“That crumpled paper was due last week!”
Are arguments over study skills and organization a common occurrence in your household? Your child may benefit from tutoring, if you answer “yes” to any of the following questions:
- Do you have a child with a learning challenge such as attention deficit disorder (ADD, ADHD), auditory processing difficulty, issues of executive functioning or a spectrum-related disorder?
- Does your child take hours to complete an assignment that should only take 15 minutes?
- Are you reluctant to look in your child’s backpack for fear of the mess you may discover?
- Is your tween or teen’s relationship with his or her screens (phone, games and videos) affecting academic performance?
- Is your child experiencing anxiety or depression due to academic issues?
Many students struggle to implement the basic organization, time management and prioritization skills required to navigate a healthy school experience. In some cases, these students have simply never learned the tools for academic success.
I teach students how to work with more focus and efficiency!
The development of effective study habits and solid study skills is the foundation for academic success. In addition to recommending technology-driven tools, such as Quizlet or SparkNotes, I introduce fun ways to study rather than rote memorization. My methods include mnemonic devices, flashcards and visual cueing to enhance memorization and retention.
Brandon was quite reluctant at first about receiving tutoring but since the first session with Lindsay he has never once resisted going. Lindsay relates so well to young people and has an upbeat and nurturing way of teaching. She talks WITH children and not AT them. Brandon’s grades, comprehension of the material, study and organizational skills and self-esteem have increased greatly because Lindsay is patient, caring and knows how to motivate the most resistant of children!
Keeping learning fun!
With elementary learners, I play academic games to enliven the learning process. Many young students struggle with math foundational concepts such as multiplication tables, fractions and percents. It is so important during these early years for each student to develop a positive relationship with math.
Young readers may benefit from a comprehensive review of basic phonics skills. I have specialized Lindamood-Bell training that focuses on sensory-cognitive processing. I can generate academic games that improve students’ spelling and reading comprehension.
I draw from my comprehensive library of resources to create home-based activities that reinforce concepts and skills learned during our time together.
Developing solid study skills and effective study habits
With middle schoolers, a fun and accepting environment is beneficial in laying the foundation for effective time management, homework prioritization, alleviation of test anxiety and efficient utilization of the binder reminder. I encourage each student to use his or her school’s online homework resource, such as School Loop, and to be accountable for current and missing assignments.
I target homework tension and incorporate a variety of methods to ease academic pressure. I work with each student to ensure that classroom assignments and projects are completed on schedule and successfully make it from the backpack to the teacher’s hand.
I encourage students to use every resource available to self-advocate so that their academic needs are met.
A shift in pressure and expectation occurs at the high school level as students navigate the increasing demands of college requirements.
When working with high schoolers, my goal is to guide them toward academic independence.
In high school, students are expected to take more responsibility and accountability for their own assignments, projects, test preparation and academic performance. I encourage high schoolers to regularly check their online homework resources, such as Canvas, and to effectively manage their time to avoid “zeros.” My wide range of academic skills allows me to offer support in a variety of ways, including core academics, test anxiety and standardized test support.
Digital distractions & inability
“Snapchat ate my homework!”
Does your child have a difficult time disconnecting from his or her screens?
In this age of technology, it is easy for students to get “lost” in Snapchat, Instagram, TV, video games and texting. One of the main complaints I hear from parents is that screen time interferes with study time and family time. Another problem is that many homework assignments involve the use of the computer. This makes it difficult for parents to set boundaries for these distractions without cutting off this necessary resource for homework.
Chances are that your student genuinely desires to succeed academically but battles what every modern tween or teen must— distractions!
I can help your child:
- Identify and learn how to manage his or her “distractions of choice”
- Gain concrete time management tools
- Learn how to enjoy technology without damaging his or her relationships or grades
- Explore why he or she avoids homework
- Learn how to focus and earn better grades
- Understand the value of face-to-face connections in relationships
If digital distractions or lack of focus is an issue for your child, I can integrate appropriate time management and study skills into our sessions.