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Sep 272013
 

As the new school year begins, many parents and students may find themselves staying up at night thinking of ways to make this year count and make it the most educationally enriching.  There are many essential bits of information that parents and students should know in order to guarantee a better probability of succeeding and achieving the desired educational goals – parent involvement is necessary, and there is no better way to stay involved than by staying informed.  We have compiled some tips for parents, specifically from the Chaffey Joint Union High School District, in order to help you understand what information is invaluable to helping your student achieve educational success.

– Back to School Night – Back to school night is a must for all parents.  It is essential that you attend this event so that you can meet all your child’s educators and find out what your student will be learning throughout the year.  You also get the opportunity to introduce yourself to your student’s teachers and let them know that you are involved and committed in your child’s education.  We find that most teachers are better able to help students who have parents/guardians that are involved and invested in helping their kids succeed.

– Online Resources – There is so much information to learn by simply going online and checking your school district or child’s school website.  Although not every school website is up to date, there are many that are updated frequently and that provide lots of information that can help guide parents as to what to do or where to go to stay informed.

  • Student Grades – With the advent of technology in education, it has become a lot easier for parents to stay updated on their children’s grades.  Many teachers provide exact breakdowns on the different assignments that the students had to complete and what grade they received on them.  Parents are now able to find out if their kids missed any assignments or what areas they are struggling with.  For example, if they are performing poorly on tests, or if they are missing homework assignments, or failing to participate.  This information is vital to coming up with a plan to help your child live up to her/his full potential.  Many schools offer parents the option of creating their own account in order to stay updated on grades.
    • Chaffey Joint Union High School District – For each school there is a link that says “Register Now”, where you can register for free with School Loop.  School Loop allows you to connect with teachers and counselors, to submit work electronically, to stay updated on grades, to check assignments, and to view school news and events.
  • School Calendars – You can also check the school/district calendar online.  The district calendar will keep you informed on holidays, school breaks, staff development days (days where kids don’t go to school), parent conference days, state mandated testing days, back to school night, among other important dates.  To stay updated on specific events going on at your student’s school, be sure to check out the calendar for your child’s school.
  • Staff Directories –
    • For most schools, staff directories are available on each school website.  Look for the Staff Pages, Class Pages, or Faculty and Staff Links to find your student’s teachers’ email addresses.  Many teachers are open to communicating via email with parents, which can be a great way to stay informed on your child’s education; however, be mindful that teachers have a lot of students and a lot of work to do, so make sure not to overwhelm them with questions that you can easily find the answer to elsewhere.
    • To find out your child’s specific counselor, click on the link that says Counselors, Counselor’s Page, or Counseling Office, among other variations.  Counselors can provide a lot of help and be a vital resource to your child’s success.  Counselors can be especially helpful when your child runs into a problem.
  • Volunteer Opportunities – You can also find information on the school websites on how to become more involved in your child’s education and/or school.  Many schools offer the opportunity to be part of the PTA, PFA, Booster Clubs, or to simply offer your time to go help in your child’s classroom.  In many schools, parents also have the option to help during field trips.  All in all, offering a helping hand is always a good way to get to know your child’s teachers, and the school staff, a bit more personally, plus, it also makes it easier for your child’s teacher to focus on educating your child and his/her classmates if they have a helping hand.
  • Syllabus – Not all teachers provide a syllabus; they are mostly found at the high school and college levels.
    • Syllabi are essential to letting parents and students know what to expect from that course, and what will be expected of the students.
    • They also typically give a breakdown of what every assignment is worth, i.e. what percentage of the overall grades participation, tests, essays, homework, etc. are worth.
    • Check with your child’s teachers to see if they have a syllabus.  You may be able to find the syllabus on the teacher’s website.  Many teachers have their own personal class websites accessed through the main school website.
  • Other – You can also find other vital information on the Chaffey Joint Union High School District.  You can find information from after school programs, to food and nutrition services, bell schedules, school policies, dress codes, employment opportunities, and bus information, among other vital tidbits.

