Getting Perspective

A blog by Ray Rosen, Owner of Education Perspective.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

State SAT Scores Continue to Drop

The College Board has reported Massachusetts SAT scores continue to slip.

According to figures, the more than 60,000 Massachusetts students who took the college-entrance exam scored an average of 501 on the critical reading portion of the test – down from 502 in 2005. The mean mathematics score was 515, which was the same as last year, but below the 2005 average of 520.

Many students seek test preparation assistance. Education Perspective offers one-on-one, targeted SAT preparation. We work with students on the two crucial components that WILL make the difference – knowledge and test-taking strategy.

Be careful when considering programs that promise a specific point increase. No one can guarantee an improved score. A tutor can certainly work with a student on the content and formulate a test-taking strategy. If a student commits to the tutor sessions, then the score will reflect this.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

College: Don't Forget to Study

Leaving for college is an exciting time for both the student and the parent. You are all embarking on a whole new chapter of life. Once the excitement settles down, it will be time for the student to study and make the most of your college investment.

A dorm room is very convenient but it is a bad choice for a study space. Students will find that they have improved concentration and efficiency when they have a specific study location. Make a list of possible study locations around campus based on noise level, availability, and cleanliness. Then take time to try each one to find the best and most comfortable space for your needs.

How you study is just as important as where you study.

Once a study locale is selected, you want to focus on how you are studying and if it is effective. To make the most of your study time, make the most of daylight hours. This is especially true for your most challenging courses. You will retain more and have a better attention span earlier in the day. And, we all know that college students like to make the most of the evening (and wee morning) hours!

Avoid studying marathons. The most effective way to study is in 20-50 minute periods with brief breaks in between. Organize your studies from most challenging to least. Spend the beginning hour of study time on your most difficult subject.

Effective note-taking skills in both the classroom and during your personal study time is essential. Review your class notes and keep consistent study notes of main points, your research, and your personal thoughts or feelings about what you are studying.

By reviewing your course materials regularly, you will improve your concentration and memory.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Early Planning Can Ease Back to School Woes

This is an ideal time of year – before the mad rush of school preparations - for parents to get their kids back into the habit of school.

Heading back to the classroom is a big adjustment for students psychologically. After a summer of watching television and playing games, waiting until the first official day of school can prove a cruel reality. Kids are more successful if parents kick-start things in August as opposed to September. Students, on average, lose about 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in math computation skills over the three summer months. Children of low-income families experience an average summer loss in reading achievement of more than two months. Summer time gives students a chance to relax but all too often, especially for students with learning difficulties, school problems are forgotten about and these problems will resurface with the start of the school year.

There are many things that a family can do from creating an appropriate study space and routine to showing enthusiasm for the student’s work and rewarding them. If nothing more, parents can start talking to their kids about school now. Get them excited. Talk to them about seeing old friends, meeting new teachers and learning new things. These are all exciting prospects.

If you are thinking of hiring a tutor this year, start the ball rolling now to make sure you have help there when you need it most. You can contact Education Perspective at 617-694-5682 for more information.