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03/08/2018
Your home isn't the only thing which can benefit from spring cleaning. Your student's cluttered notebook is just waiting to be cleaned out and rearranged, and now is the time to do it!

Have you noticed that your youngster rolls their notebook around on a skateboard because it's so heavy and full of loose items? Okay, maybe it isn't that bad, but you get the idea! Over the course of a school year, a notebook can change from a neat and tidy study resource to a space where you are sure animals live.

Improve Your Student's Study Sessions

While your youngster may think it's okay, a messy and unorganized notebook can actually work against them when it comes time to study, hindering their ability to learn from it. Below is a great way from The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA to give your youngster's notebook a spring clean.

It All Starts With a Good De-Cluttering!

If you love nothing more than giving your home a spring clean and getting rid of the year's worth of collectibles, then this is the tip for you! With a rescue party at-the-ready, venture into your youngster’s room with cautious movements and look for their notebook, making sure that you don’t disturb any wildlife which may be residing underneath the pile of clothes. Once you and your youngster are in the clear, sit down at a big table or space and get to work! Start by taking out any and all loose pieces of paper throughout their notebooks. Each time that you remove an item, use a pencil to mark a reference number or symbol on both the loose paper and the page it came from. Before you throw anything away, be sure to run it past your youngster first. While it might seem like it has no valuable purpose at all, you could actually be looking at the most important note in their notebook! With your pile in front of you, make your way through to weed out what is actual information and what is just scribble. However, be sure to read each page fully. For example, don’t discard a piece of paper solely because it is predominantly filled with scribbles or drawings. Be sure to check the entire page for any pieces of information which may have been written down also. If you notice that your student struggles with notes for a particular subject, speak with The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA at (408) 816-7825 about how subject-focused one-to-one tutoring programs can help your youngster overcome any learning challenges.

Now It’s Time to Get to the Real Work

This is a step which isn’t often seen but it can have tremendous benefits when it comes time for your student to use their notebook to study. It involves reformatting their notebook to make it remarkably more conducive to their study sessions. Alongside your student, make your way through the pile of papers with useful information and decide if you need the whole page or not. If there is only a small amount of information needed, such as a diagram in between scribbles, cut it out. Of course, be sure to copy the pencil reference you placed onto the newly cut out piece of paper. With this, look for the page where the notes came from, and reformat the original notes to include the loose item. You can do this by either using a scanner or your phone/tablet to edit the page on your computer or simply copy or write the information onto a new sheet of paper. For example, if you come across a page of messy yet legible writing and you need to include a diagram, neatly rewrite the original notes on a new piece of paper and include the diagram close to the relevant text. If you use a scanner, you can use your computer software to do this task and print the page. Once you have your new notes, stick them in the notebook over the original page full of messy writing. Suddenly, a page which was mostly scribble and was soon to have a diagram randomly stapled to it is now easy to read and, just as important, easy to reference. Not only will this make it easier for your student to study from but it will also minimize distractions.

Tutoring in Santa Clara, CA

The above is a great way to improve the quality of your student's notebook and provide them with a strong study resource. To complement this idea, speak with The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA at (408) 816-7825 about enrolling your student in one-to-one tutoring programs designed to help them reach their academic potential.

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