When a student is having difficulty in school, intervening sooner than later can make a world of difference.
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.
One question that is often asked by parents we encounter is what to do when their child receives a bad report card?
Tutoring helps students in different situations.
These days, helping your student strengthen his or her test-taking skills takes on new meaning if you live in a state that has adopted the Common Core State Standards and the standards newly aligned assessment tests.
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.
Retrieval practice is a form of memorization that goes something like this: You read a passage. You recall information from that passage immediately after reading by taking a test. You retain more information over time compared to people who don't use retrieval practice.
It's Sunday night, and once again your teen has put off a big school project 'due tomorrow' until the last minute. If frantic trips to the library or the office supply store are all too familiar, you're likely dealing with a procrastination problem. It is possible to help your student change, however. Here are a few ideas to help your teen overcome procrastination:
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.
When your child has a stuffy nose and persistent cough, chances are your doctor will use a thermometer and stethoscope for a careful diagnosis before determining how to treat the ailment. You should review the results of your child's next "big test" in the very same way. Instead of simply cheering an "A" or a "B" or threatening "no videogames for a week" for a "D," look carefully at the specific areas where your child excelled or struggled. An excellent response to an essay question, for example, could show a special aptitude for writing, reading and debating that could be nurtured with AP and honors classes. Multiple errors on a math test could likewise call for special help to master basic computation skills before your child moves on to algebra and geometry.