Study Skills: Time Management Guide for Middle Schoolers

Posted by Ann-Marie Elvin on 12/15/14 10:00 AM

Let's assume, shall we, that your child's future does not involve extensive game show celebrity-dom. Even then, time management will come in handy!

Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.” Although many of us feel we lack the time we need to get everything done – that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day – Thoreau reminds us of the importance of living at our own pace and learning to use time to our advantage.

As a homework tutor, time management is among the most common concerns voiced by parents and students. Students these days are perhaps busier than ever before: between academics and a barrage of extracurricular commitments, how can your child expect to keep up the juggling act and manage to get enough rest?

This is especially true at the middle school level, which is fraught with new expectations; for many students, this is their first experience with moving between classes, subject-specific teachers, and such a significant workload. At this age, students have to learn how to learn most efficiently. While there are plenty of homework tutors for middle school kids in NYC, Boston, and online ready to help, there are certainly things you can do as a parent to be proactive. 

In this post, I outline strategies for developing a proactive approach to time management and study skills. The transition to middle school can be intimidating, but by developing a concrete study schedule, your child will gain greater control over his time and work more confidently through new material. Here’s how to get started:

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Academic Tutor: Back to School

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 8/20/13 8:33 AM

There’s no more denying it – summer is just about up.  And within the next few weeks, everyone will be headed back to school, from middle school students to all of us doctoral candidates.  But no matter what grade or class you’re prepping for, whether it’s AP US History or Algebra II, this is the time to get a jump on the year ahead and make sure that you’re as ready as can be. 

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Chemistry Tutoring: Cooking with Moles

Posted by Entela Nako on 8/19/13 8:30 AM

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Tips from a Physics Tutor: Intuition in E+M - Lines + Planes

Posted by Mike Goldman on 6/7/13 9:00 AM

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Tips from a Physics Tutor: Geometric Intuition, Part I - Vectors

Posted by Mike Goldman on 5/27/13 9:00 AM

Welcome back to our series of posts on building your physical intuition for E+M!  In this series, we’ve looked at some physical reasoning behind Coulomb’s law, imagining point charges as radiating electric field, and saw that the Biot-Savart law gives an analogous result for magnetic fields.  We then took the intuition that we’d developed for point charges and currents, and scaled it up to look at long wires and infinite sheets of charge and current.

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The Intuitive Approach: A Personal Story from a Physics Tutor

Posted by Talking Physics on 4/8/13 9:00 AM

In these blog posts, I aim to present techniques that will help you generally excel in your physics courses and exams, regardless whether you are taking your first high school physics class or your second semester of graduate-level quantum mechanics.  With that goal in mind, we’ve explored ways you can breeze through the math on your homework assignments and test, such as holding off on the calculator and using dimensional analysis.

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Homework Help Tutor: Making the Most of Your Academic Tutoring

Posted by Middle School Maze on 4/4/13 7:00 AM

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Academic Tutor: Perfect practice makes perfect

Posted by College Corner on 2/22/13 9:29 AM

Practice does not make perfect, Perfect practice makes perfect: The Importance of Deliberate Practice

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College Corner: Improve your Study Skills

Posted by College Corner on 1/9/13 10:08 AM

As an academic tutor, I have helped countless students make the most of their classes and  stay on top of a busy schedule. 

After a long break with no coursework, job, academic meetings or extracurricular activities, getting back into school mode can take some time. These 5 tips will improve your study skills and keep you feeling grounded:

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Study Skills & Homework Help: A Writing Tutor Talks Note-Taking

Posted by College Corner on 12/17/12 9:33 AM

One of the toughest study skills to develop at any point of your education -- whether it’s high school, college, or in grad school -- is effective note taking.  And the students I tutor in history in New York City rarely realize off the bat that different subjects require different note taking methods. 

So the following is a rubric that I ask all my tutoring students to follow for their work in history, art history, religion, philosophy, or any type of text with an overarching theory.  The beauty of this sort of outline is that you can set up a blank copy in a word processor and have one ready for every new text you need to attack!

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