Any parent who has set foot in a Huntington Learning Center before has likely heard our teachers stress the importance of recognizing children’s efforts, not their achievements. Our years of experience with thousands of children have taught us that it is far more effective to encourage children to work hard on homework and in school than it is to encourage them to strive for high grades and test scores. Our beliefs on this are rooted in research: the right kind of praise inspires motivation, and therefore, achievement. Also, studies show that one of the key dimensions of student motivation is control, a student’s belief that there is a direct link between his or her actions and successful outcomes.
When it comes to the SAT college entrance exam, the last several years have been largely focused on the College Board’s redesign of the test, but Huntington Learning Center is up on the latest news and information. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents of the importance of staying up to date. “Last year brought a great deal of change to the SAT, but the College Board is still adjusting processes and other aspects of the SAT,” she says. Huntington shares a few recent announcements that might impact your college-bound student:
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:
As schools across the country struggle to keep up with the demands of an increasingly complex global economy, Huntington’s commitment to our children’s educational success has become more important than ever. A 2015 Program for International Student Assessment study showed that 15-year-old students in the U.S. ranked just 24th out of 72 educational systems in average reading literacy, and only 40th in math literacy. Additional studies show the U.S. lagging behind in other critical areas as well: 17th out of 40 in overall educational performance and 6th out of 49 in fourth grade reading.
If you’re the parent of a new or soon-to-be middle schooler, brace yourself for some major changes. Middle school is more intense and has a heavier workload, with most middle school curriculums including five core subjects and two electives. Children are expected to do more, question more, and think more critically.
Above all, middle school demands that children function as independent students. But how can you encourage your child to engage in the activities that promote greater independence?
How Parents Can Support Their 21st Century Learners
This generation of learners is quite different than the one that came before them. Parents are aware that their children learn differently than they did in school, but they don't always know exactly why. What should you know about your child as a student? Below is some valuable insight into what 21st century learners are all about and how you can support your child at home:
For a busy parents with limited time, it's frustrating when your child seems to have no sense of urgency and no motivation to get things done. If you're having a hard time getting your child to move faster—here are a few tips to help him or her become speedier and more organized in school and life.
Writing is one of the most important skills a child will acquire as a student—and also one of the most difficult to master.
Dr. Ray Huntington of the Huntington Learning Center urges parents to engage their children in learning activities to avoid summer regression. Put simply, summer regression is the loss of academic knowledge gained throughout the school year. “Learning loss or the ‘summer slide’ among students over summer break is a very real problem that we see often,” says Huntington, adding that most students can lose several months of grade-level equivalency in math and reading achievement during this period. He offers several ways for parents to help minimize summer regression.
Summer is an ideal time to incorporate reading into the daily schedule—and the perfect opportunity to get children to enjoy this ageless pastime. “The key to making reading a daily habit is to make it enjoyable, and there are so many ways to do that during summer,” says Huntington. “Make it fun. Let your child choose the books. Make reading a fun family tradition. When you do things like this, you’ll start to see your child choosing to read over other activities, and his or her reading skills will improve greatly as well.”