Simple Steps to Make Studying Easier

imagesThere’s a knack to studying effectively. It’s not something that comes naturally, not even to good students. Even they have to find out what works for them, and that means that you don’t have to follow a rigid plan. In fact, you can choose any method you want to. But you need to realize that what works for the best students may not work for you. You may need to try a few different ways to see what you’re most comfortable with. The goal, however, will always be to find out that it is that enables you to learn the material as quickly and effectively as possible.

So the first thing you need to do is to determine what it will take for you to learn the material cold. That means that no matter what happens, you know exactly what you need to know.

Think about actors. How do they remember all those lines? In a documentary awhile ago, Sean Connery was seen to spread out the script on what looked like one very long easel. This enabled him to

How to Effectively Listen to Your Child Read

best-picture-books-to-read-with-your-kids-300x300Most school children are given home readers to read at home every day. I know I used to do it when I taught kindergarten. But I’d always wondered if parents did take the time to listen to their child read and if they even knew how to support their child’s reading by listening.

Even if your child doesn’t have a home reader, when she stands in front of you with a book and says, “Can I read this book?” do you as a parent let him go on his merry way to read it or would you respond by saying, “Read it to me and let me listen to you read”? The second response is the better option.

Benefits of Listening to Your Child Read

Below are the reasons why you should listen to your child read.

1. It gives your child practice in reading. This is an obvious one but parents often claim that they are too busy to listen. You know what they say about practice – it makes things perfect. So if you want your

Five Unique Benefits of Private Schools

download (1)Parents usually want to ensure that their children receive a well-rounded and high-quality education. Private schools can help ensure a positive academic experience for students. Explore the common benefits of this type of facility to determine whether it fits your family’s needs.

Superior Academic Opportunities

Private schools set a high academic bar for their pupils. Children who attend these institutions often receive accelerated instruction and extra engagement from teachers. Student-teacher ratios are often lower, with smaller class sizes than are found in public institutions. In fact, these facilities often have more stringent professional and hiring requirements for faculty and staff, ensuring that the teachers have the professional qualifications necessary to provide the best education for students.

Many children attending these institutions have plans for college, so the schools incorporate college preparatory classes as a standard feature of the curriculum. It is common for students to perform better with higher scores on standardized achievement tests. These facilities often set higher graduation requirements for high school students.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Children attending private schools may have more extracurricular opportunities

How to Make Home Tuitions Effective for Students

Home tuitions, as we already know are a means to supplement one’s learning and excel in academics. It is important that students find these sessions interesting, informative and also effective in terms of knowledge acquisition. Tutors must take utmost care to enhance learning of the students.

Here are a few pointers for tutors to help make each session effective:

1. Communicate – learning is all about communication. It is how you interact, communicate, understand the student and help him/her achieve the said goal that makes the sessions effective. As a tutor, you will need to understand the student’s psychology and capability. This will help in coming up with new teaching methods that focuses on the student’s need of the day.

You can always come up with newer ways to approach a subject. Example: interesting pin-ups, hands-on activities, snippets about the topic/s while being taught create curiosity in children. They often find the information imprinted in their memory for a longer period of time, thus helping them store the required information to be recalled easily.

2. Have patience – patience is always the key to a successful session. As a tutor, one must have patience

5 Tips to Help Your Child to Succeed in School

Each of use want to see our children succeed in school, but there are times when our schedule becomes so hectic that it is nearly impossible to squeeze in time to help our kids become successful in school. Right now, my wife and I have 7 kids they are involved with many after school activities such as ice skating and soccer. I am going to share with you some pointers on how to fit in study time when there is so much that is going on.

1. Dinner time has always been a pain on the neck for me. Recently, my wife bought a crockpot and I decided to put it in good use. This little contraption has been a life saver as I can prepare dinner in the morning just by throwing in some meat, vegetables, spices and any type of Campbell’s soup. When school gets out and all the festivities are in full swing, you would not have to worry about dinner as it is already cooking.

2. When you are at home, get the chores done before the kids get home. This way the kids will be ready to do their homework. If

Four Keys To Visiting Private High Schools

Many parents across the country who desire the best secondary education for their children have made the decision to invest in their students’ future by enrolling them in private high schools. For many kids, this is the best way to initiate a high quality education, and put them on the path to a good college experience and a successful career. Inevitably, this brings up the question of choice. Parents want to make sure that they are enrolling their kids in the best school possible. An important way to make this decision is by a campus visit. For parents and students who are looking at private high schools, there are a few key things to pay attention to on visits.

