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Back to School BasicsPost Date: Tuesday, Sep 8, 2015
As accomplished athletes will attest, you get to the top by mastering the basics. The same is true for students preparing for each new level of their educational journey.
Since every step in the learning process is affected by ones that come before, it's critical for your child to master each new subject along the way in order to succeed on the path through higher education.
While high school, for example, is often considered the best time for preparing a student for college, in actuality it represents the culmination of successive academic steps that begin in elementary and middle school.
Elementary years are the best time for students to develop healthy school habits. Students should learn to manage schedules, set priorities, and complete homework unassisted. Your child may also identify academic interests at this level, which could eventually turn into career aspirations.
Middle school is often the first time students are able to make substantial choices in their academic paths, however, without guidance they may not know what the best subjects are to take. A great resource for you and your student who needs more direction is a school guidance counselor.
Academic skill gaps can emerge at any time during these early education years that will affect your child's ability to reach new levels of achievement in years to come.
Reading skills become critical in middle and high school. If your student doesn't form a solid foundation for reading in elementary grades, it will be difficult to progress to more intense reading at higher academic levels.
By high school, your student's reading level should be above grade level to keep up with more demanding writing and reading assignments. If your child falls behind in reading, it will be much more difficult to earn better grades in literature and history classes or master mathematical word problems.
Math skills are also a key indicator of academic success and college readiness, often more so than race, family income, or individual challenges.
Students who complete Calculus, for example, are more likely to attain a bachelor's degree than those who only finish Algebra II. To be eligible for Calculus in twelfth grade, however, your student must first master Algebra I in eighth grade, followed by Geometry in ninth, Algebra II in tenth, and Pre-Calculus in eleventh.
Now is the best time to assess academic gaps and identify the basic skills your child may lack in achieving success at higher levels of academic challenge.
"We're always relieved when parents come to us at the first sign of academic struggles," notes Chad Schwartz, founder of Tutoring Club. "Parents frequently think that students will pick up skills that they've missed on their own, but often they just fall further behind."
When you see your child is struggling, call Tutoring Club to ask for a Free Consultation. With exclusive TutorAid programs that pinpoint the exact areas of skill gaps at every grade level, Tutoring Club can guarantee to improve your child's academic level in less time and at a lower cost than any other program.
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