What is Academic Coaching?
Test Taking Strategies
Understanding what makes up a grade
She doesn't manage time well... He says he studied... She says she has no homework... His motivation has slowly dropped off!... If I try to help him, it ends in stress and tears.....
Oftentimes, it is not a specific subject that is an issue for students. Our team finds many students lack in core study skills, organization and time management. Through coaching, we help students develop these life long skills. By teaching students these tools, not only do grades improve but also confidence builds; this increases student investment and engagement in his or her own academic journey.
Students learn how to plan ahead and to break up study needs over several days. We work to help a student understand how to allot time to studying for each subject and how to effectively manage that study time with clear goals and tasks.
Many of our students need help organizing materials, homework folders, and agenda books. Students also need to learn how to create their own effective study spaces at home.
Every student retains material differently and it is important for students to determine how they best learn and retrieve information. We work with students to try different approaches to learning in order to assist them in figuring out their best methods for information retention. This, in turn, maximizes their time and makes for efficient study habits.
Test Taking Strategies:
At Parker River Tutoring, we start by looking at previous tests and quizzes to introduce students to the idea that tests can be predictable. By starting here, our team can better develop a targeted plan for test preparation. Tutors spend time formulating strategies for students so that they can use their time on test day to get credit for everything they know. By implementing these methods, test taking anxiety can be reduced dramatically.
Executive function helps people manage time, pay attention, switch focus, plan and organize, remember details, and multitask. When executive function isn’t working as it should, it can affect one's ability to work independently, to break down tasks, and, in some cases, to go to school. Our approach is to work with students to teach them that in order to move forward you must start by planning backwards. This helps them begin to break large tasks into manageable pieces. One example is helping students set realistic times for how long tasks will take.
Understanding what makes up a Grade:
Today's students have access to so many tools that assist them in tracking their individual subject grades, yet, we still find students do not understand where grades come from. In order to help students feel more in control of their academic success, we work to help them see exactly how their grades are made up. This allows us to then set goals to improve their academic standing within each subject.