1. Visiting Accommodations

The first way to get a grasp on what kind of institution you’re considering is to look at the options they have for visitors. Most reputable private high schools will have some kind of an open house or campus tour. The absence of any of these is actually a pretty good indicator that the school is not for you. Think of it like this: if the institution is unprepared to even show their campus

Participating in Your Child’s Education

Your help will make a difference!

Parental involvement is key for the overall success of a child’s education. Parental involvement begins at home starting with homework assistance as well making sure your child gets plenty of sleep and eats well. However, there is much more that you can do to become an active participant in your child’s education.

Work commitments, extra curricular activities and juggling all of the demands of today’s busy world make it impossible for many parents to spend time in their children’s classrooms. There are many ways parents can still volunteer and experience the joy of their child’s school years. Here are a few ways you might participate:

Join us when you can! You may not be able to volunteer on a regular basis because of work or other commitments, but we’d love to have you join us now and again. Just a hour here and there for a special occasion or activity is greatly appreciated and your child will enjoy having you see where he works.

Read with us! Children in the lower elementary grades love being read to and it is an important step in helping them become successful

Using Games in Teaching Mathematics

Let me tell you how I used some of the commercially produced games*. The purpose of this article is to review a number of commercially produced games. Some of the games I used were:


As the name suggests, this game is about creating and using equations. It is akin to Scrabble. Initially, I only allowed my classes to use addition and subtraction with whole numbers in creating equations. I did this for two reasons. Firstly, I was using the game mostly with low achievers. These simple operations made for a faster game giving students more opportunities to create equations. That still allowed the students to get an understanding of the concept of an equation. Secondly, even though the other operations, decimals and fractions could be used, the game takes much longer to play and for the students to check that the equation produced is correct. It necessitates much more teacher intervention. In the simple game the students score by simply adding up the number of tiles they have used.


This game is useful in developing graphing concepts (e. g. ordered pair, grids) as well as the concepts of negative numbers. To speed

Guide for Choosing Private Schools

Whatever your reason for stepping outside the public education arena, private schools can provide a high-quality education for a child. However, your choice in institutions is not a minor decision. Weigh your options carefully to ensure that you place your child in the best learning environment.

Determine Your Child’s Needs

Your student likely has specific academic and extracurricular needs that you want to have met by a learning institution. It’s important that the facility you choose fits your child’s needs. For example, if music is an important focus of your child’s education, then the establishment you choose must have curriculum and programs in place that will meet your child’s educational needs. It’s also important to ensure that any facility that focuses on extracurricular study, such as music, also offers high-quality academic study.

Determine What You Want

Private schools with geographic locations near your home or workplace will generally offer logistical convenience that will simplify your daily life. Consider practicality as you determine which institutions to pursue. Transportation to and from the facility, tuition costs, instructional models, extracurricular programs, and size are also considerations that should factor into your decision. Eliminate any establishments that do

The Importance of Art Education for Children

Art education for children had all but disappeared from most American schools. There are many reasons for this phenomenon, some well-intentioned (albeit misguided) and others simply unfortunate. Despite the waning exposure kids have to the arts at school, science continues to demonstrate the many benefits of arts-based learning beginning at a young age. If the future of education continues to deprive children of exposure to the arts, it is up to parents and caregivers to advocate for arts education while finding alternative ways to provide it.

The Changing Face of American Education

Several key developments in American education have nearly stripped art-related education out of schools. The most common reason cited is funding. A focus on standards has also been instrumental in reducing educational focus on the arts due to schools competing for high marks on testing. As the economy slowly recovers from the economic turmoil of the last decade, schools in many states have begun to rebound from a funding perspective. However, rather than restore arts programs, states and school districts are placed an emphasis on beefing up STEM programs, rather than art-related learning initiatives.

Types of Art Education and Their Benefits


Writing a Lesson Plan

Understanding the parts of a lesson plan is among the first steps in closing the achievement gap. It is only when teachers can plan lessons effectively that they will be able to teach all their students, regardless of their socioeconomic background, sex or culture.

