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4 Things to Ask your Kid’s Tutor this January

It’s important for students to play an active role in their supplemental education services, which means asking their Orange County tutors questions and staying involved in the direction their education is taking. Students can inquire about study skills, challenging topics, and deadlines coming up this spring. It’s easy for students to become disassociated with their overall education in the middle of winter but playing an active part in their tutoring sessions will make a huge difference in the big picture. Staying alert can help improve study efficiency, increase a love of learning, and raise a student’s GPA.

What should my end-of-year goals be?
The first thing students should talk about with their tutor is their end-of-year goals. Between now and June students need to think about midterms and final exams, college entrance exams, scholarship and student loan applications, and tackling challenging subject matter. A student’s goals might be somewhat broad, such as ‘I want to get a B+ or above in all of my classes.’ Or, a student might have highly specific goals, such as ‘I want to understand the concepts in chapters 4 and 5 of my physics book and receive 95% on my final project’. Setting goals can ensure that students have a long-term plan towards success.

What do I need to do to maintain my GPA?
Students often think about how to improve their grades, but they sometimes forget how important it is to maintain their current GPA. Tutors can work with students to determine which assignments are worth a large percentage of the class grade and which are simply extra credit problems worth 2 or 3 bonus points. Students may need to tackle review or study for a cumulative final exam. This will be especially important for college seniors who receive a conditional admittance based on their grades staying the same.

When should I start studying for AP exams?
The point at which students start to study for advanced placement exams depends entirely on their individual goals. All students will certainly want to achieve a 3, 4, or 5 to receive college credit but there’s a big difference in the amount of effort needed to get a 3 and a 5. Students who have a natural talent in a particular subject will need less time to study while students who feel challenged by the subject matter at this point of the year may need more time to work on their goals.

How can I study more efficiently?
Nearly every student can benefit from studying appropriately. It’s important not to waste time on busy work or to read information that’s irrelevant to assignments and exams (unless the student has a personal interest in the subject). However, many students don’t know how to study efficiently and spent 3 hours to complete an assignment that perhaps only needed 90 minutes. This can make students overwhelmed and overtired throughout the year, ultimately lowering their chances of success. When students learn to manage their time during study sessions, they tend to feel better about assignments and get higher grades.

p style=”text-align: center;”>Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerds. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and the University of Southampton in England as a graduate student. She has worked with students from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, and Africa. Robyn has been published on many sites, including USA Today, Edudemic, and Edutopia.

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