As you know, the United States government has declared a state of emergency due to the outbreak of the Novel Corona Virus. This will have enormous consequences in all areas of our economy and life. For now, many people are working remotely, and many students are either taking classes remotely or sitting idle while school is cancelled for the next few weeks.
If your school has shut down, High Performance Tutoring has some great suggestions for how to use this time productively. Let’s turn this crisis into an opportunity for personal growth. Here are our top recommendations:
1. FILL IN KNOWLEDGE GAPS: In normal circumstances, there is a lot of pressure to complete assignments and study for tests. This does not leave much time to work on crucial knowledge gaps. In a subject like math, which builds on itself, learning higher level topics can be exceedingly difficult when more fundamental topics are not well-understood. Let’s use this unprecedented opportunity to do deep dive into your child’s more significant areas of weakness to make them a stronger student and better learner. Our tutors are experts at identifying where your child needs the most work and helping you drill through exercises that will improve their knowledge and ability in any subject.
2. STAY SHARP: When students don’t see academic material for a prolonged period, they can suffer from “brain drain”. This happens to many students during summer break. Tutoring sessions 2 – 3 days per week is a great way to keep your child’s brain sharp while school is closed. Our tutors can use your child’s textbook and classwork to create exercises and activities that keep your child on track. We have the potential to make this a lot more fun than regular tutoring because there is no pressure to turn in specific assignments or study for tests. Since we work with your child one-on-one, everything can be tailored to their learning style and interests.
3. AP EXAM PREPARATION: Although school has been cancelled, it is likely that the AP tests are still happening in May. If your child is enrolled in one or more AP classes, it is important to continue studying and working through practice tests. Our tutors are experts in all the math and science AP subjects. We are familiar with the topics covered on these tests and can help your child review essential concepts and work through practice problems. We can also discuss strategies and pacing specific to these AP tests to maximize performance.
4. SAT/ACT EXAM PREPARATION: This is a perfect opportunity to study for the SAT or ACT if your child is a sophomore or junior. While the tests have been cancelled this month and next month, they will likely resume in May and June. Let’s use this time when classes are cancelled to grind through some SAT/ACT concepts and strategies to help boost your child’s score on the test. We have a time-tested program in which we adapt to your child’s performance, goals, and learning style. We help students master essential concepts and testing strategies that are proven to raise scores. It is much easier to study for these tests when no other homework or classwork is due. Give us a call today to learn more about our program.
5. College Applications: If your child is a junior, right now is a perfect time to begin the college application process. Even if they have not yet picked out the schools they want to attend, they should begin to make a list of colleges and universities that peak their interest and do some basic research on them. They can also begin to draft a resume and personal statement. Anything they do now will alleviate a lot of the burden from cramming this work in during the first half of their senior year.
We are here to help you with anything you need. We are proud to continue serving you through the COVID-19 Pandemic. As always, your child’s education is our first priority!