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 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:
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:
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.”
Writing is one of the most important skills a child will acquire as a student—and also one of the most difficult to master.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”