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It may be hard to imagine kids studying cards while they wait for the bus, on the bus, or around school. It may even seem geeky,
But, "make no mistake," said Small, "students do it by the thousands and do it happily because it works and it works very quickly."
"My sense is that kids are as dialled into getting good grades as they have ever been."
Believe it or not one way to help your kids is to make sure they get enough water to drink.
Picture the brain as a pot of boiling soup, said Small.
"Soup is made up of mostly of water, like the brain which is 78 per cent water, and so the last thing you want is for the pot to run dry," he said.
It takes about two hours for the water you drink to reach the brain so its important to drink even when you are not thirsty. Kids need an eight ounce glass of water for every 25 pounds of body weight.
Small also suggests that students do more than they are asked.
"The people that get ahead in life always do a little extra," he said.
"When you have finished an assignment look at it and ask yourself what is one more thing I can do that the teacher didnt ask me to do?
"Could I put a plastic cover on it, could I colour the title page or do a bibliography? Those extra touches make a difference."
Its also important to let kids just be kids.
"Kids today carry schedules that would break the back of a CEO of a Fortune 500 company," said Small.
To help his own kids Small has them schedule study-time and down-time right along side their soccer games, dental appointments, and social events.
"One of the smartest things we ever did as parents was to give a weekly time chart to our kids," said Small.
There are thousands of other useful tips to help kids learn better. Here are just a few Small likes to share.
Write it down. Dont just listen to lectures, take notes;
Always study with questions. Students who write down questions while they read are much more likely to retain what they read;