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Kids in Preschool

Study Skills

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For students who have historically struggled in school, study skills help them get organized, study smarter, and take control of their own learning so they can achieve success in school and beyond. We know that how a student studies determines how much that student will retain. That’s why we weave study skills into the fabric of our academic coaching. As tutoring sessions build study skills, our students discover how much easier it can be to:

  • Manage time

  • Organize backpacks & notebooks

  • Improve memory

  • Complete homework

  • Read textbooks

  • Take notes

  • Study for & take tests

  • Communicate with teachers & parents

  • Complete long-range assignments

  • Set goals

With improved study skills, your child will be able to recall historical events and dates in a meaningful way, find the main idea in a passage, attack complex math problems with ease, assess essential information to prepare for tests, and manage deadlines by avoiding procrastination and cramming. Students enhance their sense of well-being when they utilize their own strengths to memorize and learn. Personal organizing is a style! We’ll do the tailoring that turns information into knowledge, and knowledge into skill. Good grades will follow!


Learning Disability and ADD/ADHD

The skilled tutors at Ready To Strive Tutoring can help students with a learning disability or attention deficit to master academic subjects, learn coping strategies and compensatory skills, become better organized, and build confidence. We recommend scheduling more than one lesson every week for a student with a learning disability or attention deficit disorder. Such students typically need much practice and repetition to master skills, improve grades and achieve higher scores. It takes time to see improvement, so please don't expect a quick fix.

Ready to take the first step?
Call (650) 283-6323 to schedule a math tutoring session.


Students with LD or ADD may experience some of these challenges:

  • See letters reversed or half-there

  • Hear only part of a story or word

  • Struggle with short-term memory, or experience difficulty recalling a word from memory

  • Have limited patience for the learning process

  • Appear confused

  • Read slowly and with less-than-full comprehension

  • Misspell words

  • Struggle with the writing process

  • Have limited facility with numbers, calculation, and quantitative reasoning

  • Be focused one day but not the next

  • Forget to do homework or study

  • Become distracted by background noise or visual stimulation

  • Take more time to start and finish tasks

  • Not complete tasks

  • Lack the ability to plan ahead, and fail to complete tasks

  • Process information slowly, needing "think time" to respond

  • Struggle to simultaneously listen to a teacher’s lecture and take notes

  • Ask the same questions over and over

  • Be disorganized and not manage time effectively

  • Feel lonely, rejected, isolated, shame, fear, bitterness, low self-esteem, anger

  • Lack self-confidence

To help students overcome these challenges, our tutors implement a variety of techniques during tutoring sessions. 

  • Review previous lessons

  • Capitalize on a student’s strengths

  • Use multi-sensory materials (visual, oral, tactile)

  • Give both verbal and written directions

  • Keep instructions simple

  • Use more than one example

  • Incorporate diagrams, maps, and other visual aids when teaching

  • Create flashcards and flowcharts

  • Create mental pictures

  • Use mnemonic devices

  • Use role-play techniques

  • Create outlines with the student

  • Regularly review material to reinforce learning

  • Highlight key points and concepts

  • Break lengthy presentations and assignments into shorter segments

  • Work slowly to allow time for processing

  • Speak slowly and clearly

  • Repeat directions, ideas, and explanations

  • Frequently ask questions to check for understanding

  • Have the student “teach” the tutor

  • Relate new concepts to a topic already learned

  • Connect content to the student's real-life experiences

  • Make sure every session is hands-on and highly interactive

  • Combine direct teaching with guided practice

  • Take short breaks when necessary

  • Select the quietest room for tutoring sessions

  • Continually give positive reinforcement and encouragement

  • Write 1 question on a page to avoid distraction

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