a bit of additional effort on your child’s part?

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Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:12:18 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-signs-your-child-needs-tutoring https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-signs-your-child-needs-tutoring Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington Rarely do children sail through school from kindergarten through twelfth grade without encountering a few challenges along the way. However, there are typical academic hurdles that teach children about perseverance and asking for help, and then there are big struggles that need intervention. How can you recognize a problem that requires more than just a bit of additional effort on your child’s part? Here are six signs that your child likely needs tutoring help:

  1. Poor study skillsIs your child helpless when it comes to getting going on homework each night? Does he or she struggle to prioritize homework and waste time on meaningless tasks? Study habits are not inherent for most students and must be taught and practiced. Take a close look at things like your child’s notes and in-class worksheets and watch how he or she approaches homework each night.
  2. A sharp decline in grades – Occasional bad grades on homework and tests happen even to the best of students and are nothing to get overly concerned about, but grades that get worse quickly might indicate that your child lacks basic skills and is having a hard time keeping up in the classroom.
  3. Homework taking an exorbitant amount of time – Your child’s teacher(s) can tell you what is considered reasonable in terms of the amount of time spent on homework, but a good rule of thumb is 20 minutes of homework per night in first grade and 10 minutes additional per grade thereafter. If your fourth-grader is spending over an hour on homework each night but the grades don’t reflect the effort, you should investigate.
  4. Lots of time-wasting – Does your child have difficulty getting started on homework just about every night? Is procrastination a frequent problem? These are indicators of a child who is either avoiding work because he or she doesn’t understand something or has a learning issue.
  5. Anger and apathy – Every child gets frustrated by homework sometimes but take note of excessive exasperation or anxiety. If your child used to enjoy school and now seems uninterested or upset whenever you try to help with homework, it’s time to explore what’s going on behind the scenes.
  6. Avoidance – Regular declarations of feeling too sick to go to school. Dismissiveness when school comes up in conversation. Skipped homework (or frequent claims that no homework was assigned). All of these examples are signs that your child is losing interest in school. That avoidance could very well stem from school struggles. Open the lines of communication with your child to try to understand what’s actually happening.

Obviously, the biggest “red flag” that your child needs help in school is a poor report card, but there are plenty of indicators along the way. If you suspect that your child is having problems in school in between report cards, the first thing you should do is schedule a time to speak to the teacher to learn more about what he or she sees.

You should also call Huntington. We can help identify the root of any school problems and design a targeted program of instruction that will help your child close any skill gaps and rebuild his or her confidence. Call us to learn more about how we can help your child at 1-800 CAN LEARN.

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3 Ways Parents Can Help Their Child With Algebra Algebra is a challenging subject for many students. Yet algebra is not as difficult as some students 
believe – it may just take more time and attention for some students to learn the basic concepts of algebra 1 and/or algebra 2. Here’s how you can provide algebra help to your child. 

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Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:49:26 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/3-ways-parents-can-help-their-child-with-algebra https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/3-ways-parents-can-help-their-child-with-algebra Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Algebra is a challenging subject for many students. Yet algebra is not as difficult as some students 
believe – it may just take more time and attention for some students to learn the basic concepts of algebra 1 and/or algebra 2. Here’s how you can provide algebra help to your child. 

  1. Practice Problems - Repetition is the key to understanding algebra properly. Have your student redo word problems that they have had difficulties with on previous quizzes or tests. Then, move on to other algebra problems in their text book that are similar. Some students learn better through practice instead of conceptually.  Make sure to only do algebra problems to which you have the answer key so you can correct your student’s work.
  2. Mobile Apps - Technology might be the key to helping your child understand algebraic equations. Many algebra-based apps are available on sites like iTunes for free. The U.S. Department of Education donated $740,000 to the Center for Algebraic Thinking to create these apps in the hope of aiding struggling students. Apps are an alternative for students to practice once they understand the initial principles. These free apps provide practice problems with the answer keys built in. Check to see if any algebra apps on iTunes can help your student.
  3. Talk with your Child’s Teacher - Chat with the teacher to better understand your child’s progress. As a professional educator, they’ll convey your student’s weak points and possibly offer you tips on how to help them outside of class. Your student might have trouble with word problems, but understand solving quadratic equations. This information will help your strategy – and if you ultimately decide to seek tutoring help, you will be able to speak knowledgably about what areas are causing the most concern for your child.

Overall, if you feel your child is having trouble gaining traction in algebra 1 and/or algebra 2, seek tutoring help. The professional tutors at Huntington Learning Center are able to explain subjects in ways that make the most sense to students. Your child’s education is vital to their future, so intervene early if you see problems. Huntington Learning Center helps students with homework, as well as quiz and test preparation, so your student can build a better future today.

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5 Ways To Build Strong Study Habits At An Early Age It's no secret that good study habits are an integral component to academic success. Understanding effective study habits, ways to stay organized, and strategies for prioritizing work will help students lay a strong foundation for ongoing learning. These crucial skills should be developed at a young age, as early as the toddler years, instead of waiting until high school when the coursework is quite difficult. Young minds are like sponges and seek out things to learn and new activities to explore. Working with your child from a young age to build good study skills will pay off exponentially in future years.

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Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:08:43 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5-ways-to-build-strong-study-habits-at-an-early-age https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5-ways-to-build-strong-study-habits-at-an-early-age Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center It's no secret that good study habits are an integral component to academic success. Understanding effective study habits, ways to stay organized, and strategies for prioritizing work will help students lay a strong foundation for ongoing learning. These crucial skills should be developed at a young age, as early as the toddler years, instead of waiting until high school when the coursework is quite difficult. Young minds are like sponges and seek out things to learn and new activities to explore. Working with your child from a young age to build good study skills will pay off exponentially in future years.

There are good study techniques you can follow to build study habits regardless of your child's age, including:

  1. Starting young It's never too early to expose children to academic work. There are a variety of academic activities toddlers can participate in, such as read alouds, puzzles, counting, painting, and educational games. The work shouldn't be frustrating or too difficult but should instead build foundational learning skills that will impact future achievement. These activities may seem like play now but they'll certainly contribute to good study skills as your child gets older. 
  2. Building strong homework habits Children often begin receiving homework assignments as early as Kindergarten. Work to devise a routine for completing homework that is consistent and appropriate for your child's age and ability. Homework is a way of life for students but it doesn't have to be dreaded or frustrating. Find a quiet area of your home that can be dedicated to homework and study sessions. Stock the space with materials and ensure appropriate lighting. Set work expectations with your child and make sure that the routine is consistently followed and meets your child's needs. 
  3. Fostering independence As your child gets older it is important to participate in a gradual release of responsibility. Over time you should expect your child to take more responsibility for homework and studying. Check in often with your child about good study habits and ensure the work is being done correctly, mistakes are rectified, and the assignment's objectives are met. 
  4. Helping children identify resources A child has many different resources available if homework seems confusing or overwhelming. Even if you're expecting a child to take responsibility for a majority of the homework and studying responsibilities you should remain a trusted resource. Encourage your child to talk to teachers, counselors, or other students about homework and maintaining strong study skills. Another option is suggesting that they form study groups with their classmates. If you find that you need additional support with developing study skills consider investing in tutoring sessions. Huntington Learning Centers offers tutoring for students that is focused on important study skills such as research, note taking, time management and organization. 
  5. Making it a priority Families are busy. There are work, school, and extra curricular schedules to juggle and family and household priorities to balance. Don't let homework and the development of good study habits take a backseat to other commitments. Make sure that your child's homework and studying remains a priority, even during your family's busiest times. If there is a significant change to your family's routine or schedule find ways to adjust the dedicated study sessions. Keep updated on assignments, exams, and classroom expectations. Find times to talk to your child's teacher about any concerns you have or for additional ways to help your child. 

Huntington Learning Centers has a comprehensive study skills tutoring program designed for students of all ages. Depending on age, grade level, and ability the professional tutors at Huntington Learning Centers have a plan for every child. The skills covered in the tutoring sessions apply to a variety of subject areas and will help students as they advance grade levels and tackle tougher courses.

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How To Help Your Child Be A Confident Student And Person It's hard not to jump for joy when your child gets an A on a test or announces that he or she won a spelling bee at school. However, when it comes to your child's development, remember that more important than the positive end result is the road your child travelled to get there. Surely, working for that A took a commitment on your child's part. Give your child a confidence boost by letting him or her know that you're proud of his or her efforts and willingness to stick with the studying. 

It is just as important to praise improvements; if your child brought his or her report card up from straight-Cs to all Bs and one C, congratulate this progress. Avoid insincere or hollow compliments. "Good job, but let's keep shooting for those As," isn't as likely to help your child feel confident and to continue taking steps in the right direction as a comment that focuses on his or her accomplishment, such as, "You've worked hard, and it's paid off. I'm proud of you for making such a big improvement."

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Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:53:13 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-help-your-child-be-a-confident-student-and-person https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-help-your-child-be-a-confident-student-and-person Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center PRAISE THE EFFORT, NOT THE OUTCOME.

It's hard not to jump for joy when your child gets an A on a test or announces that he or she won a spelling bee at school. However, when it comes to your child's development, remember that more important than the positive end result is the road your child travelled to get there. Surely, working for that A took a commitment on your child's part. Give your child a confidence boost by letting him or her know that you're proud of his or her efforts and willingness to stick with the studying. 

It is just as important to praise improvements; if your child brought his or her report card up from straight-Cs to all Bs and one C, congratulate this progress. Avoid insincere or hollow compliments. "Good job, but let's keep shooting for those As," isn't as likely to help your child feel confident and to continue taking steps in the right direction as a comment that focuses on his or her accomplishment, such as, "You've worked hard, and it's paid off. I'm proud of you for making such a big improvement."

LET YOUR CHILD MAKE MISTAKES.

A big part of school and life is learning from our mistakes. The more parents provide their children opportunities to learn and practice confidence building exercises, the better. For example, a child who takes up tennis may initially struggle to make his or her racquet connect with the ball. With practice, encouragement and coaching, your child will be more likely to understand what he or she needs to do to hit the ball, clear the net and more. Just as you wouldn't expect your child to be a flawless tennis player after an hour on the court, neither should you or your child expect every math problem or writing assignment to be easy. The key is to help your child learn from past challenges and feel confident in applying that knowledge in the future. 

To encourage independence, avoid interrupting your child during homework time to "show" him or her the right way to do a problem. Instead, let your child take his or her best shot at answering questions. If your child makes a mistake, don't offer the right answer, but rather provide help to get there. In a frustrating moment, consider reminding your child of a time when he or she overcame an obstacle to learn something new. Whenever possible, guide your child toward accomplishments from the sidelines so that he or she can experience the confidence boost and pride that comes with overcoming a challenge all on his or her own.

BE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE.

A child's parents have the greatest potential to make an impact on his or her self-confidence, particularly at a young age. Remember that young children are like sponges: they absorb everything. Because your child emulates you, maintain a positive attitude toward your own activities or work. If your child senses that you have a negative self-image or often feel discouraged in your own life, there's no doubt he or she will be influenced. Are you showing your child that you, too, are willing to persevere even in a difficult situation? 

At the same time, your child needs to know that sometimes, we all try and do not succeed. Your positive attitude is important, but be sure that you don't overcompensate by making your child feel that you rarely have trouble picking up a new concept or activity. If your child is ready to give up on a homework problem or assignment, share with him or her a time when you experienced something similar, either in school, work or otherwise. Be honest about the outcome, and let your child know that it's okay to be stronger in certain areas than others. 

One of the most important qualities you can impart upon your child before sending him or her off to high school and college is the importance of self-confidence. When your child feels confident, he or she will approach school and life with an unafraid and optimistic demeanor. Self-confidence grows upon itself; show your child that you believe in him or her, help guide your child toward small successes and watch your child start to believe in himself or herself, too.

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FAQs About the SAT Subject Tests The SAT is common terminology among college-bound teens and their parents, but not everyone is as familiar with the SAT Subject Tests. What do you need to know about these exams? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Huntington to get you up to speed:

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Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:33:12 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/frequently-asked-questions-about-sat-subject-tests https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/frequently-asked-questions-about-sat-subject-tests Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington The SAT is common terminology among college-bound teens and their parents, but not everyone is as familiar with the SAT Subject Tests. What do you need to know about these exams? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Huntington to get you up to speed:

How are the SAT Subject Tests different than the regular SAT?

The SAT Subject Tests are high school-level tests that reflect high school curricula. They indicate a student’s readiness for college-level courses in specific subject areas. The SAT is focused on the skills and knowledge learned in high school and what students need to succeed in college. It has a Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, Math Test and optional Essay Test.

What subjects are tested by the SAT Subject Tests?

There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five areas: Mathematics (2), Science (3), English (1), History (2) and Languages (12).

How often are these exams given and can you take several at once?

SAT Subject Tests are given six times a year on the same days and at the same test centers as the SAT, but not all 20 tests are offered on every SAT date. The Language and Listening tests are only offered in November. Although students can take up to three Subject Tests on a test date, they cannot take SAT and an SAT Subject Test on the same day.

When should my child take the SAT Subject Test?

After completing the area of study, sign up for the next available test date to take the Subject Test.

Did the SAT Subject Tests change with the recent redesign of the SAT?

No. For now, the College Board says that the SAT Subject Tests are staying the same.

Do colleges require the SAT Subject Tests?

Some do, but not all. SAT Subject Tests show colleges that students are ready for specific programs of study or certain courses or majors. The College Board lists institutions that have indicated that they require, recommend or consider the Subject Tests in admissions. Visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests/about/institutions-using. Of course, it’s a good idea to check with a college directly as well.

Why should your teen consider taking any SAT Subject Tests?

The most obvious reason is if the college to which your teen is applying recommends or requires Subject Tests. However, even colleges that don’t require SAT Subject Tests might accept them and use them in admission to get a more complete picture of your teen as an applicant. These tests are a great way for students to showcase their strengths and strongly express an interest in specific programs or majors.

What’s the best way to prepare for the SAT Subject Tests?

These exams are based in high school course work, so the best way to prepare for them is to keep up in school. If your teen is struggling through a particular subject, a Huntington tutoring program will help him or her catch up and get ahead, which is a great foundation. We can also help your teen get familiar with the test and study strategies for success.

Huntington offers one-to-one prep programs for students taking the SAT Subject Tests. If your teen needs help or you have questions about these exams or Huntington’s prep programs, call us at 1 800-CAN LEARN. To learn more about the SAT Subject Tests, visit www.collegeboard.org.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc. SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc. These entities were not involved in the production of and do not endorse either program.

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Teaching Kids Leadership Most parents recognize the importance of time management, strong communication, good listening and other study skills, but what about leadership? “Your child doesn’t have to aspire to be the next president of the United States to benefit from the lessons of leadership,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “Activities and programs that instill leadership help teach children about perseverance, conflict resolution, building one’s character, goal setting and more.”  Huntington offers parents these tips to help their child develop leadership skills:

 

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Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:15:49 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/teaching_kids_leadership https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/teaching_kids_leadership Most parents recognize the importance of time management, strong communication, good listening and other study skills, but what about leadership? “Your child doesn’t have to aspire to be the next president of the United States to benefit from the lessons of leadership,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “Activities and programs that instill leadership help teach children about perseverance, conflict resolution, building one’s character, goal setting and more.”

Huntington offers parents these tips to help their child develop leadership skills:

Encourage volunteering for a cause your child cares about. What gets your child excited? Animals? The planet? Helping other kids? Encourage your child to make a difference through volunteering, or try doing service learning as a family. Getting involved is a wonderful way for kids to discover a passion, make friends, and share their experiences and excitement with others.

Give your child opportunities to teach others. Whether it is a sibling or a classmate, children who teach their peers often become more engaged in the subject matter. If your student is a good reader, how about reading to younger siblings and teaching them reading basics? Your child will build a sense of pride in sharing his or her knowledge and helping others learn something new.

Check out extracurricular activities. Your child’s school likely has a plethora of clubs and activities with which your child could get involved. Sports are an obvious way to instill in your child the lessons of hard work, teamwork and determination, but if your child isn’t interested in athletics, don’t overlook things like student council, yearbook, drama club, music, math club, science club or a student ambassador program.

Explore leadership programs and camps. Do you live near a college? Check to see what programs they have for rising middle and high school students. Some colleges offer enrichment, college preparatory or other programs for children and teens designed specifically to build leadership aptitudes. How about experiential or other types of leadership camps in your area? You can check with your child’s teachers, guidance counseling office and school district for suggestions or referrals.

Huntington encourages parents to be creative when it comes to leadership development opportunities for their child. “The key is to empower your child to take on new responsibilities, strive for things he or she wants, take risks, and recognize and build his or her strengths. Doing so will help your child become a more engaged and involved student and citizen.”

 

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Helping Your Teen Capitalize on His or Her Strengths Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center says, “It’s perfectly natural that by the time a student reaches high school, he or she may have discovered a passion for one or two subjects or hobbies. One of these areas may soon become your teen’s college major or even evolve into a career path one day, so in the high school years, parents should think about how to encourage their teens to make the most of what they’re good at.” Huntington offers tips on how can parents help their teen flourish by nurturing his or her strengths.

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Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:28:29 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helpingyourteencapitalizeontheirstrength https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helpingyourteencapitalizeontheirstrength Just as you may not want to pursue a career in science if your passion is writing, your teen may have certain activities and school subjects that capture his or her interest. “Every student wants to feel successful, which is why many gravitate toward subjects where they are strongest—and away from those where they are weak,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “It’s perfectly natural that by the time a student reaches high school, he or she may have discovered a passion for one or two subjects or hobbies. One of these areas may soon become your teen’s college major or even evolve into a career path one day, so in the high school years, parents should think about how to encourage their teens to make the most of what they’re good at.”

How can parents help their teen flourish by nurturing his or her strengths? Huntington offers the following tips:

Start with a self-assessment. If your teen seems to feel and perform average at most things, help him or her explore what he or she is good at. Open-ended conversations about areas where your teen feels the most confident are a good place to start, but if your teen struggles to articulate his or her thoughts, try an assessment, such as the Gallup StrengthsFinder (the adult or youth version) or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Personality traits can be parlayed into strengths. Your teen isn’t a straight-A student, but is a social butterfly who loves organizing activities and rallying friends and family to get involved. Perhaps your teen has the skills to excel in a school leadership position, such as serving on student council. Or, does his or her high school offer any business management or leadership courses?

Remind your teen that strengths can be useful, even if they’re not favorites. If your teen is great at math but doesn’t love it, becoming a statistician will not likely become his or her future career. However, your teen could use this area of strength to his or her advantage. Your teen’s calculus teacher could serve as an excellent college reference and mentor if he or she nurtures the relationship. If your teen sees him or herself as a budding entrepreneur, having strong math and reasoning skills will definitely be valuable down the road.

Let strengths guide passions. Encourage your teen to seek out opportunities to build upon (and get excited about) his or her areas of strength. Think of volunteer prospects, part-time jobs, school activities and extracurricular activities that will allow your teen to exercise his or her skills in new and different ways. A bookworm might enjoy reading to children at the local library, working in a book store or trying his or her own hand at writing stories.

Huntington reminds parents that just as it is important to work on one’s weaknesses, it is imperative that teens cultivate their strengths, too. “Well-roundedness is valuable and will certainly help your teen perform well academically, but when it comes to identifying a college major and future career path, your teen would be wise to focus on his or her talents,” says Huntington. “Help your teen identify and develop these strengths and you’ll be setting him or her on the path to a fulfilling life.”

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FIVE SIGNS YOUR CHILD NEEDS TUTORING It’s easy to tell that a child needs tutoring when he or she continues to receive one poor report card after the next, but there are a number of other less obvious signs that parents shouldn’t ignore. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that parents can look for clues in a number of places. “Stressful study sessions and bad grades are the tangible evidence of a child’s school struggles, but there are several other indicators to watch for,” says Huntington. “The sooner you recognize school problems, the faster you can help your child overcome any issues and boost his or her confidence.”

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Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:16:41 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5-signs-child-needs-tutoring https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5-signs-child-needs-tutoring It’s easy to tell that a child needs tutoring when he or she continues to receive one poor report card after the next, but there are a number of other less obvious signs that parents shouldn’t ignore. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that parents can look for clues in a number of places. “Stressful study sessions and bad grades are the tangible evidence of a child’s school struggles, but there are several other indicators to watch for,” says Huntington. “The sooner you recognize school problems, the faster you can help your child overcome any issues and boost his or her confidence.”

Huntington shares these five warning signs that your child may need tutoring help—and questions to answer about your child’s behavior:

  1. Difficulty getting started. Does your child seem unexcited and unmotivated about anything to do with school—especially working on assignments? Does he or she put off homework time every night and frequently spin his or her wheels when working?
  2. Sloppy homework and overall disorganization. Is your child disorganized in most areas of his or her life? Does your child consistently hand in unfinished or messy homework? Does it seem that your child used to care about doing quality work and does not anymore?
  3. Personality change. Have you noticed a dramatic change in your child’s disposition in recent months? Is your child more angry or volatile than ever before? Does he or she seem unhappy—about school and other areas of his or her life such as friends?
  4. Diminished self-esteem. Does your child get down on him or herself easily during homework? Is your child pessimistic about school, his or her abilities, and more? On a day to day basis, does your child appear frustrated with him or herself?
  5. Lack of interest in learning. Is your child totally apathetic about school and anything associated with school? Was your child interested in learning previously and now is not? Does that indifference translate to other areas, such as socializing or being involved in extracurricular activities?

“School can be a bumpy road for students who are struggling, so it is important to take action if you notice your child showing any of these signs,” Huntington says. “Experience has showed us that early tutoring intervention is key to getting students back to where they need to be as quickly as possible.” For questions about how a customized tutoring program could help your child, call the Huntington Learning Center at (201) 261-8400.

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Huntington Learning Center Celebrates Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month 2018 Tue, 17 Mar 2020 08:03:24 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/mathematics-and-statistics-awareness-month-march-2018 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/mathematics-and-statistics-awareness-month-march-2018 Eileen Huntington Eileen Huntington This month, the Huntington Learning Center is celebrating Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, an annual event that aims to increase the understanding and appreciation of mathematics and statistics. These two subjects are important drivers of innovation in the technological world, where new methodologies and systems are always becoming more complex.

Eileen Huntington, CEO & Co-Founder of Huntington Learning Center says that Huntington is proud to join colleges and universities, high school departments, institutional public information offices, math clubs, student groups and other related groups in the celebration. “Many students turn to Huntington for help with math, and we are always quick to share with them how important math is not just in school, but life,” says Huntington. “Math and statistics play a huge part in many current issues—from the data surge brought on by the digital age to climate change, from economic progress to internet security. In April, we take time to elevate the importance of math to the families we serve and remind them of its practical application.”

Huntington adds that while many parents feel ill-equipped to help their children with math homework, there are many simple ways to encourage children to put math and statistics to use in daily life. She offers these ideas:

  • Have your child join your fantasy football league each year and show him or her how the weekly statistics are calculated.
  • Invite your child to balance your checkbook each week.
  • Have your child help you maintain your family budget if you use a program like QuickBooks or a simple Excel spreadsheet.
  • Whenever you measure anything in the kitchen, have your child get involved in the addition or doubling or halving of a recipe.
  • Together, collect data over a period of time and create an interesting graph or chart. For example, the number of snow days, your family’s wakeup times or your child’s height.
  • Visit the sports page of the newspaper or news website to get familiar with sports statistics and start tracking that data.
  • When you grocery shop, have your child keep a running tally of the bill and compare prices of different products to understand which product is a better deal.
  • Whenever major news breaks about an event or discovery that involves math or statistics, share it with your child.
  • Set up a savings account for your child and give him or her savings goals and a regular chore of calculating interest and keep track of the account balance.

Now in its 32nd year, Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month began in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation to establish National Mathematics Awareness Week. This annual celebration is a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America and the Society for Industrial Applied Mathematics.

To learn more about Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, visit www.mathaware.org.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader.  Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc. SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc. These entities were not involved in the production of and do not endorse either program.

 

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4 Review Techniques to Get You Ready for Any Exam How ready are you for your upcoming exams? Honing your test taking skills will prepare you for exams in your high school courses as well as any achievement exams you will take this year. Focusing now on your test taking skills will pay off in the long run as you approach each exam with confidence in your abilities.

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Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:30:15 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/4-review-techniques-to-get-you-ready-for-any-exam https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/4-review-techniques-to-get-you-ready-for-any-exam A Comprehensive Review of Test Prep Strategies

How ready are you for your upcoming exams? Honing your test taking skills will prepare you for exams in your high school courses as well as any achievement exams you will take this year. Focusing now on your test taking skills will pay off in the long run as you approach each exam with confidence in your abilities.

