EDWARDSVILLE — As families trade beach days for school days, Sylvan Learning of Edwardsville knows it’s time to get into the back to school mindset.
With each grade level, homework assignments get tougher, workloads get heavier and staying ahead of the curve becomes more challenging. In order to succeed, students need to develop strategies and skills to take on harder topics with confidence and ease. While it’s often a part of the academic journey that’s overlooked, Sylvan Learning of Edwardsville has seen how mastering effective study skills can be the secret behind turning good students into great students.
“There comes a point in every child’s education when the sophistication of a subject can’t be grasped immediately. We typically see this as students move through middle school and high school, where more advanced study skills are needed to succeed,” Sylvan Learning owner Brian Jones said. “We’ve found that establishing great study habits is the secret to making a big impact on a student’s performance. Sylvan Study Skills gives them a consistent process to succeed with every academic challenge.”
Sylvan Learning of Edwardsville offers the following study skills tips:
Make Use of Study Tools. A recent Sylvan survey found 54 percent of parents surveyed with children in grades four through eight stated their child reads his or her textbook and notes over and over to study — an ineffective study habit. Utilizing flashcards and color-coding materials are better for helping students remember key points.
Develop a Study Process. First things first: students need to know when a test will take place, the types of questions that will be included and the topics that will be covered. From there, they should create a study plan and allow ample time to prepare — there’s nothing worse than cramming the night before an exam.
* Begin Using a Planner. Between homework, tests and extracurricular activities, it’s all too easy for things to slip through the cracks. A planner can help keep everything organized and students should write down assignments, appointments and to-do lists. Review items in the planner at both the beginning and end of the day to stay on track.
* Identify Teacher Expectations. It is helpful for students to know how and what they will be graded on. By middle school and high school, most teachers will provide a course outline or syllabus, which can serve as a guide for the semester. If expectations aren’t clear, don’t wait until a bad report card comes in the mail. Parents and students should feel comfortable approaching teachers with questions about grading and assignments at any time.
* Create a Designated Study Area. If children are studying in front of a television or in a high-traffic area, chances are they aren’t getting the most out of study time. They should find a quiet, well-lit, low-traffic space in the house for studying. Parents can even institute a “communications blackout” policy with no cellphones or instant messaging allowed until schoolwork is done.
* Know When to Get Help. Sylvan’s survey found that 63 percent of parents surveyed didn’t feel that they could help with all of their child’s homework. To help equip students with the skills and strategies that can make a big impact on middle school, high school, college and beyond, Sylvan Learning of Edwardsville offers Advanced Study Skills programs.
Just in time for the back to school season, Sylvan Learning of Edwardsville is offering a new Study Skills course focused on Organization and Time Management at the special price of $199 (a $200 savings) through Sept. 30. During the four-week program, which includes eight sessions, students will learn time management, strategic planning skills, better organization habits, how to use an academic planner and how to properly track grades.
In addition, students in grades four through 12 wishing to learn more in-depth strategies are encouraged to check out Sylvan’s other Study Skills courses. Now available on the SylvanSync platform using iPads, Sylvan’s Study Skills courses are focused on building effective study habits that make schoolwork more manageable. Additional courses include effective writing, digital literacy, effective note taking and job interview skills.
For information, contact Brian Jones at (618) 656-0500, firstname.lastname@example.org, or http://tutoring.sylvanlearning.com/centers/62025 or visit http://www.SylvanLearning.com/tutoring/study-skills or