There is a lot more vital information out there; however, we have found that these are some of the most essential bits of information that will lead you to become a more informed parent and will allow you to help your student be a successful learner.  Use the resources you have at hand to help your child succeed in school.

 

Finally, we also think that tutoring is a great way to increase the odds of your child performing well in school and growing as a learner.  Nothing compares to the one-on-one attention that students receive when working with a tutor.  For information on tutoring in Ontario, tutoring in Rancho Cucamongatutoring in Chino, tutoring in Montclair, Mount Baldy, Upland and Fontana please email (thetutoringsolution@gmail.com) or call us (909-238-8233) and we will be happy to help your child learn how rewarding learning can be.  To find out more information about the services we offer click on the link.

Sep 262013
 

As the new school year begins, many parents and students may find themselves staying up at night thinking of ways to make this year count and make it the most educationally enriching.  There are many essential bits of information that parents and students should know in order to guarantee a better probability of succeeding and achieving the desired educational goals – parent involvement is necessary, and there is no better way to stay involved than by staying informed.  We have compiled some tips for parents, specifically from the Corona-Norco Unified School District, in order to help you understand what information is invaluable to helping your student achieve educational success.

– Back to School Night – Back to school night is a must for all parents.  It is essential that you attend this event so that you can meet all your child’s educators and find out what your student will be learning throughout the year.  You also get the opportunity to introduce yourself to your student’s teachers and let them know that you are involved and committed in your child’s education.  We find that most teachers are better able to help students who have parents/guardians that are involved and invested in helping their kids succeed.

– Online Resources – There is so much information to learn by simply going online and checking your school district or child’s school website.  Although not every school website is up to date, there are many that are updated frequently and that provide lots of information that can help guide parents as to what to do or where to go to stay informed.

  • Student Grades – With the advent of technology in education, it has become a lot easier for parents to stay updated on their children’s grades.  Many teachers provide exact breakdowns on the different assignments that the students had to complete and what grade they received on them.  Parents are now able to find out if their kids missed any assignments or what areas they are struggling with.  For example, if they are performing poorly on tests, or if they are missing homework assignments, or failing to participate.  This information is vital to coming up with a plan to help your child live up to her/his full potential.  Many schools offer parents the option of creating their own account in order to stay updated on grades.
  • School Calendars – You can also check the school/district calendar online.  The district calendar will keep you informed on holidays, school breaks, staff development days (days where kids don’t go to school), parent conference days, state mandated testing days, back to school night, among other important dates.  To stay updated on specific events going on at your student’s school, be sure to check out the calendar for your child’s school.
  • Staff Directories –
    • For most schools, staff directories are available on each school website.  Look for the Staff Pages, Class Pages, or Faculty and Staff Links to find your student’s teachers’ email addresses.  Many teachers are open to communicating via email with parents, which can be a great way to stay informed on your child’s education; however, be mindful that teachers have a lot of students and a lot of work to do, so make sure not to overwhelm them with questions that you can easily find the answer to elsewhere.
    • To find out your child’s specific counselor, click on the link that says Counselors, Counselor’s Page, or Counseling Office, among other variations.  Counselors can provide a lot of help and be a vital resource to your child’s success.  Counselors can be especially helpful when your child runs into a problem.
  • Volunteer Opportunities – You can also find information on the school websites on how to become more involved in your child’s education and/or school.  Many schools offer the opportunity to be part of the PTA, PFA, Booster Clubs, or to simply offer your time to go help in your child’s classroom.  In many schools, parents also have the option to help during field trips.  All in all, offering a helping hand is always a good way to get to know your child’s teachers, and the school staff, a bit more personally, plus, it also makes it easier for your child’s teacher to focus on educating your child and his/her classmates if they have a helping hand.
  • Syllabus – Not all teachers provide a syllabus; they are mostly found at the high school and college levels.
    • Syllabi are essential to letting parents and students know what to expect from that course, and what will be expected of the students.
    • They also typically give a breakdown of what every assignment is worth, i.e. what percentage of the overall grades participation, tests, essays, homework, etc. are worth.
    • Check with your child’s teachers to see if they have a syllabus.  You may be able to find the syllabus on the teacher’s website.  Many teachers have their own personal class websites accessed through the main school website.
  • Other – You can also find other vital information on the Corona-Norco Unified School District website.  You can find information from after school programs, to food and nutrition services, bell schedules, school policies, dress codes, employment opportunities, and bus information, among other vital tidbits.