The staff at Huntington Learning Centers has helped thousands of students improve their test taking strategies. Some of our favorite strategies include:

  1. Understanding the directions Each exam is different and has its own testing guidelines. It's important to do your research before exam day arrives to ensure you understand these guidelines. Pay attention to what is allowed in the testing center, your time limitations, and what portions of the testing materials you may write in, complete your work, or jot notes.
  2. Using your time wisely Standardized achievement tests all have time limits that must be strictly adhered to. Knowing your time limits is important but you should also focus on using every minute wisely. If a question is posing a particular problem, skip it, answer the questions that you're      more confident in and return to answer it later. You should also check for errors, reread written passages, and scan your math work until time is called.
  3. Finding strategies that work for you No two students are alike and during your preparation you'll find specific test taking strategies that are most effective for you. A good way to discover strategies that work for you is to take several practice exams before testing day. You'll learn about the layout and content of the exam while discovering how you work best. Some students like to jot notes as they read while others prefer to read all of the questions before turning their attention to the corresponding written passage.
  4. Checking for errors Identifying errors is crucial to your success. Several times during the testing session make sure that your response sheet corresponds with the exam questions. This mistake is much easier to solve if you identify your errors early. Double check that you have followed all of the testing guidelines, erased any errant marks, and answered every question.

Huntington Learning Centers provides comprehensive test prep review and test taking strategies for achievement exams. Our tutors are specially trained to provide general strategies and test specific information for a variety of exams, including:

  • SAT: The SAT Exam is an achievement exam that plays an important role in determining college admission and scholarship opportunities. The SAT Exam is offered on seven testing dates each year and most students take the exam during their junior year with the option to retest
    during senior year.
  • ACT: The ACT Exam is an achievement exam that is offered six times each school year and is designed to assess a student's academic achievement and readiness for college. Results from the ACT Exam are typically used to help determine college admission and are accepted by all four year universities and colleges in the United States.
  • PSAT: Most students take the PSAT in October of their junior year in high school. It is similar to the SAT exam and is a good indicator of a student's potential on the SAT. Academic organizations, such as the National Merit Scholarship Program, award scholarships based on PSAT scores.
  • SAT Subject Tests: In recent years the College Board began offering individual subject area tests as part of the SAT exam. These tests are designed for students to display the specific knowledge they have gained during their high school courses. Colleges use the SAT Subject Tests to form admission decisions, determine readiness, and place students in courses.
  • AP Exams: After completing a year-long AP course students have the opportunity to sit for a subject specific AP Exam. These exams cover college level material and are typically taken to highlight a student's knowledge and earn college credit. There are 31 AP Exams offered in the five general subject areas of science, math, history, language, and English.
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Huntington Learning Center Celebrates the National Education Association's Read Across America Day 2015 Our tutors strive to make learning fun for students. Huntington offers these tips for parents to help get children excited about reading.

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:48:43 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/read-across-america2015 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/read-across-america2015 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Oradell, NJ —On March 2, 2018, Huntington Learning Center will join millions of teachers and administrators, librarians, higher education faculty, education support professionals, students, and members of the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate Read Across America Day, which marks the 113th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss.

"Literacy is the foundation of learning and the most essential building block in a child's education," says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. "Read Across America is one of our favorite national celebrations because not only does it bring attention to the importance of reading as an academic and life skill, it reminds us all that reading is fun. Dr. Seuss's books revolutionized storytelling and continue to show readers of all ages that reading is one of life's great pastimes."

How can parents encourage their children to get excited about reading? Huntington offers these tips:

  • Let your child choose books about subjects that interest him or her.
  • Continue trying new types of books to give your child opportunities to discover that favorite book or author.
  • Select books that your child can read successfully. Choosing books that he or she struggles to read will only prove discouraging.
  • Read aloud to your child, even if they are in middle school.  It is a great way for them to have 1:1 time with you and you can create excitement about the book.
  • Help your reluctant reader find books he or she likes. This may involve some trial and error, but talk with your librarian for ideas and look specifically for book series and lists designed for students who are below-grade-level or reluctant readers.
  • Reward reading. If your child needs a little encouragement, incentivize him or her for reading each day. The more your child reads, the more successful he or she will become—and the more likely he or she will want to read more.
  • Make reading a part of everyday life at home.
  • Have your child see you reading every day.  It shows reading is an important part of your life.
  • Make reading fun, and don't force it. Follow your child's lead when it comes to selecting books, even if it means letting him or her choose a comic book over a novel, or a book that's below his or her ability over one that challenges him or her.

 

For more information about Read Across America Day, visit www.nea.org/readacross

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Huntington Learning Center Celebrates Read Across America Day 2017 Calling all children, parents and others who love to read: March 2, 2017, is Read Across America Day. Huntington Learning Center joins millions of elementary and secondary teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, education support professionals, librarians, students and others in the education industry as well as members of the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate this annual literary event, now in its 20th year.

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:48:22 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/readacrossamericamarch2017 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/readacrossamericamarch2017 Calling all children, parents and others who love to read: March 2, 2017, is Read Across America Day. Huntington Learning Center joins millions of elementary and secondary teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, education support professionals, librarians, students and others in the education industry as well as members of the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate this annual literary event, now in its 20th year.

Read Across America Day also marks the birthday of revered children’s author, Theodor Seuss Geisel: the beloved and prolific Dr. Seuss. The celebration’s goal is to inspire children and adults alike to read by offering reading resources and organizing fun events and activities. While March 2 is the official day of celebration, the NEA strives to build a nation of readers all year long—through events, partnerships and a range of reading resources that make reading more enjoyable and accessible for everyone.

Everyone at Huntington loves Read Across America Day because it is a day that we join our community members and celebrate reading for the entertaining and worthwhile escape that it is. A good book can inspire the mind and nurture the soul. We stand behind the NEA’s goal with this annual celebration of one of the world’s most influential authors to help more children discover new knowledge and adventure through books.

Here are several suggestions for parents to encourage their children to read:

  • Visit the library often. The library is free for everyone—take advantage of the books, e-books and other resources that it offers. Most libraries also host many activities for children of all ages. Make visiting the library a weekly tradition.
  • Download a free e-reader app. Open eBooks puts books in the hands of everyone. Learn more about President Obama’s ConnectED initiative to make books available to all children and how to download and use Open eBooks.
  • Have a happy reading hour. When everyone in your household gets into the habit of reading, your child will be more likely to associate it with fun family time. Spend time together at least a few nights a week with books, blankets and mugs of hot chocolate.
  • Engage with other readers. Part of the joy of reading is talking about the stories you’re reading. Websites like Goodreads are a wonderful way for children to engage with peers and share their thoughts about the books they’re enjoying and seek book recommendations. Ask your child’s teacher about book clubs or groups through school, too.
  • Try it all. Magazines, comic books, newspapers and blogs—these are all great ways to engage reluctant readers who are less enthusiastic about books for one reason or another. Remember that reading is reading. If your child isn’t excited about books, there are many other ways to get him or her reading, so keep trying.

To learn more about Read Across America or to get involved, visit www.nea.org/readacross. For more reading tips and ideas, visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.

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5 Ways to Draw Out Your Child's Creativity When children are very young, they are naturally curious, inventing games, songs and stories, seeking answers to endless questions, and much more. Yet as children become older, some lose some of their creativity. Instead, they look to teachers and parents for direction and approval, concerning themselves with "right" answers instead of appreciating the process by which they come to conclusions.

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:10:46 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5-ways-to-draw-out-your-childs-creativity https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5-ways-to-draw-out-your-childs-creativity When children are very young, they are naturally curious, inventing games, songs and stories, seeking answers to endless questions, and much more. Yet as children become older, some lose some of their creativity. Instead, they look to teachers and parents for direction and approval, concerning themselves with "right" answers instead of appreciating the process by which they come to conclusions.

However, creative thinking is incredibly valuable and teaches children to enjoy learning for learning's sake, which will generally result in a more successful student. How can you encourage your child to think creatively? Here are 5 ways you can draw out your child's creativity:

  1. Creative Teaching: Expose your child to a variety of creative people. Take your child to open mic night at the coffee shop or to a local art gallery to watch an artist sculpt or paint. If you're a woodworker, gardener or knitter, show your child what you do and invite him or her to participate. Showing your child the many different types of things he or she can do—from art to music, from science to writing—and introducing him or her to people who enjoy and excel at those things will encourage him or her to attempt new undertakings.
  2. Let your child experiment. Whatever the activity, let your child be his or her own guide in their creative process. Let your budding cook make up recipes in the kitchen. Offer tools and supplies, and let your child create whatever he or she can imagine. The more you encourage your child to choose activities and support him or her in developing new interests and skills, the better.
  3. Offer quiet time. From a young age, set aside free time each day for your child to play independently—doing whatever he or she chooses. Better yet, designate quiet time as a family activity. While your child gets out his or her Lego's, why not work on your scrapbook? Giving your child opportunities to explore will also fuel his or her inquisitiveness and help him or her become self-reliant.
  4. Try games or creative thinking activities that teach problem-solving. Games like chess, Battleship and Risk teach creativity and strategy, showing children how to consider multiple scenarios, weigh pros and cons, and debate different ideas. Games like Scrabble can help a child develop their word creativity. Try open-ended games that offer children opportunities to think creatively and use their imaginations. For further reading, here's some advice on how parents can support their 21st century learners.
  5. Ask why. When your child asks you to double-check his or her work, have him or her explain how he or she arrived at the answer, step by step. When your child shares an idea or opinion, ask why. How did he or she develop that opinion? Why does he or she feel differently than you or a friend? Why is this important to him or her?

Fostering creativity in your child leads to many important benefits. Your curious learner is more likely to challenge him or herself, learn from his or her mistakes, question assumptions and think critically. Such skills will help your child grow into an independent student and a lifelong learner.

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Huntington Learning Center Celebrates 21st Annual Read Across America Day On March 2, 2018, Huntington Learning Center will join millions of teachers and administrators, higher education faculty, education support professionals, students, and members of the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate Read Across America Day. This date also marks the birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.

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Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:14:42 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/read-across-america-2018 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/read-across-america-2018 Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center On March 2, 2018, Huntington Learning Center will join millions of teachers and administrators, higher education faculty, education support professionals, students, and members of the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate Read Across America Day. This date also marks the birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.

Now in its 21st year, Read Across America Day is an annual literary event that inspires children and adults to embrace reading as a wonderful pastime. To commemorate the day, the NEA and its partners offer reading resources and organize a range of events and activities. Throughout the year, the NEA also fosters reading by promoting events, partnerships and resources that make reading more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

“We’re proud to celebrate Read Across America Day and excited to join the members of our community in sharing the importance and joy of reading,” says CEO & Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “Dr. Seuss inspired children everywhere with his fun and adventurous stories. On March 2 and all year long, Huntington strives to promote reading as an activity that helps students do better in school as well as something they can enjoy the rest of their lives.”

Huntington offers several suggestions for parents to encourage their children to read:

  • Be a good role model by reading as a family together and making sure your child sees you enjoying reading in your free time.
  • Talk about books at the dinner table. Engage with your child about his or her book and any favorite characters or parts. Part of the fun of reading for children, after all, is sharing thoughts and excitement when something good happens in a story. Be a listening ear.
  • Set aside an area in the home for quiet reading and relaxation. Make sure to have at least one distraction-free zone where your entire family can curl up with your books on a nightly basis.
  • Get involved in reading activities at the library or in your community. The library should have a range of activities and events for your child to enjoy like book clubs and read-a-thons.
  • Make it fun. Set the tone that reading is a special thing that your child can do and not a punishment of any kind. The more you can encourage your child to see reading as a “get to” and not a “have to,” the better.
  • Don’t restrict. As long as your child is reading, don’t be too picky about what. Magazines, comic books, newspapers and blogs are all great for reluctant readers. In other words, don’t give up if your child doesn’t take to classics or books assigned in school. Keep trying different formats and types of reading materials.

Learn more about Read Across America at www.nea.org/readacross. For more reading tips and ideas, visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Building Children’s Confidence in School School doesn’t come easy for every child. It can be a challenging experience, and one that requires persistence and patience. Unfortunately, however, when school work becomes overly difficult, many children lose faith in themselves as students. Left uncorrected, this can have a lasting detrimental effect on a child’s performance in school and overall attitude and demeanor. To pave the way for school success, parents should work to build their children’s self-confidence. Confident children do not shy away from hard work and will generally see failure as an opportunity to make changes and try again. How can you develop your child’s confidence? Here are several tips:

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Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:02:40 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-build-self-confidence-in-a-child https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-build-self-confidence-in-a-child Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington School doesn’t come easy for every child. It can be a challenging experience, and one that requires persistence and patience. Unfortunately, however, when school work becomes overly difficult, many children lose faith in themselves as students. Left uncorrected, this can have a lasting detrimental effect on a child’s performance in school and overall attitude and demeanor. To pave the way for school success, parents should work to build their children’s self-confidence. Confident children do not shy away from hard work and will generally see failure as an opportunity to make changes and try again. How can you develop your child’s confidence? Here are several tips:

Be supportive. Children typically trust what their parents say as the truth, so it’s essential that parents regularly let them know that they believe in their abilities. To grow into capable, confident students, children need to feel supported by parents, not controlled. Let your child take the reins on homework and school and be on hand for help.

Work together on goal setting. The process of goal setting helps children take control of their success, resulting in a greater willingness to attempt hard things and increased confidence that their efforts will yield good results. Encourage your child to lay out what he or she wants to achieve and the barriers standing in the way, as well as a plan to work around those obstacles.

Foster independence. Whenever possible, parents should offer their children the chance to make decisions for themselves. Set high but achievable expectations, then put trust in your child to tackle tasks on his or her own—from homework to household chores. This will cultivate your child’s sense of responsibility. Every accomplishment, however small or routine, gives your child the assurance that he or she is capable.

Encourage doing new things. Parents who nudge their children to put themselves out there to try things—from joining a new club to taking challenging classes—are helping them grow and adapt to new situations. Always support your child’s attempts to acquire new skills and learn from challenging endeavors.

While parents cannot simply make their children confident, they can take note of their children’s strengths and encourage them to work hard, take initiative, persevere, and learn from their mistakes. These types of actions inspire children to go for what they want and strive to improve themselves as students and people, taking calculated risks along the way. Confidence, after all, is one of the building blocks for academic achievement. By making your child feel empowered and skilled, you are equipping him or her with the tools for lifelong school and career success.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2018 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc. 

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Encouraging Your Teen to Read “Reading is a wonderful pastime for children of all ages, and one of our goals at Huntington is to help students become the best readers they can be so that reading becomes an activity of choice,” says  Eileen Huntington, CEO and co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “Parents can promote reading among teens by teaming up with educators and librarians to find ways to transform teens into lifelong readers. " 

Huntington Learning Center encourages parents to nurture reading as a part of their teen’s life. Huntington offers a few tips to promote reading at home:

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Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:01:32 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/encouraging_your_teen_to_read https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/encouraging_your_teen_to_read Eileen Huntington Eileen Huntington Is your teen struggling to pick up a book lately? With a teens busy schedule it becomes hard to find time to read. Finding the right books can be discouraging for a teen as well.  

“Reading is a wonderful pastime for children of all ages, and one of our goals at Huntington is to help students become the best readers they can be so that reading becomes an activity of choice,” says  Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “Parents can promote reading among teens by teaming up with educators and librarians to find ways to transform teens into lifelong readers.”

Huntington reminds parents that reading for fun has an ulterior effect: it strengthens this foundational skill for effective learning. “The more students read, the more proficient at it they become, which typically results in stronger school performance overall,” Huntington explains. “We find that children and teens who enjoy reading are also better able to employ reading as a tool for learning new information.”

Huntington Learning Center encourages parents to nurture reading as a part of their teen’s life. Huntington offers a few tips to promote reading at home:

  • Introduce your teen to your favorites. As your teen moves toward young adulthood, he or she might yearn for books with more captivating plots—maybe even some of the books you have enjoyed as an adult. Suggest a favorite or two with appropriate subject matter.
  • Let your teen see you reading. It’s hard to convince a teen that reading is worthwhile if he or she rarely sees you doing it. Incorporate reading into your own daily routine, perhaps at the same time of day that you encourage your teen to read.
  • Try books related to interests. A busy teen might easily brush aside reading for other activities, but you might have luck finding books that are related to his or her budding interests. Check out autobiographies of athletes, musicians or celebrities that your teen admires, or get ideas from your librarian of books related to high-interest topics for teens.
  • Suggest “movie” books. If your teen is a movie buff, there’s a plethora of novels-turned-films that might pique his or her interest. If you learn of a movie coming out that is based on a book, try reading the book together and planning an outing on premiere night.
  • Don’t skip that regular library trip. Even as your teen’s schedule becomes busier, continue to make going to the library once every week or two a regular outing.
  • Create a home library. If you have space for a bookshelf in your teen’s room (or even in your living room or study) put your books on display. This ensures that no matter what, your teen always has access to reading material—and it sends the important message that reading matters to your family and good books should be cherished.
  • Help your teen start a book club. Have your child organize a group of his or her friends getting together monthly or weekly to talk about books.  Teens value the input of their peers.  Discussions about books being read, whether in school or at home, can inspire members of the group to want to dive into that book.

Huntington Learning Center offers individualized tutoring programs in reading, phonics and many other subjects. To learn more about how Huntington helps children and teens become stronger readers and students, visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.  

 

 

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Tips to Prepare High School Students for College-Level Reading As students mature, they learn how to study effectively and build those ever-important test-taking strategies for high school. By the time strong students begin thinking about how to study for the SAT or ACT, they’ve acquired many of the subject skills they need to perform well, but a good SAT or ACT score is not a guarantee of college success. As Eileen Huntington, CEO & Co-Founder of Huntington Learning Center explains, high-achieving high school students often struggle to adapt to the rigors of college right away—especially when it comes to reading. “College is a whole new ballgame in terms of expectations and workload, and one of the biggest differences is the way students are expected to read and study material,” he/she says. How can students prepare for college-level reading? Huntington offers these tips:

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Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:53:24 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-to-prepare-high-school-students-for-college-level-reading https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-to-prepare-high-school-students-for-college-level-reading Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center As students mature, they learn how to study effectively and build those ever-important test-taking strategies for high school. By the time strong students begin thinking about how to study for the SAT or ACT, they’ve acquired many of the subject skills they need to perform well, but a good SAT or ACT score is not a guarantee of college success. As Eileen Huntington, CEO & Co-Founder of Huntington Learning Center explains, high-achieving high school students often struggle to adapt to the rigors of college right away—especially when it comes to reading. “College is a whole new ballgame in terms of expectations and workload, and one of the biggest differences is the way students are expected to read and study material,” he/she says. How can students prepare for college-level reading? Huntington offers these tips:

Think critically while reading. In college, professors expect students to have a variety of reading strategies in their skillset toolbox. Examples include reading for information, reading to form an opinion, reading to recall facts, and reading to summarize or understand the big picture. It’s essential that high school students strengthen their critical thinking skills while reading so that they can analyze that which they read in different ways.

Expand the vocabulary. The more high school students read, the better. Reading a wide variety of materials—from books to essays to newspapers to blogs—helps students acquire new vocabulary, which will help them in college. It’s also important for students to learn to embrace the dictionary and the thesaurus, which will help them get into the habit of looking up unfamiliar words and different word choices for common words.

Interpret. There’s no place for passive reading in college. Students should strengthen their analytic reading by breaking down complex passages. They must practice figuring out an author’s purpose and drawing their own conclusions. When reading, students need to think deeply about how they feel about texts and how an author’s approach does or does not influence their feelings and opinions.

Read with depth. In college, students are expected to read with depth so that they have a strong understanding of texts and can talk intelligently about them. Students should read to understand and reread if necessary to ensure they are able to share their opinions on the text, predict what might happen next, summarize the main points, and more.

If you are concerned about your teen’s ability to keep up with college-level reading, call Huntington. We can help assess where your teen is falling short and help him or her develop reliable strategies to read complex texts, analyze thoroughly, maximize comprehension and excel in classes.  

 

Huntington also offers an Advanced Study Skills program for students at the high school and college level.   Study skills are key! In order to be successful, students must have the tools necessary to effectively acquire, retrieve, analyze, and communicate information. Huntington will teach students higher-level strategies and concepts that are necessary to study efficiently and effectively.  Your child will focus on a range of study skills while learning how to apply these skills to study independently at home.

 

Call 1 800 CAN LEARN to learn more about how we prepare high school students for college and career success in reading and all subject areas.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Building A Child's Home Library You may have heard the statistic before that owning many books is strongly correlated with higher test scores. That's reason enough to build a home library. So, how do you go about creating a collection of books for your child to choose from when reading? Here are a few tips:

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Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:26:26 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/building_a_childs_home_library https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/building_a_childs_home_library Dr. Raymond J. Huntington Dr. Raymond J. Huntington You may have heard the statistic before that owning many books is strongly correlated with higher test scores. If that's not reason enough to build a home library, here are a few more:
  • Your child will always have access to reading material that he or she enjoys.
  • Your child may get excited about having books of his or her own.
  • Collecting books can become a source of pride (for favorite books read) and excitement (for books to be read). 
  • Your child will get the sense that reading is important to your family.
  • Never again will your child be able to say that he or she has nothing to read.

So, how do you go about creating a collection of books for your child to choose from when reading? Here are a few tips:

Go for quality. Some books possess certain attributes that make them appealing to teachers, children and parents alike. These books are not only well written, they might share important messages or themes, and even change readers' perceptions of various events or topics. Try incorporating a few such books into your child's home library. The American Library Association Children's Book Council periodically releases a list of high-quality books (by age) that your child might want to try: http://www.cbcbooks.org/building-a-home-library.

Pique the interests. What are some of your child's favorite activities, sports or other extracurricular activities? Search for books on these topics, or talk with your local librarian or bookseller for suggestions. If you're unsure, talk with your child. Instead of asking what kinds of books he or she likes, talk about current events, past events, people, subjects or other topics, and take note of what intrigues your child. The Children's Book Council search tool will help you look for books by age, format and genre. http://www.cbcbooks.org/book-search/

Incorporate recommended titles. Seek out recommendations from your child's peers. Each year, the International Literacy Association and the Children's Book Council survey tens of thousands of readers in the U.S. to assemble a list of favorites. Sit down with your child to peruse this list together: http://www.cbcbooks.org/childrens-choices. For teens, Literacy Worldwide's annual Young Adults' Choices list compiles popular reader-selected books. Perhaps some of these titles will grab your child's interest: http://www.literacyworldwide.org/get-resources/reading-lists/young-adults-choices-reading-list.

Give a book allowance. Get your child involved in selecting the contents of his or her home library by establishing a reward system in which your child can earn new reading material. Establish weekly or monthly goals so that as your child finishes books, he or she can pick out new ones during a special monthly outing to the bookstore. Setting up reading as a privilege instead of a have-to will make it seem exciting and fun.

If your child seems more intimidated by reading than excited about it, there may be a reason. Explore the issue with Huntington—we can help uncover the root of the problem and uncover skill gaps that might be holding your child back. Call us at 1-800-CAN LEARN to talk about how we can help your child become a better reader and student.

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How Parents Can Work on Reading Comprehension with their Child Have you noticed that your child is capable of reading, but has trouble recalling what he or she reads, even immediately thereafter? “A few of the basics of good reading are strong decoding ability, recognition of high-frequency and irregular words, and good comprehension,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “Without these building blocks, a child will never achieve reading fluency and will likely always struggle with reading.” Luckily, Huntington says there are a number of things parents can do to help their children better comprehend what they read. Here are several tips:

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Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:53:00 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-parents-can-work-on-reading-comprehension-with-their-child https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-parents-can-work-on-reading-comprehension-with-their-child Eileen Huntington Eileen Huntington Have you noticed that your child is capable of reading, but has trouble recalling what he or she reads, even immediately thereafter? "A few of the basics of good reading are strong decoding ability, recognition of high-frequency and irregular words, and good comprehension," says Eileen Huntington, co-founder and CEO of Huntington Learning Center. "Without these building blocks, a child will never achieve reading fluency and will likely always struggle with reading." Luckily, Huntington says there are a number of things parents can do to help their children better comprehend what they read. Here are several tips:

Teach your child to question. If your child reads something and doesn't understand it, encourage him or her to think about why. What part is confusing? How can he or she clarify that part? Does re-reading help? Talking through it aloud? Is there information missing that would help him or her understand better?

Use visuals to understand the story. After a chapter in a story, have your child write down three things that happened and the effect or consequence resulting from them. Use flash cards to chart sequences of events—what happened first? And after that? Have your child identify the beginning, middle and ending of a story.

Help your child relate the story to him or herself. Ask your child what he or she thinks about a character's behavior. Has your child ever felt the same way the character feels? How is a situation in the story similar to (or different than) a situation in your child's own life?

Summarize often. Whether reading a textbook or a story, have your child periodically summarize what he or she reads. What's the general idea of the passage? What was the main point or idea of the chapter he or she just read? How would he or she explain it in a few sentences to someone who is unfamiliar with the story?

