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  1. Encouraging Girls about Science, Tech, Engineering and Math

    Posted: May 21, 2018

    Why encourage girls about STEM?

    First, because in contrast to so many female-dominated occupations where pay is lower than average, 93 of the top 100 STEM related occupations are paying wages much higher than the national average. In addition, there are inevitably certain biases that enter into even supposedly “objective” fields like science and technology. An example is for many years, industrial designers, because they were mostly able-bodied, middle-class men, designed products mostly for able-bodied, middle-class men. More women in science, technology, engineering and math will inevitably add their varying female perspectives, making these fields and their applications more responsive, responsible and relevant to women, girls, and the world including men at large, This benefits us all.

    Use storytelling to get girls excited about STEM

    Children (boys and girls alike) are sponges for good stories, and when there are bedtime stories not only revolving around daring escapades and fantasy worlds but also scientists and robots that help change our reality, they are able to become a lot more excited about STEM fields from a young age.

    As a parent, look into many of the popular children’s books that have a science slant to them. Tell stories about new technology being showcased in the news, and help them to create imaginary worlds that they themselves feel like they can bring to reality through the power of science, math, and technology.

    Get them excited about building

    Toy sales may be down across the board for children of all ages as playtime becomes part of the digital realm, but there’s something about getting girls excited about building things – with Lego sets, Lincoln logs, and modern versions of the two – that can help turn playtime into something much more physical and tangible.

    You don’t necessarily have to get your hands on STEM focus toys, either to help girls build during playtime. Encourage them to fiddle around with new Raspberry Pi devices and Arduino. Show them how to program their own robots (robot pets are particularly exciting when girls are young). And very importantly show them how to make the most of the digital technology around them so that they feel more ownership over their world – while getting excited about everything STEM has to offer.

    Nature and biology

    You can also get your little girl excited about biology, zoology, botany or geology when you’re taking a walk outdoors or on vacations. Point out the birds and their songs, the insects, frogs, lizards, flowers, trees and other plants, and the deer and other animals or the rocks. Notice what her special interests are and then buy and check out books that reflect them.

    Find female role models they can get excited about

    The media that young girls are exposed to has a transformative impact on the kinds of role models that they seek to emulate, and it’s important that you do everything you can to find female STEM role models – real life or cartoon, it makes little difference at this stage of the game – that they can get excited about. Thankfully there are more female role models in media for children today than ever before.  Plus there’s always the stand-by pioneers like Rachel Carson and Marie Curie.

    Support their passion in school

    Once they’re in middle or high school and focused on one of the STEM fields, and they want to get an edge in class or take an AP class, you might consider hiring a science tutor or math tutor that will help them excel.

     

     

     

     

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  2. The Arabic Foundations of Modern Algebra

    Posted: May 9, 2018

    Algebra is a fascinating mathematical tool, giving people the power to explain the natural world and solve problems that wouldn’t be possible without it. Read more…

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  1. 5 Top Ways to Prepare for Math Tests

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    If you’re a student and you want the highest math marks possible, learning the 5 top ways to prepare…

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  2. Study Skills for Academic Success

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    Having strong study skills is a vital element of academic success, helping make your student more effective in every area.

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  3. Holiday Book Recommendations for Kids & Teens From the Reading Tutors at Study Wizards Tutoring

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    A book is one of the greatest gifts a child can receive, opening the doors to amazing new worlds and interesting ideas.

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  4. Developing Effective Study Habits

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    Acquiring and maintaining strong study skills is one of the most important abilities your child can develop in school.

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  5. Study Wizards Tutoring Gives Advice For Boosting Your Student’s Self-Confidence

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    School isn’t just an environment for academics, it’s also where they learn the skills to adapt to new information…

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  6. How Study Wizards Tutoring Will Help Your Child Master High School Math

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    Kids entering high school face a lot of enormous challenges, not the least of which is advanced math classes.

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  7. 5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Reading This Summer—From California’s Expert Reading Tutors

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    Reading is one of the most important skills your child will ever learn, so it’s important to continue honing their abilities all year long.

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  8. Professional Tutors Offer 5 Tips to Help Build Your Child’s Writing Skills

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    Strong writing skills are an essential part of academic performance in almost every area of study—not to mention…

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  9. Expert Tutors Offer 5 Tips for Helping Middle School Students With Their Math Homework

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    Middle school can be a frustrating, confusing time for many children, especially as they’re introduced to increasingly abstract mathematical…

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  10. How a Math Tutor Will Help Your Child Prepare For High School SAT & ACT Tests

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    During school breaks, students can lose much of what they learned during the school year…

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  11. Selecting a Tutor for Your Child – Setting Goals

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    What are your reasons your child needs tutoring? It is important to identify your goals before selecting a tutor.

