Tips for Success: Report Cards are in, and Second Quarter is in Full Swing

By: Autumn Bemis, Learning Specialist

This year's first quarter report cards have arrived and you may be glowing over your child's success! But despite achievement in their favorite subjects, they may not be excelling in subjects they find more difficult. Our learning specialists have compiled some helpful tips that will help your child achieve academic success!
 

  • -Help your child understand their strengths and weaknesses as a learner. Everyone has academic subjects that come easily as well as some that are a little more difficult. Talk with your son or daughter about areas of strength and help them set goals for the areas in which they want to improve.
  • Make sure your child is energized. Think about how much sleep your child is getting each night. Do they need more? Are they eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise? Making needed improvements in these areas are sure to pay off for your child.

  • -Help your child prioritize assignments and manage time. Work with your child on time management and develop techniques to break long-term assignments into smaller, more manageable parts. Doing this and working together to set intermittent due dates will build in success and empower them to utilize time management strategies.

  • -Encourage your child to become an active learner. Teach your child ways to be active while learning and studying. Asking questions in class, taking notes while in class or during reading, and making flashcards or other study aids are all great ways to be an active learner. Utilizing online programs such as Quizlet can also be helpful.

  • -Help your child take responsibility for their own academic success. Your child can learn to take responsibility for their academic achievement in so many ways! Learning to ask for help when needed is a skill that can help your child reach their potential. Working together to evaluate what was done well, where improvements can be made, and what can be done differently in the future helps develop metacognition, which is a critical step towards success. Many students with learning issues believe that when they are successful, it is due to "luck." It is important to provide positive feedback and develop the idea that hard work, perseverance, and resilience lead to success.

At St. Louis LDA, we address each child as an individual with a unique learning profile. We build upon their existing strengths to help develop academic success. Our learning specialists are equipped to refine the above-mentioned skills-in addition to many more-in order to help all children be successful. If you think your child could benefit from individualized tutoring with one of our learning specialists, call us today for more information!

 



Board Spotlight:

Pat Steiner

By Carrie Jones, St. Louis LDA Grant Writer

Meet Pat Steiner, a longtime St. Louis LDA volunteer and board member. Since the 90s when the organization was just getting started, Pat has worked closely with Pam Kortum and Sheryl Silvey to help St. Louis LDA grow and thrive. Most recently, Pat served on the board from 2009-2016, and she continues to participate on our advisory board. In honor of her dedication Pat was recently named Board Member Emeritus.
 
20 years ago, Pat had two school-aged daughters with learning disabilities who needed assistance, and Sheryl Silvey became their tutor. As St. Louis LDA began to form, Pat knew she wanted to be a part of it. Looking back, she says, "I am amazed at the growth we've experienced and the number of lives that have been changed for the better."
 
Pat originally joined the board because she wanted to help de-mystify learning disabilities and spread the word about the help St. Louis LDA provides to kids who struggle to learn. "I am thankful to have had excellent tutors who helped my daughters immensely and wanted to help those who may not be as fortunate as me to get excellent help for their children."
 
"LDA fills a huge void in our education system," she continued. "Many people don't understand learning disabilities, and LDA helps create awareness and provides help to make children successful in school. LDA is a life change for many LD children." When asked about the future of the organization, Pat told us that she would love to see St. Louis LDA become a household name in the greater St. Louis area.
 
Today, she says, "The people involved with LDA are passionate about our mission and that is the most special part about LDA." We couldn't agree more, and we know that Pat's support and involvement is a big part of that!


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  • Make sure your child is energized. Think about how much sleep your child is getting each night. Do they need more? Are they eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise? Making needed improvements in these areas are sure to pay off for your child.

  • Help your child prioritize assignments and manage time. Work with your child on time management and develop techniques to break long-term assignments into smaller, more manageable parts. Doing this and working together to set intermittent due dates will build in success and empower them to utilize time management strategies.

  • Encourage your child to become an active learner. Teach your child ways to be active while learning and studying. Asking questions in class, taking notes while in class or during reading, and making flashcards or other study aids are all great ways to be an active learner. Utilizing online programs such as Quizlet can also be helpful.

  • Help your child take responsibility for their own academic success. Your child can learn to take responsibility for their academic achievement in so many ways! Learning to ask for help when needed is a skill that can help your child reach their potential. Working together to evaluate what was done well, where improvements can be made, and what can be done differently in the future helps develop metacognition, which is a critical step towards success. Many students with learning issues believe that when they are successful, it is due to "luck." It is important to provide positive feedback and develop the idea that hard work, perseverance, and resilience lead to success.