There is a lot more vital information out there; however, we have found that these are some of the most essential bits of information that will lead you to become a more informed parent and will allow you to help your student be a successful learner.  Use the resources you have at hand to help your child succeed in school.

 

Finally, we also think that tutoring is a great way to increase the odds of your child performing well in school and growing as a learner.  Nothing compares to the one-on-one attention that students receive when working with a tutor.  For information on tutoring in Norco, tutoring in Corona, and tutoring in Eastvale please email (thetutoringsolution@gmail.com) or call us (909-238-8233) and we will be happy to help your child learn how rewarding learning can be.  To find out more information about the services we offer click on the link.

Sep 262013
 
Winner of the 2013 Share Your Passion & Facebook Scholarships, Michael Benjamin

Winner of the 2013 Share Your Passion & Facebook Scholarships, Michael Benjamin

There was a time my mom and her friend were encountered in a situation filled with peril in which they almost lost their lives. Running saved their lives, and ultimately saved my life, as I am typing this blog for you all to read. Well, you all have heard my story (I hope), and I want to share with you all what helped me succeed to where I am at right now. Reflecting on the fact that running saved my life has kept me humble and motivated to continue succeeding in school. As cliché as it may sound, the most important factor of success is to not give up. I have often favored a quote in regard to doubters when I try to accomplish something that seems untouchable, which stands to be, “My belief is stronger than your doubt.” With that quote, I have always kept motivation to keep pushing forward. One must simply not give up. Simple as that. Those are the tools I have used as a vessel for the success I have acquired, although I am yet to taste a vast amount of success as I am a young freshman scholar at UC San Diego. As of now, I am attending UC San Diego and am an aspiring Chemical Engineer and I will continue using the tools I have been using to continue succeeding and I would like to invite you all to do the same. I firmly believe the application of these tools will inevitably result in success.

Sep 252013
 

As the new school year begins, many parents and students may find themselves staying up at night thinking of ways to make this year count and make it the most educationally enriching.  There are many essential bits of information that parents and students should know in order to guarantee a better probability of succeeding and achieving the desired educational goals – parent involvement is necessary, and there is no better way to stay involved than by staying informed.  We have compiled some tips for parents, specifically from the Chino Valley Unified School District, in order to help you understand what information is invaluable to helping your student achieve educational success.

– Back to School Night – Back to school night is a must for all parents.  It is essential that you attend this event so that you can meet all your child’s educators and find out what your student will be learning throughout the year.  You also get the opportunity to introduce yourself to your student’s teachers and let them know that you are involved and committed in your child’s education.  We find that most teachers are better able to help students who have parents/guardians that are involved and invested in helping their kids succeed.

– Online Resources – There is so much information to learn by simply going online and checking your school district or child’s school website.  Although not every school website is up to date, there are many that are updated frequently and that provide lots of information that can help guide parents as to what to do or where to go to stay informed.