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  12. 3 Test Prep Tips for High School Math

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    Many students are subject to test-taking anxiety, but few experiences in high school incite as much stress as a math test.

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  13. Helping Your Child Develop Strong Study Skills to Improve Their Grades

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    Now is an ideal time to rethink priorities and set goals. Consider your role in your children’s educational success.

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  14. Proven Ways to Motivate Your Child to Study & Do Well in School

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    Studying isn’t most students’ favorite activity, but it’s an essential part of performing well in key areas such as math, science, and languages.

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  15. Help Your Middle Schooler Build Math Skills This Summer With These Everyday Activities

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    In middle school, many students will encounter Algebra, Geometry, and other math concepts for the first time…

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  16. What Is Integrated Math & How Is It Taught in Schools?

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    Traditionally, math has always been divided up into discrete classes with an established progression.

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  17. Common Core Math – What Should Parents Expect?

    Posted: April 5, 2018

    Of all the changes made in the adoption of the Common Core educational standards, few have elicited…

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  18. Tips for Parents on Your Child’s Test Prep

    Posted: April 3, 2018

    Standardized tests are becoming more and more important. The outcome of these tests has an impact on everything from the school’s funding…

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  19. 3 Tips for Developing Writing Skills for College

    Posted: April 3, 2018

    Strong writing skills are a crucial component of academic success in college, no matter what major your child decides to pursue…

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  20. How to Help Your Child Handle Test Stress

    Posted: April 3, 2018

    For most students, tests are a major source of anxiety, impairing reasoning and causing some children to freeze and forget…

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  21. Make Your Home Fun & Educational Just Like Summer Camp!

    Posted: April 3, 2018

    You don’t have to spend a lot of money on camp if you make your home and summer trips super fun and educational! Read more…

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  22. The Physics of Baseball

    Posted: April 3, 2018

    The best tutors know that preparing for a STEM field means developing an appreciation for the way math and science describe the physical world…

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  23. Fun Holiday Reading for Middle and High Schoolers

    Posted: April 3, 2018

    With more time on their hands over the holidays to read for pleasure, Study Wizards reading tutors in San Jose, CA, encourage you to share some classic stories…

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  24. How to Study Chemistry

    Posted: April 3, 2018

    Chemistry is among the first hard sciences most high school students encounter. Not only does it require them to work out problems…

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  25. 4 Fun Holiday Book Recommendations for Middle Schoolers

    Posted: April 3, 2018

    Reading for pleasure can be difficult during the school year, with the pressures of homework and extracurricular activities eating up a lot of time.

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  26. Should Schools Teach a 4th R: Relating & Communicating?

    Posted: April 3, 2018

    According to the old maxim, the educational system is most concerned with teaching the three R’s — reading, writing, and arithmetic.  Read more…

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  27. Spring Study Skills for Math – Laying Solid Ground Work for Finals

    Posted: April 3, 2018

    As spring approaches, most students will start preparing for their final exams, including math tests, which can inspire a significant amount of frustration and anxiety.

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  28. Math Trails: Taking Math Out of the Classroom & Into the Streets!

    Posted: April 3, 2018

     

    As students progress through the curriculum, math becomes increasingly abstract, presenting difficulties for many who have trouble understanding its physical applications.

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  1. An Evening on Artificial Intelligence at the Computer History Museum

    Posted: March 26, 2018

    We all know how computers have made huge changes to our lives but did you know there’s a Computer History Museum here in Silicon Valley dedicated to their history and ongoing impact? It’s in Mountain View, at 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. There you can take your children and their friends, whether they’re interested in math, chemistry, physics, biology or computer science, even planning to have a STEM career or just average tech-oriented kids of today. They’ll be able to see various multimedia exhibitions, listen to computer pioneers tell their story from their own perspective and check out, and maybe chuckle at the difference between those very first computers from the 1940s and 1950s and the ones they use today.

    In terms of ongoing impact, one of the cutting edges of computer science and information technology today is artificial intelligence (AI). On Friday, April 20 at 5:30, part of their Friday Night Speaker Series, the museum will be teaming up with Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence (SVAI) for their second annual AI Download. Engineers, researchers, scientists, startup founders and others will be discussing AI activity happening across the Bay Area, highlighting academic research, learning resources, community initiatives and work that’s happening at local, leading AI companies.

