4 Tips to Help Your Child Study Better from Tampa Private English Tutor

Posted on 3rd November 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

If your child is struggling at school, you can help him or her develop more effective study habits using these simple tips:

Tip #1:  Create an effective study environment – A study space should be free of distractions.  Ensuring that the television is off is extremely important, as is making sure that your child isn’t checking email or text messages constantly.  Set up a study area away from the Internet and cell phones.  Set up an uncluttered workspace with a comfortable desk and chair and with adequate light.

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Tip #2:  Make a study schedule – Helping a younger student create a study schedule can be a tremendous help. Some middle school and high school students are hard-core procrastinators with the ability to underestimate time required for any project.  Sitting down with your son or daughter once a week and helping him or her make a plan for the week fosters the kind of discipline that leads good academic performance.  Try to set aside a regular time each week for making the weekly study plan.

Tip #3:  Hold your child accountable – The plan means nothing if you don’t hold your child accountable for performing the tasks that make it up. Creating a checklist and ticking off items as they’re finished can be a great way to make certain each task gets done. Use the online system provided by schools to track your child’s progress and reinforce the connection between good study practices and good grades.

Tip #4:  Provide homework help – Many middle and high school students need extra help from parents.  Because my step-daughter is an advanced math student, she is taking courses that neither my wife nor I ever took. When she had trouble in pre-calculus, we hired an excellent New Tampa Calculus tutor and quickly got her back on track.

If your child is having difficulty in a subject that isn’t your strong suit, you may wish to hire a professional tutor. In many cases, however, you can help your child review and master the material.

Being proactive and determining what your son’s or daughter’s class is going to study next and pre-viewing the material is another way to help your child become more effective at studying.

If your son or daughter would benefit from some one-on-one help, contact Tampa English and history tutor Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 11/3/2009 3:50 PM


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Tampa English Tutor Study Tips #3 and #4: Finding the Right Time and Place

Posted on 28th October 2008 in Tampa English Tutor
  • Tampa English Tutor Study Tip #3 Know Your Productive Times

In my four years of tutoring, I have learned that each of us has our own rhythms and habits. My wife is most productive in the afternoon. If the task is difficult, don’t ask her to do it first thing in the morning.

I work best in the late evening when the house is quiet.  I can write or make lessons plans for students I am tutoring with no distractions.

If you have studying to do for a class, think about when you are most productive.

Are you an early morning person?

If you are, schedule your difficult studying to take advantage of your most productive hours. Get up earlier and get an hour of quality studying in before your day starts. Whatever your most productive times, adjust your study routine to do your most demanding studying then.

If test dates are equally distant, do your studying for your more hated subject first when you’re freshest. That’s a system I have found works for many of my best Tampa English Tutoring clients.

  • Tampa English Tutor Study Tip #4: Finding the Right Place to Study

Give some thought to what you can do to make your study environment contribute to your academic success.

If you are taking AP or IB classes at King High School or Land O’Lakes High School, you need to make your study time count.  You probably know a lot about how to do that.

How much of that knowledge are you putting in to practice?

I meet a fair number of parents who don’t know why their sons or daughters aren’t earning good grades. When we start tutoring, I see a person who tries to study while they keep up on their IMs and monitor caller ID on their cell phone.

Ask and they’ll say, “I’m a multi-tasker.”

No. Not really. Actually, you’re distracted and studying in an environment that’s hurting you.

Why not create a study environment that gives you the best chance of success?
A clean, well-lighted place. A clear desktop. Shut off the distractions and focus your full attention on learning what you’ll need to know. You will be amazed at how faster you learn when you give what you’re studying all of your attention.

Knowing yourself well enough to do the most difficult studying at your most productive times and creating a good study environment are keys to succeeding in King High School’s IB program or as an AP student.

As an English tutor, I apply these tips when I plan time for preparing lessons for my students. If you need English Tutoring, here are five reasons to hire me as your Tampa English Tutor.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 10/28/2008 12:30 AM


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Tampa English Tutor Study TIp #2: Make Questions of Texbook Headings As You Read

Posted on 21st October 2008 in Tampa English Tutor

In working with a student in improving grades on a survey type course, one of the things that we started doing was changing the way that he read the textbook chapters.

The course he is taking requires attention to detail. To prevent his mind from wandering as he reads, I asked him to turn each heading in the textbook into a question that he wanted to know the answer to.

In this way, his reading became a purpose driven search for answers, rather than a passive attempt to absorb information.

I believe that this technique can help any student struggling to learn and retain textbook information. There is no substitute for a genuine desire to learn, but this technique can help any student get more out of reading. It’s simple. It’s effective and takes only a little longer than just reading the assigned pages.

I hope you will find this study tip helpful in improving your grades. If you need one-on-one help with English, Language Arts, or American History, here are a few good reasons to hire me as your tutor.


Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 10/21/2008 10:03 AM


Tampa English Tutor Study Tip #1

Posted on 18th October 2008 in Tampa English Tutor

I recently started tutoring a new student from the Hillsborough County IB program and the assessment that we did prior to starting our tutoring together was interesting.

This student and his parents sought my help as an American Government tutor. He was getting reasonably good grades on tests, but he was getting horrible grades on the weekly quizes.

A few questions revealed that he had not always done the assigned reading before hearing the lectures. As a consequence, I believe that sometimes he was unprepared for the pop quizes. Ironically the class is one for which this student has good aptitude and a fair degree of mastery of concepts because politics is discussed in his home.

For survey type courses in high school, I recommend to my students to get ahead and stay ahead of the lecture. To get good grades, you should be previewing the chapters before the lecture and making notes on concepts that give you trouble.

Even for good students, working with a tutor to preview material and discuss it before the teacher teaches it can make a student much more comfortable and dramatically improve quarter and semester grades.

If your son or daughter needs help in American History, European History, or American Government, the Tampa English Tutor can help you. Call me today at 813.787.8959.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 10/18/2008 6:01 PM


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