  • Student Grades – With the advent of technology in education, it has become a lot easier for parents to stay updated on their children’s grades.  Many teachers provide exact breakdowns on the different assignments that the students had to complete and what grade they received on them.  Parents are now able to find out if their kids missed any assignments or what areas they are struggling with.  For example, if they are performing poorly on tests, or if they are missing homework assignments, or failing to participate.  This information is vital to coming up with a plan to help your child live up to her/his full potential.  Many schools offer parents the option of creating their own account in order to stay updated on grades.
  • School Calendars – You can also check the school/district calendar online.  The district calendar will keep you informed on holidays, school breaks, staff development days (days where kids don’t go to school), parent conference days, state mandated testing days, back to school night, among other important dates.  To stay updated on specific events going on at your student’s school, be sure to check out the calendar for your child’s school.
  • Staff Directories
    • For most schools, staff directories are available on each school website.  Look for the Staff Pages, Class Pages, or Faculty and Staff Links to find your student’s teachers’ email addresses.  Many teachers are open to communicating via email with parents, which can be a great way to stay informed on your child’s education; however, be mindful that teachers have a lot of students and a lot of work to do, so make sure not to overwhelm them with questions that you can easily find the answer to elsewhere.
    • To find out your child’s specific counselor, click on the link that says Counselors, Counselor’s Page, or Counseling Office, among other variations.  Counselors can provide a lot of help and be a vital resource to your child’s success.  Counselors can be especially helpful when your child runs into a problem.
  • Volunteer Opportunities – You can also find information on the school websites on how to become more involved in your child’s education and/or school.  Many schools offer the opportunity to be part of the PTA, PFA, Booster Clubs, or to simply offer your time to go help in your child’s classroom.  In many schools, parents also have the option to help during field trips.  All in all, offering a helping hand is always a good way to get to know your child’s teachers, and the school staff, a bit more personally, plus, it also makes it easier for your child’s teacher to focus on educating your child and his/her classmates if they have a helping hand.
  • Syllabus – Not all teachers provide a syllabus; they are mostly found at the high school and college levels.
    • Syllabi are essential to letting parents and students know what to expect from that course, and what will be expected of the students.
    • They also typically give a breakdown of what every assignment is worth, i.e. what percentage of the overall grades participation, tests, essays, homework, etc. are worth.
    • Check with your child’s teachers to see if they have a syllabus.  You may be able to find the syllabus on the teacher’s website.  Many teachers have their own personal class websites accessed through the main school website.
  • Other – You can also find other vital information on the Chino Valley Unified School District Website.  You can find information from after school programs, to food and nutrition services, bell schedules, school policies, dress codes, employment opportunities, and bus information, among other vital tidbits.

There is a lot more vital information out there; however, we have found that these are some of the most essential bits of information that will lead you to become a more informed parent and will allow you to help your student be a successful learner.  Use the resources you have at hand to help your child succeed in school.

 

Finally, we also think that tutoring is a great way to increase the odds of your child performing well in school and growing as a learner.  Nothing compares to the one-on-one attention that students receive when working with a tutor.  For information on tutoring in Chino and tutoring in Chino Hills, please email (thetutoringsolution@gmail.com) or call us (909-238-8233) and we will be happy to help your child learn how rewarding learning can be.  To find out more information about the services we offer click on the link.

Aug 272012
 

Julia Schemmer – Winner of $100 Norco High School Share Your Passion Scholarship

BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! The alarm clock rings at an unrighteous hour, signaling an end to the wonderful summer. Commercials play tirelessly, convincing you to buy their low school supply deals. As you enter this school year, it can be intimating to you. Whether you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, back to school nerves can arise. But have no fear! The How to Survive High School guide will guide you through all insecurities, fears, worries, and more!

Let me introduce myself first: my name is Julia Schemmer. I am a sophomore at Norco High School, and I have very high aspirations. My freshman year of high school I was blessed to win four scholarships and acceptance into the University of Southern California’s summer residential program. Recently, one of my classic Shakespearean sonnets that I wrote has been selected to be in a book titled Talented. I aspire to be a missionary doctor, helping less fortunate people with their basic medical needs in poverty-stricken areas.

Success is relative, and other people’s views of success differ. However, my school has three elements needed to be successful: Resourceful, Responsible, and Ready to Achieve. In this guide, we will further discuss these and how to attain them for your maximum enjoyment of high school and the world beyond.

