Too often students go through the motions required by school, without really engaging in the material they
are learning. How do you encourage your child to learn instead of just get things done? Here are three
ways you can help your child truly learn.
Students are juggling so many activities. In addition to doing homework, they have to go to work, go to
sports practice, attend a music lesson and work on test prep. Homework gets glossed over because it
must be done as fast as possible so students can get onto the next things. As to-do’s pile up, so does
stress and anxiety. If you can eliminate one item from their to-do list, you can free your child to more fully
engage in the things they are doing. Mr. Test Prep does not require test prep homework because it will
only lead to stress and anxiety, which does not lead to learning and certainly not to good test scores.
Instead, students stay engaged while they are in their tutoring session. Then they can focus on exam
prep and not worry about extra homework.
Pique Their Interest
Find topics that interest your child and make them easily available. Bring home magazines, books and
journals that cover topics that interest them. Point out ways that the homework they are doing connect to
their broader career goals or passions. When students see how everyday homework can help them
achieve their goals they will be more willing to engage with the material and make sure they are really
Tools to Engage
Give your student tools to think critically and develop thoughts and opinions. Use time around the dinner
table or in the car to discuss current events or even topics being covered in their classes. When you show
an interest in learning and asking critical questions, so will your student. Leading by example will give
your child the tools they need to think critically.
Help your student engage with what they are learning, whether it is test prep or coursework. The tools
they use to learn subject material will help them in college and stay with them their whole lives. The more
engaged students are with their studies the more successful they will be.
More About Mr. Test Prep’s Menlo Park SAT Test Prep Services
Since 1997, Mr. Test Prep has run the #1 Menlo Park SAT Prep program. By combining the benefits of private SAT instruction with the strengths of a group testing environment, Mr. Test Prep offers the best of both worlds: one-on-one attention, experienced academic counseling, group testing and a personal bond. By hosting this in a semi-group environment, Mr. Test Prep prepares his students for a real-world test experience. High school students who use his Menlo Park SAT Prep services will be equipped with the tools they need to succeed in the highly competitive world of standardized testing.