You can reinforce the comprehension strategies that are taught in the classroom by practicing them with your child at home. "The important thing is to teach your child to think while he or she is reading and to recognize when something doesn't make sense," says Huntington. "Reading comprehension is one of the keys to becoming a good student and will play a significant role throughout the rest of your child's life."

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5 Tips to Write a Great College Application Essay If you’re the parent of a college-bound student, you know well all that goes into the college admissions process. From taking the SAT or ACT to the researching of colleges, there’s a lot to do in a relatively short amount of time. But what about the application essay? “If the college to which your teen is applying requires or strongly recommends that he or she write an essay, there are a number of things your teen can do to put his or her best foot forward,” says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. Here are five tips:

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Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:53:02 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-to-writing-a-great-college-application-essay https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-to-writing-a-great-college-application-essay Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center If you’re the parent of a college-bound student, you know well all that goes into the college admissions process. From taking the SAT or ACT to the researching of colleges, there’s a lot to do in a relatively short amount of time. But what about the application essay? “If the college to which your teen is applying requires or strongly recommends that he or she write an essay, there are a number of things your teen can do to put his or her best foot forward,” says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. Here are five tips:

  1. Put thought into choosing the right topic. Most colleges' essay prompts are open ended, as admissions officers generally hope that students will give good thought to selecting a topic that shows who they are and what they are capable of. Encourage your teen to be authentic and introspective, to think about what he or she is proud of and passionate about as well as life experiences that have required your teen to work harder, overcome setbacks or change. Remind your teen that the goal isn't to impress the college with a laundry list of achievements, but rather, to present oneself in a way that is different than what the admissions officer would find on a transcript.
  2. Follow the directions. The essay is your teen's chance to engage in thoughtful self-expression, but it isn't the place to ramble about why a college is your teen's dream school or explore tangents about his or her life or feelings. Remind your teen to carefully read and ponder the essay prompt given by the college. Don't disregard any instructions. If there's a word count, stick to it. If specific questions are asked, be sure your teen submits something that answers them.
  3. Create a detailed outline first. Rarely do words flow together to create a compelling essay without sufficient planning. Your teen must spend time creating an outline with a beginning, middle and ending. The outline should include good examples and clearly show how the essay will move from start to finish. Before your teen starts writing, have him or her review and edit the outline if needed. Are there gaps in the story? Is the main takeaway of the essay clear from the outline?
  4. Allow plenty of time for multiple drafts. It's understandable that your teen might be focused on preparing for the SAT or ACT and narrowing down colleges and universities of interest, but it's critical to allow time to craft a well-written essay—and revise it. If an application is due January 1, a sample timeline might be creating the outline by November 1, first draft by November 10, second draft by November 20 and final draft in early December. This allows your teen time to set the essay aside for a couple of weeks and read it with fresh eyes (and proofread and fine-tune if necessary).
  5. Edit like a pro. Speaking of drafts, your teen might question the suggestion that an essay requires rewriting several times. Yes, it's true. A great essay takes writing, revising and revising again. Encourage your teen to do the obvious—proofread for errors and edit wordy or confusing sections—but a great self-editor should ask questions while reviewing as well, such as:

• Does the essay hook the reader from the very start?
• What’s the point of the essay and did I capture it effectively?
• Is any part of the essay too long or too rushed?
• Is there a clear conflict that caused me to change in some specific way or take a new path?
• Did I achieve the desired tone for the essay (moving or humorous, for example)?
• Does the voice sound and feel like me?
• For each and every sentence, could I say it better or more clearly?

The college application essay is the chance to show an admissions officer who your teen is as a student and a person—beyond his or her transcript and test scores. It’s a personal statement that should come from the heart and share with the college to which your teen is applying why he or she would be a great fit as a student there. Your teen should be sincere and articulate and remember that a college’s goal in requesting supplemental essays from applicants is to give them the chance to tell the college something about themselves. This is a powerful opportunity—encourage your teen to put his or her best foot forward.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Six Best Practices for Broadening your Vocabulary It's important for students to be continually building up their vocabularies over time.

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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:36:53 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-best-practices-for-broadening-your-vocabulary https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-best-practices-for-broadening-your-vocabulary Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Six Best Practices for Broadening your Vocabulary

 It's important for students to be continually building up their vocabularies over time. Having a comprehensive vocabulary means you'll have an easier time understanding and responding to standardized test questions; it helps you to write more coherently; it also aids in reading comprehension to help better absorb learning materials. Expanding your vocabulary is something you should never stop doing.

 If you're looking for ways to broaden your verbal horizons, here are a few things you can do:

1. Read More Often

The easiest way to learn new words is through context – by exposing yourself to new words within a sentence or paragraph. As you read books, essays, and even test questions, pay attention to the words you don't know and try to derive their meanings from how they're used. Then, look up their definitions. Gradually start introducing more challenging material into your reading list for best results.

2. Put New Words to Use

When you learn a new word, make a mental note of it, what it means, and how it's used. Then, try using it yourself. Incorporate it into an essay response or simply use it in conversation. This will make it a more natural component of your vocabulary and help to ensure you don't forget its definition. 

3. Make Associations

If you're having trouble remembering what a word means, associate it with something similar. For example, "gargantuan" sounds like "gigantic" and they have essentially the same meaning. You can also rhyme it with words that will help you remember its definition, or even associate it with a proper noun if that helps. Use mnemonics, or memory tricks, to make funny associations that you'll never forget. 

4. Take Advantage of Challenging Situations

Throughout school and work, you're going to be put in a lot of challenging situations. For example, you might have to take a standardized test or write a dissertation. If this is the case, take it as an opportunity to learn new things. Enroll yourself in an SAT/ACT prep course or try to explain what you're writing about to your peers as a form of practice.

5. Play Word Games

Expanding your vocabulary can be fun! Scrabble, Boggle, and crossword puzzles are a great way to learn new words and dredge up old ones that you haven't used in a while. You might have to bring out the dictionary to see if that 20-point word is legitimate, but it's rewarding when it is!

6. Sign up for a 'Word of the Day' E-mail

Many dictionary sites, like Merriam-Webster, will send you a Word of the Day when you subscribe to their e-mail list. Learn something new every day!

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Ways a Tutor Can Help a Student De-Stress about Calculus Just mention the word calculus and you might notice that your high school student will quickly want to change the subject.

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Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:09:20 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/ways-a-tutor-can-help-a-student-destress-about-calculus https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/ways-a-tutor-can-help-a-student-destress-about-calculus Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Ways a Tutor Can Help a Student De-Stress about Calculus

 Just mention the word calculus and you might notice that your high school student will quickly want to change the subject. The truth is that pre-calculus and calculus can be quite intimidating for students. Some might find it too difficult, and as the concepts become more complicated, they'll begin to retreat before they even try to understand them. Others might just find math of any kind boring and prefer other subjects. If pre-calculus and calculus are overwhelming for your child, he or she might be a good candidate for calculus help from a tutor. Here are some ways a tutor can help your student see calculus in a new light:

Adapt to a Particular Learning Style: Conceptualizing complex subjects can be difficult when they are being taught to a large group of students. Some students are auditory learners and can learn just by listening to a lecture; others are technical learners and need to practice in order to make sense of a concept. A teacher might not be able to reach each and every single student, and will only know if someone is having trouble after a couple of less-than-stellar quizzes or tests. Using one-on-one communication and lessons tailored to a student’s learning style, a tutor might be able to reach a student in a way that's just not possible in the classroom.

Show Where Calculus Is Used in Everyday Life and Careers: If algebra deals with how numbers relate to each other, it could be said that calculus is defined by the relationships of equations. With that in mind, concepts of pre-calculus and calculus can be used in a variety of careers and everyday life, especially if a student aspires to an engineering or science career. When a tutor points out ways calculus concepts can be used outside of the classroom, it can help to improve a student’s motivation and understanding.

Organization: One-on-one tutoring sessions help create regularity in a student's schedule, enabling them to devote more time to their calculus studies. Pre-calculus and calculus build on concepts and require a strong foundation. A student that falls behind early in their studies will not be able to move on to new concepts. With regular sessions, students can focus on their homework and prepare for tests, so they can stay on top of what is going on in the classroom.

For more information about how a tutor can help your child fret less about calculus, please contact a Huntington representative today!

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How Parents Can Use the Midyear Report Card to Their Child’s Advantage With the first half of the school year now finished, it’s time for a mid-year check-in with first-semester report cards. Although some children dread report card time, report cards are a valuable tool and create the opportunity for conversation between parents and their children about how things are going.

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Wed, 15 Jan 2020 10:56:08 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/using-the-mid-year-report-card-to-your-childs-advantage https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/using-the-mid-year-report-card-to-your-childs-advantage Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center With the first half of the school year now finished, it’s time for a mid-year check-in with first-semester report cards. Although some children dread report card time, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center encourages parents to ease their children’s concerns. “Report cards are a valuable tool and create the opportunity for conversation between parents and their children about how things are going, what issues are of concern and any next steps to address those challenges.” Don’t just read the report card for a few minutes and file it away, Huntington urges. She offers these tips for using the report card to help your child:

Focus on study skills. Grades are certainly important but look for indicators that your child is taking initiative, managing his or her time, focusing and studying effectively. These skills should translate to home as well, so make sure to pay attention to your child’s ability to keep track of assignments, prioritize homework and stay organized.

Look for evidence of sincere effort. Your child’s content knowledge is important, but so is his or her attitude and willingness to work hard. Read comments from the teacher that address this, and if there are none, talk with your child about the time he or she invests into homework each night. It’s important that your child gives school his or her best effort, and it’s also a good idea for you to make sure his or her grades reflect that effort.

Highlight any strengths. If a report card has some bad grades or comments, it’s very easy to focus on that. Give credit where it is due, however. Notice any strengths or areas of improvement from the last report card. Point out subjects where your child is experiencing success and remind him or her that together, you can and will help your child get better in other subjects as well.

Take note of progress. If your child received a first term or quarter report card, compare that one to the midyear report card and look for areas where your child’s performance has improved or declined. These changes will give you valuable information for your conference with the teacher as well as conversation points for talking with your child. How does he or she feel about each subject? Which causes the most stress and joy and what does your child feel needs to happen to make adjustments before spring semester?

Once you’ve thoroughly assessed the report card, sit down with your child and formulate a plan. “This is where the report card can become a powerful tool,” Huntington says. “Talk with your child about the action you will take together to help your child overcome difficulties and get back on track toward achieving grade-level standards and other goals. The report card gives you critical information about your child, so be sure you use it.”

If your child is struggling in school and you’re not sure how to proceed to help, call Huntington. We’ll work with you to evaluate your child’s abilities and develop a customized, one-to-one program of instruction to turn things around by the end of the year. 1-800-CAN LEARN

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HELP YOUR CHILD BUILD A WINNING WAY WITH WORDS Solid reading skills are vital for success on many of the tests your child will take between Kindergarten and high school graduation - including the SAT and ACT. Students therefore need to possess a strong vocabulary and be confident in their ability to discern the meanings of many words. Here are some tips for building word power:

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Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:03:59 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/help-your-child-build-a-winning-way-with-words https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/help-your-child-build-a-winning-way-with-words Dr. Raymond J. Huntington Dr. Raymond J. Huntington 1. Read extensively. Whether your child is enjoying the adventures of Ernest Hemingway or reading books about his or her favorite subject or hobby, viewing words in the context of a narrative builds an intuitive understanding of their meanings. Your son might simply shrug when seeing the words "gargantuan" and "gilded" on a vocabulary test, for example, but he'll probably understand the meaning right away if he's reading a passage that notes "With more than 2,200 passengers, including a dozen millionaires, on board for what was supposed to be the fastest-ever Atlantic crossing, the gargantuan Titanic was the most technologically advanced maritime vessel of the Gilded Age."

2. Learn how to "decode" words. Students can make a well-educated guess about a word's meaning by recognizing certain clues. One of the most effective strategies is to understand the meanings of common prefixes and suffixes. A few examples include:

Un - which generally means "not," as in unacceptable, unusual and unaware
Re - which usually means "again," as in return, remember and reiterate
In, and im - which usually refer to something being "in" or "not," as in ineligible, immutable and implausible
Inter, which commonly means "between," as in interloper, or intervention
Dis - which usually means "apart," as in disassociate, dissension and disagree
Sym and syn, which refer to being "together," as in symmetrical and synergy

Common suffixes - meaning letters at the end of words - will provide clues as well. When you see the letters "less" at the end of a word, the word will often mean something related to "without," as in hopeless, thoughtless and careless. "Ful" refers to being "full," as in hopeful, helpful and thoughtful.

3. Make flashcards of new words. Once your child learns the most common prefixes, suffixes and word roots, he or she can use www.dictionary.com or a regular dictionary along with reading assignments to learn words that incorporate them. Try setting a goal - such as learning five new words a day for five days a week. Once your child finds a new word, he or she should make a flash card, with the word on one side and the definition on the other. Your son or daughter should then keep the flashcards on hand and run through them often to strengthen familiarity with the words. Setting a goal to learn five new words a day for five days a week can boost your child's vocabulary by 200 words in just two months.

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How Does Your Child Learn Best? It doesn't take an education professional to know that when it comes to learning, each person is unique.

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:03:52 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-does-your-child-learn-best https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-does-your-child-learn-best Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center How Does Your Child Learn Best?

It doesn’t take an education professional to know that when it comes to learning, each person is unique. As a parent, it’s not just helpful to know more about how your child learns—it’s essential. You’ve probably heard before about learning styles, which are often explained through different theories and models. Here are a few well-known types that suggest how students might approach learning tasks:

The VARK model – This commonly cited model examines learning style through the senses:

  • Visual learners learn best through the use of visual aids, diagrams, or other visual tools other than words.
  • Auditory learners process best through listening, reading aloud and talking about ideas.
  • Read/write learners prefer taking in information through the texts which they read.
  • Kinesthetic learners prefer using their hands or body to learn by “doing.”

The Experiential Learning Model – This model considers learning as a cycle that begins with a concrete experience, moves into reflective observation to understand the meaning of things from different viewpoints, abstract conceptualization to analyze a situation, and active experimentation to reinforce learning through action. In short, the cycles are feeling, watching, thinking and doing. 

You can work with your school’s guidance counseling office to arrange for your child to take one or more learning assessments to better understand his or her learning style. However, you can still get a good idea of how your child learns, the types of environments that suit him or her best, and more by asking the right questions and being observant. Start with these topics for discussion with your child:

When does your child seem to absorb information? While reading? While being read to? While talking things through?

How and where does your child prefer to do homework? Is your child most focused when listening to music? In a quiet space? When studying alone, or with siblings?

When does your child seem the most productive? In the morning or at night? Immediately after school or after dinner?

What seems to be the best way for your child to grasp new information? Through reading? Visual aids? By watching someone else do something first?

What are your child’s best subjects? What concepts are easiest and hardest for your child? What does the teacher think? Why does your child prefer certain subjects over others?

What environments get your child most excited about learning? Indoor or outdoor? Smaller classes or larger ones? Classes with frequent group discussions or those where students learn independently?

Getting to know your child as a student is valuable because it will help you work effectively with his or her teacher when issues arise. Just as important, you will be better equipped to nurture your child’s strengths and guide your child toward overcoming weaknesses. If you need help, contact Huntington. We can assess your child’s learning style and preferences and academic strengths and weaknesses and develop a program of instruction to help your child become the best student possible. Call us at 800-CAN-LEARN.   

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader.  Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

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Huntington Learning Center Shares Four Things Colleges Are Looking For When college is on the horizon for your high school student, it’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking about the entire process. From researching financial aid to exploring schools to applying, there’s a lot to do in a relatively short period of time. Keeping the big picture in mind is important, says Co-Founder and CEO Elieen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “Parents and students can easily get bogged down with the ‘college tasks,’ but forget to focus on what really matters,” she says. “Teens should put most of their effort toward being the best student they can be in order to be attractive candidates for admission to the colleges to which they apply.”

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:22:15 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/what-colleges-look-for https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/what-colleges-look-for Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center When college is on the horizon for your high school student, it’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking about the entire process. From researching financial aid to exploring schools to applying, there’s a lot to do in a relatively short period of time. Keeping the big picture in mind is important, says Co-Founder and CEO Elieen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “Parents and students can easily get bogged down with the ‘college tasks,’ but forget to focus on what really matters,” she says. “Teens should put most of their effort toward being the best student they can be in order to be attractive candidates for admission to the colleges to which they apply.”

And what exactly are colleges looking for? Here are four of the most important student traits, as detailed in the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) 2017 edition of the State of College Admission report:

Strong grades – No surprise, the NACAC reports that grades, admissions officers’ top decision factor for first-time college students, are extremely important to colleges. This includes both grades in college preparatory classes as well as all other classes. And don’t think that all As are created equal. Your teen’s strength of curriculum matters as well—meaning, admissions officers will look for Advanced Placement classes, honors classes, International Baccalaureate, and other similar classes that give them an idea how your teen might perform at college.

SAT or ACT scores – While a student’s GPA is one important measure of achievement, his or her scores on a standardized college admissions exam are another good way to assess knowledge of the subjects needed for college. These exams also are intended to evaluate readiness for college, measuring students’ ability to apply what they learn in school outside of the classroom.

Writing skills – Not all colleges require an admissions essay, but those that do so are looking to get to know prospective students “off paper” and get a feel for their ability to articulate experiences. Of course, admissions officers are also interested in understanding whether applicants can communicate effectively and organize their thoughts and have a good command of grammar and writing style. Writing, after all, is an invaluable skill at college and something your teen will be expected to do in just about every class.

Passion – Colleges seek to create a rich campus community with a diverse student body. Although the factor, “extracurricular activities” was ranked by the NACAC’s report as being of “considerable importance” by just 7.9 percent of colleges surveyed, “strong essay” came in at 18.9 percent and “student’s demonstrated interest” in the college at 13.7 percent. These latter two factors prove that students who express their interests, passions and poignant experiences effectively and take initiative to show their interest in a college will set themselves apart and increase their chances of admission.

Huntington reminds parents to encourage their teens to check out specific admissions information on each college’s website. “Often, colleges are forthright in sharing what they’re looking for in candidates,” she says. At any school, however, academic performance and strong preparation is of utmost importance. If you have questions about making sure your teen is ready for college and has a strong resume in place, call Huntington at 1-800-CAN-LEARN.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Get Involved With Your Child’s Education This School Year Researchers and education professionals continue to find that a family’s involvement in their child’s education is not just beneficial, but essential. Parental involvement is closely tied to student achievement, high motivation , self-esteem and more. But how exactly should you get involved, and how much? Are certain activities more beneficial than others? Here are several suggestions on how you can get involved with your child’s education this school year—and make the most of those efforts.

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Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:30:39 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/get-involved-with-your-childs-education https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/get-involved-with-your-childs-education Dr. Raymond J. Huntington Dr. Raymond J. Huntington Get Involved With Your Child’s Education This School Year

You’ve probably heard before how valuable parental involvement is when it comes to supporting a child’s academic success and well-being. Researchers and education professionals continue to find that a family’s involvement in their child’s education is not just beneficial, but essential. Parental involvement is closely tied to student achievement, high motivation , self-esteem and more.

But how exactly should you get involved, and how much? Are certain activities more beneficial than others? Here are several suggestions on how you can get involved with your child’s education this school year—and make the most of those efforts.

Voice your opinion on school issues. Attend meetings for your school’s Parent Teacher Association and help weigh in on important decisions that impact your child’s education. This is a great way to make changes at your school and a wonderful way to get to know teachers, administrators and other parents.

Spend time at school. Volunteering in the classroom helps out your child’s teacher, but it’s also a great opportunity for you to observe your child’s work habits and behavior. Another idea is to volunteer in the lunchroom or help out during lunchtime activities if your child’s school allows it.  Be sure to stop into the classroom to touch base with your child’s teacher as well.

Foster your child’s learning at home. If your work schedule doesn’t allow you to get to school much, don’t worry. Parental involvement and student achievement studies show that at-home activities such as reading with your child actually have a greater impact on student educational outcomes than involvement such as parental participation in school events. Whenever possible, be on hand to help your child with homework. If your child is older and does homework independently, you can still ask questions about and show interest in school, homework and what your child is learning (and enjoying).

Get to know the teachers in your child’s life. Building a home-school bond is important. Make sure to attend all parent-teacher conferences, but also maintain open lines of communication with the teacher in between. Ask how you can best support your child at home and keep in touch about how those efforts are going.

Work on the basics. A less obvious way of parental involvement is to help your child develop some of the essentials for school success: organization, time management, good study habits and maintaining a schedule. These skills require consistency and practice, and most children need support at home to learn them. Run a structured household that has a predictable school routine and encourage your child to do the same.

 

 

 

 

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5 Important Tips for Studying Smarter Five important Tips for Studying Smarter

If you or your child have an impression that studying should be intense and time consuming to be effective, guess again. Studies show that the most successful students don’t necessarily study harder, but smarter. How can your child learn to embrace strong study habits? Here are a few tips to make the very most of study sessions:

 

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:11:48 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5_tips_studyingsmarter- https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5_tips_studyingsmarter- Dr Raymond Huntington Dr Raymond Huntington If you or your child have an impression that studying should be intense and time consuming to be effective, guess again. Studies show that the most successful students don’t necessarily study harder, but smarter. How can your child learn to embrace strong study habits? Here are a few tips to make the very most of study sessions:

  1. Plan ahead. Cramming is the enemy of the strong student. Encourage your child to plan ahead so that study sessions are spaced over time. Repeated reviewing of material is more effective at helping students recall and remember information. Your child will be more successful if he or she studies once a day for seven days prior to a test as opposed to just one seven-hour study session the day before.
  2. Read the right way. Most classes involve reading, and some might require a lot. Your child can retain what he or she reads by practicing active reading, or reading with purpose. That means previewing a text for information, writing down any questions or ideas before diving in, identifying key terms or information while reading, recalling information and self-checking at natural stopping points along the way (such as the ends of sections or chapters), and reading summaries carefully at the end of each session. Reading in this way helps children absorb things and it also guides them toward improved comprehension and retention.
  3. Practice self-testing. Taking periodic quizzes and tests while studying new material helps students remember information, and particularly by continuing to test information after it has been learned. Children can jot down questions as they read their text or notes to assemble a self-test to take later. Encourage your child to always draw from information that the teacher has noted as important (rather than random or obscure passages in the textbook).
  4. Don’t waste time on futile practices. Certain popular study techniques have actually been found by researchers to be largely ineffective. Highlighting is a tool that many students rely upon to identify important information, but if a student highlights too much or too little or focuses on the wrong information, it can be counterproductive. The use of keyword mnemonics to memorize information is another study trick that has been proven to be unproductive, especially for the level of effort required. Bottom line: your child should embrace study practices that yield results and do away with those that do not.
  5. When in doubt, turn to the teacher. Memorizing notes or chapter summaries is not the best way to learn information and certainly not the best way to review it either. If the teacher doesn’t initiate such a conversation in class, your child should arrange a time to talk with the teacher about what is most important to focus on while preparing for a test.

Studying does not come naturally to every student, and while your child might have good intentions, these strategies will help him or her prepare for tests more efficiently and more effectively. As your child gets closer to high school, he or she will especially appreciate having reliable techniques for learning. If your child could use assistance improving those study skills, call Huntington. We can customize a program that will improve your child’s methods and approach—and result in academic success.

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Helping Your Young Reader Succeed with a Reading Tutor We know reading is important, but exactly why should parents be quick to address reading issues the moment they are identified?

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Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:30:18 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-your-young-reader-succeed-with-a-reading-tutor https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-your-young-reader-succeed-with-a-reading-tutor Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Helping Your Young Reader Succeed with a Reading Tutor

We know reading is important, but exactly why should parents be quick to address reading issues the moment they are identified? Don’t all students learn at their own pace? It’s true that every student has his or her academic strengths and weaknesses, and may pick up some skills more quickly than others; however, if your elementary student is reading below grade level or receiving report card marks that indicate under-performance, taking action is imperative.  Ignoring a reading deficiency can set the stage for struggles for the rest of the academic year and beyond.

When students struggle in reading, they become more inclined to avoid reading out of frustration and lack of confidence, and this will continue to limit their progress. A negative attitude toward reading can snowball into a lifelong aversion to reading, which can put your student at a significant disadvantage. Poor reading skills are likely to impede on an individual’s chances of scoring well on all areas of standardized tests.

In addition, reading skills aren’t confined to the elementary student’s reading lesson, nor will they be once your student enters middle school and high school. Mathematics, science, social studies and history all depend on reading skills like textual analysis and expository writing. The truth is that success in reading translates to greater success in all academic subjects.

So how can you provide your struggling reader with adequate help? Turn to a reading tutor. A reading tutor is the most effective way to successfully address a reader’s weakness in phonetics, fluency and comprehension. A reading tutor can conduct in-depth assessment of a reader’s abilities and provide individualized one-on-one instruction. Plus, at a well-respected tutoring service like The Huntington Learning Center, where our proven strategies have warranted success for over thirty-five years, parents are sure to see results quickly and students will gain new confidence in the classroom.