The first element of the “key to success” is being resourceful. The reason why I achieved a lot of scholarships was because of the Career Center at my high school. High schools and libraries offer a lot of helpful resources that if used, could bring you a lot of success. If you’re falling behind in classes, an important resource is tutoring. Do everything that you can to improve your grades, and you’ll see yourself understanding and enjoying the material more and more. By using your local resources, success will come.

The second element of the “key to success” is being responsible. This includes doing your homework on time, studying for tests and quizzes, and adhering to the school rules. Doing homework on time projects a good image to your teacher and administration. You want to look the best you can for teachers because they are the ones who will recommend you for different scholarships and activities. Studying for tests and quizzes are essential to getting a good grade in the course. It doesn’t have to be a two hour session of studying. Setting aside twenty minutes a day can make a huge difference in your grade. When I was struggling with Geometry last year, studying made a big difference and I ended up with a C+ in the class. Adhering to the school rules is a huge responsibility. No matter how tedious they might seem school rules are established for a reason: to give you the best learning experience for you and the teacher. Even if it’s not chewing gum, following the dress code or showing up to class on time; they make you a better student. If you break the rules at a college or university, they throw you out.  If you are seriously college bound, it would be wise to focus on obeying the rules now, so you are prepared for college and ready to succeed.

The last element of the “key to success” is being ready to achieve. Even though it seems straight forward, it is very important to success. You don’t go as the lead of a musical ready to give only 25%. You wouldn’t go into a football game saying “Let’s beat them! But if not, lose with style.” No, you enter these situations with a wholehearted passionate decision to give it all. You use the best of your efforts to bring forward success and to make yourself proud. Same with school success. In being studious, it is essential that you give your all. It will take dedication to study for that Physics test instead of chatting on Facebook. It will take discipline to go to tutoring sessions and get that help. But I promise you it is worth it. Nothing worth having will be easy; and nothing easy will be worth having. Giving your all as a student will give you success. Stay focused, stay yourself, and stay studious.

Aug 082012
 

David Dillon - Winner of $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest and the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship

Education, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction.” With that definition, one can see that there exist two roles in the education system: receivers and distributors. It is the responsibility of teachers to distribute information to their students, the receivers, in as lucid a manner as possible; however, as receivers, it is the students’ responsibility to be receptive of what the teachers distribute. In an academic environment, cooperation is required between both parties for complete success to be achieved.

Based upon statistics and common knowledge, there are students who enjoy learning and students who need some sort of incentive to delve into the learning process. Due to this fact, it is up to the teachers to create an inviting educational environment, a place where the retention of knowledge and abstract thinking is encouraged. Alongside that, teachers must be open to the different manners in which students learn, so that every student has a fair opportunity to comprehend the teacher’s instruction. Once an encouraging environment has been established, the student has the responsibility to be receptive of the teacher’s material. If the open environment still is not sufficient encouragement for the student, then that student must become self-motivated. In my case, when I feel that the style in which the teacher delivers information is not compatible with my way of learning, I have to do what I can in order to understand the material. If that means independently studying at home, asking questions, or seeking tutoring, then I have to take that upon myself and do so.

When I find myself uninterested in a specific topic, I do my best to apply it to something that I am interested in so that I can not only stay focused, but actually understand the material. For instance, I initially did not understand the purpose of physics and analyzing free-fall acceleration until I applied it to breakdancing. I realized that an upward force has to be greater than the natural downward force of gravity in order to remain in the air for a given amount of time, causing me to look again into how I executed certain movements. The application of uninteresting information to interesting information amplifies one’s understanding of the interesting information, inherently making both more comprehensible.

