This post is part 3 of a 3-part series. Check out our previous posts if you missed Reason #1 and Reason #2. REASON #3 WHY A HARD-WORKING STUDENT ISN’T SUCCEEDING: They don’t make study time their “focus time.” Think back to a day at work when you were just unstoppable. You got so much done, you were amazed at the quantity and quality. I bet that day at work, you weren’t constantly checking emails, going to meetings, or having people “drop in” to your office. Those days stick out for a lot … [Read more...]
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This post is part 2 of a 3-part series. If you missed Reason #1, check out our previous post. Reason #2 why a hard-working student isn’t succeeding: They think “I did what the teacher said to do” means “I am ready for the test.” Teachers and students frequently have a very different view of homework. Teachers look at homework as an opportunity to practice the skills being taught in class. They grade homework to a) make sure students are getting the practice they need, b) give student the … [Read more...]
One of the questions I ask potential tutors during our interview process is “What are some reasons that well-intentioned, hard-working students don’t see the kinds of success they think they should?” It’s an important question because although many students who look for tutoring come in knowing exactly what they need help with, some students come in and don’t really know WHY they are struggling. They feel frustrated because they are putting time and effort into their work. It’s not uncommon … [Read more...]
Students put a lot of time into studying, but not all study time is created equal. On one hand, you can study by spending focused, uninterrupted blocks of time on reading, thinking, taking notes, and working through practice problems. On the other hand, you can spend that same amount of time, but be constantly interrupted by chat notifications, checking Instagram and Facebook, and playing Fortnight “for just a few minutes.” It can take a surprisingly long time to get back on task after an … [Read more...]
The idea of getting ahead in their classes might sound impossible to students. As much as they might realize that part of the reason they are struggling is because they are constantly reacting (rather than pro-acting), they often don’t feel like they have time to get ahead. Instead of listening to lectures with sense of familiarity and engagement, students end up frantically taking notes. To help your kids learn how to be in a primed “ready state” in class, try this preview technique to get a … [Read more...]
In the past, we’ve written about the different types of learning styles. That is one theory which posits we should be teaching based on how our students like to learn, or how they learn best. But there is another theory that, while sounding similar, is not. It brings about another opinion on how we should view our human ‘smart-ness.’ It says we should be viewing many forms of aptitude as ‘intelligent’ and thus, teach by recognizing a person’s core strengths. We’ll unpack that in a bit. So, … [Read more...]