    Again, whether they’re interested in math, chemistry, physics, biology or computer science, even planning to have a STEM career or needing help in English, Spanish or test prep, and you live in the San Jose area, Study Wizards has experienced and caring private tutors who can help. If they live elsewhere in the Bay Area, KnowledgeRoundTable.com is also a good place to find help.

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  1. The Nuts & Bolts of Test Anxiety

    Posted: February 9, 2018

    by John Hankey

     According to the American Test Anxieties Association, at least 33% of students struggle with moderate to acute test anxiety. Physical tension is always a contributing factor to (if not the cause of) test anxiety: you cannot experience stress without tensing yourself up. Releasing this tension is the foundation for becoming a calmer test taker.

    The Secret to Mindfulness: Progressive Relaxation

    The ability to relax is a skill that you can learn, develop & improve at over time. It is also the core principle of mindfulness. The body scan meditation is a classic, trusted way to progressively relax and involves scanning your body from head to toe, inviting each part to relax. Many meditators believe that relaxing the body is a “warm-up” or secondary benefit to working with your mind. This is not the case. The truth is that the body scan is often the main focus for many silent, 10-day meditation retreats and one of the core concepts taught by the Buddha. Using a body scan audio is a great way to start so you can be supported in being able to feel your body more deeply. One body scan can be as long or as quick as you wish. 5-7 minutes is a common duration. Subsequent iterations of the body scan will help improve your ability to feel your body, release physical tension and sharpen your focus.

    Your Subconscious Mind

    Your subconscious mind is simply your body and how your body responds to where you put your attention. Close your eyes and imagine you are biting into a tart, juicy lemon. Make it real. Taste it. Ddi you notice that you started to salivate? That’s your subconscious mind.

    Visualization for Behavioral Change

    If imagining a juicy lemon makes you salivate, what will visualizing the testing scenario do to your body? You probably guessed it: your body will (subtly) tense up. This is actually a good thing because now you can focus on progressively relaxing during the visualization. Changing how you feel when imagining a situation will change how you feel when you next confront the situation in your life. In other words, combining visualization & progressive relaxation will pre-emptively reduce your test anxiety…before test day even arrives.

    Mindful Test Taking

    My company MindfulTestTaking.com offers a number of techniques & strategies to help students reduce test anxiety, but the fundamental concept is always the same: visualize & relax. It takes time, but with practice, you can eventually “see” yourself taking a test while keeping your body relaxed. Once you hit that level of mental mastery & somatic self-control, you are ready to walk in and simply take the test.

    Words of Wisdom

    If you have breaks during the test, practice the body scan meditation at this time. This will refresh and rejuvenate you, helping you sustain your energy and focus. Also, avoid exacerbating tension & stress during the test: furrowing your brow, white-knuckling your pen or the mouse etc. Bodily tension and a cloudy, racing mind are two sides of the exact same coin. The less tension you carry, the more clear your mind will be.

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  1. Tips on How to Write an Awesome Hook to Make Your Essay Stand Out From Expert Writing Tutors

    Posted: December 23, 2016
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    Coming up with a hook for your essay that will compel readers to keep on reading is not difficult but it’s very important and will be used to judge your merit as a writer. Just as a hook with bait on it tempts a fish to bite, you have to lure the reader into continuing to read your essay with a compelling start to your essay.

    This can be done with a few choice words that can encapsulate the theme and bring your message to the forefront. It’s not easy, but the following tips will help you write your essay’s hook and even improve your writing skills:

    • Start with a Quote

    If you are writing an essay on a serious topic, using a famous person’s quote regarding that topic is an excellent way to hook readers in. It makes your essay writing more ‘alive’ and fresh. For instance, to start an essay on endurance, you can use Bruce Lee’s famous quote – “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”

    • Start off with a Question

    One of the fastest ways to hook a reader is to appeal to their sense of curiosity by asking a question that will make them think. It can be a question such as “Did you know (followed by a surprising or interesting fact)” or it could be a quirky one such as ‘do you know why the chicken crossed the road?’ No matter how silly it seems, if the query matches the theme of your essay, it will ‘hook’ the reader into reading on. However, try to use questions that compel the reader to think rather than those that have a simple yes or no answer. Your essay writing will become much stronger and more meaningful as a result.

    • Create an image in your hook

    A picture is worth a thousand words, but did you know that your words can create one as well? (Note how this question became our hook for this paragraph.) You can do this by using descriptive words in your hook. For example, if you are writing about summer time you can start your essay with something like this: “There’s nothing like jumping into a chilly pool during the sweltering heat of summer, but a water fight is the next best thing.’

