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07/10/2017

A Classic Learning Tool Makes a Comeback

Every parent wants to help their children with homework. The challenge is often deciphering their textbooks when they ask for help or even understanding the words they are saying.  However, just because you aren't a scientist doesn't mean that you can't help with science homework. The Tutoring Center, Plano TX has the following post about how you can use flashcards to help your student study.

Where Can You Use Them?

There is no way that your student is going to be interested in sitting at a table and answering questions from a flashcard. Instead, parents will need to look for more opportunistic moments. For example:
  • Three correct flashcards equals a ride to the mall.
  • If your student wants to choose dessert at the grocery store - two correct flashcards.
  • Stuck in traffic or at a red light? Time for a quick pop-quiz.
By keeping the learning instances seemingly random and short, it encourages students to interact positively with the lessons without becoming bored and not wanting to continue.

What to Write on Them

Despite what parents think, this is the easy part! Make some time to sit down with your student and take a look through their various notebooks.  While you might not understand many of the words on the page, you will be able to identify the lessons that will make up the notes. Look for the following:
  • Incomplete notes.
  • Notes that were written, corrected, and then rewritten a number of times.
  • Notes that look like they just wrote everything the teacher said, verbatim.
These can all be solid signs that the lesson proved to be a particular challenge and is one that should be reviewed.  Once you have these notes, your student can look through their textbooks to ensure they have the correct answer, and you now have material for your flashcards. When you are writing them, avoid long questions. Instead, opt for short and concise questions, like:
  • When was Australia settled?
  • Name three countries in that form the G20 summit.
  • What language do they speak in Brazil?
Of course, your questions will be targeted towards their individual subjects and struggle areas, however, these are great templates to use.

A Great Complement to Summer Tutoring in Plano TX

Flashcards make for a great learning tool and are an excellent complement to formal summer tutoring in Plano TX. Speak with The Tutoring Center, Plano TX at (469) 277-8177 to learn more about how tutoring in Plano can help your student or to book your free consultation and diagnostic assessment.

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