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School Smarts: Three things kids can do at home to be better students

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Learning works differently for each person. But there are some universal things that can help anyone retain knowledge. 

Sterling Riggs met with the co-founder of Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, Stephen McCrocklin.  He has helped more than 2,000 students achieve academic success in the past 20 years.

He says these are the top 3 things kids can do at home to be better students.

1. Read every day.

McCrocklin says kids who read better, know more, write better, have a bigger vocabulary, are more successful in school and feel better about learning.
McCrocklin says students who read 20 minutes a night, 5 times a week will read the equivalent of 80 school days by the 8th grade.
Students who read 4 minutes a night, 5 times a week will read the equivalent of 16 school days by the 8th grade.

2. Picture the words while reading.

McCrocklin says this helps kids understand what they are reading better.
Visualizing the words makes reading more fun and makes kids more effective readers.
It also helps readers stay focused and engaged and keeps the mind from wandering.

3. Establish good study habits.

McCrocklin says pick a quiet place and time to study. He also says don't deviate from the plan.
He says only have the materials students' need to study and nothing else. Don't have a cell phone and other distractions in the room while studying. 
Students should not cram study for tests. He recommends spreading learning out overtime.
Start studying the most difficult subjects first.
It's important to review, clarify and write notes.
Students should always practice for the test in the way they have will have to take it. 
Always take brakes to regroup.

For more information about the Langsford Learning Center, CLICK HERE 
 

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