Strategies to Maximize Study Time Sustaining attention long enough to complete a night’s worth of homework can be difficult and taxing for students with ADHD. It’s not unusual for middle- and high-school students to have multiple hours of homework and studying a night. Students who struggle with holding attention that long will need to adopt some key study skills in order to make it through the night’s work and perform well in school. The following strategies can be used to help maximize attention and focus to complete homework assignments and study for tests. Some strategies will work well for some [...]
Does My Child Have a Learning Disability? Although the term “learning disability” sounds quite scary, the reality is that millions of students in America are diagnosed with some form of it. Sometimes even the best student in school has a diagnosed learning disability. So how do you know if your child has one? First we must understand exactly what a learning disability is. It can be summed up as: A significant difference between a student’s expected achievement level and his actual performance. So what does that mean? Let’s look at the different types of learning disabilities. Common Types of Learning [...]
3 Qualities to Look for when Selecting a Tutor Anyone can call him or herself a tutor, so finding a good one can be difficult. You don’t want to trust your student’s academics to just anyone. Personality, academic competence, and reliability are all essential. When looking for a tutor for your student you want to look for these 3 qualities and ask the appropriate questions to determine whether the tutor is a good match. Education Background Tutors do not necessarily need to be experts in the subjects they tutor. I have worked with numerous students in math and science even though [...]
Strategies for Learning Difficulties Learning difficulties come in many forms. Some students struggle with reading and writing while others have difficulty with math concepts and numerical operations. Still other students may suffer from attention issues, auditory processing, and numerous other educational impacting difficulties. Although the following strategies are identified for specific diagnosed learning difficulties, any student can implement them to help overcome struggles they may have. ADHD – I can’t stay focused! Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can make paying attention in class and sitting for long periods to do homework very difficult. Students diagnosed with ADHD will benefit from breaking [...]
5 Steps to Prepare for Final Exams December has arrived and that means cold weather, winter break and for most students, final exams. Even though exams are still a couple of weeks away, it’s never too early to start planning. The following steps will help you get organized and maximize your efficiency. 1. Consolidate Papers Hopefully you have gotten into the habit of cleaning out your backpack, throwing away unnecessary papers and filing important ones. If not, now is the time to tackle that mess. Start by putting all you papers into one pile. Then separate them by subject, putting [...]
3 Essential Study Skills For students with ADHD, ADD, or other learning disabilities, effective study skills can help them overcome their difficulties without the aid of medication. The following 3 study skills are essential for students to maximize their potential in the classroom. 1. Note-taking Developing solid note-taking skills helps students learn, retain and recall information presented in class. Students can use these steps to strengthen their note-taking skills: Do not try to write down everything the teacher says. Listen for words or concepts that are unfamiliar and write those down. Listen for long pauses in the teacher’s lecture and [...]
5 Steps to an Organized Backpack Is your child’s backpack a mess? Have you ever asked him to pull out his homework only to have him pull out a handful of crumpled papers? If so, your child may need a backpack overhaul. Messy backpacks are usually a sign of a larger organizational problem. While fixing the backpack won’t solve all organizational issues, it can help your child begin to see and understand the necessity of effective organization. Follow these steps to clean up and maintain a good backpack. Step 1: Size the backpack A good backpack should be an appropriate [...]
Students diagnosed with ADHD, ADD or other learning disabilities often times face obstacles that put them at a disadvantage in the classroom. Focusing in class, comprehending the material, and remembering to turn in assignments can become difficult and sometimes stressful tasks. Medication can help but does not solve these problems on its own. Fortunately students can get help to enhance their learning skills and overcome their difficulties. So what kind of support is best for your child? We will look at the pros and cons of the two main types: tutoring and academic mentoring. Tutoring Tutoring is subject-specific and aimed [...]
Students often assume their success on academic tasks will depend on how they study and what they study. Unfortunately the components of “where” and “when” to study are sometimes neglected.
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