How do parents know when it’s time to seek the help of a reading tutor?

  1. A reading tutor may be necessary if the reading instruction he or she does receive does not fully address their specific needs.
  2. If your elementary student can read with fluency and accuracy, but does not comprehend what he or she is reading, your student is a struggling reader and could benefit from the help of a reading tutor.
  3. A conversation with your child’s teacher is also an easy way to tell if your student is struggling with reading, as is your student’s sudden disinterest in reading, tendency to read aloud memorized words but skip over sight words, or inability to read fluently from diverse passages.
  4. If you observe your student to be a strong reader at home with grade-level reading abilities but his or her grades don’t fully reflect this, the stress of the classroom environment may be hindering your student’s performance. A reading tutor can help build confidence for reading out loud.
  5. Keep in mind that reading tutors are not just for students who are at risk for falling behind; if your elementary student is an advanced reader, a tutor could help him or her excel even further with one-on-one instruction delivered at the pace that works best.

These are just some of the many ways parents may be able to identify their student as a struggling reader. For more information or resources, or to arrange for a reading tutor for your young reader, contact the Huntington Learning Center today by visiting our website or calling 1-800-CAN-LEARN.

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5 Benefits Of Giving Your Kids Chores For most children, there is a lot to fit into each day: school, homework, sports and other activities, and dinner. If you’ve resisted giving your child additional work to do around the house, you might reconsider. Chores are proven to help children build skills that are valuable in school. Need more convincing? Here are five advantages of having your child do chores:

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:37:03 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-benefits-of-giving-your-kids-chores https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/five-benefits-of-giving-your-kids-chores Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington For most children, there is a lot to fit into each day: school, homework, sports and other activities, and dinner. If you’ve resisted giving your child additional work to do around the house, you might reconsider. Chores are proven to help children build skills that are valuable in school. Need more convincing? Here are five advantages of having your child do chores:

  1. They help children learn responsibility. Chores give children a job to complete outside of school and homework—and yes, that’s important. Children who complete chores are being held accountable for their contributions to maintaining the household. This helps them develop self-sufficiency and a sense of accountability, which leads to greater confidence.
  2. Children become better at time management. As children grow older, it’s expected that they will be able to manage an increasing level of responsibility in school. Not only must they keep track of multiple classes with different expectations, they need to become independent outside of school as well to mature into capable young adults. Chores help with this, teaching children to get their “have-tos” finished before they enjoy free time.
  3. They foster good work ethic. As the saying goes, nothing good in life comes easy. As teachers do in school, parents should stress the relationship between their children’s hard work—household chores—and positive results—a clean, orderly home and minimized stress for the family. Encouraging children to pitch in at home increases their feelings of self-worth and satisfaction that come with completing tasks.
  4. Routines like chores promote positive behavior. Without question, children who embrace routines are more organized, efficient and successful. Chores serve as a model for structure, and structure teaches students to take pride in their work, be more responsible, and set and work toward goals.
  5. They promote organization. What child couldn’t use a little help with organization? It’s helpful to busy parents to have their children lighten the burden of household duties, and an added benefit is that certain chores emphasize the importance of good organization. Learning how to maintain a tidy household can easily translate into the building of essential skills like keeping track of assignments, having a place for everything and managing multi-step assignments.

The next time you think it’s easier to do something yourself or that your child shouldn’t be bothered with things like laundry and cleaning dishes, remember: chores are good for your child. Research corroborates this fact: a 20-year study by the University of Minnesota found that doing chores at an early age is the best predictor for growing up into a young adult with a completed education, a career with a clear direction, and healthy personal relationships with family and friends. On top of this, chores teach indispensable life skills. So, invest in your child’s well-being and give your child the chance to develop his or her self-efficacy, prioritization skills, and diligence.

“Involving Children in Household Tasks: Is it Worth the Effort?” Marty Rossman, University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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WRITING SKILLS ARE KEY TO ACT AND SAT SUCCESS Virtually everyone who's been to college knows firsthand about the connection between writing well and doing well in courses ranging from business to the humanities. Yet according to a report produced by the National Commission on Writing in America's Schools and Colleges, The Neglected "R": The Need for a Writing Revolution, most fourth-grade students spend less than three hours a week writing. This is approximately 15 percent of the time they spend watching television. The organization also notes that by the first year of college, less than 50 percent of the freshman class is able to "produce papers relatively free of language errors, or to analyze arguments or synthesize information."

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Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:07:05 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/writing-skills-are-key-to-act-and-sat-success https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/writing-skills-are-key-to-act-and-sat-success Dr. Raymond J. Huntington Dr. Raymond J. Huntington For these reasons and more, it's important to ask your child's teachers for extra help if your child is struggling with this important skill. In the meantime, here are some additional ways to build writing prowess both in and out of school:

Write for practical reasons. Students need meaningful writing tasks that are designed to meet objectives, and writing letters is a good way to learn how to write persuasively. In a letter to return a purchase, for example, simply explaining why you're dissatisfied and why you expect to have your money refunded teaches you how to articulate an objective, reinforce that objective with facts, and reach a desired resolution. This activity also reinforces the value clear writing skills in everyday life.

Write to express feelings. Keeping a diary or journal can be a very effective way to encourage self-expression and strengthen writing skills. Writing about personal feelings, successes and disappointments can also help students resolve conflicts. When people write about things that concern them, they're more apt to strive for "just the right words" to describe how they're feeling.

Learn to argue on paper. This tactic will be especially interesting to parents. The next time your child expresses a point of view or petitions you for a special favor or privilege, pull out a pen and see how well the case can be made on paper. A five-paragraph essay can be a good model, with the first paragraph stating the child's desire or point of view, the next three paragraphs (or sentences) providing supporting evidence for that point of view, and the last paragraph summarizing the key point and supporting evidence. Many teachers find the five-paragraph essay to be a good tool for helping students organize their thoughts, so these skills can have a direct impact on writing proficiency and performance.

Summarize reading assignments. As students reach middle and secondary school, homework assignments tend to require more reading and analyzing. After reading a chapter or an important section of an assignment, students should do a "notes page" summarizing the key facts and restating, in their own words, the most important points to remember. This process enhances retention and further strengthens writing skills as well.

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Different Traits to Look for in a College Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions of your teen's life and unsurprisingly, it can be overwhelming for both teens and their parents.

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Thu, 28 Dec 2017 12:33:08 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/different-traits-to-look-for-in-a-college- https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/different-traits-to-look-for-in-a-college- Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Different Traits to Look for in a College

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions of your teen’s life—and unsurprisingly, it can be overwhelming for both teens and their parents. You’ve probably received plenty of advice on what to consider when evaluating your teen’s college options: cost, location, major/program choices and size. However, there are other elements to think about as well. Here are several less common topics to explore during your teen’s college search:

Academic focus – Your teen’s certainty about his or her major and career path should definitely influence the college search process. If he or she is positive about pursuing business, narrow the search to include universities with strong business schools. If your teen is deciding between veterinary sciences and marine science, be sure that the colleges he or she is considering offer both programs. Similarly, if the nearby college is an engineering school, he or she shouldn’t waste effort applying if your teen has no interest in engineering.

Teaching vs. research – Clearly, a student’s experience at a top research university would be quite different  than at a liberal arts college. Perhaps your budding scientist wants to study under the most renowned researchers in the country at a large university, even if it means fewer classes actually being taught by those professors. However, your teen shouldn’t rule out the small liberal arts college, which may offer more undergraduate research opportunities than universities that reserve those opportunities for graduate students. The admissions teams at your prospective colleges can help answer questions about their faculty teaching/research expectations—and how that impacts the student experience.

Class size ratios for all classes – It usually isn’t difficult to find out a college’s student-faculty ratio or percentage of classes with 20 or fewer students (check ranking institutions such as U.S. News & World Report if the information isn’t easy to locate on the college website). However, do a little homework on the class size ratio for general education courses, too, since those will make up most of your student’s schedule during the first year of college. A school that boasts an 18:1 student-teacher ratio might also have a high number of required general education classes with class sizes of 200-300 or higher. If learning under this model would be challenging for your teen, he or she should take this under serious consideration.

Retention rate – One measurement that might matter especially to parents is that of the first- to second-year retention rate. In other words, how successful is a college at retaining students? According to the ACT, which conducts research on this topic, universities and colleges with higher retention rates tend to focus on areas such as involvement experiences, personal future building and academic stimulation. U.S. News & World Report publishes retention rates for many colleges.

Selecting a college should be a careful and thoughtful process. Encourage your teen to explore as many facets of his or her top choices as possible. While the ultimate decision may come down to the “gut feel test,” the more your teen knows about a college beforehand, the more informed his or her decision will be.

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GET YOUR CHILD ON TRACK FOR READING SUCCESS Is your child struggling to develop basic reading skills? If so, you're not alone. By the latest estimates, as many as 40 percent of the nation's 4th graders aren't reading at grade level.

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Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:07:34 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/get-your-child-on-track-for-reading-success https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/get-your-child-on-track-for-reading-success Dr. Raymond J. Huntington Dr. Raymond J. Huntington Fortunately, many schools are now emphasizing phonemic awareness in their reading instruction, particularly for young children. Yet parents should still be highly alert for signs that their children are struggling. As noted in Why Kids Can't Read: Challenging the Status Quo in Education, by Phyllis Blaunstein and Reid Lyon, here are some signs that a child may be in trouble:

Great difficulty in understanding that words are made up of individual sounds that can be pulled apart and combined to make words: for example, that batboy can be pulled apart into bat and boy and that the word bat can be broken down still further and sounded out as: b aaaa t;

 Struggling to read and sound-out common, one-syllable words, such as dog, cat, hop, nap.

 Frequently mispronouncing complicated words, leaving out parts of words or confusing the order of the parts of words, saying amulium instead of aluminum, for example;

 Stumbling when reading multi-syllable words, without coming close when trying to sound out the full word;

 Omitting parts of words when reading, so that it sounds as if there's a hole in the word, reading convertible as conible, for example;

 Poor performance on multiple choice tests, and an inability to finish tests on time;

 Disastrous spelling skills.

Signs of Effective Reading Instruction

If your child is experiencing these problems, it's important to look closely at the reading instruction he or she is receiving. Here are the qualities of sound, proven instruction for phonemic awareness:

  1. Children are learning the sounds of language, and teachers are helping them practice with sounds that make up words.
  2. Children are learning how to put sounds together to make up words, and how to break words apart into separate sounds.
  3. Children are learning the letters of the alphabet, and can recognize the names and shapes of letters.
  4. Children's teachers are reading to the class and talking about what the students are reading.
  5. Children are learning phonics - how sounds and letters are related - and practicing phonics by reading books that focus on the letter-sound relationships they're learning.
  6. Children are being asked questions to help them think about the meaning of what they're reading, and are learning the meanings of new words.
  7. Children are learning to expand their vocabulary by using the dictionary, using known words and word parts to figure out words, and using clues from the rest of a sentence to better understand the meaning of words.
  8. Teachers are checking to see if students understand what they're reading by asking questions about the story or the material.
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The Latest News with the ACT If you’ve been paying attention to news coming out of the college entrance exam world in the last several years, you’ve probably noticed that the headlines have largely focused on the redesign of the SAT. So, what about the ACT? Here are some of the latest happenings regarding the ACT college admissions exam and what your teen needs to know:

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Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:12:24 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/news-about-the-act-2017 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/news-about-the-act-2017 Dr Raymond Huntington Dr Raymond Huntington If you’ve been paying attention to news coming out of the college entrance exam world in the last several years, you’ve probably noticed that the headlines have largely focused on the redesign of the SAT. So, what about the ACT? Here are some of the latest happenings regarding the ACT college admissions exam and what your teen needs to know:

New test date – Beginning in 2018, students can take the ACT test in the summer (starting with the July 2018 test date). This increases the number of national ACT test dates from six to seven. Because the ACT is offered primarily at local high schools across the country, which are closed during the summer months, the July ACT tests centers will likely be located on college and university campuses. For your teen, this change is significant for several reasons:

  • The July ACT offers an opportunity to use the early part of summer break (assuming students get out of school in June) to study for the July ACT instead of squeezing ACT prep into the school year.
  • The July date means that your test taker can easily take the ACT twice before early-admission college deadlines, which are often in early November.
  • The new date means a wider variety of testing opportunities for college-bound students.

Score report changes – In September 2016, the ACT made several enhancements to its test reports that students receive with their scores. Here’s a summary of what changed:

  • Redesigned paper reports that are more visually engaging and offer more meaningful insights about students’ test results.
  • Reporting categories only (for English, math, reading and science) but no more subject subscores (for algebra/coordinate geometry, for example).
  • Readiness ranges that enable students to see how their performance on reporting categories compares to students who have met college readiness benchmarks for specific subjects.
  • More reporting categories that share information like total number of points possible, total number of points achieved, and percentage of points correct.
  • Additional indicators to guide students toward potential college majors and careers based on information students include during the test registration process.

To stay up on the latest information regarding changes or improvements to the ACT, visit www.act.org. To learn more about how Huntington Learning Center helps students prepare for the ACT, visit our ACT Test Prep page.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Huntington Learning Center Offers Tips for Polishing the College Essay This Holiday Break If your senior is preparing application packages for college next fall, holiday break is a great opportunity to put the finishing touches on some of the more personal elements—like the application essay. The college application essay is easily one of the most important pieces your teen will ever write, and Eileen Huntington, Co-founder and CEO of Huntington Learning Center says that students should give it the attention and care it deserves. “Essays that are well written and sincere give admissions officers a glimpse into who an applicant is ‘off paper’,” she says. As teens prepare to send in their applications in the new year, Huntington encourages them to use the downtime of holiday break to polish their application essays. Here are several tips as they do so:

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Wed, 27 Dec 2017 14:45:31 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/college-essay-tips-for-holiday-break- https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/college-essay-tips-for-holiday-break- Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center If your senior is preparing application packages for college next fall, holiday break is a great opportunity to put the finishing touches on some of the more personal elements—like the application essay. The college application essay is easily one of the most important pieces your teen will ever write, and Eileen Huntington, Co-founder and CEO of Huntington Learning Center says that students should give it the attention and care it deserves. “Essays that are well written and sincere give admissions officers a glimpse into who an applicant is ‘off paper’,” she says. As teens prepare to send in their applications in the new year, Huntington encourages them to use the downtime of holiday break to polish their application essays. Here are several tips as they do so:

Make sure the essay addresses the prompt. The essay is your teen’s chance to share something about him or herself that isn’t addressed elsewhere in the application package. Be sure your teen clearly and thoroughly answers the essay prompt and offers supporting information that shows why your teen is a strong candidate for admission.

Evaluate the “unique factor.” Many students have strong academic backgrounds and impressive resumes, but the essay is your teen’s chance to shine. The essay must be thoughtful, personal and genuine. It is the appropriate place for your teen to express who he or she really is. Have your teen read any essay draft through the lens of an admissions officer. What stands out? Does the essay poignantly reflect an experience your teen had or does it sound too generic?

Edit. By now, hopefully your teen already has a working draft of the application essay and a teacher or guidance counselor has offered comments. The break is a good time for your teen to address any suggestions to strengthen the essay and do his or her own self-edit. After each new draft, encourage your teen to set the essay aside for a day, then review to ensure it is honest, vivid and expressive, and that the topic is meaningful and appropriate and paints your teen as someone capable of succeeding at college.

Proofread. Careless errors say a lot to an admissions officer about an applicant. When your teen gets to a final draft that he or she feels good about, it’s important to print and proofread the entire essay a day or two later. Fresh eyes will help ensure your teen doesn’t gloss over words he or she has written and read several times. You can proofread a draft as well, and your teen should consider bringing the final draft to an English teacher as soon as school resumes.

The college application essay could bolster your teen’s overall application package—encourage him or her to work on making it as great as it can be over holiday break. For more information about how to craft a strong application essay and improving your teen’s writing skills, contact Huntington at 1-800-CAN-LEARN.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Tips to Reinvigorate Your Child’s School Attitude Over Holiday Break It’s holiday break, a welcome pause from school and extracurricular responsibilities for your child. While most children look forward to the chance to relax and unwind, Eileen Huntington, Co-founder and CEO of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents that holiday break is also a good time to gear up for a great second half of the school year. “If your child has gotten off to a rocky start or just wants to maintain momentum in the spring semester, holiday break is the time to reset and refresh,” Huntington says. How can parents help their children “recharge their mental batteries” and finish the year strong? Here are several tips:

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Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:36:27 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/refresh-your-childs-school-attitude-over-holiday-break https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/refresh-your-childs-school-attitude-over-holiday-break Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center It’s holiday break, a welcome pause from school and extracurricular responsibilities for your child. While most children look forward to the chance to relax and unwind, Eileen Huntington, Co-founder and CEO of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents that holiday break is also a good time to gear up for a great second half of the school year. “If your child has gotten off to a rocky start or just wants to maintain momentum in the spring semester, holiday break is the time to reset and refresh,” Huntington says. How can parents help their children “recharge their mental batteries” and finish the year strong? Here are several tips:

Look back at goals set in the fall. If your child established goals at the start of the school year, revisit them now. Is your child on track to achieve some of the things he or she set out to do at the start of the year? What has gone well and what could go better? Talk about any previously set goals that need adjusting.

Set new goals. A new semester might mean new classes and certainly means new opportunities for your child to develop and learn. Have an open discussion about what your child wants to achieve in the remainder of the school year. Raise a grade? Work on his or her organization? Procrastinate less? Whatever the goals, encourage your child to lay out how he or she intends to work toward them.

Ask, “What have you learned?” Talk about what challenges arose in the fall semester and how your child overcame them, and any other meaningful experiences that had an impact. Remind your child that every failure means your child has learned something important. Where did your child become stronger as a result of overcoming something difficult?

Fine tune any study habits. Many children take a little time to acclimate to a new school year, so now that you’re several months in, consider what your child could use to improve any study or organizational habits like planner maintenance or the morning or homework routine.

This holiday break, make sure your child enjoys time with family and catches up on some relaxation, but don’t forget to take time to reflect on the last few months and set a positive tone for the rest of the year. “The start of a new year is an ideal time for both parents and children to get into a good frame of mind to make necessary adjustments,” she says. “If your child has things he or she wants to fix or just wants to stay on the same upward trajectory, sit down and make a plan together wherein your child takes initiative and you offer your support.” For more tips on how to keep your child on a positive path for the remainder of the year, contact Huntington at 1-800-CAN-LEARN.

 

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Helping Your Child Build a Greater Depth of Understanding in Math You may have heard education experts, researchers or media outlets refer to mathematics curriculum in the United States as being "a mile wide and an inch deep."

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Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:31:31 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-your-child-build-a-greater-depth-of-understanding-in-math https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-your-child-build-a-greater-depth-of-understanding-in-math Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Helping Your Child Build a Greater Depth of Understanding in Math

You may have heard education experts, researchers or media outlets refer to mathematics curriculum in the United States as being “a mile wide and an inch deep.” The problem with math education, according to many, is that U.S. math teachers have historically been asked to cover far too many topics in each grade, resulting in students who have only a vague understanding of a lot of areas rather than a deep understanding of fewer, more essential topics. Students are introduced to advanced concepts haphazardly and before they have had an opportunity to master certain basic skills.

Of course, the Common Core State Standards are changing all that. Researchers “have concluded that mathematics education in the United States must become substantially more focused and coherent in order to improve mathematics achievement in this country,” (corestandards.org). As a result, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics will embody these three key shifts:

  • Greater focus on fewer topics
  • Linking topics and thinking across grades
  • More rigorous overall (educators must help students gain a conceptual understanding of key math concepts, procedural skills and fluency, and application in situations that require mathematical knowledge)

How can you help your child learn to apply math and use it as a problem-solving tool? Here are a few tips for parents when helping their child with homework:

  • Have your child talk through math rules. As your child completes homework, periodically have him or her point out to you when a math rule is used and where that rule comes from.
  • Explain the thinking. Even in the simplest math, have your child explain how he or she draws conclusions and why. That cognitive process is becoming more important in math than ever.
  • Try different methods to solve problems. Children should practice using different approaches to solving the same problem and identify similarities among those different methods.
  • Encourage students to visualize math problems. Help your child draw out visual representations of figures or numbers. For example, your child should be able to show what something (a shape, for example) would look like when divided up into fractions.
  • Have your child talk about wrong answers. Just as students should know how to “construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others” (per the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice), it is helpful for children think through incorrect answers and share their conclusions on why a certain answer to a problem is right and another is wrong.
  • Use math in everyday life. Your child should practice writing down mathematical equations and assumptions when trying to solve real-world problems. He or she should use tools to aid understanding whenever it makes sense—tools such as graphs, equations and flowcharts.
  • Pay attention to detail. The new standards expect students to be precise when discussing math and working on math problems. Encourage your child to label his or her work, be neat and explain the symbols used in various mathematical equations. Precision and accuracy is important.

As the Standards for Mathematical Practice state, “students who lack understanding of a topic may rely on procedures too heavily.” Although you may not feel equipped to help your child through probability and statistics homework, you can nurture his or her acquisition of a conceptual understanding of math. Encourage your child to make connections between mathematical ideas and life, use reasoning when working on math, and think critically about how math plays a role in day-to-day life. To learn more about the Common Core State Standards for Math, visit www.corestandards.org.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader.  Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

 

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Huntington Learning Center Suggests Winter Break Learning Activities It's holiday break, and if you are in need of a few ideas to help keep your child entertained and learning these next few weeks, Huntington Learning Center has several suggestions. "Your child deserves a reprieve from school work, but there are many things you can do as a family that will keep your student engaged," says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. Huntington offers the following winter break learning activities for inspiration.

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Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:10:25 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntington-learning-center-suggests-winter-break-learning-activities https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/huntington-learning-center-suggests-winter-break-learning-activities It's holiday break, and if you are in need of a few ideas to help keep your child entertained and learning these next few weeks, Huntington Learning Center has several suggestions. "Your child deserves a reprieve from school work, but there are many things you can do as a family that will keep your student engaged," says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. Huntington offers the following winter break learning activities for inspiration.

Get scientific - Safe and fun science experiments are a great way to pass the long days of holiday break and encourage your student's scientific thinking. Check out the University of Michigan's BioKIDS website for an animal tracks and sign guide and send your child out to explore your local habitat for signs of animals. Browse the Steve Spangler Science or Weird Science Kids websites for educational experiments that your child will enjoy.

Develop a menu - Have your child help you from start to finish with your holiday menu or even weeknight meals during his or her break. Set your child up with a cookbook or send him or her to a recipe website to come up with meal ideas, make a list of ingredients and even create a paper menu for dinner guests. Have your child help you do the shopping and compare prices of different brands in the grocery store.

Make a holiday scrapbook - Bring out your child's inner crafter by having him or her work on a family scrapbook for the year or just the holiday season. Have your child collect photos and mementos (such as plane ticket stubs) from any vacations or other special outings and share his or her finished product on New Year's Eve. Websites such as http://www.mymemories.com and scrapbooksetc.com offer lots of ideas and also have free printable templates and patterns.

Write a family history book - Work together on a family tree. Your child could take the project further and interview grandparents, aunts and uncles to learn more about different family member's experiences growing up—your child may be surprised at how different life as a kid was for a grandparent. Try a "Favorite Family Holiday Memories" book in which your child can record his or her own reflections as well as those of other members of the extended family.

With a little creativity, winter break can be both educational and memorable. Seek out fun activities that will keep your child happily occupied—whether that's creating photo thank-you notes or spending time researching an imaginary travel itinerary to the moon or Antarctica. "Long breaks don't have to feel long," Huntington reminds parents. "Keep a list of ideas handy and encourage your child to use this free time to do things he or she is interested in and doesn't normally have time for."

For more information about Huntington Learning Center, please visit huntingtonhelps.com

About Huntington


Founded in 1977, Huntington is a pioneer and leader in the tutoring industry. For over 35 years, Huntington has provided quality instruction to hundreds of thousands of students. Huntington prides itself on being "Your Tutoring Solution" for students in all grades and subjects. They tutor in academic skills, such as reading, phonics, math and study skills; and in advanced math and science subjects ranging from algebra through calculus and general science through physics. Huntington also prepares students for state and standardized entrance exams, such as high school entrance exams and the SAT and ACT. Learn more about Huntington at huntingtonhelps.com.

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The Art of Prioritization: Helping Children Manage Their Homework Time Effectively When children move into middle school and high school, it becomes more important than ever to manage their time effectively. With multiple subjects and teachers, it can become burdensome to keep track of everything and many children struggle at homework time with where to begin. While a solid time management system is critical, to keep homework time moving along, your child needs to master the art of prioritization. This helps you save time by identifying tasks that deserve immediate attention, those that are important but less pressing, and those that can be considered “long-term” to-dos.

