All long distance runners know that a marathon doesnâ€™t really start until the 20 mile mark. Thatâ€™s the point at which the race gets really tough and many competitors â€śhit a wall.â€ť For many students, the academic year feels really similar to a marathon and in the last few months their energy just collapses. As parents, teachers, and tutors, our job is to help kids stay strong in those final miles and cross the finish line smiling.
Spring is here and so is that proverbial academic wall. For some students, the pressure of AP tests and final exams marks the end of the school year. For other students, their districts have done away with final exams, leaving them with no finish line on which to focus their attention. For juniors, the challenge might be the attempt to balance school work with college admissions testing. Either way, student engagement is one key to helping kids stay strong and consistent until the finish.
What tools can we equip students with to stay strong until June? Memorizing new facts and formulas for every unit (which are often quickly forgotten, by the way) is important, but thatâ€™s not what keeps kids engaged. A student who feels ownership over his own learning and studying will stay focused for the long haul. Here is where an academic coach can really supply some strategies. A good tutor will not simply go over the yearâ€™s-worth of content for AP exams or finals, but he or she will teach the student study skills: how to set and manage a study schedule over the next several months instead of cramming, how to determine importance and prioritize amongst the many notes and study guides, how to attack multiple choice questions and essays, what study method works best for the child as a unique individual.Â
Of all of these skills, one to especially highlight is the study schedule. Just like you donâ€™t start training for a marathon the week before you run it, youâ€™ve got to consistently â€śtrainâ€ť for final exams, projects, or any type of high stakes test by reviewing old material every week of the semester, making a calendar, and planning blocks of review time weeks in advance. An academic coach can help students establish that habit of consistent study and review, whether itâ€™s for a class or the SATs/ACTs. In our experience, once students feel the sense of confidence they get from being organized and well-prepared, theyâ€™re more likely to self-manage their studies in the future. That engagement gives them the boost they crave to run the final miles to June.
This spring weâ€™re offering options tailored to your familyâ€™s specific needs and budget:
-Private or small group tutoring for all AP exams. Get organized to review all of the old units and learn great strategies for essays and short answer. Diagnostics included.
-SAT and ACT Preparation private sessions, small groups, and intensives.Work with a tutor who will understand your childâ€™s unique strengths and weaknesses and target instruction accordingly.
-Our exceptional study skills program RANDD. Note-taking, organization, and study techniques from an academic coach, all tailored your child.
-Letâ€™s Talk Parent Series continues. Our complimentary workshops for parents help families plan for academic success and the college admissions process.
Chyten Premier Tutoring and Test Preparation of Millburn proudly serves the students of Livingston, Millburn, Short Hills, West Orange, Maplewood, South Orange, Summit, Chatham, Florham Park, Madison and other neighboring communities. Let us work together to place your child on the path to academic excellence and achievement. Call me and, together, letâ€™s discuss how we can address your childâ€™s unique challenges of today and the opportunities of tomorrow. Â
Maureen McGovern, Owner
Chyten Premier Tutors and Test Preparation