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Can a tutor help my son with study skills?

User
June 20, 2018

My son is about to finish his first year of middle school and he really needs help with general study skills (organization, time management, studying for tests, etc). Are these things that a tutor can help with?

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Absolutely! Organizational skills can be taught and your child can improve especially during the summer-time. Its important to maintain a routine as much as possible so that it carries over to the school year.

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Jake in Saratoga, CA
July 6, 2018

A good tutor can set an example of certain things, especially character related qualities, but unless its a full-time tutor I don't him delivering quite enough influence to affect things like time management and organization at large.

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Yes. It's all about rewards for positive action, and gentle & clear discipline for negative. Showing the benefits of organizing time to leave time free for things he/she enjoys. It takes time to master, but once the skill is learned it becomes an focus to optimize for fun/enjoyment.

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Most definitely. Tutors know what skills caused them to be successful in their academic careers, and there's no doubt they can share those with your son and help him implement them.

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Kerri M.
June 16, 2018

Yes! I can definitely do that, as I am someone who devotes time to studying, organizing, managing my time, etc. I tutor online and have set up an online study room on Kahn Academy or a Skype call can be set up.

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Yes! Absolutely. In my opinion, I believe all tutors should have these capabilities from the get-go :)

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Yes. Just have the tutor do practice study sessions with them.

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Yes! A good start is to determine how your son processes information and how he learns. It might be a good idea to let him take a few "learner type" quizzes. Just google them, lots are quick and free. Depending on the outcome, a knowledgeable tutor (or observant parent) will be able to give suggestions on how to organize work space, streamline tasks, and minimize distractions.

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Yes, I for one am a study fanatic, I love finding new ways to study and ways to get more time to do other things besides homework. If you are interested in finding a study tutor, I would recommend posting a job in the Tutor/Private Lesson category and writing that it is for study skills.

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A tutor would definitely help, as well as help him find the right way to study for him. I myself a a tutor out of Palmdale

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Yes. You just need to specify those needs when you solicit the tutor. And ask the tutor to present some strategies before committing. Because while it seems like a simple task, it can be unproductive if not done strategically.

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User in Spring, TX
Sept. 26, 2017

Yes, I have helped students with these skills in the past.

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yes! A lot of times when a child is studying they do not know exactly what to study for. A tutor would definitely help them correctly prepare for a test.

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Cam in Columbus, OH
June 1, 2017

Oh yes. But you also need to be willing to implement their strategies at home as well. Organization, time management, studying, they are all learned skills, and as such, tutors can help.

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Absolutely! In fact, these are often included in the tutoring package as tutoring is meant to help the child excel in school.

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User in Irvine, CA
Jan. 25, 2017

Yes.Organization and time management are critical especially when you hit high school. I am a high school senior and the class that really helped me was AVID. I got free tutoring from peers and college students and they helped me organized my time. hope this helps.

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User in Brinkley, AR
Jan. 10, 2017

As a former high school teacher, this is one of the things I spent time helping my students to accomplishment. It is probably one of the most important things I can can do to help your son perform better in school.

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User in Osseo, MN
Nov. 21, 2016

As a parent, I helped my son until tenth grade. My son's school made each student carry a school-issued assignment planner. Showing my son how to best use his planner was crucial. It is my personal belief that a tutor is able to teach a student organization skills, such as planning out their assignments for the week and writing down what needs to get done each night. Some kids have trouble with organization and time management. That's why schools make them carry planners. These skills can be improved upon, especially if the student is willing to do so. My son needed help studying for tests, so I helped him. Every kid is different. A tutor can definitely provide assistance in the areas of organization, ideas for time management, and studying for tests. The student has to be a willing participant in this endeavor.

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User in New York, NY
Sept. 4, 2016

Absolutely. Just check with them first about what you want, so that they can tailor their focus for that.

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I recommend Quizlet (Online flashcards and quiz creation over study materials) and writing notes down by hand to make the materials known to him by a physical memory.

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User in Orlando, FL
May 12, 2016

Yes, a tutor can help in study habits! As a tutor, I have had to incorporate learning and study skills into some of my students' lessons and it really helped! ~~~Gracie

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User in Woodside, NY
June 14, 2015

These are definitely things that tutors can help others with. Helping him study for tests, fixing his books and keeping everything neat and orderly too!

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Nephi in Torrance, CA
Aug. 20, 2016

Depends...if a child just isn't motivated to actually Turn-In their homework it isn't your fault or the tutors and nothing can do short of having a class room aide pay more attention to the students asking if everyone remembered to turn in their work.

But, aside that issue...be sure to try out more than just One. Sometimes a connection is preferred by the student to be someone older, younger or the same age/peer as well.

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User in Fanwood, NJ
July 26, 2016

Yes. Absolutely. In fact, study skills are what tutors spend most of their time tutoring. As a tutor, I help students improve their organization and time management skills.

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Most definitely! I would say make sure that your son and the tutor connect well, but there are many techniques that tutors have learned over their years of school to stay organized and study that they would love to share with other students. I have helped students get a better hold on time management putting the most critical and long lasting assignments like studying first and fitting other assignments into the schedule so that it is not nearly as overwhelming as it originally seem. I also find that a tutor can help with focus to get assignments completed more efficiently.

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A tutor may be needed initially to set some guidelines for both you and your child. Once a routine of study is set up, it will be your son's responsibility to adhere to the schedule that is put in place, and your job as a parent to see that he follows the schedule.

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User in Sun City, CA
May 31, 2016

For sure!! Its something allot of children struggle with in middle school and beginning of highschool. The tutor could help the child establish a healthy study routine, and habits such as staying organized and creating a schedule. As long as the child is willing to give it a try, it could be a quick and easy fix!

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A tutor can definitely help your son with study habits! It would be hands on and take a few months to achieve, depending on how willing your child is to learn them. I, myself, am a tutor and I incorporate study skills within every lesson I give! So yes, it can be something a tutor can help with.

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Tutors definitely can. Let the tutor know that is what your son needs help with; any good tutor can come up with these methods and teach the skills.

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As an undergraduate, I was a Peer Academic Leader. We were tutors that also helped with study skills! We also held programs to encourage students to better their study skills to make balancing school and everything other than school a little easier. I don't know that seeing a tutor for the traditional certain amount of hours a week would help. I think maybe meeting up with a tutor once or twice to help establish some strategies and a few more to make sure he's following through with them would help. A lot of study skills are based on the type of learner a person is. I'm very visual. I always always always suggest a planner. My planner is such a life saver, as I can also be very forgetful. All of my due dates are listed for projects/tests/etc. In addition, I mark the week right before the due date to remind myself to start a project or start studying. Lists are also very big for me. To do lists are great as they set mini goals for me throughout the day. Studying can definitely be dreadful. For me, flashcards help a lot. I use quizlet.com to make online flashcards. It takes a lot less time than handwriting them. If I have to read a textbook, now this will sound funny coming from a graduate student, I put a gummy worm or whatever candy I have on each paragraph. (I'm a big snacker especially when I'm stressed.) next paragraph, next snack. It's a small motivator to continue reading something that I'm being forced to read. I make sure that I understand what I'm reading. In terms of time management, if your son tends to get distracted easily, there are a few things that can help. For the google chrome browser, I have the citrus extension. You add sites you want to block for a little while and set a timer. For my phone, I have an app called focus. You set a timer. The app can sense if you exit the app. If you exit the app, the tree you "planted" dies. I hope I helped a little bit!

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