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Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:28:52 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-children-manage-homework https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-children-manage-homework Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington When children move into middle school and high school, it becomes more important than ever to manage their time effectively. With multiple subjects and teachers, it can become burdensome to keep track of everything and many children struggle at homework time with where to begin. While a solid time management system is critical, to keep homework time moving along, your child needs to master the art of prioritization. This helps you save time by identifying tasks that deserve immediate attention, those that are important but less pressing, and those that can be considered “long-term” to-dos.

How can you help your child become an expert at prioritizing and getting things accomplished more quickly? Here are several tips:

Keep a running master to-do list. Each night, your child should review his or her list of tasks for all classes, separated by subject. This list should contain any to-dos for this week, next week or further out, including nightly homework and upcoming tests, quizzes and projects.

Put due dates next to each task. Make sure your child keeps tabs on what homework is due the following day and what is not due until later in the week or the following week. Every item on the master to-do list should have a due date next to it.

Designate levels of importance. Before diving into homework, your child should rank all tasks. You might encourage him or her to use A, B and C levels of importance. For example, on Monday, a math test, a vocabulary assignment due, and chapter to read by Tuesday would be “A” priorities, whereas assignments due Wednesday would be considered “B” priorities, and anything due Thursday, Friday, or the following week “C” priorities.

Divide up the “A” priorities. Once your child has the “A” list in front of him or her, it’s time to quickly decide in what order things need to be completed. A good rule of thumb is to focus on the most difficult tasks earlier in the evening, but each child is different. If your child prefers to check off easier tasks before digging into the more challenging or time-consuming ones, that’s fine as well. When it comes to “B” priorities, your child should include the top one or two in his or her nightly homework list. A test on Friday, for example, deserves some study time on Tuesday and Wednesday and should be bumped up to an “A” priority on Thursday night.

Embrace the student planner. Prioritizing is meant to help your child use his or her time wisely. It’s an exercise best tackled with a calendar or planner on hand, because most children have more than just school on their plates. For example, if your child has a heavy night of extracurricular activities on Tuesday, he or she should account for that in his list of Monday night homework priorities. Make sure your child blocks out time for activities in the calendar so he or she has an accurate picture of how much time is available for homework and studying each evening.

When your child masters the art of prioritization, you will discover that homework time is smoother and offers fewer opportunities to get sidetracked or stalled on less important tasks. Teach your child to embrace this consistent approach to getting started on homework each night and you will notice him or her taking ownership, staying on top of the multitude of demands that school has, and feeling less stressed overall.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Huntington Learning Center Offers Holiday Break Learning Tips Holiday breaks can be a nice disrupt from the daily routine of school - here are a few learning tips to keep your child's academic skills engaged.

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Oradell, NJ December 19, 2017 —Holiday break is a wonderful time for children to enjoy a reprieve from the daily routine of school and homework, and spend time with family and relax. However, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents that there are many ways to keep children learning and engaged over break—without forcing school work on them. "This break is a great opportunity to get into a few fun and educational activities as a family," says Huntington. Here are a few ideas to help your child keep learning these next few weeks:

Let your child plan a meal. This can combine time-management, and help with math, reading, writing, and art skills. Provide cookbooks or online cooking sites to help choose simple recipes for the meal. When cooking, put your child in charge of measuring. Ask questions, such as "Is two 1/4 cups the same as 1/2 cup? How can you tell?" Model how to create a shopping list. Try to estimate cooking times and prepare a schedule. Search the newspaper for coupons. Do math estimates while grocery shopping.

Break out the crafts. There's no better time than the holidays to create gifts. Check out your local craft center for classes on card-making, or spend time together at home working with your hands. Clay, paint, drawing materials and more are a great way to exercise those artistic, creative muscles. Take those projects a step further and check out how-to books from the library on new crafts or nonfiction books on different artists.

Hit the library. The library is a must-visit destination over holiday break. Your child can enjoy reading for the fun of it as opposed to reading for school, so let him or her choose a few books to enjoy over break on subjects that are of interest to him or her. Don't forget to check out the library's schedule of classes and events for children, teens and families over the holidays.

Books as holiday gifts. Good gifts over the holidays are books or a gift card from a book store. A gift card allows your child to pick out books they want to read so they are involved in the selection process and will be excited for what they will read.

Explore local museums. Call the local art, history, science or cultural museums to see if they have any special exhibits going on this holiday season. And even if they do not, these next couple of weeks are a great time to make a few family field trips to some of the attractions that your city has to offer. As a follow up to the outing have your child write about the activity.

With a little planning and imagination, you can make this holiday break enjoyable for your child—and help him or her learn a few new things, too. "Take time during the break to encourage your child to explore his or her interests and have fun in the process," says Huntington. "Free time is the best time to refresh one's memory that learning itself is a fun activity."

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Why Tutoring Can be the Key to ACT Success How specialized tutoring can help prepare students for success when planning to take the ACT college readiness assessment.

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Thu, 21 Dec 2017 16:05:24 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/why-tutoring-can-be-the-key-to-act-success https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/why-tutoring-can-be-the-key-to-act-success Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center When School Isn’t Enough: Why Tutoring Can be the Key to ACT Success

We've encountered many parents over the years who have questions about the benefits of the ACT tutoring programs at Huntington Learning Centers. These parents are searching for answers about the effectiveness and impact of exam prep programs. Often, their questions are very similar and indicate that many parents have the same concerns when their children are preparing to take the ACT.

We've gathered some of the most frequently asked questions about ACT tutoring and hope the answers help you determine whether such a program is right for your child. 

Why choose ACT tutoring? The ACT is a high stakes test that assesses your child's ability as a snapshot
in time. Years of hard work preparing for college admissions can be negatively affected by a weak ACT score. Investing in ACT tutoring provides your child with the extra practice, knowledge, and confidence necessary for success on the exam. The content and format of the ACT exam may feel overwhelming if you are working to prepare your child on your own. How do you know exactly what to study? How much emphasis should you place on each content area? What is the best way to prepare for the specific format of the exam? The professional tutors at Huntington Learning Centers are specifically trained to help students prepare for the exam. Through a careful combination of assessment, instruction, and practice your child will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare for the exam. 

What are the benefits of tutoring at Huntington Learning Centers? The main goal of the ACT tutoring programs at Huntington Learning Centers is to prepare students for the rigors of the ACT exam focusing on academic knowledge, test taking skills, and time management skills. Your child will learn from the best and experience a comprehensive and prescriptive tutoring program based on ongoing assessment data. Not only will your child gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success on the ACT exam but you'll likely notice an increase in confidence as well. Your child will be able to confidently look forward to the exam.

What are the differences in tutoring programs? We offer three different tutoring programs and are confident one of these will meet your child's specific needs. The Premier Program is recommended for students that have six to eight weeks to devote to ACT tutoring and is customized to meet your child's individual needs. Ongoing progress monitoring and interim conferencing provide you the assurance that your child is benefiting from the tutoring program. The 28-Hour Program is designed as a five to seven week program that prepares students in all content areas in a limited amount of time. The 10-Hour Program is designed for students with limited time that want targeted practice in a single content area. If you'd like more information about which of these programs is a best fit for your child contact a professional with Huntington Learning Centers.  

How will tutoring complement my child's high school education? Your child is learning a lot in high school and the mastered skills and acquired knowledge will be incredibly beneficial on the ACT exam. Using careful assessments, we determine what your child already knows and what content areas remain a struggle. We'll work to close the gaps and strengthen your child's academic foundation. The tutoring sessions also expose students to the exam's format and teach successful test taking tips. Many of these lessons are also applicable to other exams your child will take during both high school and college. The benefits will continue to pay off over time. 

Huntington Learning Centers are proud to serve local communities by offering high quality tutoring for students preparing for the ACT exam. Will your child be taking the ACT exam this school year? What other questions do you still have about the benefits of ACT tutoring? Let us know on one of our social media pages or share this information with others who may benefit by clicking on one of the social media buttons above.

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Report Card Review: Turning the Year Around Though hard to believe, the school year is nearly halfway over. As the holiday season quickly approaches, your elementary student will soon receive his or her second report card, which serves as an even more revealing indication of academic performance than the first.

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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:58:36 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/report-card-review-turning-the-year-around https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/report-card-review-turning-the-year-around Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Report Card Review: Turning the Year Around

 Though hard to believe, the school year is nearly halfway over. As the holiday season quickly approaches, your elementary student will soon receive his or her second report card, which serves as an even more revealing indication of academic performance than the first. Why? Unlike the first report, which includes assessment of a substantial amount of review material, the second report card demonstrates how well a student is handling new, more challenging concepts.

 While a less-than-stellar midyear report card can be disheartening, with proper remediation a student’s next report card can show significant signs of improvement. So when that second report card arrives with grades that cause concern, turn to a tutoring program. Whether your child needs a math, spelling or reading tutor, a tutoring program with individualized instruction can make a world of difference.

While parents know that tutoring is a highly effective measure to boost academic success, many are often interested in ways they can complement a tutoring program and continue to help turn their student’s academic year around. There are many helpful measures parents can take; consider the following:

Foster Open Dialogue.

As you and your elementary student prepare for a tutoring program, ask your student how he or she feels about school. Open dialogue is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about why your child received a certain grade or what skills and concepts he or she struggles with the most.  A conversation with your child’s teacher can also provide helpful insight to all parties invested in a child’s academic success. Continue to invite input and reflection from your child after each tutoring session as well. 

Embrace Goals.

While learning goals will be established as part of your child’s tutoring program, it helps when parents continue to embrace and discuss these goals outside of a session. Talk with your child about the ways he or she is working to achieve a goal and why the goal is important. Perhaps write out goals to post on the refrigerator or in your child’s room, or make plans to celebrate after each goal is reached. Parents may even write out learning goals of their own to demonstrate that learning is an ongoing process.

Pursue Positivity.

As your student engages in a tutoring program, cultivate an atmosphere of positivity. Ensure your child understands that tutoring is not a punishment, nor should it carry any negative connotation. Explain that tutoring is simply an extra measure to help him or her advance even farther in school. To sustain a student’s confidence and self-esteem, be sure to praise other successes in both academics and beyond.  

Be Engaged at Home.

Ask your child’s reading tutor about ways you can continue to work on certain skills at home, or integrate math into daily conversation. Spell out signs you encounter while in the car or create fun games with math flashcards. Set aside time each day for reading, and ask questions about the stories your child reads. Efforts to keep your child positively engaged in academics at home can benefit both skill and motivation.

 

Visit Huntington Learning Center for more information about our proven tutoring solutions for elementary students struggling in various subjects.

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Great Family Field Trips for Holiday Break Are you looking for new ideas to keep your child entertained and engaged this holiday break? Explore your community for fun and educational outings for the whole family. Here are four fun ways you and your child can spend time together—and learn or experience something new.

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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:15:23 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/family-field-trips-for-holiday-break https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/family-field-trips-for-holiday-break Are you looking for new ideas to keep your child entertained and engaged this holiday break? Explore your community for fun and educational outings for the whole family. Here are four fun ways you and your child can spend time together—and learn or experience something new.

Planetariums or Observatories

Reach out and touch the stars at a planetarium or observatory. These can be hugely entertaining for your budding astrophysicist or rocket scientist, but even a casual visitor will enjoy taking in the wonders of the universe in a totally different way. Many facilities offer opportunities to view the stars through telescopes with a trained astronomer. Pack some blankets and a thermos of hot cocoa for a night of “holiday lights” that your family won’t soon forget. Visit www.go-astronomy.com/planetariums.htm for a list of planetariums and observatories in your state.

Wildlife Parks and Refuges

Wildlife parks and refuges often offer special winter programming that highlights how local plants and animals adapt to winter conditions. Whether you brave the outdoors or opt to enjoy the visitor’s center, one major benefit to visiting these types of attractions in winter is the lack of crowds. Check with your local, state and national parks and wildlife departments for events and programs for families and kids.

Theater, Ballet or Orchestra

December is a prime month for family-friendly holiday performances of all kinds. Take your family to one of the many known seasonal productions and read the story before or after the performance. Other performances such as The Nutcracker are a perennial family favorite, and orchestras often present programs of holiday music that listeners of any age can enjoy. Look for opportunities to meet the performers so that your child can get a backstage glimpse into how these artists do their work.

Factory Tour

A tour of a local business, manufacturing facility or other factory is a great way for your child to see and learn how things work. Check with your state or local chamber of commerce to find out what companies in your area offer tours of their production facilities—retail manufacturers or distributors, food producers or other organizations may offer tours and informational sessions about the steps that go into making their products. Often, these sessions incorporate local history, fun facts, and science and engineering concepts. As an added bonus, these tours are often free.

Use a little creativity to explore the many educational outings available in your area—beyond the standard museums and zoos. Look into visiting your local news station or newspaper. Consider taking a self-guided tour of a nearby college. Check independent movie theatres for educational films or documentaries for your older child. Better yet, try a few different options. Your child will be sure to have a wonderful story or two to tell when someone asks, “What did you do over holiday break?”

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Huntington Learning Center Offers Advice for Effective SAT/ACT Prep It’s that time of year when many college-bound students are taking or re-taking the SAT and ACT. Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that the best way for students to prepare for college entrance exams is through plenty of practice. “It is true that keeping up with school work inherently helps students acquire the knowledge that they need to perform on college entrance exams, but there is no substitute for regular, thorough studying of the types of questions they will see on these tests,” says Huntington.

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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:28:40 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/advice-for-effective-sat-act-prep https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/advice-for-effective-sat-act-prep Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center It’s that time of year when many college-bound students are taking or re-taking the SAT and ACT. Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that the best way for students to prepare for college entrance exams is through plenty of practice. “It is true that keeping up with school work inherently helps students acquire the knowledge that they need to perform on college entrance exams, but there is no substitute for regular, thorough studying of the types of questions they will see on these tests,” says Huntington.

She suggests that parents think about the following as they and their teens develop a summer study schedule that will yield positive results:

Learn the ins and outs of each exam. Teens should get to know the format and details of the exam they decide to take. It’s essential to understand what is expected on the test, the time limit for each section, the number of questions, and other basic information. This can help steer teens toward one exam over the other. Some of the major distinctions that could also impact a test-taker’s decision between the exams:

  • The ACT has a Science Test that tests critical thinking skills (while the SAT does not).
  • The SAT has one more reading passage than the ACT.
  • The SAT has some math questions that must be answered without the use of a calculator (the ACT allows the use of a calculator for all math questions).

Take a diagnostic evaluation. A teen’s very first step to devising an effective SAT/ACT prep plan should be taking an initial test to determine his or her strengths and weaknesses. Study sessions will be far more effective when teens know exactly what to study and where they need to improve. A full-length diagnostic test gives a baseline so that teens can identify areas to focus on (and measure their progress).

Create a schedule. Teens will be more effective in their study approach if they create a schedule with milestones. The schedule should dedicate the appropriate amount of time to each subject and specific section of the exam, targeting weaker areas and considering teens’ strengths. Certainly, a teen’s specific test score goals (possibly driven by his or her target college or university) and the gap between the diagnostic test score and “goal” test score will impact the amount of study time needed.

Cover all the elements. Yes, the SAT and ACT require subject-matter knowledge—this should be the foremost area of focus in a teen’s study plan. However, the best study plan should cover several other areas as well:

  • Practice exams – Teens should take at least two full-length, timed practice tests that simulate the actual test environment.
  • Speed work – There are a lot of questions on the SAT and ACT to answer in a short timeframe. It’s important to work on improving one’s speed without sacrificing accuracy.
  • Stress management – There’s no getting around the fact that the SAT and ACT can cause teens anxiety because of the impact that the exams can have on their future. It’s important that teens learn how to manage any stress and are able to employ relaxation techniques as needed.

Plan ahead for a retake. Many teens take the SAT or ACT a few times to attain their best score. Summer before junior year is a good time to prepare for the SAT or ACT.  In doing so, keep in mind that many colleges have application deadlines as early as January 1.   The SAT is offered seven times per year and includes a summer test in August, and ACT is offered six times per year, with the first test of the school year occurring in September. It’s wise to put the best foot forward by adhering to a study plan and schedule because planning ahead for specific test dates is key.

Huntington invites parents and teens who are unsure where to begin to call Huntington Learning Center at 1-800-CAN-LEARN. “We understand that few parents and teens know the best way to study for the SAT or ACT, or how close together those study sessions should be—and those sorts of details,” Huntington says. “We’re adept at assessing students’ abilities, developing targeted programs to help them achieve their goals, and helping students do well on these tests.”

Learn more about Huntington’s premier, 32-hour and 14-hour SAT and ACT prep programs and the Huntington test prep approach at www.huntingtonhelps.com.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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5 Red Flags to Watch for this School Year The school year is now in full swing and it’s natural for both children and their parents to quickly settle into autopilot mode. However, Elieen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center cautions parents to pay attention to any academic warning signs that appear early in the school year. “Many students experience ups and downs, but parents should watch for indicators of larger issues,” says Huntington. “The longer you ignore certain problems, the more likely they are to become worse and more difficult to correct.”

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:20:05 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/red-flags-to-watch-this-school-year https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/red-flags-to-watch-this-school-year Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The school year is now in full swing and it’s natural for both children and their parents to quickly settle into autopilot mode. However, Elieen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center cautions parents to pay attention to any academic warning signs that appear early in the school year. “Many students experience ups and downs, but parents should watch for indicators of larger issues,” says Huntington. “The longer you ignore certain problems, the more likely they are to become worse and more difficult to correct.”

As your child navigates this school year, here are five academic red flags that warrant intervention:

1. Poor grades – Of course, the biggest sign that things aren’t going well at school is your child’s performance. An isolated poor grade shouldn’t cause major concern. However, are you noticing consistently low grades or that your child’s grades are dropping throughout the semester? Don’t just pay attention at report card time. Keep tabs on daily and weekly assignments and projects and take note of any concerning patterns.

2.  Homework taking a long time – Many teachers give a time estimate at the beginning of the school year of how much homework their students should expect each night. How does your child’s work time compare to this ballpark? If your child struggles to do homework independently or consistently takes longer than advised by the teacher to complete assignments, you should investigate. This might be a sign that your child doesn’t understand what is being taught in class or is having trouble focusing or understanding directions.

3.  Change in personality – Mood swings are normal for any child, but keep an eye out for significant changes in your child’s disposition and attitude. Is your typically happy child becoming sullen or angry as the school year marches on? Is your child slowly losing interest in school or even friends or activities he or she used to enjoy? In addition, are you noticing your child’s grades suffering?

4.  Negative self-talk – Frustration with even small challenges could signify that your child has given up on a subject—and him or herself. This is common with children who are lacking “building-block skills” to keep up in the classroom and acquire new knowledge. Does your child seem pessimistic about his or her abilities? Does he or she become easily frustrated during homework time?

5.  Disorganization – Disorganization is a common problem for children, but does your child seem to struggle with it in more than one area? Pay particular attention to how your child keeps track of homework and assignments and maintains his or her backpack, desk and room. Lost homework and sloppy work are signs that your child lacks attention to detail, a challenge that will become more problematic in middle and high school.

Huntington encourages parents to seek help sooner than later when they notice one or more warning signs. “Most school issues don’t go away on their own,” she says. “Poor grades are an obvious sign of difficulties in school, but there are many red flags to which parents should pay attention. Recognizing that something is amiss and taking action quickly could make all the difference.”

If your child appears to be struggling, call Huntington at 1-800-CAN-LEARN to talk about how we can help your child turn things around.    

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams. Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards. Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible. Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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How Your College-Bound Teen Can Make it a Productive Holiday Break College is an essential step toward lifelong success, but getting there doesn’t happen on its own. Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center says that too often, college-related deadlines have a way of sneaking up on students—but holiday break is a great time to revisit the college to-do list. “The spring semester of the school year tends to fly by for high school students, especially those finishing up their senior year,” says Huntington. “For those with college on the horizon, it’s important to pay attention to all of the necessary deadlines and tasks. These next few weeks offer a perfect opportunity to get things in order and plan ahead for the months to come.”

To make the most of holiday break, Huntington offers these tips for parents and their college-bound teens:

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How Your College-Bound Teen Can Make it a Productive Holiday Break

College is an essential step toward lifelong success, but getting there doesn’t happen on its own. Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center says that too often, college-related deadlines have a way of sneaking up on students—but holiday break is a great time to revisit the college to-do list. “The spring semester of the school year tends to fly by for high school students, especially those finishing up their senior year,” says Huntington. “For those with college on the horizon, it’s important to pay attention to all of the necessary deadlines and tasks. These next few weeks offer a perfect opportunity to get things in order and plan ahead for the months to come.”

To make the most of holiday break, Huntington offers these tips for parents and their college-bound teens:

Start working on the FAFSA. Seniors planning on enrolling in college for fall 2017 should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 as possible. This application is your family’s avenue to receiving federal, state and college financial aid and the sooner you submit it, the better. Get started at www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Register for Advanced Placement exams. Before school lets out, your teen should talk to teachers or the school’s designated Advanced Placement (AP) coordinator about taking any AP exams in the spring. In 2017, AP exams are scheduled for early May, so holiday break is a good time to start thinking about which exams your teen wants to study for and take.

Register for the spring SAT or ACT. For juniors taking the exam for the first time, now is the time to develop a study schedule for the spring SAT or ACT tests. Contact Huntington over the break to learn more about our 14-hour, 32-hour and Premier SAT and ACT prep programs.

Work on college applications. Seniors should use holiday break as a time to get going on college applications, as many colleges have application deadlines as early as January 1. At the very least, your senior should spend time working on some of the time-consuming parts of the application package, such as the essay. It’s also a good idea to write succinct but professional letters to teachers from whom your teen would like letters of recommendation, making sure to include a resume and list of accomplishments in each teacher’s class. When school is back in session in January, your teen can deliver these letters personally.

Visit local colleges. Although colleges are also on break, this might be a good chance for you and your teen to visit any colleges in your area. Walk the campus, stop by the admissions offices, explore the classrooms and reach out ahead of time to see if any tours are offered.

Holiday break is a wonderful time for your teen to recharge his or her batteries after a busy fall semester, but it also presents a chance to get ahead on that college checklist. “At Huntington, we advise students to take advantage of every break they have from school and use that downtime to ensure they’re on top of everything they need to be regarding college,” says Huntington. “During the spring, things pick up significantly when it comes to college—from applying for financial aid to selecting a college. Encourage your teen to use this time effectively, so that he or she will feel more organized and ready to continue moving forward when school resumes in January.”

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader.  Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2016 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

 

 

 

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SIX TIPS TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE! For many students and their parents, the arrival of a college acceptance letter is a time to celebrate the years of hard work that it took to prepare for higher education - and a cause for concern over how much it's going to cost. Year after year, at most colleges and universities across the nation, expenses for tuition, fees, books and lodging have increased, and according to most experts that trend will continue. Fortunately, the total amount of student aid available, including grants, loans, scholarships, work-study programs and other sources has also increased, making college more affordable than many students and families realize. Here are some tips for tracking down the support that will put your child's dreams within reach.

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:16:46 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/take-stock-of-all-options-for-making-college-affordable https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/take-stock-of-all-options-for-making-college-affordable Dr. Raymond J. Huntington Dr. Raymond J. Huntington For many students and their parents, the arrival of a college acceptance letter is a time to celebrate the years of hard work that it took to prepare for higher education - and a cause for concern over how much it's going to cost. Year after year, at most colleges and universities across the nation, expenses for tuition, fees, books and lodging have increased, and according to most experts that trend will continue. Fortunately, the total amount of student aid available, including grants, loans, scholarships, work-study programs and other sources has also increased, making college more affordable than many students and families realize. Here are some tips for tracking down the support that will put your child's dreams within reach.

Step One: Talk with school counselors. Advising students on financial aid options is one of the most important roles of school counselors. They should know about the different types of aid available and guide you and your child through the application process, which can be daunting. Counselors can also provide information on grants and loans from your state government, and those offered by the colleges and universities you're considering.

Step Two: Make sure your child is eligible for most types of available aid. To qualify for financial aid, your child must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen. If your son would like to receive federal aid, he'll need to register with the U.S. Selective Service when he turns 18 (Selective Service registration is in fact required for all men aged 18 to 25). All students must also graduate from high school or earn a GED before receiving aid.

Step Three: Order the FAFSA. Most of the available aid comes from the federal government, and to access it you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You'll use the information from your tax returns to complete the FAFSA, which you can submit by mail or online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA site is a good source of information about all of the federal aid available, and it includes a link to the financial aid offices for most states as well.

Step Four: Understand the full range of federal aid options available. Grant options include The Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, which are offered to students from families in the lowest income brackets. Loan options include the Federal Stafford Loan, which has a variable interest rate, and the Federal Perkins Loan, which has the lowest fixed rate of any federal student loans. You can also consider Federal Work-Study programs, which provide jobs that pay minimum wage or above.

If you show significant financial need, your child might also qualify for a Subsidized Stafford Loan, which does not start accruing interest until after you graduate from college, saving you a considerable sum. If you don't show enough need, your child may be eligible for an Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, which isn't based on need. Unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest as soon as the money is disbursed, which means the debt will grow while your child attends college, although interest rates on student loans are generally very low. You can learn more about Stafford Loans at www.staffordloan.com, and about many more loan and grant options at the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid Web site, located at: studentaid.ed.gov.

