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Overcoming Learning Gaps In Your Child’s Education

Overcoming Learning Gaps In Your Child's Education

Have you lost sleep worrying about your child’s academic future? Rest assured that you are not alone!

The past year and a half have left many parents scrambling, anxious about their children, and questioning the traditional brick-and-mortar school system.

As the pandemic surged and families adapted to the “new normal,” the educational system had faced unprecedented challenges. Schools fought to mitigate learning disruptions by providing remote education; parents adjusted to having their children at home, where they attended classes through computer screens. Many parents found that the online curriculum was severely lacking, making it difficult for their children to progress or even keep up.

Consequently, parents watched as their children fell through the cracks and were left further and further behind. Although most schools have reopened across the United States, the Delta variant continues to threaten communities and strain families and the educational system.

Pandemic-related learning gapswill likely take more than a single academic year to fix, but with the right tools and approach, you can help your child not only catch up but thrive. Yes — your child can fall in love with learning with the help of qualified teachers, an engaging program, and your continuous support.

It’s more important than ever that children have a complete and well-rounded support system in place. If your child is struggling with learning gaps and has fallen behind, consider these four strategies to help ease her way back.

1. Help Find You Child’s Learning Gaps

Since learning gaps are reflected differently in each child, the best way to close them is by caring for the student’s specific needs. “One-size-fits-all” should not be part of your vocabulary when it comes to your child’s education and goals.

Good teachers will use multiple types of assessments to understand where their students are struggling and how they can offer them the best tools and support. As a parent, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with your child’s curriculum so you can observe as they work and help address any noted strengths and weaknesses. Many subjects, such as math, build off the previous lessons, making it difficult for a child to progress or even keep up with her classmates and coursework when they have gaps. As the class moves ahead, they fall further behind exponentially.

In these cases, it’s necessary to backtrack with your child and address these weak areas, or “learning gaps,” so your child can continue building her skills with confidence. Keep in close contact with her tutors and instructors to ensure you’re all on the same page and working together in your child’s benefit!

2. Take the Time Work Through Your Child’s Learning Gaps

Personalization is the key to helping your child overcome learning gaps and unlocking their full potential.

Children thrive when they’re taught according to their pace and preferred learning style. When a teacher, parent, or tutor makes a child their primary focus, they can address gaps in their education and help deliver coursework in a way that gets the very best out of them.

Every child has a different learning style or modality:

Visual Learner – sensitive and insightful

Auditory Learner – expressive and communicative

Kinesthetic Learner – uses hand and body movement

We invite you to take our free learning style assessment. We hope this tool will help illuminate your children’’s strengths and weaknesses, so you can help them overcome any learning gaps and ensure their academic and personal development stays on track.

3. Never Underestimate the Value of Reading

Reading significantly benefits a child’s education as well as her social and cognitive development. Children can build phonetic skills while reading silently or aloud with someone else and developing language comprehension/reading fluency.

So, spend time reading with your child every day. Choose books that excite and challenge them. This will not only give you insight into areas that may need improvement, but it will enrich your time together and allow your child to learn in an exciting, engaging way.

At Groza, we passionately believe every child should have the chance to reach the highest level of education and confidence. Opening their imagination and traveling through a book’s pages is simply one way to get there!

4. Practical Ways to Help Your Struggling Child

This historic time hasn’t been easy on families. Children have been cut off from friends and family members while their worlds were upended. They were faced with uncertainty, unpredictability, and a new way of living day-to-day.

Whether your child attends traditional or private schooling, you can continue to ease her struggles by:

  • instilling confidence and encouraging a growth mindset,
  • reading books they enjoy and that challenge them,
  • stimulating active learning outside of her coursework,
  • discussing age-appropriate current events,
  • maintaining open communication channels with her instructors and tutors,
  • providing positive feedback and reinforcement,
  • and taking an active role in her schooling and academic goals.

You’ve Got This — and Groza Learning Center is Here to Help!

Too many students stumble along in the educational system while losing self-confidence and never reaching their very best. At Groza, we empower our students with a love of learning through engaging and exciting educational experiences. As our students progress, we carefully monitor their unique learning plans and patterns, paying special attention to how they effectively engage and what inspires them.

Don’t settle on your child’s future — we invite you to call our team today at (310) 454-3731 or click here to schedule a free consultation.

Thrive Quiz Completion

Thrive Quiz Completion

Congratulations!

You are a

You are a Visual Learner

If you are mostly a VISUAL LEARNER, you learn best by seeing. That means that looking at words or

pictures works great for you. When thinking back in your memory, you probably see the words on a page or

images from events. Sometimes, just hearing something out loud doesnt get it all the way into your brain.

As a visual learner, you are usually neat and clean. Do you often close your eyes while you recall

something? That might be because you are trying to see the information! You may have difficulty with

spoken directions and may be easily distracted by sounds. You are attracted to color and to spoken

language (like stories) that is rich in imagery.

