Summer Reading List for Tweens

Summer Reading List for Tweens

Summer should be a break from school, not from learning. Making sure that kids are reading throughout the summer is a great way to keep their minds active and ensure a smooth transition back to the classroom come fall.

 
10 Tips for Practicing Dictation with Kids

10 Tips for Practicing Dictation with Kids

There’s a time-honored activity – some would call it a game – that lets parents quickly assess how well their children are mastering language arts skills such as reading, writing, speaking and listening. The rules are simple; just dictate a few sentences, and ask your child to write it down word-for-word.

 
From Good Student to Exceptional Student: What Does it Take?

From Good Student to Exceptional Student: What Does it Take?

Supportive and engaged parents often see their children perform well in school – from enjoying their lessons and completing their assignments diligently to getting reasonably good grades. But after spending so much time with their children and getting to know their true intellectual potential, perceptive parents often wonder if there’s even more room for growth and if there are untapped resources their children could use to become truly exceptional performers. With a few adjustments in work habits and outlook, many times they can. Here are just a few ways to help your children grow into everything you know they can be.

 
4 Key Tips to Help Your Child Prepare for Tests

4 Key Tips to Help Your Child Prepare for Tests

In a perfect world, every day at school would be filled with interesting, hands-on learning experiences. But even the most progressive schools must determine whether or not their students have successfully mastered the academic material on the lesson plan. For better or for worse, that means that inevitably your student will have to endure classroom exams. Here are some tips to help your child prepare for tests, hopefully changing what can sometimes be a daunting experience for students to an anticipated opportunity to show what they’ve learned.

 
How to Help Your High Schooler Set Goals

How to Help Your High Schooler Set Goals

To your student, it might seem as if high school is going to last forever. But you know better. Setting goals provides teenagers with concrete landmarks to help them along their academic path. Having set goals to follow will give your student focus and help he or she build self-confidence.

Here’s a look at the kinds of goals your teenager should be setting and why they are important.

 
Study tips and Techniques

Study tips and Techniques

One of the most frequently-asked questions I get is “What’s the best way to study for tests?” There isn’t one guaranteed way, but there are study tips and techniques that almost always work in combination with dedication and determination. Encourage your child to try these out before their next test:

 
November Checklist for School Success

November Checklist for School Success

Keeping a monthly checklist during the academic year is a great way to make sure your kids are on target for school success. The November checklist is below:

 
How to Help Your Kids with Their Homework without Doing it Yourself

How to Help Your Kids with Their Homework without Doing it Yourself

Nothing is worse than sitting down with your child to do homework and realizing you haven’t done long division in decades, and you have no idea how to explain it.

 
Tried-and-True Strategies to Ace the SAT or ACT

Tried-and-True Strategies to Ace the SAT or ACT

SAT, ACT, oh my! While students may still be deciding whether to take the SAT, ACT, or both, there are some tried and true strategies that they should use to ace either one come test day! With trusty No. 2 pencil in hand, these simple tips will help students tackle test day with confidence.

 
Ways to Establish a Parent-Teacher Relationship

Ways to Establish a Parent-Teacher Relationship

The fall is one of the busiest times for both parents and teachers. But know that as busy as you and your child’s teacher are, you share a common goal — your child’s academic achievement. As an involved parent, you can facilitate a relationship with a teacher based upon this shared goal and mutual respect.

 
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Mark Kance

Mark Kance

Mark B. Kance, M.A.T. is the Executive Director at the Hamilton Township Sylvan Learning in Hamilton New Jersey.  Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring to students of all ages, grades and skill levels with more than 30 years of experience and nearly 800 centers located throughout North America. Sylvan's trained and Sylvan-certified instructors provide personalized instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills and test-prep for college entrance and state exams. Sylvan also hosts MomMinded.com, a blog offering tips and resources from moms and education experts. For more information, call 1-800-31-SUCCESS or visit www.SylvanLearning.com.