Step Five: Pursue the full range of available scholarships. Many scholarships are available to students interested in a particular field of study, which makes them perfect for students who already have careers in mind. Having an athletic or artistic talent can also open the door to scholarships for students who earn special recognition for those talents. Awards are also available for those in underrepresented groups, such as Hispanic and African-American students, and those who will be the first in their family to attend college. Many scholarships are based on academic merit, but others - from businesses, civic and religious groups and corporate and financial organizations - are awarded based on family income or demographic factors. Creating a checklist of your child's talents, interests, and demographic factors will help you both hone in on the various angles you can pursue.

Step Six: Remember the value of high achievement. Many loans and grants are increasingly based more on academic merit than financial need. This is one more reason your child should develop good study skills and get extra help to address any issues that are impacting grades. It's also important to raise the bar as high as possible by taking Advanced Placement, honors or other advanced courses. Good performance in these courses is especially crucial if your child is hoping to receive aid from colleges and universities because it shows decision-makers that he or she is well-qualified for college-level work - and well positioned to ensure the institution's financial investment pays off.

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Tips for Building Your Students' Comprehension Thanks to the introduction of the Common Core State Standards, building students' comprehension in preparation for college and their careers has taken a front seat.

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Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:17:26 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-for-building-your-students-comprehension https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-for-building-your-students-comprehension Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Tips for Building Your Students’ Comprehension

Thanks to the introduction of the Common Core State Standards, building students’ comprehension in preparation for college and their careers has taken a front seat. One of the key shifts called for by the Common Core is to practice with complex texts and their academic language, progressively developing students’ reading comprehension so that they can gain more from what they read. Students are asked to make logical inferences, analyze the structure of texts, evaluate texts’ arguments (and create their own), and much more.

As you know, however, it is challenging to “teach” comprehension. How can you ensure students extract meaning from that which they read? How can you inspire students to think critically as they read, speak and listen, and incorporate knowledge that they possess already into their understanding of new information?

Below are a few techniques to help your students more thoroughly engage with what they learn, derived from a number of tried-and-true comprehension strategies used by teachers across the nation:

The SQ3R method (Survey, Questions, Read, Recite and Review) guides students to ask questions, make predictions and confirm those predictions when reading and is used for successful studying habits.

  • Survey - Look over the headings, pictures, graphs, or tables. Read the introductory paragraph and summary paragraph. Glance over key words or questions that might be highlighted. Ask yourself; "What do I know about this lesson at this point?"
  • Question - Turn the first heading into a question. 
  • Read - Read to the end of the first section to answer the question you have asked.
  • Recite - After reading the first section, look away from the textbook and try to recite briefly the answer to your question. This is reciting from memory. Jot down brief phrases in outline form. Glance over the section again, if you cannot recite the correct information.

Repeat Question, Read, and Recite on each succeeding section heading.

  • Review - Look over your notes or main heading. Check your memory of the context by reciting the major sub-points under each heading.

 

Story Sequencing helps students learn to recall facts in a story in order, thereby helping them organize their ideas and the information that they read. One example of story sequencing is the use of story maps. Story maps are graphic aids that help students identify a story’s characters, plot, problem and solution as well as the story’s beginning, middle and end.

Paragraph Shrinking was developed as part of the Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies program that is used by many teachers to improve students’ reading proficiency (and was created at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development). As students read, have them summarize the main points of each section or paragraph (the who/what, most important thing about the who or what, and the overall main idea).

Paragraph shrinking empowers students to hone their comprehension by encouraging them to monitor their understanding of what they read as they read it. Students can work in small groups or you can work with the class as a whole.

Visualization, or the use of visual imagery, teaches students to think of images as they read, thereby engaging with the text and improving comprehension. You can encourage students to practice this by having them read passages and pause periodically (after coming across descriptive information) to develop a mental image. Students might relate a picture to a story’s plot or characters, or a passage’s main point.

When a student lacks reading skills, he or she suffers in all academic subjects. Students need reading skills to understand their history and science textbooks, test instructions, and literary stories.  Huntington's academic evaluation identifies a student's weak skills. Instructors develop an individualized program that builds these skills before progressing to the next skill level. Huntington Learning Center has been teaching reading comprehension since 1977. Visit www.huntingtonhelps.com for more information on our programs.

As you research ways to help your students improve their comprehension, keep in mind that it might be most effective to try out different strategies and give students the tools to hone the techniques that work best for them.  Just as students all learn differently, they learn to comprehend text in different manners as well.  As referenced above, there are various strategies for building comprehension that you can use with your students. To read up on the College and Career Readiness English Language Arts Standards, within the Common Core State Standards visit www.corestandards.org

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Helping Kids with ADHD Manage Big Emotions Have you noticed that your child or teen with ADHD seems to be “more emotional” than his or her friends or classmates without ADHD? Is he or she happier and more excited when something positive happens, and more sad, irritable, angry when something doesn’t go his or her way? Many kids with ADHD feel their emotions more powerfully than kids without ADHD. At times, the unbridled joy and excitement expressed by a child with ADHD is a gift, and his or her enthusiasm is infectious. The challenge comes when their excitement grows so big that it can’t be contained, and leads to behaviors that are unsafe or are disproportionate to the situation. Conversely, when a child with ADHD is feeling deeply sad, irritable, or angry, he or she can become consumed by the emotion. Your child may struggle to move beyond his or her feelings in the moment, and see the upsetting event within the context of a bigger picture. Even small problems can trigger big emotional reactions that stick around and interfere with friendships, school, or family time.

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Tue, 02 Jan 2018 12:21:29 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-kids-with-adhd-manage-big-emotions https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/helping-kids-with-adhd-manage-big-emotions Dr. Mary Rooney, Ph.D. Dr. Mary Rooney, Ph.D. Have you noticed that your child or teen with ADHD seems to be “more emotional” than his or her friends or classmates without ADHD? Is he or she happier and more excited when something positive happens, and more sad, irritable, angry when something doesn’t go his or her way? Many kids with ADHD feel their emotions more powerfully than kids without ADHD. At times, the unbridled joy and excitement expressed by a child with ADHD is a gift, and his or her enthusiasm is infectious. The challenge comes when their excitement grows so big that it can’t be contained, and leads to behaviors that are unsafe or are disproportionate to the situation. Conversely, when a child with ADHD is feeling deeply sad, irritable, or angry, he or she can become consumed by the emotion. Your child may struggle to move beyond his or her feelings in the moment, and see the upsetting event within the context of a bigger picture. Even small problems can trigger big emotional reactions that stick around and interfere with friendships, school, or family time.

At a young age, all kids have a difficult time managing their emotions. Toddlers are prone to tantrums because the parts of the brain that deal with self-regulation aren’t well developed at this stage. Over the course of development, kids without ADHD naturally develop the capacity to better manage their emotions. For ADHD kids, the capacity and skills for emotion regulation lag behind those of their peers, and many don’t naturally acquire the skills they need to effectively manage their emotions. Fortunately, emotion regulation skills can be taught, and kids with ADHD can gradually learn to become better at managing their emotions.

Teaching kids with ADHD to regulate their emotions involves two phases:

Teach-It Phase

  1. Learning to label emotions and sensations. At a time when your child is calm, teach him or her about emotions. Help your child list out some of the emotions he or she experiences often, and the way that his or her body feels when having these emotional reactions. For example, “When I am angry, my face feels hot and my fists are clenched.” It can be helpful to allow your child to play-act these feelings, so he or she can more realistically recall how his or her body might feel. Let your child know that these physical sensations are the first clue that he or she is about to experience a strong emotion.
  2. Identify calming strategies. Next, help your child think of two calming strategies that he or she can use when feeling overwhelmed with emotion. These should be easy to do, at home or in public. For example, walking away from the situation and taking five deep breaths, closing his or her eyes and thinking of something that makes him or her smile or laugh, or calmly walking away and getting a drink of water. You can also choose one or two at-home activities, like coloring or drawing, or writing down how he or she is feeling.
  3. Read together. Many kids and parents also find it helpful to read books about emotions. There are quite a few great books available for younger kids, like The Way I Feel, by Janan Cain and Listening to My Body, by Gabi Garcia (for kids in preschool – about 4th grade). For girls ages 9 and up, The Feelings Book: The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions, by Dr. Lynda Madison is an excellent resource, and Understanding Myself, by Dr. Mary Lamia can be helpful for both boys and girls in this age range.

Use-It Phase

Once your child has learned to identify his or her emotions, the physical sensations that signal their arrival, and a few calming strategies that he or she can use when his or her feelings become overwhelming, he or she will need reminders to use these tools in the moment – when experiencing powerful feelings. When you notice that your child is having difficulty managing a big emotion:

  1. Help your child label his or her emotion. Calmly ask your child how he or she is feeling. If your child has difficulty with this, label the emotion for him or her, “It seems like you are pretty sad right now.”
  2. Prompt him or her to use a calming strategy. Remind your child of the strategies he or she had selected and practiced, and prompt him or her to use one of the strategies now.
  3. Provide feedback. After your child has used the strategy, give feedback. “You walked away and took a lot of deep breaths. You seem calmer now.”

Learning to manage emotions takes time, and your child will need repetition and practice to learn these skills. So, stay positive. Even if your child doesn’t use his or her calming strategies perfectly, or seems only slightly calmer than he or she was before, recognize the efforts and improvement. It may not seem like it in moment, but these small improvements are actually big steps in the right direction.

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Huntington Learning Center Celebrates National Parental Involvement Day This month, the Huntington Learning Center of City will celebrate National Parental Involvement Day on November 16, a day that honors the powerful contributions that parents and caregivers provide in support of students’ success. This annual celebration held on the third Thursday in November each year was founded in 1995 by Project Appleseed, a nonprofit educational advocacy organization.

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Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:32:54 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/national-parental-involvement-day https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/national-parental-involvement-day Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center This month, the Huntington Learning Center of City will celebrate National Parental Involvement Day on November 16, a day that honors the powerful contributions that parents and caregivers provide in support of students’ success. This annual celebration held on the third Thursday in November each year was founded in 1995 by Project Appleseed, a nonprofit educational advocacy organization.

Eileen Huntington, Co-founder and CEO of Huntington Learning Center says that the center encourages family involvement every day. “Parents and caregivers can have a tremendous impact on their children’s school experience,” she says. “Some of the simplest activities help the most—like showing an interest in what children are learning at school, helping children prioritize their homework each night and encouraging children to give their school work sincere effort. On National Parental Involvement Day and every day, we express our appreciation to parents who care about their children’s education and want to be a part of it.”

Huntington adds that there are many ways parents can foster their children’s academic success. Here are several suggestions for enhanced parental involvement:

  • Ask teachers about academic milestones for this school year and keep tabs on how your child is progressing toward grade-level standards and checkpoints.
  • Monitor homework time to ensure your child is managing his or her time effectively and working on the most important (i.e. due the soonest) tasks first.
  • Check your child’s homework each night for neatness and obvious errors.
  • Set goals together for the semester, school year and longer term.
  • Ask questions each day about what is going well and what is proving challenging in school.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to meet with teachers and staff at back-to-school nights, open houses and conferences.
  • Read all communications from your child’s teacher and respond in a timely manner when he or she requests information.
  • Make reading a daily habit for the entire family.
  • Ask your child’s teacher(s) if you can volunteer in the classroom or in other ways from home.

Huntington reminds parents that parental involvement is easier than it might sound. “While volunteering in the classroom and for the school’s Parent Teacher Organization are great things, there are lots of ways to support your child,” she says. “Parents should make clear to their children that they believe school is important and encourage them to make it their top priority. Those who communicate this to their children and hold high expectations for them as students will see the positive influence.”

Learn more about National Parental Involvement Day at www.projectappleseed.org. For more information about Huntington Learning Center, visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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How Parents Can Best Assess the Mid-Year Report Card It is report card time—something many parents and students dread. But they shouldn’t, says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “Every parent would love to see a report card full of As and glowing remarks about their child’s love of learning and work ethic, but remind yourself that the report card is a valuable tool,” says Huntington. “Think of it as an opportunity to help your child, to address and overcome any issues together.

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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:29:20 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/mid-year-report-card https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/mid-year-report-card It is report card time—something many parents and students dread. But they shouldn’t, says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “Every parent would love to see a report card full of As and glowing remarks about their child’s love of learning and work ethic, but remind yourself that the report card is a valuable tool,” says Huntington. “Think of it as an opportunity to help your child, to address and overcome any issues together.

What should parents look for when reviewing the report card? Huntington suggests evaluating your child’s report card for these five things:

Study skills –
“What does your child’s report card indicate about his or her ability to focus, take initiative and manage his or her time?” says Huntington. Developing good study skills is an important part of becoming an effective student. That involves staying organized at home and at school, keeping track of assignments and projects, and learning to prioritize.

Good effort – Being involved in homework will give you a good sense of your child’s effort level, but pay attention to marks and comments on the report card that address this, too. Talk with the teacher about it. Trying hard is important, but if your child’s grades don’t reflect his or her effort, there may be a deeper problem.

Red flags – Red flags are warning signs of potential issues. “We suggest looking beyond the grades, because your child’s attitude about and commitment to learning are just as important,” says Huntington. Do the teacher’s remarks indicate your child is unmotivated or has difficulty listening and staying focused? Does he or she talk too much in class or avoid school work?

Behavioral issues – Is your child’s teacher reporting indifference or apathy on your child’s part? Or is he or she acting out? “Often, struggling students feel worthless and stupid,” says Huntington. “When your child is beyond frustration, beyond trying or caring, his or her behavior may worsen—especially at school.”

Strengths – “Often, there’s so much focus on the bad parts of the report card that we forget to pay attention to the areas where students excel,” Huntington says. “One of the best ways to build children’s self-esteem is to help them find the thing that makes them feel successful. Remember to notice and celebrate your child’s strengths.”

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Six Questions to Ask at Parent-Teacher Conferences It’s time for your first official sit-down of the school year with your child’s teacher. While it’s perfectly fine to go into the parent-teacher conference without a lot of advance preparation, you can make the very most of this discussion by thinking through what you’d like to talk about ahead of time. The parent-teacher conference, after all, is arguably one of the most essential tools you have to guide your child in school. Be sure you collect as much information as possible in order to support your child’s success.

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It’s time for your first official sit-down of the school year with your child’s teacher. While it’s perfectly fine to go into the parent-teacher conference without a lot of advance preparation, you can make the very most of this discussion by thinking through what you’d like to talk about ahead of time. The parent-teacher conference, after all, is arguably one of the most essential tools you have to guide your child in school. Be sure you collect as much information as possible in order to support your child’s success.

The teacher will likely have a framework for your discussion that addresses the most important topics. However, be sure to write down your own list of questions as well. As a starting point, here are six questions that cover your child’s holistic school performance: 

Is my child meeting grade-level expectations?
Teachers have state standards against which they measure all students’ performance. Ask how your child is keeping up in class and if there are any areas that need attention.

Why did my child receive this grade? Grades on homework, class work and tests are the most obvious measurement of your child’s daily and weekly progress. Talk with the teacher about any grades that have surprised you to get a better understanding of the components of a grade and where your child is excelling or falling short.

Do you suggest that my child work on anything in particular? While grades tell one part of the story, there are many other aspects of a child’s academic behavior. Ask the teacher about your child’s classroom participation, time management, organization and more.

What is my role at homework time? A common area of confusion for parents is how much or how little they should be helping with homework. Your child’s teacher can offer insight into the appropriate level of parental involvement and what you can do if your child is struggling.

What are my child’s strengths? Don’t forget that parent-teacher conferences are a time to uncover your child’s greatest assets in addition to areas of weakness. Perhaps your child has an outgoing personality and works well in teams. Maybe he or she is a strong public speaker. Talk about what your child is good at, as these areas could present opportunities for extracurricular activities and a possible major in college.

What is the best way for me to support my child at home? As a busy parent, it can feel overwhelming to stay on top of everything school related, but your child’s teacher will appreciate you expressing your desire to help. The teacher might have a few simple suggestions or top priorities to focus on at home that will make it easy for you to take action.
Naturally, every parent-teacher conference will be different, and the teacher might lead the conversation in a particular direction based on how the school year is going so far. However, if your conference doesn’t allow sufficient time for you to discuss everything you’d like to, schedule an additional meeting. The key is to keep the lines of communication with your child’s teacher open and address issues as soon as they arise. Use the parent-teacher conference to talk openly with the teacher. It shouldn’t feel like a one-sided conversation, but rather, a chance for you to share and receive more details on how your child is doing and learn the most important ways you can support his or her education.

If your child is having trouble in school, call Huntington. We can address any problem areas that arise on the report card or in your parent-teacher conference and develop a customized, individualized program that corrects them. Call 1 800 CAN LEARN today to discuss our programs and how we can help your child be the best student possible.

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Help Your Child Strengthen His or Her Weaker Learning Styles When it comes to learning, no two children process information exactly the same. Like adults, children have their own learning preferences and styles and it can take a little trial and error to determine exactly how they learn effectively and retain information. Eileen Huntington, Co-founder and CEO of Huntington Learning Center says that while knowing a child’s preferred learning style or styles is valuable information, parents should still help their children improve their lesser-refined styles too. “Not every classroom or subject will fit a child’s tendencies, so even though it is natural for children to gravitate toward certain subjects because the typical class activity fits their learning style best, they shouldn’t just ignore subjects that are a bit more out of their comfort zone.” How can you help your child strengthen any weaker learning styles? Here are a few tips:

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Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:14:58 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/help-your-child-strengthen-their-learning-styles https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/help-your-child-strengthen-their-learning-styles Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center When it comes to learning, no two children process information exactly the same. Like adults, children have their own learning preferences and styles and it can take a little trial and error to determine exactly how they learn effectively and retain information. Eileen Huntington, Co-founder and CEO of Huntington Learning Center says that while knowing a child’s preferred learning style or styles is valuable information, parents should still help their children improve their lesser-refined styles too. “Not every classroom or subject will fit a child’s tendencies, so even though it is natural for children to gravitate toward certain subjects because the typical class activity fits their learning style best, they shouldn’t just ignore subjects that are a bit more out of their comfort zone.” How can you help your child strengthen any weaker learning styles? Here are a few tips:

To become a stronger visual learner, have your child try the following:

  • Use mnemonic techniques for memorizing information.
  • Organize notes logically so that main concepts and ideas are highlighted and it is easy to skim supporting information.
  • Try a variety of visual aids to learn new material, such as graphs and charts—and combine these tools with reading aloud.
  • Pair any of these techniques with his or her stronger learning preferences. For example, if your child generally enjoys reading and talking aloud, he or she could do so while writing things on a whiteboard or in a notebook.

To become a stronger kinesthetic learner, have your child try the following:

  • Study in small groups to talk through ideas.
  • Use flashcards and other “active” tools.
  • Have your child share material with you or a study partner to reinforce learning.
  • Take notes while reading, draw out concepts on a whiteboard or piece of paper, or act things out with you or someone else.
  • Pair any of these techniques with his or her stronger learning preferences. For example, if your child generally needs a quiet place to focus, he or she can still improve those tactile learning strategies by active studying (e.g. highlighting while reading).

To become a stronger auditory learner, have your child try the following:

  • Record information (such as vocabulary words) on a tape recorder and play back while on the go or in the car.
  • Use the “Read Aloud” tool in his or her word processing software to review drafts of what he or she writes.
  • Purchase both the audio and regular version of textbooks and listen to chapters while following along in the text.
  • Read aloud to him or herself.
  • When learning new information, make associations—with music, for example—to remember what he or she learns.
  • Pair any of these techniques with his or her stronger learning preferences. For example, if your child benefits from the use of memory devices and flash cards, he or she could also have a partner read those tools aloud to strengthen the auditory learning aptitudes.

Lastly, Huntington reminds parents that students who are versatile in their learning preferences will be better prepared for the real world. “When children spend time developing their less comfortable learning styles, they’re essentially helping transform themselves into stronger, more agile students,” she says. “The world is fast-moving and children who are able to adapt as the situation requires will be well equipped for lifelong success.”

For more information about how Huntington helps students strengthen their learning styles, call Huntington at 1-800-CAN-LEARN.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams. Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards. Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible. Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Three Things To Consider When Your Child Gets a Bad Report Card One question that is often asked by parents is what to do when their child receives a bad report card?

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Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:00:57 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/what-to-do-when-your-child-gets-a-bad-report-card https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/what-to-do-when-your-child-gets-a-bad-report-card Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center One question that is often asked by parents is what to do when their child receives a bad report card? There is no concrete way to address this as every situation is different, but we did find some very useful tips in a parenting blog post the New York Times published a few years ago. The blog post featured the question of one parent who asked for advice after her child’s progress report showed grades that were significantly lower than normal. The child was so scared of being punished that she initially hid her report card. Readers of the parenting blog were polled and asked to leave their opinions on what they would do in a similar situation. Here are several key points taken from their comments:

1. It Might Not Be Effort: Effort is not necessarily the problem when a student receives poorer grades than usual. There are so many variables that affect performance. The class size could be larger than normal, affecting the student's ability to get the one-on-one attention he or she needs. It could also be a matter of the time of day the class is held. Considering the environment and other variables might help to determine why your child is struggling.

2. Punishment Only Makes It Worse: Parental pressure was a major cause of concern echoed in reader responses, as they thought back to their own school experiences. Rather than learning the material, many of the readers polled recalled being so obsessed with grades that they didn't care about the subject matter itself. If your child is struggling but trying, it might make more sense to offer encouragement rather than punishing him or her right away. This could help foster confidence in the student and allow him or her to relax, which may help put focus on learning versus stressing about grades. 

3. It All Starts with Communication: Communication was another common theme from reader feedback. It might be advantageous to communicate with your child about interests and current challenges to get a better idea of potential issues. Is your student too focused on extracurricular activities at the moment? Is he or she overwhelmed by a heavier-than-normal workload? You could also speak with your child openly about your own struggles and how you overcame them, so he or she knows that everyone has struggled with school work at times. An open line of communication serves as the best way for a child to ask for help when it's needed.

In the event that you need outside assistance to get your child back on track, we encourage you to contact us today. Our tutors not only are skilled in their subject areas of expertise; they are dedicated to helping students get the best grades possible through proven practices. Whether your child needs specific subject tutoring or ACT test prep to get for ready for college entrance exams, our tutors are up for the challenge. Contact us today to learn more. 

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How to Help Your Child Strengthen His or Her Communication Skills No matter what age your child is, communication is an essential skill. It helps children confirm their understanding of what they are supposed to learn in the classroom, collaborate effectively with other students and people, advocate for themselves, and of course, create clear, effective written work. How can you help your child strengthen those verbal and nonverbal communication skills? Here are several tips:

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Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:07:14 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/help-your-child-strengthen-communication-skills https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/help-your-child-strengthen-communication-skills Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington No matter what age your child is, communication is an essential skill. It helps children confirm their understanding of what they are supposed to learn in the classroom, collaborate effectively with other students and people, advocate for themselves, and of course, create clear, effective written work. How can you help your child strengthen those verbal and nonverbal communication skills? Here are several tips:

  • Build the listening skills. Listening should be an active process in which your child focuses on whoever is speaking and simultaneously processes what that person says. Teach your child to watch for teachers’ and others’ non-verbal cues as well as their words. It’s also important to confirm understanding periodically. Remember also that listening isn’t just something your child should do in school. Teach him or her to become a good conversationalist by summarizing, responding, making eye contact and using respectful body language.
  • Work on written communication. Speaking and listening are essential components of communication, but the written word will prove powerful throughout your child’s life. Help your child discover ways to practice writing for fun. Blogging, creating short stories or poetry, or keeping a paper or computer journal are great ways to get your child to express him or herself and hone the writing skills.
  • Fuel those curiosities. Young children are highly curious, asking questions about anything and everything. As your child grows older, try to foster that continued interest in learning new things and understanding how things work. When your child learns something new, ask lots of questions. The more your child engages in the learning process by seeking answers to burning questions, sharing what he or she learns, and expressing ideas, the better communicator he or she will become.
  • Invite input. In high school, teachers will begin to expect that your child can engage in collaborative discussions with peers and build on one another’s diverse perspectives. At home, you can help your child improve this skill by inviting him or her to weigh in on conversations and consider not just his or her own perspective on a topic, but that of others. Whenever possible, draw out your child’s inner thinker.
  • Back up those opinions. An extension of critical thinking, the art of debate will serve your child well in school and life. Your child should be able to state an opinion as well as the reasons behind it. In writing class, your child will be asked often to write persuasive arguments or convince a reader of something. You can help your child strengthen this ability by thinking through why he or she believes certain things and by listening carefully to others’ viewpoints to understand why they might feel differently.

