Friday, October 30, 2009

Routines: Boring but Effective

Part of what we do at CROSSWALK is to help with study skills. Many students simply need some guidance in terms of how to study, what to study and when to study.

Routines play a major role in successful study skills. The ability to keep a consistent schedule will make studying consistent and in turn learning will become consistent.

To maximize your study time, set up your own routine and follow it closely. Perhaps the first couple of hours after school are dedicated to extracurricular activities. And then dinner might follow.

After dinner, set up one to two hours of solid study time. Don't deviate. Dedicate the time needed to learn new material, prepare for exams or complete assignments. Even if you think you don't have anything to do you can always use that time to get ahead and learn more about a particular subject.

After a solid block of study time, have some time to relax. Watch some TV, play games, chat with friends or do something to refresh the brain. If you need to do more studying, take another block of time and focus on your studies.

Once you have a set routine you can always adjust. In fact, the beauty of a routine is that once you have it established you can learn that some activities might require more time and some might require less.

In all, one of the most important lessons learned in school is time management. Setting a routine will help you manage your time so you can maximize your study hours.

And if you don't set a routine, you might get lost and overwhelmed with outside influences that do not contribute to your academic learning. A routine may be boring, but they do work.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

My "Go To" Study Resource

No matter what the subject or what the objective, it's hard not to find an excellent use for Flash Cards.

I might argue that Flash Cards are the number one "go to" study resource.

I've used them for Foreign Languages, SAT Prep and even Math tutoring. They are so versatile since they can be personalized for any study use.

Vocabulary words is the obvious choice but any concepts that require definition or explanation can be captured in a Flash Card.

And the best part is when using Flash Cards, you can discard the words or concepts you know and focus on the most challenging topics. This is a great way to optimize studying.

Next study time, try some Flash Cards. Old school, but very effective.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Why CROSSWALK Offers a FREE Consultation

For most students, the educational landscape evolves over time. New teachers, new classes and new skills tutorstudent.jpgrequire students to be able to adapt and adjust to learning environments.

Despite this ever-changing atmosphere, one thing remains constant: successful learning truly takes place when a strong relationship is created between the teacher and the student.

Think about your favorite teacher: you undoubtedly learned more because you enjoyed working with and for that particular instructor.

We take the same approach at CROSSWALK. After hundreds of students and many tutors, the relationship between the student and the tutor is always the determining factor for success.

For this reason, we offer free consultations. The first meeting is the chance for the tutor to meet the student and vice versa. If a strong match is made, the chances for success grow. If there is not a strong match, then CROSSWALK will work to find a better match at no charge.

As much as we are in the educational business, we find ourselves more in the relationship business.

It’s the relationship between the student and the tutor that truly matters. CROSSWALK won’t rest until we’ve found the right match for all.