How To Ensure Your Child is Ahead of the Test Taking Curve

Tutoring and Small Classes Help Kids and Teens Accel on Tests and In Class

It’s that time of the year again.  It’s hot, it’s muggy, and the days are long.  School’s out and kids aren’t in classes.  However, in less than two months, kids and teens will return to school and will be expected to be able to complete new course work.  For high school students, this coming school year could be the first you in which they will take the ACT, SAT, or some other placement test.  Your child might think they know best, telling you that they’ll do fine in the fall.  However, it’s important to make sure your child will be ahead of the curve this academic year.

The Biggest Challenges for Kids and Teens in the Fall

Easing into the next school year is always somewhat challenging.  However, for many students, the new coursework could prove even more challenging than usual.  This is especially true of grade-schoolers beginning grammar courses, middle schoolers beginning algebra, and high school students taking on an increased workload.

Grade School Grammar, English Courses

One of the first major hurdles in a child’s academic career comes with the introduction of grammar and English courses.  Unlike middle schoolers and math courses, grammar and English courses can affect girls just as much as they affect boys.  For some students, it’s difficult to understand the intricacies of the English language.  Some schools offer summer courses or in-school courses for students who appear to be lagging behind their peers, however, this isn’t the case with all schools.  It’s important to keep in touch with your child’s teachers to ensure they aren’t struggling with grammar or English courses.

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Middle School Math, Algebra Courses

Algebra, especially for middle school-aged boys, can prove to be especially challenging.  The first time many parents call upon the help of a tutor is when their child take pre-algebra.  Algebra is really one of the first courses in which students use their elementary school foundation to begin a new subject.  Algebra doesn’t go away after middle school.  Children and teens will use algebra virtually for the rest of their academic career.  Do not let your child fall behind when it comes to math, particularly algebra-bases courses.

High Schoolers, College Placement Exams

Beginning in sophomore year, high school students are introduced to the exciting world of college entrance or placement exams.  These exams typically begin with the PSAT.  From the PSAT, students will take the ACT and/or the SAT.  Some students might go on to take additional placement exams.  Placement and entrance exams cannot only determine the future of your teenager but also determine the cost of college.  Higher test scores typically mean more scholarship money and financial aid.  It’s best to begin tutoring or small classes well before your high schooler take their first placement or entrance exam.

One way to ensure your child doesn’t fall behind the curve is to start tutoring now.  Many parents and students will wait a few months to see how the school year is going.  However, this is not the correct way of going about things.  Letting your child fall behind the curve, receiving Cs on tests and assignments, and struggling with teachers is not the way to go about things.  It’s important now to get your child enrolled in tutoring.

Tutoring gives your child something to do in the summer and allows both you and your student to develop a plan to keep them ahead of the curve.  The summer months are also a fantastic time to begin test prep, especially for fall test dates.

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