One way to conquer an array of learning styles is through flexibility. Each participant in the education system has to be willing to accept a method that may be foreign to them, including the parents. The parents play an interesting role because they are not in the classroom with their students; they do not see the everyday classroom procedures. The parent/guardian’s responsibility, even outside of the realm of education, is simply to encourage the student. When the student is struggling with a specific topic, the parent should be there to let the child know that they are able to accomplish any task as long as they work for it. Dually, it is the parent’s responsibility to discipline the student in a way that the teacher cannot. The parent is there when the teacher cannot be, and knows the student better than anyone else; therefore, the parent must be sure that the student is staying on task and completing his or her work at home so that they can get the most out of their education.

Ultimately, practice makes perfect. Motivation is the key to success in the education system, whether it comes from the teachers, the parents, or the students themselves. With motivation and diligence, anything can be accomplished, even getting accepted to one’s dream college.

May 082012
 

With many students currently taking the STAR tests, parents may be wondering
what the STAR tests are and what they are intended to measure.  Therefore, in order to provide a bit more clarity on the STAR tests, we have provided a breakdown of the four different types of STAR tests that are offered in California.

STAR tests are standardized tests that are given to children from 2nd to 11th grade.  Although several different types of standardized tests have been around for decades, they have recently come to be used as regular markers to measure how children are progressing in school.  These tests are administered on a yearly basis and they are usually given close to the end of the school year (typically in March, April, and May).

There are four different types of STAR tests.  What test a child has to take is determined by their cognitive abilities.

Here is the breakdown:

  • CSTs (California Standards Tests) – This type of test is the one that is administered to most children in California; therefore, these tests are developed by educators and test developers who are from California.  They are intended to measure how children are progressing in school and if they are being effectively taught the state mandated standards in math, science, history/social science, and English/language arts.  All children from 2nd grade to 11th grade take the multiple choice CST, while students in 4th and 7th grade must also take the CST writing assessment.  The idea behind the test is that if your child is being taught everything that the California standards mandate, he or she should perform well on the CST.
  • CMA (California Modified Assessment) – This test is used for students who have an individualized education program (IEP) that states that they have to take the CMA, and who, although may be receiving grade-level instruction, are almost certainly not going to get grade-level proficiency.  The purpose for this type of test is to measure the progress of children with disabilities and to see if their schools and the state are meeting the requirements and teaching these students the appropriate and necessary information.  Like the CST, all children who are eligible to take the CMA take the multiple-choice CMA from 2nd grade to 11th grade and the CMA writing assessment in 4th and 7th grade.
  • CAPA (California Alternate Performance Assessment) – The CAPA is intended for students who have substantial cognitive disabilities and, because of that, are unable to take the CST’s and CMA’s even with accommodations or modifications.  These tests are meant to measure the progress of these students.
  • STS (Standard-based Tests in Spanish) – The STS’s are tests that are taken by Spanish-speaking English learners.  These students are also required to take the CST’s and/or the CMA’s depending on their cognitive abilities.  If students are performing well on the CST’s or CMA’s, they may later be reclassified as fluent English proficient (R-FEP).

If you feel that your child’s grades could improve, please be sure to give us a call or email us.  We’ll be happy to meet with you and your child and help improve your child’s grades and understanding of the class lectures.

May 032012
 

Diagram of Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences

According to the renowned psychologist, Howard Gardner, there are 8 different types of intelligence: visual, linguistic, logical, bodily, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic – Gardner later added existential and moral intelligences.  Although there are many who have criticized his theory, it is still a popular theory and one worth delving into in order to figure out where your strengths lie.  Finding out what type of intelligence your child possesses might be crucial in finding his or her strengths and figuring out how to best help your child succeed in school and in the future.

What intelligence do you or your child possess?

