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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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:
A Few Students from Wash U Changing Education System through Technology
I just read this interesting blog post from Forbes about a relatively new company who built a website that helps teachers and students. The system allows teachers to share content with other students and other teachers. Teachers can also host discussions, add media, and show assignments. This tool leverages the power of social media, technology, and content sharing. Recently they’ve been able to raise 6MM in new funding. This is education taking one step forward into the technology age.
Learning styles—the notion that each student has a particular mode by which he or she learns best, whether it’s visual, auditory or some other sense—is enormously popular. It’s also been thoroughly debunked.
The scientific research on learning styles is “so weak and unconvincing,” concluded a group of distinguished psychologists in a 2008 review, that it is not possible “to justify incorporating learning-styles assessments into general educational practice.” A 2010 article was even more blunt: “There is no credible evidence that learning styles exist,” wrote University of Virginia cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham and co-author Cedar Riener. While students do have preferences about how they learn, the evidence shows they absorb information just as well whether or not they encounter it in their preferred mode.
The other day I was sitting down with some friends and chatting, and they told me that they randomly discovered that their child’s teacher knows me. She teaches in St. Louis and has been their kid’s favorite teacher. I told them that I definitely know the teacher, and that we went through K-12 together. After we had a couple of “That’s crazy” and “What a small world”, I asked them, “Why is that teacher their daughter’s favorite teacher?”
They started telling me about how she’s able to keep the class in order, and how well she’s able to hold the students attention. Then I asked, “How does she do it?” They started to tell me that she’s so creative and has been able to gain their respect and attention through out of the box exercises during their time together. She never loses her composure and always speaks very clearly to the students.
I wish I could give you more information to all of you readers about this teachers techniques, but I don’t have that information. Perhaps I need to do an interview. However, I write this to remind you educators, parents, and students that school, learning, and the classroom can still be a place of growth. There are teachers who are constantly learning and innovating, and they are taking what they are learning and applying them to their classrooms and students for their betterment.
It is true that decision makers for the educational system are cutting arts programs. Of course we can understand the reality of budgetary contraints, however at what cost? Researchers are finding that people who have an interdisciplinary background are better at innovating than those who are in single-subject learning environments (click her for a research piece on this).
Now, I’m not saying that every child should be a painter, dancer, or poet. However, providing an educational system that exposes them to such things is important, perhaps even essential. One of the great things about our country is that we are innovators. What will happen if we reduce that amount of art, the very essence of creativity, that are children get to experience?
Education needs to be personal. This critical to true learning. It takes teachers and tutors taking the time to understand a student in order to teach them. Here is an interesting post about leaning too heavily on technology in order to educate.
How do you measure learning? We have standardized tests that can only determine the future of a student. However, there are some debates on their ability to provide accurate readings of how much a student knows and understands.
We in St. Louis love our families and want to provide the best for our kids. We want them to flourish, so that their futures will be bright. Yet, students struggle. St. Louis Learning understands.
We provide help to students who want to achieve and improve their learning skills. Standardized tests may not be the ultimate measure of learning, but it is a measure for schools. We at St. Louis Learning provide personal tutoring to improve a students score.
We at St. Louis learning wanted to pass this along to you students in St. Louis, Missouri who are getting ready to take the ACT later this month. We know that this is a very stressful time for you and your parents. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about your ACT preparation. We have extensive experience in tutoring for these exams and have a proven record of success. We would love to talk to you.
We love seeing great news about St. Louis schools. We read this article that talkes about our business schools getting ranked in the top 50 (to read article click here). St. Louis certainly has two great universities. Congratulations to St. Louis University and Washington University.
Calling all St. Louis students who need to prepare for the ACT and SAT.
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Each session has 1 teacher for every 2 students, so you get the personal tutoring and attention that you need in order to improve your score. The teachers will seek to find the areas you need to improve and coach you through those sections.
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The government is trying to find ways to legislate innovation in the educational system. The fact of the matter is that most students need supplemental help to their schooling, even if they are going to a school in St. Louis County (where the public school system is solid). Some students have parents that have the ability, time, and confidence to help. But, there are a lot of families who have both parents working. What do they do?
Tutoring. Kids need help outside of the classroom. Why not send them to professionals who have a curriculum and staff who have been trained and have years of experience in helping kids excel. In learning centers they also get individual attention from the teachers and encouragement from their peers who are in the fight with them.