Announcing: Sycamore School Lecture Series

Parenting 21st Century Kids March 1, 2017: featuring Michael Bromley of the A+ Club!   Wednesdays, March 2017, 7pm, Arlington, VA Wednesday March 1st 7:30–9 p.m. Understanding and Overcoming Procrastination Michael Bromley will discuss strategies to help ourselves and our children overcome the urge to delay. Michael is a high school teacher, historian, published author and founder and president of School4Schools.com LLC & the A+ Club. Location: Arlington Central Library Wednesday March 15th 7:30-9 p.m. Navigating Technology: How to help children address cyber bullying & manage electronics Brooke Carroll, Ph.D. will lead an interactive discussion regarding parenting our tech-connected children. Brooke is an Educational Consultant & former Head of School at Seneca Academy; she has over 30 years’ experience in education. Location: Arlington Central Library Wednesday March 22nd 7:30-9 p.m. Ways to support your anxious child Christina Tripodi Mitchell, Psy.D. is the Founder and Clinical Director of The Child & Family Practice of Washington, DC […]

What is procrastination?

Procrastination is an emotion “Why don’t you just do it!” “You waste so much time playing video games!” “Do your homework!” It’s so easy for parents and teachers to get down on students who procrastinate – they’ll drive you nuts because it seems so simple: just do your work! Procrastination is an emotional self-regulation struggle, not a moral deficiency. Procrastinators aren’t “lazy,” “distracted,” or “uncaring.” What they suffer from is a deficiency in emotional self-regulation. What we mean by that is that they are not fully in control of their emotional responses to their academic workflow. So the worst thing we can do to a procrastinator is to call him or her “lazy.” That only reinforces the procrastination. Instead, procrastinators need help to overcome the impulse to put off work that is causing them anxiety.   Here’s how it works: Facing an “aversive” or unenjoyable or difficult task causes anxiety. To dismiss that anxiety procrastinators  […]

“Have you done your homework?” or what else a parent can do to build student academic independence?

academic ownership Tired of asking your child about homework? All parents want to support their child’s academics. But they also want to be able to walk away and watch their child manage school on their own. It’s a tricky thing to find that right balance between helicoptering and watching helplessly from the outside. The one risks becoming nagging and backfiring while the other risks missing help that a child really needs. So how to find that balance? Student Ownership This term is so often tossed around in education so as to lose meaning. So let’s spell out what we mean by “academic ownership”: awareness self-advocacy problem solving will power executive function Awareness means knowing what’s due tomorrow or next, it means knowing the current grades, and, most importantly, it means knowing what is expected of the student by teachers, textbooks and assignments. Self-advocacy means standing up for oneself. It starts with knowing what you need […]

5 Signs That Your Child Would Benefit From An Academic Coach

1. He struggles with procrastination. Many people (not just children!) struggle with procrastination at some point in their lives, but chronic procrastination is a sign of an underlying issue. Avoiding homework signals your child’s belief that the work will be difficult and thus unpleasant, so he chooses short-term satisfaction and diversions over long-term rewards. An academic coach can help your child recognize their patterns of procrastination and then combat them by going to the root of the problem: mastering the tough materials that create barriers. 2. He is disorganized. Organization is a vital for academic success. Poor organization can mean homework gets lost and he doesn’t study for tests because he didn’t remember he had one. An academic coach helps him learn how to keep track of their papers and assignments, so nothing gets overlooked. 3. He doesn’t test well. Poor performance on tests can happen for many reasons. Sometimes it’s just because he didn’t study, […]

Disappointed with your child’s school performance & grades?

What next? Try a free academic consultation from the A+ Club Final grades not what you expected? When we meet parents who are concerned about their child’s grades, we hear all kinds of reasons and excuses, such as “doesn’t test well,” “not good in math,” “disorganized,” “has ADD,” “is a procrastinator,” and, even, “lazy.” Parents are stuck in frustration, wondering what’s going on – and how to possibly fix it. The concern over student academic performance could be low or failing grades, a disappointing C or D, or that the student fell from straight As because of one tough class. Whatever the outcome, we can help parents get past the frustrations and focus on solutions that address what, really, is going on. It’s not the grade that matters, it’s what went into it that counts. Without the distraction and pressures of schoolwork, the beginning of summer is the perfect time to reflect, problem solve, and think about […]

Academic improvement is not easy!

Finally, all-round academic help for parents of teens! If a middle or high school student has a low grade in one or more classes, what can a parent do? You can’t just say, “do your work!” — kids often respond to that with anger and excuses. Plus, your parenting time is precious and you’ve got enough to do with work, extracurricular activities and other children. One option is tutoring: if a student is struggling in a class, you can hire a tutor, say for math or chemistry, who can show your child how to get the work done. But think about it: isn’t your child supposed to be learning from the teacher? Direct math tutoring, for example, can help a student start to make sense of what’s going on in class. We love it when that happens! But we worry that the same habits may lead to the same outcomes — and then the parent […]

The Parent Tool Box: the A+ Club has all the tools for your child’s academic success

At the A+ Club, we understand that being the parent of a teen can be difficult. Struggles with procrastination and homework are all too common. Tutoring can help your child play catch up with schoolwork, but tutoring alone doesn’t solve the real problem. At the A+ Club, we help students fight procrastination and build time management and study skills. Students are assigned an academic coach and mentor who helps them monitor and manage their schoolwork. We believe in a holistic skills based approach to student success, rather than a rote, content-based tutoring approach. We help students become successful, and we help parents too: with the A+ Club, parents have peace of mind knowing that their student’s academic work is being monitored and regularly assisted by professional educators. So say goodbye to traditional tutoring and discover the A+ Club advantage. Click here to learn more or here to request a no-obligations Free Academic Consultation.

The A+ Club Advantage: academic coaching, tutoring & mentoring

Here's how it works: For a full page version of this chart, see The A+ Club Advantage Copyright School4Schools.com LLC, 2016 The A+ Club brings a holistic approach to student support We build the skills needed for academic success, including: goal setting executive function time management study skills All this while still offering direct online tutoring in all subjects, including math tutoring, science tutoring, reading & writing tutoring and essay review. That’s Academic Support done right: the A+ Club Advantage! Study Skills, Time Management & Executive Function Tutoring is great, but we want our students to learn how to learn on their own. That is why our experienced classroom instructors, whom we call “Student Supporters” engage our students in fundamental skills development such as goal setting, time and calendar management and other executive function skills. All of our student interactions are shared with parents so that our parents can follow student progress and provide positive […]