When we begin working with new executive functioning students, we always tell them that one of our priimary goals is for them to learn how to study smarter, not harder. Sometimes the student asks, “What does that mean?” or “How do I do that?”
To answer that first question or what studying smarter, not harder actually means for them, we share the good news: they should not be staying up late or spending all of their free time working on homework or studying. We’ll show them strategies that will help them maximize their study time and make room for free time and activities they enjoy. Hearing that form a tutor usually puts a smile on their face, and they get a little more excited about the sessions!
The key to studying smarter, not harder is having good study skills and habits. At Nurturing Wisdom, our tutors are more than just homework helpers. If we help our students only with their homework they would need us every day, and they would never become independent learners.
We want to teach our students study skills and habits so that eventually they don’t need us anymore! Through our executive functioning tutoring, we teach students how to take effective notes, create good study tools, and manage their schedules among other things so that they have time to study and complete their assignments. Once students learn how to approach studying actively and efficiently, the amount of time needed for studying will decrease. In addition, mastering these executive functioning strategies will lead to better grades!
If your child spends most of his or her free time studying, give us a call to learn more about how we can help!