I use my nearly 20 years of teaching and tutoring experience at the middle and high school levels to help underachieving students reach their full potential. BC High graduate, teacher in Marshfield since 2001.
Usually struggling students begin to come out of the woodwork in middle school. Typically they are very bright students who have breezed through their academic lives with little effort, and then they hit a wall. Whap!
Whether it is 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th grade or beyond, they are often bemused as to the source of their shortcomings. In their minds, they haven’t changed a thing in their approach to school, so it must be someone else’s fault. When confronting their previous achievers, parents of underachieving students often get responses such as, “I don’t get it!” or, “The tests s/he gives are just so unfair!” and the infamous, “That teacher just doesn’t like me!”
In reality these students have just never been taught how to study. Because they are innately intelligent they were able to perform very well at younger grades and didn’t require any extra attention from their teacher. They were never taught any of the tricks of the trade which, though seemingly tedious, mark the difference between Honor Roll and Infamy.
What I teach are study skills. Note taking. Organization. Test preparation. Time management. Tangible, useful, applicable skills which cross curricular boundaries and help all struggling students succeed in all subjects.
SAT, ISEE, SSAT, and HSPT (Catholic HS) entrance exams.