Customized instruction and guided practice in research, writing, and presentation skills help speed students’ learning of key collegiate-level skills, improve grades, build confidence, and give students the competitive edge.
But the truth is, many students arrive at college without a clue as to how to effectively explore and interpret the full range of information resources available. This problem of “information literacy” has confounded education scholars for years (search Education Resources Information Center — ERIC for scholarly literature on the information literacy dilemma):
- Students don’t know “where to start” or how to look
- They are not creative in their thinking or approach
- They can’t recognize an alternative (or better) resource
- They give up in frustration and “make do” with what they’ve got
- Further, students struggle with communicating their ideas – whether via the written or spoken word.
Yet these are the very characteristics the best colleges wish to avoid in their newly admitted students! And they’re definitely not the qualities businesses seek in their employees!
The fortunate student who learns and practices research, writing, and presentation skills in high school is clearly better prepared than his or her peers for collegiate success. The problem is, of course, time and money. Teachers, school media specialists, and public librarians are being cut back from the education equation and can’t give each student the time he or she needs or deserves. But students who are coached academically in these crucial skills will learn and succeed.
Scholar’s Secret has been established to meet the “rising freshman’s” need for such individual attention through its customized, 1:1 academic coaching programs. Contact us today to get started.