It happens to most families at one time or another. Your child is getting good grades — not great, not terrible — and you get a teacher’s note included with his report card telling you that he is not really living up to his potential. There may not be any specific criticism offered, and the vagueness of the comment can be almost maddening. This comment in not uncommon with bright children who pick up things quickly. They’re bright and usually bring home grades with a mix between “A’s” and “B’s.” There’s really not much to complain about, but there may a problem lurking that is best resolved during their early school years. Exactly how can you help your child better fulfill his potential?
Or perhaps your child is bringing home grades that you’re convinced just don’t match his or her abilities. They’re not skipping school, and most of their work is completed on time, but their grades just don’t seem to be what they should. What options do you have?
This is something we see quite frequently, and the problem may well be poor study habits.
One of the disadvantages faced by bright students comes from their ability to quickly comprehend most subjects. The problem arises when they progress to a point in their education where the sophistication of the subject cannot be comprehended immediately and needs much more disciplined study. This time most often comes during high school when students face the rigors of trigonometry, calculus or statistics. For virtually every student, these subjects require significant amounts of study and memorization. And these disciplines may have never been necessary for the bright student. For perhaps the first time, they will be faced with obstacles that simply cannot be easily grasped.
A student who is producing marginal grades may need little more than some guidance on how to maximize study time to achieve the best results. Of course, all students will struggle from time to time with new topics. This is one reason its so vital for them to develop good study skills.
At Academic Learning Labs we have a program of tutoring designed to help your child develop the study habits that will help improve their schoolwork and better equip them for the rigors of college work. We break down study skills into several areas that we help your child improve:
- Organization – covers assignment tracking, binder organization and study planning.
- Time Management – includes scheduling study time and avoiding distractions.
- Note Taking – covers effective listening strategies, practical note taking and following directions.
- Studying – includes how to use notes to review material, extracting the most important information from textbooks, research strategies and subject-specific study tips.
- Test Taking Strategies – includes ways to minimize test anxiety and effective tips for a variety of test formats including multiple choice, open answer and essay.
We also break down study skills for your child’s grade level offering targeted tutoring for elementary, middle, and high school. Please call us at 949-546-0800 for more details on our study skills tutoring.