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How to Handle an Extended School Absence

How to Handle an Extended School Absence

In many areas, school attendance requirements are quite strict—with good reason, as a child’s education is of the utmost importance. But for those students with a chronic illness or injury, health has to come first, and schools can and should help you honor that shift in priority. Ways to handle an extended school absence include notifying teachers immediately, familiarizing yourself with programs and policies, and utilizing available technology. A little preparation, research, and a lot of communication can make extended or frequent absences a little easier on your already stressed student. Keep reading to learn how to handle an ... Read More About How to Handle an Extended School Absence

Standardized Testing 101: What Parents of Young Students Should Expect

Standardized Testing 101: What Parents of Young Students Should Expect

Standardized testing is incorporated into a younger student’s education for a variety of reasons, including state requirements and helping teachers gauge progress. If you’re the parent of a young child, keep an eye out for parent notifications about your school’s specific tests, and proactively ask your child’s teacher for details. Parents of young students should expect a few things from standardized testing periods, including a change in your student's schedule, a shift in classroom regulations, and an impact on students’ assigned homework. It is important to be prepared and to understand that there are certain ... Read More About Standardized Testing 101: What Parents of Young Students Should Expect

3 Ways to Get Ahead on Your Student’s Science Fair Project

3 Ways to Get Ahead on Your Student’s Science Fair Project

With the school year just beginning, your student’s science fair project may be the last thing on your mind. Back-to-school time, however, is a great time to get an early start on your child’s science fair project. Ways to get ahead on your student’s science fair project can include reaching out to their teacher to ensure you understand the involved deadlines, determining the central research question early on, and spending time getting creative with ideas. Getting a head start on your student’s science fair project gives you both time to flesh out any ideas and make a plan for how to execute the project. Also, it will ... Read More About 3 Ways to Get Ahead on Your Student’s Science Fair Project

How to Help Math-Phobic Students This School Year

How to Help Math-Phobic Students This School Year

This post is part of our 2017 Back-to-School Series. Throughout the month of August, visit the Varsity Tutors blog for back-to-school advice, tips, and tricks for all ages. Did you spend countless evenings arguing with your student over his or her math homework last school year? Don’t worry—you’re not alone, and the good news is math class doesn’t have to be so painful this year. There are ways that you can help your child gain confidence in his or her math skills. For instance, you can help your math-phobic student this school year by understanding what’s causing the trouble, learning what the math expectations ... Read More About How to Help Math-Phobic Students This School Year

3 Ways to Effectively Communicate With Your Child’s Teacher

3 Ways to Effectively Communicate With Your Child’s Teacher

The new school year brings with it many challenges: a new classroom environment, new, often more challenging, subjects, and most importantly—a new teacher. When approaching your student’s new teacher, it is very important to foster a healthy line of communication. Effective ways to communicate with your child’s teacher include making the teacher aware that you are interested and invested in your child’s education, finding out and utilizing the best ways to contact your student’s teacher, and giving the teacher information on your student that will help him or her better get to know your child. The start of a new ... Read More About 3 Ways to Effectively Communicate With Your Child’s Teacher

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