5 Reasons to Consider Summer Tutoring

Ah, summer. The sun is shining, it’s warm outside, sprinklers are keeping the grass green and the air is filled with the sound of birds chirping and children playing in the street.

In fact, it’s about that time of year where you’re starting to make plans to keep your kids busy, entertained and…learning?

Yes, learning.

During the summer, kids can lose up to 3 months of academic skills, particularly in math and reading. Since school subjects are usually cumulative, learning loss can make gaining ground next year even harder.…

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5 Tips for Dealing with Disappointing Report Card Results

It’s that time of year again: report card season.

Student with learning disabilities can sometimes bring home a report card that just doesn’t reflect their potential. It can lower their self-esteem and cause endless arguments at home.  

If you are a parent and you don’t think your child’s report card reflects their capabilities, here are 5 tips we think will help make things easier and more constructive for you and your student.

 

1. Set a good example – stay cool.

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5 Video Games Kids with Learning Disabilities will Love

Ok, hold on, we know what you’re going to say.

“Video games? My kid plays enough video games, pretty soon their eyes are going to turn into TV screens!”

It’s true, with the development of well-stocked app stores for smartphones and tablets kids today are playing video games more than ever. And with summer upon us, they’ll probably spend time playing video games to relax.

But that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.

Certainly, some games out there involve little more than running and gunning, but if you’re careful you can help your child get into games that can help them not only relax but help improve executive functioning.

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10 Great Books Your Teen Will Love This Summer

Summertime is a great time to work on reading skills. Students can take advantage of those long days and gain ground in reading comprehension while relaxing in the backyard or on the couch.

Many students, however, suffer from learning disabilities or difficulties in reading that make reading for fun hard or stressful. As a result they may prefer to avoid it altogether. That’s why we searched far and wide to find books that your middle or high school student will actually want to read over the summer.

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6 Tips to Prevent a Summer Slide

As we mentioned in a previous blog entry, research has shown that the summer slide is very real and can be hazardous to your student’s grades, with learning loss costing some students two or more months of math and reading skills.

For many students with learning disabilities, such as ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia (Math Learning Disability) or Asperger’s Syndrome, summer can be a good time to catch up in skills and knowledge and minimize any learning loss.

We know that summer is a tough time to convince kids to work on their skills, especially after a tough school year.

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Last Minute Tips for Essay Exams Part 2

In our last entry,  helpful elephants gave us some tips on how to help students with essay exam questions. As students with learning disabilities sometimes have a hard time gathering their thoughts and staying organized during essay exams, they gave us some tips on developing an initial essay structure.

With some of our students facing their last daunting exams, we were in luck because our wrinkly friends came back to our office to offer more last minute help.

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Our elephant friends visited the office with more last minute tips.

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Last Minute Tips for Essay Exams

Almost all students get nervous when faced with an essay exam question.

After completing the multiple choice and short answer questions sections, they’re suddenly faced with a blank sheet of paper. A set of instructions demand they now write a few paragraphs on a topic (or even worse, come up with one).

And time is ticking.

For some students with learning disabilities, the essay portion of an exam can be the hardest of all. Time pressure, difficulties gathering their thoughts and keeping the essay organized can cause a student to perform below their potential and turn a creative exercise into a frightening experience.…

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The Summer Slide (and How You Can Stop It!)

According to a study published by John Hopkins, during the summer students can actually lose some of the knowledge and skills they learning during the school  year. Educators have long called this effect the Summer Slide. 

In fact, during the summer students can lose up to two months of math abilities and many students will lose two or more months of reading abilities!  It’s hard to watch a student who worked so hard during the year to build critical skills in school lose them so easily

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Tips for Answering Multiple Choice Tests

It never fails to get your heart racing.

You open up an exam booklet, confident that you’ve studied as hard as you can and feel ready, willing and able to show them what you know.

Then you see it. 

MC exam Tips for Answering Multiple Choice Tests
Stressed out? Multiple choice exams can be notoriously difficult for students with learning disabilities.

The scary big brother of true-false questions, multiple choice tests and questions can be hard for most students. For students with learning disabilities they can be downright terrifying.…

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Surviving True False Exams

At some point in our lives, we’ve all had to answer really tough true-false questions. Sometimes the questions are ambiguous, the dates hard to remember and sometimes the question itself is just plain hard to understand.

 

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Students with learning disabilities often have trouble with tricky true-false questions.

 

Teachers sometimes use true or false questions because they require less reading than, say, a multiple choice question or an essay and scoring them is easy and reliable. Problems often come from the questions themselves being ambiguous, badly worded or when they are used to test for very particular facts (dates, precise locations and names for example).…

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