 

Here are some things that visual learners like you can do to learn better:

  • Sit near the front of the classroom. (It won’t mean you’re the teacher’s pet!)
  • Write down lots of notes in your own words and refer back to them while studying.
  • Rewrite information over and over again to help you memorize.
  • Draw diagrams and maps to connect ideas.
  • Use lots of different color highlighters to color code and flashcards to learn new words.
  •  Try to visualize things that you hear or things that are read to you.
  • Write down key words, ideas, or instructions.
  • Make sure your study and homework space is free from distractions – don’t let your siblings walk through while your working, and leave your phone elsewhere.
  • Box, circle, underline, or star information that is important so you can easily see it on the page and in your mind’s eye later.
 Remember that you need to see things, not just hear things, to learn well.

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How are the Top 20 Nationwide Universities Responding to COVID-19?

Test Optional Universities

Universities

 

Recently, the College Board announced that they will not be administering at home SAT exams for the 2020-2021 school year. In addition, due to COVID-19 the capacity for in person examinations has been extremely limited.  These factors will prevent thousands of students from taking the SAT exam. Furthermore, the at home ACT testing option will not be available until late fall or early winter.

In light of this, FairTest.org is reporting that nearly half of all four year universities in the US, including the top 20, have gone test optional for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Of these top 20 universities, some have stated that they will be test optional for only the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, while others, such as California Institute of Technology, have stated that they will be test optional for a two year period.  Although students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, many schools, including Columbia University, strongly suggest submitting them as it can be a valuable addition to a student’s application.

Test Optional vs. Test Flexible vs. Test Blind:

Even with universities going test optional, there are still three categories in which a school can fall under. The first is a test optional college, where students decide on whether or not they want to submit test scores with their application.  The majority of test optional colleges will consider SAT or ACT scores, but will focus on a student’s essays, GPA, and recommendations. The second type is a test flexible college, which allows students to submit other standardized tests in place of the SAT or ACT.  For example, Advanced Placement tests and SAT Subject Tests. Lastly, the third category is a test blind college. These colleges will not consider test scores, even if students submit them.

Test-optional schools:

– Brown University

– Columbia University

– Cornell University

– Dartmouth University

– Duke University

– Harvard University

– John Hopkins University

– Massachusetts Institute of Technology

– Northwestern University

– Princeton University

– Rice University

– Stanford University

– University of California Los Angeles

– University of Chicago

– University of Notre Dame

– University of Pennsylvania

– Vanderbilt University

– Washington University in St. Louis

– Yale University

Test-Blind Schools:

– California Institute of Technology

In place of the SAT or ACT, college admissions will be based on:

– Ability to handle challenging courses throughout high school;

– Commitment and effort in pursuing other challenging learning experiences;

– Community involvement;

– Extracurriculars (clubs, sports, activities outside of school);

– Letter of Recommendation from a teacher in a specific field (for example, a math teacher for students interested in STEM);

– Other standardized tests (AP, SAT Subject, state exams)

In conclusion, many universities have acknowledged that students who find themselves limited in the activities they can pursue due to COVID-19 will not be disadvantaged in the application process.

For more information about the College Admissions Process and SAT or ACT Test Prep
Call: (310) 454-3731
Groza Learning Center

Planning for Long Term School Closures

Planning for Long Term School Closures 1

By now your head is probably swirling with all the information about the Novel Coronavirus.  It’s important to stay updated and informed but it’s equally important to stay calm, take deep breaths, and plan for the future.

On March 17th Governor Gavin Newsom stated … that public schools across the state, many of which are already closed until early April to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, may stay shuttered for the rest of the school year.

“Let me be candid … don’t anticipate schools are going to open up in a week, please don’t anticipate in a few weeks,” Newsom said, acknowledging that “6-plus million kids in our system and their families need to make some plans.”

“I would plan and assume that it is unlikely that many of these schools, few if any, will open before the summer break,” the governor said.

At Groza Learning Center our experienced education specialists are ready to support and guide your family during these unprecedented times.  We understand that this is a very stressful time for parents and children.  Many children are self-motivated and will be able to keep up with their curriculum, however, there are also children who will require more direction, structure, and guidance in order to ensure continuity.  We can create, customize, and implement a long term learning plan for your child.

We are offering online tutoring and test prep using video conferencing with an interactive whiteboard and screen sharing. Sessions will be held in-center today, March 2oth for those previously scheduled.  However, as of  11:59 pm, we will be closing in compliance with the “Safer at Home” ordinance. We will continue to keep you updated and informed.   We are here to help and are easily accessible, call or email us with any questions or concerns.  Let’s work together to ensure our kids are given the tools and resources they need to grow and thrive.

