What is procrastination?

“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  defer the aversive task to later, which relieves themselves of the anxiety.By choosing to do […]

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

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 OwnershipThis term is so often tossed around in education so as to lose meaning. So let’s spell out what we mean by “academic ownership”:awarenessself-advocacyproblem solvingwill powerexecutive functionAwareness 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 to know or do, and then acting on it by asking for clarification or […]

Why get a tutor at the beginning of school? How academic coaching is more effective – and affordable

A+ Club academic support opens future opportunitie for students

Helping your child with math tutoring or chemistry tutoring at the beginning of the school year isn’t a bad idea. Anything a student can do to get ahead of class and really make sense of the teacher when school starts is great.However, there are several important reasons why parents should be wary of starting tutoring early in the school year:1. Direct tutoring, even online tutoring, can be very expensive.2. Direct tutoring can backfire on a parent because once school starts some students come to rely on their tutors and don’t learn to act independently.3. Academic success is a process, not an outcome.4. Successful students overcome barriers and empower themselves to problem solve, negotiate with teachers and succeed on their own.Certainly it’s better to do something than nothing, and you don’t want to be one of those panicked parents who call us for help in February. We’d rather help your child right from the beginning.Here’s how it […]

Academic improvement is not easy!

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 is paying for more expensive tutors.The A+ Club academic program gets beyond […]

Piecing Together Academic Success: Study skills are essential for student improvement

Many parents of teens who are underperforming in school look to find a tutor for homework help or figuring out math and other subjects. While a tutor can help organize a class or learn certain information and skills, at the A+ Club we don’t rely on tutoring alone.In addition to online tutoring, we use academic coaches and mentors who help students who want better grades and overall academic improvement by addressing their fundamental academic skills and concerns. Our academic coaches and mentors are experienced teachers who help students identify what it really takes for academic success. These include:1. how to identify teacher expectations2. how take full advantage of resources such as textbooks, study guides, and essay or homework assignment rubrics, and3. how to develop effective organizational and time management skills.Lasting student improvement comes from our all-round approach, not just from hourly tutoring fees spent on one subject.Learn more at www.school4schools.com or call now at (888) 59-APLUS […]

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

For a full page version of this chart, see The A+ Club Advantage Copyright School4Schools.com LLC, 2016 We build the skills needed for academic success, including:goal settingexecutive functiontime management study skillsAll 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! 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 support for their child’s academic efforts.Additionally, we report assignments, due dates, grades and missing work lists to students and parents, so that student standing is understood the same […]