Lesson plans are a common feature in the lives of most teachers. Without a well written plan, teachers will be ill prepared, and this will affect their ability to close the achievement gap. Writing a quality lesson plan can be a challenging task for teachers and they may sometimes engage the help of websites which provide writing services for teachers. These websites that assist or give information on writing services for teachers and are widely available on the net and are a great resource for teachers around the world. They help in a variety of areas such as writing a lesson plan. When writing a the lesson there are a few guidelines that can be used as to build up and effective program. They include:

These help determine the purpose, aim, and rationale for what the teacher and the students will engage in during class time. When writing a lesson plan,

10 Reasons Creativity Belongs in the Classroom

1. Creativity is a skill that can be practiced and learned. Although it has often been thought of as a personality trait, it is something that in fact can and should be taught.

2. Creativity may be the single most important competency a leader should have in order to run a successful modern business. This was determined in a survey of 1,500 chief executives by IBM’s Institute for Business Value. Businesses are so complex and fast-moving that leaders must be able to improvise, a skill often associated with creative performances of theater and music. Furthermore, leading a business involves leading people toward a new product, market, or new idea as the result of creative thinking.

3. Creativity helps children learn how to control their own behaviors and emotions. Free creative play, including time children are allowed to spend in the dress-up corner, lets them practice “policing” themselves, this play time providing a safe outlet through which to work through sometimes negative or unacceptable emotions and thoughts.

4. Creativity has been shown to help students learn in all academic fields. (Yes, even mathematics.) While creativity is easily associated with the arts department, there is benefit to

Test Preparation and MORE

Exam Preparation for Students, Parents and Teachers

With March and exam season upon us I want to share some tips that can help your student/child do well on state and national exams as well as learn more at school every day. In reality, the really “big” tests check for student growth over time (as seen when comparing year by year scores), compare each student with every other child who took the same test on the same day, provide assessment data for teachers to note how their instruction is meeting and exceeding learning expectations as well as areas that require modification and improvement, and inform the school and district with an overview of just how all of the students are scoring based on what teachers are teaching and how this matches other schools in your state. It is vital data when student, parent, and teacher know and understand the standards, the types of test questions used, and how to analyze and evaluate overall performance. Without study, the score is just another number.

I have been tutoring several high school juniors and seniors who have passed some but not all sections of the high school proficiency exams. Working

Extracurricular Opportunities for Middle School Children

Extracurricular activities offer a variety of benefits for middle school students. Research has shown that when students participate in extracurricular pursuits, they often perform better academically. Involvement may also correlate with overall success throughout life, even beyond graduation. When you urge kids to participate in organized activities outside of those required for school, you are encouraging them to develop unique skill sets that they will appreciate throughout their development.


A number of artistic opportunities may be available to your middle school child. Explore artist programs that focus on a specific style of art, such as painting, drawing, or sculpting. Some groups might also make arrangements to periodically display their art at a local gallery or school, giving your child the chance to show off their work.

Drama and Music

Many middle schools have active drama and music groups that provide children with the opportunity to dance, play music, or act. Typically, a middle school will select a play or a musical for children to produce. Participants will need to practice their acting or singing skills, audition for parts, and learn lines to prepare for a show. Kids can also participate by helping with

Imparting Effective Social Skills To Preschoolers

Children of preschool-going age have highly impressionable minds. This is why it becomes imperative to be utterly careful of the kind of behavior you model in front of your child. The preschool phase is a time ripe for learning key life skills, including social skills.

Socialization refers to the life-long process of imbibing social norms and customs from observing and interacting with other members of society. Socialization begins as early as in preschool, with children looking up to parents, teachers and peers for the ‘right way to behave’. If utilized well, this impressionable phase of a growing child can be harnessed to shape a confident, empathetic, sharing and considerate child.

Social skills not only help us navigate social situations effectively but also prove essential as a foundation for building fulfilling relationships, empathetic interactions and a general sense of camaraderie with other people. There’s no denying that the values that children inherit during this tender age can go on to impact the way they deal with social situations as they grow up.

There are certain things that adults; whether it be parents, teachers or family members, can do to ensure that their child learns important social

Tips for Assessing Elementary Schools

The facility at which a child receives primary education is an important choice for parents. Numerous factors contribute to the creation of a great or a not-so-great learning institution. As you assess various elementary schools, visit each one in person and learn what to look for to help you make an informed decision.