Visual-Spatial Intelligence – People who possess this type of intelligence typically are good with puzzles, maps, and graphs.  These people usually enjoy the visual arts and they tend to memorize information through images, videos, and pictures.  Potential career options: architect, visual artist, engineer, navigator, sculptor, inventor, interior designer, and mechanic

Linguistic-Verbal Intelligence – These people are good at remembering written and spoken information, they are articulate, good writers and they enjoy reading, writing, and communicating verbally with others.  Potential career options: poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, and translator

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence – These individuals are good with finding relationships and patterns, they are very good at solving problems, they enjoy conducting scientific experiments and complex mathematic problems.  Potential career options: scientist, mathematician, computer programmer, engineer, accountant, and researcher

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence – People with this type of intelligence are usually good at sports or dancing, they have good physical control, these individuals learn by doing and they enjoy creating things using their hands.  Potential career options: dancer, builder, sculptor, actor, athlete, physical education teacher, firefighter, and artisan

Musical-Rhythmic Intelligence – These individuals enjoy singing and playing instruments, they have a great respect for music, they understand the structure of music, and are therefore able to remember songs easily.  Potential career options: musician, composer, singer, music instructor, conductor, and disk jockey

Interpersonal Intelligence – People with this type of intelligence are usually good at communicating, empathizing, and understanding others.  They are able to interact well with others and to look at things through other peoples’ perspectives.  Potential career options: psychologist, philosopher, counselor, sales person, politician, and businessperson

Interpersonal Intelligence – People with this type of intelligence are good at understanding their own emotions, motivations, and their strengths and weaknesses.  They like to reflect on and analyze their own actions.  Potential career options: philosopher, writer, theorist, scientist, and researcher

Naturalistic Intelligence – This was one of the most recent additions in Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.  Those who possess naturalistic intelligence are interested in nature and the environment.  They are able to easily catalog information and they enjoy doing activities outdoors, like gardening.  Potential careers: botanist, biologist, conservationist, gardener, farmer, and zoologist

Keep in mind that people can possess strengths and interests in more than one area.  Gardner’s theory is simply that, a theory; nonetheless, it is interesting to learn what your child, your student, or you are the best at and how you can implement that to help retain information more successfully or to chose a future career.

If your child is in need of additional help, please give us a call and we will be more than happy to help your child succeed in her or his educational endeavors.

To take our mini version of the Multiple Intelligence test click on the link.

Feb 082012
 

The most difficult part of tutoring has got to be hearing that your student failed their test even though they were doing the problems perfectly for you the night before. When I heard this story from a student of mine in Rancho Cucamonga for the third time, my brain started whirling: “What went wrong? How could you fail another test? What are we going to do?!?”

 

What went wrong? Test anxiety! Test anxiety is a common problem that can have negative effects upon students including poor performance and poor grades, which can in turn decrease their self-esteem and motivation. Furthermore, it can lead to unfavorable opinions about school and learning. The question that we come to is “what can we do to combat test anxiety and help our students enjoy their education?”

 

While a little bit of anxiety is healthy and improves students’ performance too much leads to poor performance and poor grades. One of the most difficult things about test anxiety is that it gets worse as the expectation of the student increases. Basically, test anxiety hits the hardest when it counts the most, which explains why some students always bomb the big test. Nonetheless there are things students can do to combat the harmful effects of test anxiety.

 

The best thing students can do is be prepared. Preparation includes studying well in advance to avoid last minute cramming, which can be a stressful ordeal in itself. Preparation also includes, getting and staying organized so they know how to best manage their time during the test and practicing answering questions of the type they will encounter when the big day arrives.

 

During the test, students can also use a few tricks to help keep their anxiety in check. First and foremost, they need to keep their head in the game and avoid daydreaming and needless worrying. To avoid becoming overly anxious, students ought to start with the easier questions and go back to trickier questions after they’ve gotten a few correct answers under their belt. A good way to keep from getting overwhelmed is to break tough problems into manageable pieces.

 

When in the grips of anxiety, it may be difficult, but it is helpful to stay positive and use uplifting self-affirmations. Students can remind themselves “I did this type of problem perfectly all week” or “I am a smart person.” Finally, they need to remember to breath. If your student gets completely overwhelmed, tell them to stop, put their pencil down and take three deep breaths before continuing.

 

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