Getting Perspective

A blog by Ray Rosen, Owner of Education Perspective.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tutors Can Help the High School Transition

The first year of high school is a period of adjustment. High school brings new academic challenges with harder workloads and a pressure that every grade will now matter for their ultimate college choice.

A tutor can help a student adjust to the new environment and build successful study habits. Help from a tutor can ease a student’s anxieties in addition to providing expertise in subject areas. Students will face a heavier academic load in high school and have the new experience of self-reliance when dealing with their teachers. A tutor can help a student adjust to the faster academic pace of high school and manage the increased amount of homework.

As a parent there are things that you can do to help with this transition.
-Introduce yourself to your child’s guidance counselor early on and consider opportunities to involve yourself in school committees and activities.
-Encourage your child to involve themselves in the extracurricular activities that interest them.
-Help them develop academic independence and accountability.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Summer Time Isn’t Slump Time

What have you done so far this summer vacation? I’m sure much of it has been filled with barbeques and sunscreen but don’t forget to spend some time doing something for your academic future. Summer is a perfect time for high school students to start a college search. Here are some tips and ideas for utilizing some summer downtime:

1. Make a list of your top college choices and plan at least one campus visit before the school year begins.
2. We all know that college is an expensive investment. While online this summer, investigate some scholarship websites. There are literally thousands of scholarship opportunities and you will be surprised at the diversity of requirements. These days, scholarships are awarded for hobbies, special talents, and unique interests in addition to academic performance.
3. Volunteer for organizations that you care about. This looks great on your academic resume.

I know that students have earned a vacation after working so hard this last year but do consider spending some time in the remaining summer weeks looking toward and planning for your future. Just think how much time it will save you once your back in the classroom!

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