Assessing Engagement

Observe the students in attendance at a learning institution. A high-quality learning environment shows itself in the way that the students participate in their activities. Regardless of the situations or exercises occurring in various classrooms, you should see kids actively and energetically engaged in the process of learning. Children should show enthusiasm and interest in what they are doing.

Measuring Expectations

Elementary schools must also set the bar high for the students to motivate them to work diligently. Teachers should have standards of penmanship and neatness to which students must adhere. Classrooms must have rules of conduct for everyone. Even the bathrooms, hallways, playgrounds, and common areas of the facility must be clean and orderly, indicating that the institution has high expectations for those who work there and attend.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Academics are standard for all elementary

Four Major Advantages to Private Schools

One of the most important choices that a parent must make is where to send their children to high school, and how to pay for it. While many families do not have the money or the means to send their children to private schools, for those who do, there may be some long-term benefits to affording their child a private education. Read on for four of the major benefits of paying for and enrolling your teen in a private school.

Early Networking

Teens who become friends with classmates early on in their educational career may have already started networking for the future. While not everyone will attend an Ivy League college, some certainly will, and those who do may go on to hold positions as business administrators, educational leaders, CEOs, or even small (or large) business owners. Even students who don’t attend Ivy League schools might still hold these types of positions, and they could later help to employ friends they made from back in high school. Establishing these relationships early on may help young people to find employment later in life.

Teacher-Student Ratio

Because of the higher tuition costs, parents are paying for

How Using Signs in Schools Can Help Make Them Safer

For schools, safety is and should be a top priority. Parents trust teachers and staff to take care of their children during the day and ensure that they’ll come home safely. While teachers do their best, they are humans and so are kids so things will happen, especially when it’s 20 kids to one teacher. This is why warning signs are so important in schools. Signs aren’t just used for warnings though, they can also help to navigate the building, helping to make the students day go by smoothly. Here are some of the top signs used in schools.

I’m sure there are many different types of signs you can think of that could go into a school. One of the most obvious would be room signs such as indicators for boys, girls, and disabled restrooms. These can also be important outside of each classroom or large areas such as lunch rooms and gymnasiums. Particularly at a young age, it may be difficult for students to navigate their way around the school, but by using signs with symbols (such as the restroom signs) it can be an easy way for students to make sure they are in

Necessity of a Happy Learning Experience for Kids

It’s a well-known fact that the most successful persons around the globe are the ones who had a passionate academic career during which they had pursued the course or subjects they are most interested in. Now, a majority of us would be under the notion that there is no absolute emergency to think about the academic career of kids until they reach a certain age, say teenage, where usually most parents discuss with their kids and decide what the best choice of career for them would be. Until then, they tend to be a bit casual about the play schools, pre-schools, and the elementary schools they enroll their kids at. But the recent studies reveal that the early stages of education, i.e. pre-school is as much important as the graduation phase for a student. Because that’s the stage where a kid starts to develop his or her brain and it is a time where one can nurture the kid’s brain to the maximum. And as we all know, if the foundation is strong, the final outcome will be the desired one.

The environment in which a kid grows up is as vital as the education and the

Preschool Children and What They Can Learn

Preschool children begin at age three and ends at age four. Two-year olds are not part of this status mainly because of their long-term universal nature of “the terrible two”. Most of time the two-year-old toddler runs around the house saying “no” to every request hence academic aspirations appear unreasonable. Consequently, experts start at age three for preschool status. Some experts prefer age four for preschool status because they believe age three to be too close to two. Whatever your category preschool children are eager learners.

Parents experience frustration when their children ask multiply questions. They grunt about how all their children do is ask “why” and “why not” or “how” and “what for’. They say their children frequently interrupt the disciplinarian or explanation process with these repeated questions. Most parents, exasperated by these interruptions would curtail them by silencing their children with harsh punishment. Nevertheless, experts assert that answering these inquiries would manifest advance academic learners. Answering your children’s questions helps them to develop their cognitive abilities as well as build analytical skills.

Preschoolers love to explore, they have an innate interest in all areas in and outside the home. It is important to cultivate