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Many students have no clue how to effectively study for an exam. Some will not study at all, claiming they already know the material. Others skim the text and their notes, and then claim that they studied.

These are just a few of many active study techniques, which can be taught by a tutor. I believe that study skills are best taught when integrated into subject tutoring. For example, mnemonic memorization strategies, such as making up silly acronyms or stories to memorize details, can be integrated into any subjects tutoring sessions.

Some students are unable to complete their homework or study effectively due to poor organization skills. This deficit is especially prevalent among individuals with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and learning disabilities. A tutor can teach organization skills such as prioritizing, highlighting, organizing notebooks, breaking down large tasks into smaller ones, and planning for long term assignments. Some students can work with a tutor briefly, learn these skills, and then use them independently. Others benefit from using tutors on a long term basis to keep them organized.

The bulk of our calls are from students who are behind where they should be in reading, writing, math, Science, or some other subject. Look for signs that your child is behind: He struggles and complains, particularly concerning one subject.

It takes hours to complete the homework, and even then it contains numerous errors.

He/She does not like to read anything for pleasure. What he/she does read comfortably is below grade level. He/She cannot describe something he/she has read.

He/She cannot move ahead comfortably in math because he is having difficulty getting past math facts, long division, fractions, etc.

He/She struggles with social studies because he/she has difficulty with reading comprehension and lacks efficient studying strategies.

He/She does poorly on written assignments not because he does not know the subject matter, but because his writing needs work.

Catching up is hard to do because the classes keep moving further and further ahead. However, if no one at home is able to help effectively, a weekly or biweekly tutor can.

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