    An awesome hook is important for helping students to write a compelling essay. A private essay writing tutor will have extensive experience helping students to write effectively. To find out more about Study Wizards Tutoring home tutoring services in San Jose , California please visit StudyWizards.com  or call a professional tutoring consultant at (408) 713-2984.

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  2. Summer Reading Fun

    Posted: December 20, 2016

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    One of the best ways to ignite interest in books amongst children and young adults while encouraging better reading comprehension is with inspirational and interesting works by popular authors. Study Wizards Tutoring suggests these funny, adventurous and mystery reads for summer reading fun.

    Funny Books
    Firecracker by David Iserson

    This is the story of “Cheating Astrid” a vain and self centered girl who manages to get expelled from the exclusive private school where she studies because she simply could not stop cheating in her exams.  The ‘punishment’ meted out to her was that she should attend public school until she had been able to perform some acts of selflessness and kindness. While she had full confidence in her abilities to manipulate people to her whims and caprices, she had not counted on how street-smart her fellow class mates at the public school would prove to be. Her dry humor and caustic comments make this ‘coming of age’ tale a quirky and fun read.

    Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling

    Kipling’s name needs no introduction since he is arguably one of the most well known writers and poets of the English Language.  Apart from his incomparable “If” and the ‘Jungle Books”, he had also written a hilariously funny book on life in an English boarding school in the Victorian era. Drawing extensively on his own school experiences, he managed to weave a tale in which his lead protagonist “Stalky” gets the upper hand over his school masters time and again in side-splittingly funny situations.

    Adventure Books
    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

    The family that reads aloud together has summer fun together and JRR Tolkien’s timeless masterpiece is perfect for this, especially with elementary aged children. If your child really likes The Hobbit, they’ll surely enjoy its three-part sequel, The Lord of the Rings. This epic trilogy is written at a more young adult level so it will also help expand their taste, sophistication and reading comprehension.
    The Famous Five Series by Enid Blyton
    Enid Blyton has probably managed to get more children to fall in love with books than any other author in the 20th century. Amongst her most famous creations are the “Famous Five”.  It follows the travails of three siblings and their cousin and her pet dog as they flit from one hair-raising adventure to another. There are a total of 21 books published in this series.  And each book is as fascinating as its previous one. Almost all of them have been turned into TV shows and quite a few have even made it to the film world in many countries.

    Mystery Books
    Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators Series

    The famous movie director was also a guest of honor for a series of book about three teenage private detectives who called themselves “The Three Investigators”. Their motto: “We investigate everything”. And indeed that is precisely what they did, investigating everything from “Screaming Clocks” to stuttering parrots to “Vanishing Men”
    Operating from a junkyard in sunny California, their leader is the scientific and deductive genius Jupiter Jones, the athlete of the trio is Pete Crenshaw while Bob Andrews handles records and research. Together they solve the most baffling mysteries that elude the police. There are 43 books in this series and all of them are excellent summer reading.

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  3. The Final Stretch – Study Skills and Strategies for Final Exams

    Posted: December 16, 2016
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    The end of the school year is already here, meaning it’s time to get your children ready for final exams. High-pressure tests like finals can intimidate even the highest-performing students, so preparing well in advance is key to making your student comfortable enough to do their best.

    At Study Wizards Tutoring in San Jose, CA, we know how difficult finals week can be, so we’re glad to offer these study skills and test prep tips from professional tutors.

    First off, you can help your kids get the most out of their studying by making a schedule starting a few weeks before hand. Specific periods should be dedicated to studying certain areas with the priority being what definitely, then what probably, then what might be on the test. If they use their phone for calendaring, then that could be set up for alerts to keep them on track. They’ll also need break with one of the best being playing with the family pet.

    To maximize the effectiveness of your child’s study strategies, also find out what they are struggling with the most and consider giving them one-on-one time with a highly trained professional tutor.

    At Study Wizards Tutoring, we offer proven, effective, in-home math, reading, and writing tutoring from experienced, enthusiastic experts who are committed to helping each child succeed. Visit StudyWizards.com to learn more about our tutoring and test prep services, or just call (408) 713-2984 to discuss your needs with our Academic Director

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  4. Helping Your Child Learn High School Math

    Posted: December 13, 2016
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    Entering high school, your children will start learning high-level math that’s much more abstract than what they learned in junior high.

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  5. Make Your Home Fun & Educational Just Like Summer Camp!

    Posted: December 13, 2016
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    You don’t have to spend a lot of money on camp if you make your home and summer trips super fun and educational!

