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11/09/2016
After school studying is a great way for children to reflect on the lessons learned during the day and really commit them to memory. However, the quality of these study sessions and the memories being committed rely heavily on the quality of the material being used. Notably, your child's notes.

Tips for Helping Your Child with Their Notes

In addition to using potentially incorrect or incomplete information, poorly taken notes are also hard to read and connect, wasting valuable time when a student should be studying. If your child is constantly looking frustrated while they flip through their notes or, despite their study sessions, aren't performing well in school, The Tutoring Center, Aberdeen Township NJ has a post which can help.

All the Right Tools

As basic as it sounds, the first place to start is with stationery items. Take a look at the list below and if anything is missing, consider a trip to the stationery store. Items:
  • Different colored pens
  • Different colored highlighters
  • A regular pencil
  • A ruler
  • Small tab-stickers
The purpose of the colored pens and highlighters is to make it easier to categorize and label notes on-the-fly.

Notebooks

While it can be tempting (often more for your child) to choose one notebook for convenience, this small book will quickly be filled with notes and other attachments. This leaves a student with a heavy and awkward notebook which they never want to use. Instead, get a separate book for each class or subject. Once you have the notebooks, encourage your child to personalize them with decorations of both their favorite singer or celebrity and images which match the theme of the subject. While it may appear unnecessary, the more personal a notebook is, the more likely that a student will want to use it. If you are up for a personalization challenge, help your child to find images which include both their favorite celebrity and subject. For example, if your child is in love with the actor Chris Hemsworth and they also study math, look for pictures of Chris Hemsworth dressed as a mathematician or a teacher from one of his movies. Just like high-quality notes, every student can benefit from tutoring in Aberdeen Township NJ. Speak with The Tutoring Center, Aberdeen Township NJ at (732) 705-3636 and learn more about the one-to-one based 'Geniuses in Training' programs.

Well Organized Notes

Now that your child has everything they need to take high-quality notes, it's time to look at ways to improve the quality of their notes with the following:

Start a New Page

The first thing that any student should do when preparing to take notes is to start a new page. While it may seem like an overly basic tip, too many students just continue each new note on the next available line. The problems start when they are frantically looking for a particular set of notes but can't find them because they are mixed in with everything else. A simple rule of 'New Notes means New Page' is all it takes.

What's the Date?

The next item when starting to take notes is to include the date at the top of the page. This is a tip which is often overlooked, leaving students to flip frustratingly through their notebooks looking for a particular lesson.

Keep Your Notes Legible

If you aren't sure why the teacher would be teaching students about why animals would make good telephone receptionists, it's likely that your child could do with slowing down their writing so they can understand their notes during review sessions. Instead of scribbling everything the teacher says, take a deep breathe and pay attention to the quality of your text.

Choose Your Words Wisely

One of the main reasons for poor writing, as mentioned above, is a student who attempts to copy down everything the teacher says verbatim. Of course, this leads to nothing short of messy writing which is of no use later for review. Instead, pay close attention to the most important aspects of a lesson and only note these. As an example, instead of writing: 'After mapping the Country now known as New Zealand, Captain James Cook traveled West where he reached the South-Eastern coast of Australia on 19 April 1770.' You could note: 'Captain James Cook was the first to reach the South East coastline of Australia on 4/19/1770'. By choosing just the important information, a student can easily write down valuable information in less time.

Leave Space After Each Note

There are going to be times where the information noted is not correct or needs later revision or updating. When this happens, students cross out incorrect information and attempt to write small in between lines. Of course, this is of little help during study sessions. Instead, make it a habit of leaving a good amount of space after each noted lesson to make alterations or add further information later.

Pay Attention!

Let's say it again - PAY ATTENTION! The best thing that you can do during your note taking is to pay attention to the information being presented. If you know that you are easily distracted, leave your cellphone at home or sit closer to the teacher.

Every Student Can Benefit from Tutoring in Aberdeen Township NJ

These are just some great ways a student can improve the quality of their notes, and in turn, the quality of their study sessions. If you feel like your child's study sessions could use a boost or they are finding a particular subject a challenge, help is at hand. Speak with a professional at The Tutoring Center, Aberdeen Township NJ at (732) 705-3636 to learn about how the 'Geniuses in Training' programs can help students of all ages and learning levels reach their potential.

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