Developing strong study habits early on is essential if you want your child to succeed. Our Study Skills program in Columbia is the perfect way to support your son or daughter on his or her quest to take on heavier workloads starting from elementary school all the way up to college and beyond. Providing effective study tips is what our tutors do best, so if your child is falling behind or wants to get ahead in class, we’re here to make sure they achieve their goals.

Learning How to Study More Effectively

We mix one-on-one instruction with independent tasks (and lots of opportunities to put developing skills to the test) in order to ensure that good study habits become second nature!

Personalized Tutoring (K-12)

We know that every child has unique needs, which means there's no "one size fits all" way to instill practical study skills and reinforce positive behaviors. Our Personalized Tutoring programs are designed to take that into account. The following skill sets will be covered:

  • Reading comprehension: Active reading is a useful skill across all subjects
  • Time management: Better prioritization and organization skills can add to study skills.
  • Research skills: How to focus on a single subject, judge sources and write a proper bibliography.
  • Note taking tips: Using color coding and flash cards as aids can help make study time more effective.
  • Mastering writing skills: With practice, your child will understand the writing process and how to use it effectively.
  • Online safety: How to locate, evaluate and responsibly share digital information.

Advancement & Test Prep (Grades 9-12)

Our tutors are experts at teaching your teen strong research, writing and study skill as well as digital literacy, time management and goal setting — all of which will come in handy well into adulthood. With Advancement & Test Prep, your teen will:

  • Build on and sharpen required skills: Whether you want us to focus on note taking, presentation skills or time management, we'll make sure to target the areas your teen needs extra help.
  • Improve confidence for meeting challenges head on: We make sure to foster positive attitudes towards studying so your child feels capable of meeting big expectations.
  • Develop competencies that will be essential moving forward: Sylvan can help with the development of important skills like job interview prep, presenting and goal setting.