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  6. Assessing & Strengthening Your Child’s Skills Over the Summer

    Posted: December 13, 2016
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    Summer can have a negative impact on your child’s academic performance — unless you take the proper steps to ensure they get intellectual stimulation along with their other activities.

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  7. Helping Your Teenager Prepare for Finals

    Posted: December 9, 2016
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    Final exams are just around the corner, which means it’s time to start helping your high school student get ready.

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  8. Motivating Struggling Readers: Finding Books They Can and Want to Read

    Posted: December 6, 2016
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    One of the biggest stumbling blocks for struggling readers is motivation. While you as a parent can stress the academic importance of strong reading skills, enjoyment is the strongest motivating factor for getting your children to read.

    If your middle school or high school student is struggling with reading, the reading tutors at Study Wizards Tutoring in San Jose, CA, have some suggestions on finding books your children will want to read.

    Even if a book is easy to read, your children may get bored and give up if it’s not engaging to them. First, it’s important that the story is engrossing to a reader, including having a good rhythm and realistic characters. Readers of every level want a story where they care about the characters and receive a resolution of their problems. Forming this connection with characters is even more important for those who don’t enjoy reading. For those struggling readers, it’s important to find high-interest books with a low-difficulty, controlled vocabulary, and realistic characters involved in situations the reader can relate to.

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  9. Writing Tutor Tips on How to Improve Your Teenager’s Writing Skills

    Posted: December 5, 2016
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    Your child’s years during middle and high school are a crucial time, especially for reading and writing: it’s at this time that they develop the language, vocabulary, and writing skills that will serve as a foundation for the rest of their lives.

    The reading and writing tutors from Study Wizards Tutoring in San Jose, CA, want to help your child succeed, so here are some helpful writing tips for you and your student.

    Practice Makes Perfect: To write well, the first thing you need to do is encourage them to write! Have your child practice writing regularly, even if it’s only small exercises like paragraph construction or creating an outline for an essay. These are the building blocks that make great writing, and having them do these exercises will get them thinking about the big picture. You might want to even suggest they start a diary or given our times, a blog. If your child has opinions and observations and wants to tell the world, a blog is the perfect vehicle.

     

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  10. What Type of Tutoring Services Does Your Child Need?

    Posted: December 5, 2016
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    You might think of tutoring services as a resource for students who have fallen behind in their studies. However, this is not the case, as almost any student can benefit from academic reinforcement — whether they’re struggling in a particular subject area or excelling in school.

    At Study Wizards Tutoring, our team has highly trained mentors with the experience to provide a broad array of in-home tutoring services to students throughout the San Jose area.

    Many parents are familiar with remediation tutoring, which focuses on filling gaps in your child’s understanding and building the underlying skills that academic success depends on. Remediation tutoring typically focuses on supporting abilities in a certain subject matter, like math or writing.

    Maintenance tutoring services are sometimes necessary to support your child when transitions like changing schools, moving, or family events throw them off. Tutoring sessions focused on maintenance are geared towards helping your child develop study skills, and they may be combined with remediation tutoring to reinforce any deficient skills.

    On the other hand, children who excel in school may be ready for additional challenges. In these cases, enrichment tutoring services can help them achieve their full academic potential. In fact, without enrichment attention, gifted students can occasionally get bored, leading to slipping grades.

    Another common tutoring service is academic test prep, which is designed to help your child do as well as possible on the SAT or ACT. Professional test prep can help your child overcome the kind of serious anxiety these high-stakes, high-pressure tests can cause, even in the most gifted students.

    Whether your child needs remediation, maintenance, enrichment tutoring or academic or academic test preparation, our tutors have the training and background to help. Learn more about our wide range of academic tutoring services online, or call Study Wizards Tutoring at (408) 713-2984 to talk about how we can help students succeed today. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter to connect more with our facility and tutors.

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  11. Fun Summer Learning Ideas From Study Wizards Tutoring

    Posted: December 4, 2016

    3f385c0a-1333-4f06-8dfa-9569234fa29f Just because school’s out for the summer doesn’t mean your child has to stop learning.

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  12. Helping Your Child With ADD / ADHD Get Homework Done And Turned In On Time

    Posted: December 3, 2016
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    Having a child who suffers from ADD / ADHD presents some serious parenting challenges, especially when it’s time to do their homework.

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  13. How to Prepare for Finals

    Posted: December 2, 2016
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    Finals are just around the corner. Stop the stress of finals and foster success

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  1. Building Emotional Well-Being and Self-Sufficiency in Your Child

    Posted: December 3, 2014
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    Day in and day out many children experience loss and failure. Whether these experiences crush or strengthen an individual child…

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