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August 12, 2014 10:47 ET

Send Students Back to School Smarter With Sylvan Study Skills

Vital Study Skills and Strategies Can Turn Good Students Into Great Students

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwired - August 12, 2014) - As families across the country trade beach days for school days, it's time to get into the back to school mindset. With each grade level, homework assignments get tougher, workloads get heavier and staying ahead of the curve becomes more challenging. In order to succeed, students need to develop strategies and skills to take on harder topics with confidence and ease. While it's often a part of the academic journey that's overlooked, Sylvan Learning has seen how mastering effective study skills can be the "secret behind the A," turning good students into great students.

"There comes a point in every child's education when the sophistication of a subject can't be grasped immediately. We typically see this as students move through middle school and high school where more advanced study skills are needed to succeed," said Julia Fitzgerald, Chief Marketing Officer at Sylvan Learning. "We've found that establishing great study habits is the secret to making a big impact on a student's performance. Sylvan Study Skills gives them a consistent process to succeed with every academic challenge."

Sylvan Learning offers the following study skills tips that parents and their children should put into action now to start the school year off right: 

  • Make Use of Study Tools. A recent Sylvan survey(i) found that more than half (54 percent) of parents surveyed with children in grades four through eight stated that their child reads his or her textbook and notes over and over to study -- an ineffective study habit. Utilizing flashcards and color-coding materials are better for helping students remember key points.
  • Develop a Study Process. First things first: students need to know when a test will take place, the types of questions that will be included and the topics that will be covered. From there, they should create a study plan and allow ample time to prepare -- there's nothing worse than cramming the night before an exam.
  • Begin Using a Planner. Between homework, tests and extracurricular activities, it's all too easy for things to slip through the cracks. A planner can help keep everything organized and students should write down assignments, appointments and to-do lists. Review items in the planner at both the beginning and end of the day to stay on track.
  • Identify Teacher Expectations. It is helpful for students to know how and what they will be graded on. By middle school and high school, most teachers will provide a course outline or syllabus, which can serve as a guide for the semester. If expectations aren't clear, don't wait until a bad report card comes in the mail. Parents and students should feel comfortable approaching teachers with questions about grading and assignments at any time. 
  • Create a Designated Study Area. If children are studying in front of a television or in a high-traffic area, chances are they aren't getting the most out of study time. They should find a quiet, well-lit, low-traffic space in the house for studying. Parents can even institute a "communications blackout" policy with no cell phones or instant messaging allowed until schoolwork is done.
  • Know When to Get Help. Sylvan's survey found that 63 percent of parents surveyed didn't feel that they could help with all of their child's homework. To help equip students with the skills and strategies that can make a big impact on middle school, high school, college and beyond, Sylvan Learning offers Advanced Study Skills programs.

Just in time for the back to school season, Sylvan Learning is offering a new Study Skills course focused on Organization and Time Management at the special price of $199 (a $200 savings) now through September 30, 2014. During the four-week program, which includes eight sessions, students will learn time management, strategic planning skills, better organization habits, how to use an academic planner and how to properly track grades.

In addition, students in grades four through twelve wishing to learn more in-depth strategies are encouraged to check out Sylvan's other Study Skills courses. Now available on the SylvanSync™ platform, which uses iPads to make learning more fun for today's digital natives, Sylvan's Study Skills courses are focused on building effective study habits that make schoolwork more manageable. Additional courses include effective writing, digital literacy, effective note taking and even job interview skills.

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About Sylvan Learning, Inc.
With more than 30 years of experience and more than 800 locations throughout North America, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K-12. As the leader in supplemental education, Sylvan is transforming how students learn, inspiring them to succeed in school and in life. Sylvan's proven tutoring approach blends amazing teachers with SylvanSync™ technology on the iPad® for an engaging learning experience. Sylvan programs include study skills, math, reading, writing and test prep for college entrance and state exams. Sylvan also provides educational services to public and nonpublic schools. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, call 1-800-31-SUCCESS, or visit SylvanLearning.com or the Sylvan Source blog.

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(i) From April 22nd to April 30th, 2014 an online survey was conducted among 500 American parents with children in grades four through eight who are also Vision Critical American Community panel members. The margin of error -- which measures sampling variability -- is +/- 4.4%, 19 times out of 20. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

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