Ray Huntington offers suggestions for parents who want to help their child establish a successful after-school routine.
The life of a child can be quite busy. School can be demanding enough, but when you add extracurricular activities into the mix, it’s easy to pack the schedule to the point that there’s little—if any—time left. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents that overscheduling leads to stress and anxiety. “Parents have good intentions and want their children to have opportunities to explore passions and try new things, but it’s important to keep the big picture in mind too,” she says. “Finding balance between school and life should be the goal.” How can parents help their children do so? Here are several tips:
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.
The college decision is one of the most exciting and overwhelming that a teen will ever make. Add to that the selection of a college major and it is no wonder many teens struggle to decide. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center tells parents of high school students that sometime during sophomore year is a good time for teens to start thinking about possible majors. “If a teen’s college search process during the last two or three years of high school is largely focused on where to go but not what to study, he or she is overlooking a big aspect of the college experience,” says Huntington. She suggests that as parents and teens talk about college possibilities, they also talk about field of study possibilities.
It’s summer break, which also means it is time for Huntington Learning Center’s annual summer reading program, Reading Adventure. Students select books from Huntington’s carefully formulated book lists that offer a range of choices by grade level and reading ability. They then record what they read in their “reading passport,” sharing their assessment and opinions about each book. The program is intended to introduce children to high-interest reading material and get them excited about reading.
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.
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.
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.
For students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), simple tasks such as getting ready for school and finishing a homework assignment can be a stressful battle. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center offers a few strategies for parents to keep ADHD students focused and on task.
Utilizing the proper study tips can be the difference between average and extraordinary grades. Read the tips found here in order to reach your potential.