Warm Regards,

The Groza Learning Team

Updates on Standardized Test: Reschedules and Cancellations:

SAT – March 28th & May 2nd SAT & SAT Subject Tests are canceled. Click here for updates.
AP Exams – Still as planned. Additional information will be posted by March 20th. Click here for updates.
ACT – April 4 test date rescheduled for June 13, check here for updates on future dates.
CAASPP, PFT – State Assessments have been suspended, click here for more information.
ELPAC – Waiting for further CDE/ED guidance, click here for more information.

 

 

WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO HELP STUDENTS GET THE MOST OUT OF EVERY TUTORING SESSION?

WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO HELP STUDENTS GET THE MOST OUT OF EVERY TUTORING SESSION?

It is already widely understood that parental involvement plays a substantial role in educational achievement, but determining the ideal level of involvement can be quite complicated. Fortunately for parents who wish to see their children get the most out of each tutoring session, a few simple strategies can make all the difference in fostering a positive learning environment at home.

The strategies that follow not only ensure that students achieve their educational goals and objectives through tutoring, but they also help students better understand the significance of the investment in education made by their parents — not to mention the importance of working cooperatively to maximize the return on that educational investment.

Develop a Supportive Partnership

It is important for students and parents to feel as though they are working together toward a mutually beneficial goal. Parents can foster this kind of supportive partnership by communicating with their child’s teachers and tutors to determine the ideal methods for reinforcing the subject matter at home. With everyone in agreement and on the same page, the home learning environment is far more likely to be consistently productive.

Of course, parents are always excellent sources of emotional support as well. Every student will encounter difficult concepts and will endure struggles at one point or another, and parents should make every effort to explain that the extra assistance offered through tutoring is something that benefits all students.

Set an Example and Hold Each Other Accountable

Acquiring a new skill or mastering an unfamiliar concept is difficult for everyone. Working alongside others as they try to master a new concept helps in revealing the normalcy of this struggle, so it is helpful for parents to demonstrate how enduring education-related struggles is always worthwhile.

Mastering a new math concept, for example, will serve as tangible evidence that there is a sizable payoff associated with overcoming any initial challenge. Students who observe their parents making an attempt to learn something new feel that their struggles are better understood, making it much easier for both parent and student to hold each other accountable in achieving their respective learning goals.

Set Realistic Goals and Objectives for Learning

Education requires a substantial investment of time and effort, and setting unreasonable timelines or performance goals only has a detrimental effect on the process. With the help of a tutor, parents and students should work together to determine a set of ideal goals and objectives that are both challenging and achievable. With appropriate expectations in place, students and parents will enjoy a home-learning environment far more likely to lead to significant learning gains yielding long-term benefits to academic performance.

5 WAYS TO BOOST SCHOOL SUCCESS IN THE NEW YEAR

5 WAYS TO BOOST SCHOOL SUCCESS IN THE NEW YEAR

As students return from winter break and begin to settle back into an academic routine, there is always hope that the holidays provided ample time to relax and recharge so that the new year kicks off with a renewed sense of academic motivation. Although a highly motivated student is much more likely to achieve performance gains than their less-motivated counterparts, enhanced motivation is just one way to boost school success throughout the year.

Families and students interested in discovering additional methods for ensuring academic success should consider each of the five strategies that follow, as each strategy is especially useful in the development of a comprehensive and results-oriented approach to improved performance across all academic subjects.

An Increased Focus on Competency-Based Learning

Competency-based learning encourages a flexible approach to education in which learning goals are specifically structured according to each individual student’s current academic strengths and weaknesses. In essence, this is a more personalized approach that emphasizes academic progress based on the unique needs of each student, resulting in a greater degree of success for those exposed to a competency-based learning style.

Improved Access to Relevant Technological Tools

Although technology has always played a critical role in education, current students have a greater need than ever before to be exposed to the most current technological tools. Improved access to these tools is especially helpful in developing the technological literacy necessary for success at institutions of higher learning as well as any future professional environment.

One-on-One or Small-Group Educational Settings

In the same way that competency-based learning emphasizes a highly personalized approach to education, the availability of one-on-one or small-group learning settings ensures that each student’s specific academic needs are properly addressed in a manner that yields measurable results.

Implementation of Specific Test-Taking Strategies

Simply mastering the content expected to appear on an upcoming exam will not necessarily guarantee a student will achieve a score that is reflective of their actual level of academic mastery. This is especially true in high-stress circumstances such as midterms, finals, and standardized tests. In addition to content mastery, students should learn how to implement a wide range of test-taking strategies that help ensure they perform to the best of their ability.

Consistent Academic Support From Multiple Sources

Students often perform at their best when they can count on the support of educational professionals as well as friends and family. Cultivating multiple sources of academic support — current teachers, tutors, family members, classmates, and others — ensures that a student always has someone to whom they can turn for academic guidance, which can have an obvious and significant impact on academic success.