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06/04/2019
Given that your children spend hours writing in and reading their notebooks every day, it’s important that the quality of information contained in them is high-quality.

Have your child’s notebooks become stuffed with random pieces of paper, diagrams, or are falling apart? While your student may think that their notebook is fine and useful, when it comes time to study for an essay or to prepare an assignment, they will find out too late that their notes aren’t as useful as they had hoped.

Improving Your Child’s Study Resource

If this sounds like a notebook in your child’s school bag or study area, then The Tutoring Center, Cypress Creek Plaza has the following post to share with tips and activities which can help.

Clutter Is the Enemy

The best place to start is with a big empty table, some tasty snacks, and a bit of time set aside with your child to tackle this task. Once you have this then you are ready to remove the clutter. As you take out each item, use a pencil to mark a number on both the piece of paper and the page it was removed from. This will help you when it comes time to put it back into the notebook once again. Keep these in a neat pile beside the notebook. Time to sort. Time to cull. Once you have finished removing all of the clutter, sort through it together and create smaller piles:
  • Going back into the notebook.
    • When deciding what stays in this pile, don’t be afraid to cut out items and diagrams from the loose sheets. When doing this, be sure to copy the corresponding number onto the cutout.
  • Contains information to be noted.
    • This pile will contain paper which has information which doesn’t need to go back in, such as field trip notices or permission slips, exam dates, or important school contacts, etc.
  • To be discarded.
    • As the name suggests, this is the pile for the trash. However, keep it where it is until the end of the activity.
The first and quickest step is to review the pile which contains information, note it appropriately, such as dates in your diary or numbers in your contacts list, and then move it to the pile to be discarded. If by reading your child’s notes, you can see that they are struggling in class, such as scribbled and incomplete notes or they aren’t able to decide what is important or not, then tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza can help. To find out more about how one-to-one tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza can help your child take better notes and improve their grades, book your free initial diagnostic assessment at The Tutoring Center, Cypress Creek Plaza by calling (832) 566-7912 and speak with a professional tutor.

Now for the Hard Work

Each time that your child sets aside time to study, it’s important that:
  • The information they need to study is accurate.
  • The information they need to study is accessible.
A messy notebook filled with loose paper and scribbles throughout hinders your child’s ability to stud by both providing distractions and preventing them from easily accessing vital information. This next step is the most important, so be sure to take your time with it and, if needed, prepare some more snacks.
  • Take each of the loose notes and match it against its original page. However, instead of simply stapling it to the top of the page or sticking it over half a page of doodles, take the time to reformat the note to incorporate the loose piece of paper.
    • As an example, use a separate blank sheet of lined paper to rewrite the whole note, making room for the diagram, and even including references to it. Then, you can paste this whole page over the original note, creating a new and clean note.
What about the pile of notes for the trash? Once you have finished the hard work of rewriting notes and cleaning up your child’s notebook, it’s time to visit the pile to be discarded. The reason why this pile was left to the end and not discarded immediately is that its relevance may not be apparent until you have cleaned up and formatted your notebook. With the new notebook ready, review each of the items in the pile to be discarded and give them a second thought, before discarding them in the trash.

One-to-One Tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza Can Help

If your child struggles with their notes then it can be a sign that they are experiencing a learning challenge in class. If you think this may be the case, be sure to ask your child in a supportive way, noting a range of helpful options such as tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza. If you and your student are new to tutoring in Cypress Creek Plaza and you would like to learn more, call The Tutoring Center, Cypress Creek Plaza today at (832) 566-7912 and book your free initial diagnostic assessment.

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