Communication skills are essential for children in school and become even more important in their future careers. Talk with the professionals at any college career center or browse open job descriptions on any job website and you’ll discover that strong writing, listening and communication are highly sought-after skills by most companies. As your child matures into a young adult, help him or her nurture the ever-important communication aptitudes. In doing so, you will equip him for success in college and beyond.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Tips to Improve Learning Skills & Academic Success Planning & organization are learning skills that students can implement in order to succeed & reach their potential, learn more about other skills here.

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Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:29:28 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-to-improve-learning-skills--academic-success- https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-to-improve-learning-skills--academic-success- Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Essential Learning Skills for Academic Success

It is never too late to work on improving your child's learning skills. Focusing on specific learning and academic skills will help prepare your child for future learning and will provide a strong foundation for success. Many of these skills are easy to integrate into daily learning activities and can have a profound effect on your child's academic future.

Consider these learning skills to help prepare your child for a successful school year:

  • Planning ahead Knowing what is on the horizon is essential for academic success. Most teachers will provide a course syllabus or outline that details expectations and a calendar for the term. This is an important document so your child knows what to expect. Work with your child to add course expectations and deadlines to a master calendar. Once your child sees all of the required coursework in one place you can begin to plan ahead for the work load. You may notice that one particular week is full of exams, quizzes, projects, and presentations while the weeks leading up to it are relatively quiet. This knowledge will help your child plan and prepare carefully while ensuring that no deadlines are missed and no requirements sneak up unsuspectingly. 
  • Reviewing what has already been learned Looking ahead to this year's classes is important, but not at the sake of previously mastered learning. In order to properly prepare for the upcoming school year it is vital your child spends time reviewing what has already been learned. Revisiting mastered concepts, skills, and knowledge is a great way to connect with future learning. The professional tutors at Huntington Learning Center are trained to reinforce previously mastered concepts while helping students become proficient with new skills and knowledge. For example, if your child participates in tutoring sessions for trigonometry the tutor will ensure new concepts are mastered while reinforcing what was already learned in the student's algebra classes. 
  • Staying organized Many students struggle simply because of disorganization. It is hard to buckle down and begin studying when you can't find the proper reading material, notes, or a class syllabus. Staying organized provides your child with a system to ensure all classroom texts and materials are readily available and easily accessible. There are no perfect organizational systems, and every student will do things a little differently, but working with your child to become more organized is highly beneficial. You may want to start by providing school supplies with built in organization. Consider a color for every class and buy a binder, folder, and notebook that all match. Some students prefer an all-in-one system that organizes all materials, regardless of the class, together. Check your child's materials on a regular basis to make sure the system you helped devise is still operating smoothly.
  •  Being proactive Don't wait until your child feels overwhelmed by the required classwork to ask for help. Intervening early when your child needs additional assistance is an excellent way to boost both confidence and academic learning. Spend time with your child on a regular basis reviewing classwork and discussing class requirements. This will help your child identify when to ask for help and what, specifically, is causing the most trouble. Being tuned in to these struggles will benefit your child when asking for help. Teachers, and tutors, can be of the greatest assistance when they know where the specific learning breakdown occurred. This information, coupled with careful diagnostic assessment, helps Huntington Learning Center tutors devise a customized tutoring plan. These tutoring plans meet students where they currently are and work to move them forward in both understanding and academic confidence.
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Find Out How Tutor Services Help Students Increase Their Understanding Subject tutoring and test preparation are just a few of the tutor services offered by Huntington Learning Center that prepare students for the school year.

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Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:31:48 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/find-out-how-tutor-services-help-students-increase-their-understanding https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/find-out-how-tutor-services-help-students-increase-their-understanding Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Get a Jump on the New School Year by Investing in Tutor Services!

There's no better time to choose tutor services than the start of a new school year. Investing in tutoring services can help your child master new concepts, improve study skills, prepare for an upcoming exam, or build a solid foundation of academic skills. Many students benefit from the personalized sessions that aim to increase both understanding and confidence.

Huntington Learning Centers offer tutoring services in:


Subject Tutoring

Your child can benefit from tutor services in a variety of subject areas, primarily in the mathematics and science domains. These tutoring sessions are designed to meet the rigorous demands of school coursework. Students seek subject tutoring for a variety of reasons including difficulty mastering new skills and knowledge, letter grade improvement, and homework help. Regardless of the reason for tutoring, each student is treated as an individual and is presented with a tutoring plan that is customized for specific needs. Perhaps your child is struggling in 8th grade pre-algebra. Before the very first tutoring session your child will be assessed for both strengths and weaknesses. This information is used to create a tutoring plan that addresses weak areas while reinforcing the new learning occurring in the pre-algebra class.


Test Preparation

A child's education is filled with high stakes tests including state achievement tests, college placement tests, and advanced placement exams. What exams will your child be taking this year? Success on these exams is determined by academic preparation and a specific set of test taking skills.  The tutors at Huntington Learning Center can help with both. Tutors review and coach students on each tested academic area and the kinds of questions that will be asked. For example, a portion of the SAT exam assesses a student's vocabulary with cloze items. A cloze question requires students to choose the missing word in a sentence, completing the sentence with proper syntax. Students may choose to complete the sentence with an appropriate word that maintains the sentence's meaning before reading any of the multiple choice answers. Upon reading the answer choices the student can then find a synonym for the initial response. A portion of a tutoring session may be dedicated to specific strategies and then followed by guided practice.

Study Skills

Strong study skills are the foundation to ongoing success in school. A child who lacks sound study habits and proper organizational skills is more likely to struggle to keep pace with academic demands. A new school year is an excellent opportunity to reinforce your child's study skills or learn additional ways to study for the year's upcoming courses. Consider a student that is enrolled in a physics class for the first time. Although he experienced previous success in biology and chemistry he may quickly learn that his study skills need a boost to handle all the new content physics will present. Investing in tutoring sessions to target a different set of study skills more appropriate for physics will allow him to experience success and feel more confident in class.

Academic Skills

Core academic skills, such as reading, writing, vocabulary, and math, are crucial for a student's success during the upcoming school year. If you are concerned with the foundation of your child's academic skills now is a great time to invest in tutoring sessions. These sessions are designed to meet a student's specific needs. Each academic area is broken down into specific skills typically present in various grade levels. For example, an elementary student receiving tutoring in math concepts and computation would focus on basic computation, fractions, and decimals while a high school student would be working on algebra skills and advanced word problems. The developmental sequence of academic skill attainment is used in planning what areas a student should be mastering next.

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Questions to Ask About Your Child’s First Report Card of the Year It’s the start of a brand-new school year, which will be full of new adventure for your child. Soon, you’ll receive his or her first report card—an official status update on how things are going. “Parents should take this first ‘check-up’ of the year as an opportunity to open the lines of communication with their children and their children’s teachers,” says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. When the first-semester report card comes home, what should you address during those conversations? Here are several questions to ask:

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Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:20:52 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/your-childs-report-card https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/your-childs-report-card Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center It’s the start of a brand-new school year, which will be full of new adventure for your child. Soon, you’ll receive his or her first report card—an official status update on how things are going. “Parents should take this first ‘check-up’ of the year as an opportunity to open the lines of communication with their children and their children’s teachers,” says Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. When the first-semester report card comes home, what should you address during those conversations? Here are several questions to ask:

Questions for your child

  1. How has this year gone so far? Give your child a chance to talk about the first couple of months of the school year candidly. How does your child feel about the teacher, each subject and any homework and tests?
  2. What are you proud of? Allow your child to ponder what has gone well this year as a result of his or her efforts. Perhaps there will be one or more classes where the grades were hard earned and a few that came much easier. This insight will help you understand your child’s journey to date and what concerns he or she has that weren’t on your radar.
  3. How do you learn and study best? Before offering your own observations and ideas about how your child learns most effectively, ask for his or her opinion. Be sure to talk about how this year is going and if your child is noticing any changes in his or her most useful study and learning methods.
  4. What do you want to change going forward? Bring this up after reviewing the report card together. If your child received a poor grade, it’s understandable that you might want to lay out a game plan to fix it, but let your child talk first. What does he or she think is the best course of action?

Questions for your child’s teacher

  1. What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses? You have your own thoughts, but it is invaluable to understand the teacher’s ideas about your child’s areas of strength and areas to improve upon. This gives the teacher a chance to talk about your child’s performance compared to grade-level expectations and how he or she is staying on track thus far in the year.
  2. How would you describe my child as a student/learner? The more you know about your child’s learning preferences, tendencies and methods, the better equipped you will be to offer support at home. Ask the teacher what he or she sees in the classroom as far as the environment and types of lessons that seem to “click” with your child the best.
  3. Where would you like to see my child make changes? This question should hopefully open the conversation to your child’s working habits and demeanor in the classroom. Whatever adjustments the teacher brings up, make sure you ask for suggestions on how best to proceed.
  4. What can I do to support your efforts? It’s always helpful to get an understanding from the teacher as early in the year as possible of the role you should play in your child’s education. Ask about tips for approaching homework time, what the appropriate level of involvement is and how you can stay in touch with the teacher for your child’s benefit.

Before any conversation about the report card, Huntington encourages parents to write down their own list of questions, springboarding from the above topics. “All parents have a unique perspective of what their children need to work on, so it’s a good idea to keep that big picture in mind when communicating both with their children and the teachers,” she says. “Parents can keep those conversations focused and constructive by spending time in advance putting any issues or concerns down on paper.”

If the first report card of the year brings up issues that are of serious concern, call Huntington at 1-800-CAN-LEARN. We can develop a customized, one-to-one plan of instruction to help your child address any problems big or small and make this a great school year.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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SAT Help is a Smart Investment for Students Fall is fast approaching and with it comes a new school year for your child.

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:52:08 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/sat-help-is-a-smart-investment-for-students https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/sat-help-is-a-smart-investment-for-students Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center SAT Help is a Smart Investment for Students

This not an ordinary fall for either you or your child. The SAT looms and you know your child needs all the support they can get to get ready. SAT scores can play a very important role in the college admissions process, but most parents do not know what exactly the SAT entails. What skills does the SAT emphasize? How much geometry and algebra are on the SAT? Does my child need a geometry tutor to be as prepared and confident as possible?

Students often describe preparing for the SAT as one of the most stressful and anxious periods of their teen years; they know that this one test can have a big impact on whether or not they can get into the college of their choice. When students try and prepare for a test that they are not familiar with, stress and anxiety can get worse. Why leave them to navigate the minefield of SAT prep when there are professional experts and respected organizations that specialize in helping students with this specific test? 

Don't leave SAT prep to chance. Don't simply buy your child an SAT prep book and hope that it's enough. Find the professional assistance that is available to you and relieve fears that can damage confidence and scores. When you invest in a professional and reputable tutoring service, you can ensure that your child will get the help they need, both in terms of subject matter and test-taking strategy. This extra assistance will dramatically boost your child’s confidence and allay fears heading into test day.

Through one-on-one instruction, your child can discover his or her strengths and weaknesses and get the help needed to overcome possible deficiencies. If, for instance, geometry is not your child's strong suit, the tutor can provide constructive and tailored lessons on the subject that will enable your child to learn key concepts and even expand upon them. By the time he or she takes the test, your child should be confident in his or her abilities and ready and able to demonstrate new skills.

Beyond understanding and practicing the specific skills demanded during the SAT, the mental edge provided by professional tutoring services cannot be overstated. Study after study reveals that test scores are suppressed by stress and anxiety. Practice with a professional tutor sharpens skills, provides familiarity with the test format, and shows your child how hard work and preparation can influence a more successful outcome.

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PARENTS' GUIDE TO THE FIRST REPORT CARD OF THE YEAR Huntington Learning Center has created a list of tips that parents can use while assessing their child's first report card of the semester.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:34:11 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/parents-guide-report-card https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/parents-guide-report-card Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Oradell, NJ October 17, 2017 — The first marking period of the year does not have to conjure up stress for many children and their parents. “The report card should be viewed as an opportunity to identify any potential trouble areas, address any issues and set goals with your child,” advises Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. As the first academic review of your child’s school performance this year, Huntington suggests that parents keep in mind the following when they receive their child’s fall report card:

The teacher can offer more in-depth information. Grades should be digested with the help of a teacher, who can provide more insight into and specifics about your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses, behavior in the classroom and more. Together, you can identify the areas where your child may need additional support and develop a plan to provide just that—at home and in the classroom.

Poor organization and study skills may hamper a student’s performance. Sometimes a child has the ability to learn and comprehend, but he or she is disorganized and unskilled at managing his or her time. If your child is getting bad grades, talk about his or her homework, study routine and approach. Perhaps a few small changes may help your child become a more effective and efficient student.

Last year was last year. It’s a whole new school year, with more demanding classes and concepts for your child to learn and different teachers who may approach subjects differently. This means that the challenges that confront your child may be completely different this year. Do not be surprised if your child brings home a lower-than-expected grade in a subject that did not cause trouble last year, and remind yourself that no matter what troubles present themselves, you and your child can overcome them together.

Some problems don’t go away on their own. Certain issues need correction sooner rather than later. If your child does not acquire certain “building block” skills in math or reading that are essential for him or her to grasp more difficult and in-depth concepts, for example, he or she will continue to struggle in those subjects. Your child’s teacher can advise whether your child would benefit from tutoring that will help him or her close those skill gaps as quickly as possible.

Huntington reminds parents that perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind when grades are declining is that the action taken is what really counts. “Inevitably, issues will arise throughout your child’s education,” says Huntington. “However, if you stay optimistic and calm and take steps early, you can overcome those issues before they grow into major problems.”

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams. Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards. Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.

Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com.
For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

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Huntington Learning Center Gives Tips for Instilling the Importance of College into Your Child By creating an open dialogue about college early, parents can positively influence their child's study skills to better prepare for college.

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Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:10:27 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-importance-college https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-importance-college Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Gives Tips for Instilling the Importance of College into Your Child

Oradell, NJ 10/15/17  Parents hear often how important it is to start saving early for their child’s college education, but what about nurturing a lifelong college mindset? “Parents shouldn’t assume that just because their child attends school each day that he or she is thinking about and planning for college,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. Huntington suggests that parents start the college conversation early. Here are a few additional tips to positively influence your child’s feelings about the importance of college:

Set the expectation. Rather than making college sound like a possibility, talk about college as a definite plan. By doing so, you’ll ingrain in your child’s mind that it will happen—with your support. This is also a good opportunity to impress upon your child the importance of working hard in school in preparation for college-level academics.

Share the reasons that college is important. Starting as early as elementary school, talk candidly with your child about the fact that earning a college education will help him or her get a good job, make more money and have a better life overall. As your child grows older, discuss some of the other benefits of college, such as the ability to explore subjects, grow as a person, try new activities and much more. 

Go see colleges. If there is a college in your town, take your child there sometimes—even if just for picnics or walks on the weekends. Many colleges offer events for the community as well as camps and other programs for children of all ages. Seek out opportunities to expose your child to the college environment. Take your child to visit your alma mater if you have the chance. Point out the places where you lived and took classes and share some of the positive experiences from your time at college.

Talk about the future. Your nine-year-old might not yet have a firm career ambition, but you can still ponder the possibilities and discuss how a college education will help your child make them happen.  Ask your child what he or she wants to become. Give your child opportunities to explore careers through classes, camps, and later, internships and volunteer experiences.

Parents have a tremendous influence on their child’s college aspirations. “You are your child’s greatest influence, so everything you say and do shapes how your child feels about college and its value,” says Huntington. “Make college sound exciting, worthwhile and achievable. Promise that you’ll help your child realize his or her academic aspirations. Then, by the time your child reaches high school, the question won’t be whether or not to attend college, but where to apply.”

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader.  Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.

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Tackling the Scholarship Search the Smart Way High school parents know how intense and nerve-wracking the college search process can be—especially when it comes to thinking about the price tag. Here’s the good news: there are many scholarships out there, and even students who aren’t at the top of their class have a chance to win some scholarship money. But how should your teen go about it? Here are a few tips and suggestions to make the scholarship search efficient—and hopefully successful:

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Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:01:52 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-college-scholarships https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-college-scholarships High school parents know how intense and nerve-wracking the college search process can be—especially when it comes to thinking about the price tag. Here’s the good news: there are many scholarships out there, and even students who aren’t at the top of their class have a chance to win some scholarship money. But how should your teen go about it? Here are a few tips and suggestions to make the scholarship search efficient—and hopefully successful:

Start early. It truly is never too early to start researching scholarship programs—and freshman year is a great time to start getting familiar with what types of scholarships exist, the requirements and who typically wins those scholarships. The guidance counselor can be a great resource, but it’s helpful to start browsing sites like www.scholarships.com, www.fastweb.com and https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search also. Then, by the time your teen is ready to start applying, he or she will already be knowledgeable about the options and expectations.

Search far and wide. Encourage your teen to utilize the aforementioned scholarship search engines, search for scholarships in the local community (foundations, local businesses and churches are good places to start) and make friends with the guidance counselor. It’s worth emphasizing that the guidance counselor’s office probably learns about new scholarships all year long. If they have an online system or database, be sure your teen browses it regularly or registers to receive notifications of new scholarships or scholarship deadlines. Stopping by often to get to know the counselors is a good idea as well so that they are aware of your teen’s interests, target schools and career goals. Once your teen applies for financial aid and submits college applications, the guidance counselor can also help navigate any college-specific scholarships offered by the institutions to which your teen applies.

Narrow things down. The scholarship search can quickly become overwhelming if your teen accumulates a list of hundreds of potential scholarships and doesn’t know where to begin. This is where the importance of paying attention to criteria comes in. Scholarship search engines actually allow your teen to create a profile that narrows the list down to those that are a fit, minimizing time wasted on scholarships for which your teen is not a candidate. Your teen should take the same meticulous screening approach with other scholarships that he or she learns about.

Be disciplined about applying. Most scholarship deadlines are between October and March, so encourage your teen to search in the fall and pay attention to deadlines. If your teen comes up with a list of 25 possible scholarships, he or she should create a spreadsheet with the names, application deadlines and contact information of each, and tackle five or 10 a week (arranging by deadline date). As new possibilities arise, add them to the spreadsheet and keep at it. Files for each scholarship with the details, essays submitted and more will keep your teen organized.

With effort and diligence, your teen can place him or herself in the best position to win scholarships. The reality is that there is a lot of money available and your teen can increase his or her chances of scholarship success by continuing to work hard in school and applying to as many “potential fit” scholarships as possible.

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The Benefits of SAT Prep The college admissions process can be one of the most stressful parts of raising a teenager.

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Thu, 26 Oct 2017 16:35:46 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/the-benefits-of-sat-prep https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/the-benefits-of-sat-prep Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center The Benefits of SAT Prep

The college admissions process can be one of the most stressful parts of raising a teenager. For many parents, it is the culmination of a long process; they hope that those years of decision-making and support will lead to an acceptance letter to a good college, which will pave the way for adulthood, independence, and a worthwhile career.

There are many aspects to the college admissions process, and taking the SAT is routinely cited as a major concern for both teens and parents, for good reason. The test results will be considered heavily when colleges are reviewing applications and could be the deciding factor in your child's acceptance or denial at an institution.

So how does a concerned parent bridge any gaps between their child’s current level of knowledge and the skills that he or she will need to do well on the SAT? One of the most proven methods is to enroll your child in a respected and established SAT prep program. There are many benefits to SAT prep, including the following: 

  • A Higher Score:  In the competitive world of college admissions, even a slight increase in score can be the difference between the desired college acceptance notification and a disappointing rejection letter.
  • Expert Help: Experts on the test know that it's not just your child's knowledge that is being tested, but also his or her understanding and ability to reason. They will be the best able to instruct your child on test-taking strategies that are tailored, both to the test and to your child's particular learning style.
  • Reduced pressure: The combination of practice – which aids familiarity – and expert advice will help to alleviate the pressure that your teen might experience with a test that can have a big impact on his or her future. As your child becomes more familiar with the test, your child’s comfort levels and confidence will rise.
  • Financial Aid: The cost of college has increased enormously over the last decade. Since many colleges provide financial aid based, in part, on an applicant's SAT scores, the investment in a prep program can lead to significant monetary benefits down the road.

The SATs do not have to induce panic in you or your child. By enrolling in a recognized SAT prep program, you can alleviate some of the tension and ensure that your teen is as prepared as possible. Enroll now before the fall SAT season arrives!

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Tips and Tools for Students with ADHD Messy backpack and binder. Disorganized desk. A poor or non-existent organizational system. If your child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you’ve likely dealt with one or more of these issues during the school year. It can be incredibly frustrating to see your child operating in such an inefficient, ineffective manner, but there are ways you can help him or her improve those executive functions and develop strategies to stay organized and on task. Here are several tips and tools that will help your ADHD student:

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Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:23:18 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-and-tools-for-students-with-adhd https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/tips-and-tools-for-students-with-adhd Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington Messy backpack and binder. Disorganized desk. A poor or non-existent organizational system. If your child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you’ve likely dealt with one or more of these issues during the school year. It can be incredibly frustrating to see your child operating in such an inefficient, ineffective manner, but there are ways you can help him or her improve those executive functions and develop strategies to stay organized and on task. Here are several tips and tools that will help your ADHD student:

Embrace charts and checklists. A daily assignment chart will help your child keep track of homework and ensure you know what’s expected at home. Try a simple sheet with subjects across the top and days of the week in the left-hand column. Your child should record any homework at the end of each subject or class and keep this chart in one central place, such as a binder. At night, this chart should become your child’s to-do list, which he or she can keep on hand during homework time and check off as tasks are completed. Checklists posted by the door (or wherever your child gets ready for school) with everything needed for the school day are also helpful visual reminders.

Use a day planner. A day planner is a good idea for any student, but especially important for ADHD students who struggle with organization. Help your child learn the basics of referencing the planner frequently and during homework time and using it to plan a schedule for any bigger assignments or projects. Many students use day planners successfully to stay on top of their assignments as well. Whether your child’s planner is simple and used for “high-level” recording of extracurricular reminders, due dates and test dates, or detailed with homework assignments, it’s a useful daily companion.

Master prioritization. Often, children with ADHD lack strong time management skills. A consistent routine helps such children become accustomed to staying on task and setting aside time for both “have-tos” and “want-tos.” Before sitting down to do homework, have your child rank each subject in order of priority. Due dates that are furthest away should be lower on the list than assignments due the next day. Then, have him or her estimate how long each assignment might take and set time limits for each. A stopwatch or timer is an invaluable device for helping your child avoid veering off on tasks.

Create a system. Help your child develop a system for keeping track of handouts, supplies, notebooks and more. Whether that’s a color-coded filing system for each subject, inboxes at home used in conjunction with a binder with subject dividers, or a combination of methods, the key is to embrace the “everything in its place” mantra. Teach your child to always store similar items in the same location and to develop good habits for organizing the backpack and desk at the end of each homework session.

Lastly, your support is critical as your child learns to be an effective student. Keep tabs on homework and project deadlines and keep a family calendar and bulletin board in a central location. Make organization a family practice. Most importantly, remind your child that all his or her efforts will pay off in the long run. With reliable procedures in place and continued practice, your child will learn the routines that help him or her the most.

If your child has ADHD and is struggling to stay organized and keep up with school work, call Huntington. We work with many ADHD students and use proven instructional strategies to help them stay focused and be successful in school.

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Read it and Understand: Six Strategies for Improved Reading Comprehension Implementation of reading comprehension strategies is a critical component of understanding any piece of text. Learn about these strategies here.

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Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:44:11 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-strategies-for-improved-reading-comprehension https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/six-strategies-for-improved-reading-comprehension Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Reading comprehension strategies - a technical term for a common problem. It’s happened to every reader. You sit down with a book, magazine, or technical text and begin to read. Several pages in you discover you have no idea what you just read. What you just experienced was a breakdown of reading comprehension; you simply read the words without using any strategies to understand. This is a common struggle for many students. The ability to understand what is being read, and to independently apply specific reading strategies, provides students with deep and meaningful comprehension.

When students are unable to independently use comprehension strategies, reading achievement gaps grow and frustration occurs. It will become harder and harder for these students to understand what they are reading. The professionals at Huntington Learning Centers have developed an intervention method for students struggling with their reading comprehension. These tutoring sessions focus on improving specific reading strategies, including:

    • Making connections Readers deeply understand when they connect what they are reading to their lives, prior knowledge, past experiences, other texts, events, and issues. Each of these connections strengthens a reader’s comprehension and helps provide context for deep understanding. Encouraging a student to examine complex connections between the text and literary themes, world events, and interrelated issues will enhance comprehension even further.
    • Visualizing All readers should form pictures in their heads as they read. These “mind movies” allow the reader to visualize the story as it is happening and deepen text comprehension. Readers should also integrate their senses to clarify visualizations and ask themselves what they can hear, taste, smell, or feel. 
    • Asking questions Asking questions before, during, and after reading deepens comprehension and provides a better understanding of the author’s purpose. Readers should ask questions throughout the reading such as: 
      • “What is the author trying to tell me?”
      • “What will happen next?”
      • “Do I understand what I am reading?"
      • “What do I already know about this topic?”
      • “How is this text like others I’ve already read?”
    • Inferring Reading comprehension isn’t just text deep. Readers must dive into the text and read between the lines to understand the deeper meaning. Drawing meaning from conclusions and questions allows the reader to make inferences based on text clues and background knowledge. Making inferences is a sophisticated comprehension skill and often requires direct and targeted practice.
    • Determining Importance In both fiction and non-fiction texts readers must determine the most important parts. Understanding the most crucial sections of a story’s plot provides the reader with clues about the conflict or character traits. Understanding the most important ideas in informational texts supports the reader’s ability to comprehend complex topics. Readers should use clues such as titles, headings, pictures, and captions to determine importance. 
    • Synthesizing Finishing a piece of text or an entire book isn’t the end. It should be just the beginning! Good readers find ways to use what they’ve learned to create their own ideas. Synthesizing requires readers to create a single understanding by combing prior knowledge and new learning. Readers must also be able to integrate a variety of other reading skills and strategies independently. It is a complex skill and can be developed while reading a variety of texts and participating in engaging discussions.

