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Find out what your entire final exam schedule is so that you’ll know how many finals you will have on each day.  Make a schedule for yourself indicating when you will study for each test.

Happy learning!

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St. Dominic High School officials give credit to their students for working hard and showing commitment to achieving higher test scores. School officials also give credit to their partnership with St. Louis Learning for students receiving scores up to three points higher on the ACT. The positive results and feedback from parents, students and school officials has led other schools to seek our help.

Next school year, we will continue to offer our individual and small group test preparation courses in addition to working with a few area high schools. We are excited about expanding our reach to help more students achieve higher test results. As always, our focus will be on individual accomplishments.

If you would like more information about our test preparation courses, please contact us at (636) 536-6240 or chesterfield@stlouislearning.com.

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Center your attention on your students strengths! Give praise for all gains not just good grades.

Happy learning!

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Never lose it, if you have it. Gain and cultivate it, if you don’t.

For students of any age, curiosity is at the heart of learning. If you find yourself asking a lot of questions during class, when you read, or just out and about; if you have an insatiable appetite for reading about things you just wanted to learn about that weren’t on your assigned reading list; you are a curious person.

I think we all are born with wanting to know Why? or How? or What?; but perhaps certain people whittled down your desire to understand the world around you. Perhaps some of your teachers forced you to only memorize with rote learning. Now, I’m not saying that memorization is bad. It certainly is a part of learning and is good. However, the driving force to learning is curiosity. 

How do you cultivate or grow it? I would say put yourself in the midst of other curious people. Granted they can be intimidating and sometimes annoying, but these students want to learn. They want to find out what makes something do what it does. Maybe you can’t find a group of them, so then find a person. Become their friend. Another thing that could help is reading about people who had/have this trait (i.e. Steve Jobs, Einstein, etc.). I know that I just put Jobs on the same line as Einstein; maybe that isn’t fair, but they both were great. And they both were extremely curious. 

If you want to build a foundation to excel in school; if you want to continue learning beyond school; if you want to find the heart of learning ask questions. Be curious. Learn. 

Happy learning.

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ACT Crash Course with St. Louis Learning

The June ACT is quickly approaching!  Is your student needing a higher score?  

St. Louis Learning is offering 15 hours of prep the week before the test!  Come join us June 4th - June 8th from 12 to 3 to learn specific testing strategies for the English, Math, Reading and Science portions of the ACT.  

Cost for the course is $265, which includes a practice book of 10 full practice tests.  Call us today to save your spot!

Contact Robin: (636) 536-6240 // chesterfield@stlouislearning.com // www.stlouislearning.com

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Depending on what courses you are taking, some important exams are coming up.  Try to divide your study time up into more manageable chunks. Study for twenty minutes per day for the next couple of weeks, instead of three hours a night for the last few nights before the exam.

Happy learning!

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It’s tempting to shy away from peers who are more capable than you. They are the ones that get better grades, have all of the right answers, and even write funnier stories in your composition classes. These kids should be your friends, or at least you can be around them. One of my favorite teachers said, “If you want to get smarter, surround yourself with people smarter than you.”

You may be afraid of being around students who can show you up or make you feel insecure, but you need to get over that if you want to succeed in school (and in life, for that matter). People like Rockefeller and Lincoln had people who were smarter and certainly had better credentials than they on their boards or teams.

Remember, it’s ok to not be the smartest person in the room. Having a great work ethic, character, and the ability to ask for help can make all the difference in your academic and life career.

Happy learning!

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Studying can be a daunting task that is required from every student, unless you are the one who has a photographic memory and a genius level IQ. The fact of the matter is that learning is hard work and is often a lonely enterprise. Certainly it can be fun. Engaging new ideas, a great novel, and unlocking a formula can be exhilarating. Nonetheless, it requires discipline and a work ethic to plow through those not so exciting times. Sometimes you just need to sit there and read, memorize, and comprehend.

Here is a page that gives some advice on studying that may be of some help.

Happy learning!

St. Louis Learning Center

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Are you struggling in any of your subjects?  Talk with your classroom teacher and discuss strategies that might be helpful.

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All six Imagine Charter Schools are being being closed. The decision was made by the Missouri Board of Education. They will provide two job fairs for these teachers and staff, and some of the teachers will most likely be hired by other local schools. However many of the Imagine staff are concerned that there are not enough positions to take them all. My question is what will all of the students and families do?  

Here are links to KSDK and a press release from Imagine’s website:

http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/316681/3/Hundreds-of-St-Louis-teachers-face-unemployment

http://www.imagineschools.com/2012/04/statement-of-imagine-schools-on-missouri-state-board-of-education-decision/