The professionals at Huntington Learning Centers offer tutoring sessions to students who are struggling with independently utilizing reading comprehension strategies. These sessions are directed by ongoing assessment data and are specifically designed to meet the needs of the individual student. This personalization tailors the tutoring sessions to the student’s specific needs and is highly effective at improving the use of reading strategies and overall comprehension.

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5 Tips to Make it a Great School Year As your child starts the new school year, it’s the best time to set the tone for positivity. As Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says, a bit of “mental preparation” can help children and parents kick things off on a good note. “We tell families all the time that attitude has a major impact on how a child views school,” she says. “Parents who communicate with their children about school and its importance and embrace an optimistic demeanor about how to tackle challenges along the way have a tremendous influence on their children’s outlook as well.”

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:42:30 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5-tips-to-make-it-a-great-school-year https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/5-tips-to-make-it-a-great-school-year Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center As your child starts the new school year, it’s the best time to set the tone for positivity. As Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says, a bit of “mental preparation” can help children and parents kick things off on a good note. “We tell families all the time that attitude has a major impact on how a child views school,” she says. “Parents who communicate with their children about school and its importance and embrace an optimistic demeanor about how to tackle challenges along the way have a tremendous influence on their children’s outlook as well.”

How can you help your child make this a great school year from the start? Here are five tips:

  1. Talk about failure as a good thing. Many children who have faced school adversity in the past approach each new school year with trepidation—and it’s understandable. However, the best thing parents can do is talk about the fact that each failure yields a new and important lesson. Explain that every mistake or difficult class is an opportunity to grow and learn and apply that knowledge to a future situation.
  2. Keep it in perspective. Reflection is a powerful activity and reminds your child that even the hardest situations will turn out fine. Talk about problems your child has had in the past and how he or she overcame them. Remind your child that if similar issues arise this year, they won’t ruin your child’s life forever. When a poor grade or failed test occurs, teach your child to take a deep breath, calm down and think about how to do better.
  3. Give a refresher on problem-solving. Problems in life are inevitable. Build your child’s independence this year by reminding him or her of the steps to solve problems. Give your child plenty of opportunities to make decisions and deal with the consequences of those decisions—good or bad. Encourage your child to persevere when his or her first attempt at something isn’t successful.
  4. Embrace a growth mindset. Children who believe their intelligence can be developed excel in school and life much more than those who believe it is static. Talk with your child about embracing challenges, even when they prove frustrating. Celebrate forward momentum and progress and remind your child regularly that there’s something new to learn each and every day. The more you can show your child that learning is continuous, the more open he or she will be to soaking up new knowledge.
  5. Set goals. A new school year is the perfect time for children to think about what they want to achieve in the months to come and how they will do so. Talk with your child about what is important to him or her this school year and how you can support those efforts. Then, be sure to revisit those goals every month and at report card time.

Parents can make such a big difference in how their children approach the school year by being confident and enthusiastic from the outset. “Even if your child has had some difficult times in school, you can still start things off with a positive attitude,” Huntington says. “Children are perceptive—if they sense optimism from their parents, it rubs off. Make this school year great by encouraging your child to put the best foot forward and committing to supporting your child however he or she needs it.”

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

©2017 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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How to Find Scholarship Money-Even for the Average Student Are scholarships only for outstanding students and stellar athletes? Definitely not!

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Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:09:53 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-find-scholarship-moneyeven-for-the-average-student https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/how-to-find-scholarship-moneyeven-for-the-average-student Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center How to Find Scholarship Money—Even for the Average Student

Are scholarships only for outstanding students and stellar athletes? Definitely not!

If you have written off scholarships because your college-bound teen isn’t at the top of the class, think again. There are many scholarships for students with varying skillsets and different backgrounds, but not necessarily the highest GPAs and SAT/ACT test scores. According to sources such as Scholarship America and Scholarships.com, students can receive scholarship support from all kinds of sources—for their creativity, ability to overcome adversity, or efforts in extracurricular and volunteer activities, for example.

Where should your teen look? Here are a few tips and suggestions as you and your teen embark upon the scholarship search:

Start with the guidance counselor. A great place to begin the scholarship search is at the guidance counselor’s office. Many guidance/college counselors maintain a list of local and national scholarships and can quickly tell you what scholarships your teen may or may not be eligible for. In addition, the guidance counselor will have information about different types of scholarships at the colleges and universities in your state or region, as well as directions on how to apply. Keep in mind that guidance counselors may be your best source for information about local scholarships or foundations.  

Tip: Ask the guidance counselor how to stay up to date on new scholarships and deadlines. Many high schools maintain an online database of scholarships.

Look at your state’s Department of Education website. Obviously, all states offer financial aid, but many states offer scholarships or other types of stipends. While the colleges to which your teen applies often handle the application process for such aid, your state’s Department of Education website is a great source of information. For example, in Colorado, the College Opportunity Fund is a stipend available to all students going to college in the state. In Michigan, the Michigan Nursing Scholarship awards scholarships to residents who pursue nursing degrees. The state of New Jersey offers several types of scholarships for state residents pursuing different fields of study.

Tip: To find your state’s department of education website, visit www.ed.gov/about and click on “State Contacts”.   Then, search for scholarships. Colleges’ financial aid departments can also point you in the right direction to learn more about state funds and scholarships.

Ask organizations where you work or volunteer. Employers are an excellent resource for scholarships, especially bigger corporations. Some companies award scholarships to employees or dependents or employees, but many others do not require applicants to have any connection to the company. Check out some of the organizations in your area as well as larger national corporations that might offer scholarships. Examples include U.S. Bank, Microsoft and Walmart.

Tip: Your employer or your teen’s employer (if your teen has a part-time job) are a great place to start.

Consider scholarships for students of certain heritage or background. Many scholarships support specific individuals, such as women or students from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds. Nonprofit organizations such as the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the United Negro College Fund award funds to thousands of students each year. 

Tip: A scholarship search engine can help you locate scholarships for which you might be eligible based on your personal characteristics.

Check out nontraditional sources of scholarship revenue offered in your state. Programs such as Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship program open doors for students without perfect GPAs. Students with a 3.0 GPA are eligible as well as students who come from home study programs, and they can receive funding toward college degrees and technical certifications or diplomas. Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship program offers scholarships to students who have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA (for Florida Medallion Scholars, or a 3.5 GPA for Florida Academic Scholars) and completed a minimum number of service hours.

Tip: The scholarships mentioned above are both Lottery scholarship programs, which a number of states also have. Research whether your state offers a similar program that is funded by state lottery revenues or other funding sources, such as tobacco settlements or turnpike revenues.

Use scholarship search engines to aid your search. One of the best ways to round up a list of scholarships for which your teen is qualified is to use a scholarship search engine. These tools help students create a detailed student profile and narrow down a list of scholarships that fit that profile (eliminating any for which they do not meet the criteria).

Tip: Reputable search engines include scholarships.com, scholarshipexperts.com, fastweb.com, and the College Board’s Scholarship Search Tool.

Although there are thousands of scholarships out there, it can be discouraging to see scholarship after scholarship restricted for high achievers with exceptional grades and test scores. Never fear: there are many scholarships for students with other skills, traits and interests. Encourage your teen to put effort into the search and he or she may be surprised by the number of scholarship options available.  Here are a few more tips to help make your child's college journey more affordable.

And of course, don’t forget to enter Huntington’s College Scholarship Sweepstakes. Huntington awards a $500 scholarship each quarter to a college-bound high school student. Simply submit your information via text message on behalf of your student. Learn more at www.huntingtonhelps.com/contest.

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Establishing a Good After-School Routine Ray Huntington offers suggestions for parents who want to help their child establish a successful after-school routine.

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Mon, 17 Feb 2020 13:12:19 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/establishing-good-afterschool-routine https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/establishing-good-afterschool-routine Dr Raymond Huntington Dr Raymond Huntington When it comes to homework and studying, having a plan helps students maximize their time and get more done. After a long day at school, many children want nothing more than to come home and toss the backpack aside, but Ray Huntington of the Huntington Learning Center says that parents should encourage children to embrace a routine to minimize stress. “Having a set schedule after school sounds rigid, but really, it prevents students from unknowingly wasting their time,” Huntington says. “With a reliable routine, students are more productive overall and they also learn to take ownership of their schedules.”

Huntington offers these suggestions for parents who want to help their child establish a successful after-school routine:

Have your child take the lead. One of the biggest benefits of creating a routine is that it empowers children to take responsibility for their daily to-dos. Sit down together to develop an after-school schedule that your child finds workable and in tune to his or her preferences (of when to study and when to enjoy downtime, for example).

Design with your child in mind. A routine will be more effective if it is created with your child’s input. Think about things like when your child is the most focused and what type of environment works best for your child to study (with siblings or alone? In his or her room or in the kitchen?). Pay attention to what works and stick to it.

Put the routine on display. Like the teacher does in the classroom, set expectations at home each day. Hang the after-school routine in a visible location—consider buying a white board for the kitchen or somewhere similar—and have your child look at it before leaving for school and as soon as he or she gets home. It should be detailed enough to keep your child on task, but flexible to incorporate free time. For example, a student in elementary school could follow a routine such as:

            Empty backpack, prep for homework                         3:30-3:45

            Wash hands, snack                                                      3:45-4:00

            Homework                                                                  4:00-4:30

            Practice piano                                                             4:30-4:45

            Basketball practice                                                      5:00-6:00

            Dinner, cleanup                                                          6:00-7:00

            Reading, any other studying                                        7:00-7:30

            Bedtime prep                                                               7:30-8:00

            Free time                                                                     8:00-8:30

            Lights out                                                                    8:30                                        

 Incorporate organization. At the end of each homework session, your child should take a few minutes to neaten his or her workspace, put away all supplies, check off any completed to-dos and mentally prepare for the next school day. Organization will help your child pick up where he or she left off at the next study session, minimizing ramp-up time and maximizing actual work time.

 As a parent, your job is to help your child acquire the study skills and independence to be an effective learner. “Routines at home teach children to be self-starters, take responsibility for what they have to accomplish and rely on themselves, not others, to make those things happen,” says Huntington. “By encouraging and upholding a routine and system of organization at home, you’re ingraining those essentials into your child, which will benefit him or her over the long term.”

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader.  Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams.  Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards.  Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible.  Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.   

©2016 Huntington Mark, LLC. Huntington Learning Center®, the three-leaf logo, and 1 800 CAN LEARN® are registered trademarks of Huntington Mark, LLC. Each franchised Huntington Learning Center is operated under a franchise agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Review of Test Prep Techniques That Ensure You Are Ready For Any Exam Strive for academic excellence by using test preparation techniques. Time management is one skill that should be mastered in order to be fully prepared.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:14:16 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/review-of-test-prep-techniques-that-ensure-you-are-ready-for-any-exam https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/review-of-test-prep-techniques-that-ensure-you-are-ready-for-any-exam Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center A Comprehensive Review of Back to School Test Prep Strategies

School is back in session and it's the perfect opportunity to get to work and ensure your test prep review is in great shape. Honing your test taking skills will prepare you for exams in your high school courses as well as any achievement exams you will take this year. Focusing now on your test taking skills will pay off in the long run as you approach each exam with confidence in your abilities.

The staff at Huntington Learning Centers has helped thousands of students improve their test taking strategies. Some of our favorite strategies include:

  • Understanding the directions Each exam is different and has its own testing guidelines. It's important to do your research before exam day arrives to ensure you understand these guidelines. Pay attention to what is allowed in the testing center, your time limitations, and what portions of the testing materials you may write in, complete your work, or jot notes.
  • Using your time wisely Standardized achievement tests all have time limits that must be strictly adhered to. Knowing your time limits is important but you should also focus on using every minute wisely. If a question is posing a particular problem, skip it, answer the questions that you're      more confident in and return to answer it later. You should also check for errors, reread written passages, and scan your math work until time is called.
  • Finding strategies that work for you No two students are alike and during your preparation you'll find specific test taking strategies that are most effective for you. A good way to discover strategies that work for you is to take several practice exams before testing day. You'll learn about the layout and content of the exam while discovering how you work best. Some students like to jot notes as they read while others prefer to read all of the questions before turning their attention to the corresponding written passage.
  • Checking for errors Identifying errors is crucial to your success. Several times during the testing session make sure that your response sheet corresponds with the exam questions. This mistake is much easier to solve if you identify your errors early. Double check that you have followed all of the testing guidelines, erased any errant marks, and answered every question.

Huntington Learning Centers provides comprehensive test prep review and test taking strategies for achievement exams. Our tutors are specially trained to provide general strategies and test specific information for a variety of exams, including:

  • SAT The SAT Exam is an achievement exam that plays an important role in determining college admission and scholarship opportunities. The SAT Exam is offered on seven testing dates each year and most students take the exam during their junior year with the option to retest
    during senior year.
  • ACT  The ACT Exam is an achievement exam that is offered six times each school year and is designed to assess a student's academic achievement and readiness for college. Results from the ACT Exam are typically used to help determine college admission and are accepted by all four year universities and colleges in the United States.
  • PSAT Most students take the PSAT in October of their junior year in high school. It is similar to the SAT exam and is a good indicator of a student's potential on the SAT. Academic organizations, such as the National Merit Scholarship Program, award scholarships based on PSAT scores.
  • SAT Subject Tests In recent years the College Board began offering individual subject area tests as part of the SAT exam. These tests are designed for students to display the specific knowledge they have gained during their high school courses. Colleges use the SAT Subject Tests to form admission decisions, determine readiness, and place students in courses.
  • AP Exams After completing a year-long AP course students have the opportunity to sit for a subject specific AP Exam. These exams cover college level material and are typically taken to highlight a student's knowledge and earn college credit. There are 31 AP Exams offered in the five general subject areas of science, math, history, language, and English.
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Freshman Year Survival Tips Goodbye, middle school; hello, high school! The adventure that is secondary education certainly comes with much excitement and trepidation. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that while starting high school is a big change, there are many things parents can do to help their teens make a successful transition. “This is a time when children become young adults and the school experience reflects that,” she says. “Freshman year sets the stage, so it’s important that parents help their children get off on the right foot.”

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:50:30 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/freshman-year-survival-tips https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/freshman-year-survival-tips Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Goodbye, middle school; hello, high school! The adventure that is secondary education certainly comes with much excitement and trepidation. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says that while starting high school is a big change, there are many things parents can do to help their teens make a successful transition. “This is a time when children become young adults and the school experience reflects that,” she says. “Freshman year sets the stage, so it’s important that parents help their children get off on the right foot.”

Here are several tips to help your teen ease into freshman year successfully and lay the foundation for a great high school experience:

Commit to good organization. If your teen has previously struggled to stay organized, now is the time to get more serious about this essential skill. Set up routines at home like five-minute sessions at the beginning and ending of homework time to neaten the workspace, organize the backpack and get mentally prepared for the next day. Encourage your child to embrace tools like a planner or homework app, and consider color-coded folders or notebooks for each subject to minimize time spent finding notes and important papers.

Talk about grades. Grades always matter, but in high school they are especially important. This is because students immediately start building their cumulative GPA, which is one of the top factors college admissions officers consider when evaluating applicants. Talk with your teen about why poor decisions lead to poor grades, which are harder to recover from when college is on the horizon in just a few years.

Practice self-advocacy. On that note, because grades have a lasting impact in high school, it’s critical that your teen gets help as soon as he or she encounters trouble in a class. Set the expectation this year that it’s time for your teen to take ownership of the academic experience, which starts with making school the top priority, keeping up with homework and studying, and asking the teacher for help when he or she is confused or struggling to keep up.

Take control of time management. High school is a whole new ballgame with multiple classes, different teacher expectations, extracurricular activities and more. Encourage your teen to strive for balance by scheduling absolutely everything, keeping on top of the daily to-do list and knowing his or her limits. The planner should become your teen’s best friend—encourage him or her to put all test, homework and other important dates on the calendar and plan out time for the most essential tasks every day.

Last but not least, Huntington reminds parents that keeping open lines of communication with their teens is essential. “It’s so important to share with new high school students that there’s nothing to be ashamed of if challenges arise this year or anytime throughout high school,” she says. “Let your teen know that you’re always there for support, no matter what.” Having a solid family support system plus a positive outlook will help your teen survive and thrive as a freshman and for the rest of high school.

To learn more about how to help your teen succeed in high school, call Huntington at 1-800-CAN-LEARN.   

About Huntington

Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, Algebra through Calculus, Chemistry, and other sciences. It preps for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams. Huntington programs develop the skills, confidence, and motivation to help students succeed and meet the needs of Common Core State Standards. Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible. Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.  

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Strategies for Tackling the SAT As the school year starts, high school juniors nationwide are undoubtedly thinking of the approaching SAT college entrance exam, typically taken in the spring of a student's junior year.

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Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:15:35 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/strategies-for-tackling-the-sat https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/strategies-for-tackling-the-sat Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center As the school year starts, high school juniors nationwide are undoubtedly thinking of the approaching SAT college entrance exam, typically taken in the spring of a student’s junior year. Depending on the institution, the SAT can weigh heavily on admittance and possible scholarship opportunities, so a good score is of utmost importance.

At Huntington, our goal is to help students achieve the best score possible through comprehensive SAT test preparation. Our tutors are experienced in test-taking strategies, problem-solving skills, and proven ways to improve vocabulary.

Additionally, the following outlines some of our SAT prep strategies and helpful hints:

Plan Ahead (and Register Early)

Select a specific test date as far in advance as possible to allow for the most preparation. Don’t forget to set aside some budget for associated purchases like exam preparation books and prep programs. Registering early will also ensure you’re not paying late registration fees.  

Make a Smart Study Plan

Help your student develop a smart study plan that allows for thorough preparation. A smart study plan can include:

  • Planning your roadmap. How long will you review each subject? In what order? By what means?
  • Becoming familiar with the test itself (length, style of questions, scoring system, what you’ll need to bring with you the day of the exam, etc.)
  • Reviewing PSAT scores to identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Completing a full length practice test
  • Engaging in additional reading and writing beyond coursework to improve comprehension and fluency
  • Seeking out a tutor for more specialized preparation

Consider Subject Tests

Students also can elect to take SAT Subject Tests, which test information beyond the standard SAT categories of reading, writing, and math. Subject tests can provide college admission boards a more accurate view of a student’s strengths. For example, if your student excelled in his or her Advanced Placement Biology course and is considering majoring in the subject, a Biology Subject test would help highlight your student’s strength in this area. For a full list of subject tests, click here. Most of these tests are an hour in length and offered in multiple choice formats.

Take it Again

Although your student may be satisfied with his or her SAT score, it doesn’t hurt to take the exam again. Studies show that 55 percent of students improve their scores by taking the exam a second time, usually in the fall of their senior year. In the event that a student does worse on the second exam, he or she can submit their original score to universities.

Huntington Helps

Exam preparation is one of our specialties! With years of experience helping students on college entrance exams, consider utilizing Huntington’s professional and effective SAT preparation programs. Our SAT Preparation programs include a range of highly personalized, custom study plans for your student, including three program options, subject tutoring, and an online resource library.

Start your SAT program now! Contact us at 1.800.CAN.LEARN for the Huntington Advantage.

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4 Homework Tools to Keep Children on Track Homework is a great way to reinforce what children learn in the classroom and provide opportunities to practice skills independently. Unfortunately, it can be a source of stress for many children—especially those who are naturally disorganized and tend to “spin their wheels” at homework time. Luckily, there are lots of aids that will help keep children on task and focused on what they need to accomplish.

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Thu, 03 Jan 2019 09:42:58 -0500 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/four-homework-tools-to-keep-children-on-track https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/four-homework-tools-to-keep-children-on-track Dr. Raymond Huntington Dr. Raymond Huntington Homework is a great way to reinforce what children learn in the classroom and provide opportunities to practice skills independently. Unfortunately, it can be a source of stress for many children—especially those who are naturally disorganized and tend to “spin their wheels” at homework time. Luckily, there are lots of aids that will help keep children on task and focused on what they need to accomplish. Here are some of Huntington’s tried-and-true homework tools for students:

Homework completion chart – Perfect for younger children who do not get a lot of homework but still need a simple way to mark off when they are complete with it, a homework completion chart teaches children good habits like writing down assignments and managing their tasks. Your child can keep this chart on hand during homework and check off subjects as finished. Here’s an example of what this chart might look like:

Week of: February 12

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Math

X

 

 

 

 

Spelling

X

 

 

 

 

Reading

X

 

 

 

 

 

Subject homework checklist – For children who struggle to keep track of multiple subjects, a weekly “by subject” homework checklist is a good way to keep tabs on what they need to do each night and what is coming up. One week’s sheet should list out each subject (math, reading, science, etc.) and have five boxes underneath for the days of the week. One subject would look like this:

Subject: Math

Day

Homework

 

Monday

Workbook p. 12-13

Read Math text p. 25-27

Review today’s notes

 

X

Tuesday

 

 

Wednesday

 

 

Thursday

 

 

Friday

 

 

 

Daily assignments sheet – For those who like having the “big picture,” the daily assignment sheet is an invaluable tool. You can make copies for each day of the week. The idea is to get your child into the habit of recording to-dos at the end of each class and using that as his or her guide at homework time that night. Here’s an example:

Date: Monday, March 10

Subject

Assignment

 

Anything coming up?

English

Read text Chapter 2

Worksheet

 

Test Friday

Report due March 22

Math

Text p. 14-17

 

 

Science

Read text Chapter 3

Review notes from today

 

Quiz Thursday on Chapter 3

History

No homework, but study flash cards

 

Test Thursday

Spanish

Worksheet

 

Paper due March 25

 

Project plan – For times when children have bigger projects to work on over the course of a few weeks, it’s a smart idea to break up the assignment into manageable tasks with deadlines. Encourage your child to create such a project plan as soon as the project is assigned. There are many ways to create a project plan, but here’s one possible structure:

 

Class: Social studies

Assignment or project: Research paper

Task

Start date

Deadline

Done

Select topic

 

October 1

 

Create outline

October 2

October 4

 

Research sources

October 5

October 6

 

Narrow down to best materials

October 7

October 7

 

Revise outline

October 8

October 8

 

Rough draft

October 10

October 12

 

Brainstorm visual aids

October 13

October 13

 

Draft #2

October 14

October 15

 

Choose visual aid and start collecting materials

October 14

October 16

 

Draft #3

October 16

October 17

 

Finalize visual aid

October 17

October 18

 

Finalize report

October 18

October 19

 

Proofread final report

October 20

October 20

 

Turn in paper

 

October 21

 

 

One of the keys to homework success is to stay organized, and charts and checklists help children do just that. In combination with use of the day planner, have your child try a few different methods and tools to discover what helps him or her be the most successful. Embracing such methods will give your child a sense of responsibility and ownership, help him or her stay focused on what he or she must do and when, and put those goals front and center.

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Parents' Guide for Middle School and High School Homework Huntington Learning Center has created a guide for parents to provide homework help for their child while enrolled in middle school and high school.

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Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:28:07 -0400 https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/homework-guide https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/homework-guide Huntington Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Updated: March 2018

As your child progresses from middle school into high school and nears college, the expectations will become much greater. It can be challenging for parents to know exactly how to continue to support their child outside of the classroom. While the level of parental homework help in elementary school is much more tangible, your involvement as your child grows and matures into an independent student should evolve accordingly.

For many parents, questions about how to assist older students during homework time abound. Should you be helping with homework? How much? What should that assistance look like? Huntington Learning Center addresses these questions and others:

How much homework is typical for middle school students? High school students?

Ask your child’s teachers what to expect when it comes to the amount of time that homework takes. A good ballpark is an hour of homework in sixth grade, 70 minutes in seventh grade, and 80 minutes in eighth grade. High school homework may vary widely from teacher to teacher, school to school. A recent survey by the University of Phoenix College of Education showed that teachers of high school students assign an average of 3.2 hours of homework per week (which equates 17.5 hours of homework per week for student