Parents of Middle Schoolers:
Instead of Falling Behind Because of Covid-19, What If Your Child Could Be Even More High-School Ready?
…While Also Developing Success Habits That Will Last a Lifetime
“Is my child falling behind?”
That’s the #1 concern for most parents of school-age kids right now. In fact, there’s even a word for it: Covid Slide.
Just $69 per month!
And what we know about Covid Slide so far doesn’t look good…
A recent study found that children could begin fall 2020 with roughly 70% of the learning gains in reading from the prior year, compared to a typical school year. In math, students may show even smaller learning gains from the previous year, returning with less than 50% of learning gains.
In other words, depending on the subject, your child may have lost 30-50% of what they learned last year! And that doesn’t even account for learning losses that might happen during the 2020-21 school year.
After all, we’re not out of the woods yet. And if you’re a parent of a middle schooler, you’re facing some additional challenges right now…
Struggles unique to middle schoolers
While almost all parents of K-12 kids are worried about Covid Slide, parents of middle schoolers have it especially rough.
After all, middle school is a time when emotions can become a rollercoaster. Anxiety and depression tend to spike in the early adolescent years. And right now, kids have a whole lot more than usual to be anxious or depressed about.
Children who struggle with focus, organization, or motivation – more issues that are often aggravated by the middle school passage – have a whole new set of challenges to contend with. School closures, missing friends and family, and general uncertainty right now take a toll on a child’s ability to focus and manage their time.
And parents are bearing the brunt of it.
They (and their children) are deprived of the in-person presence of teachers, school counselors, coaches and after-school programs, reading specialists, and tutors.
Instead parents have to be and do everything for a group of kids who — let’s face it — often aren’t cooperative or open to their parents’ guidance!
On top of that, now parents of middle schoolers are worried about Covid Slide. Especially now that sixth grade is the new ninth, college pressure-wise. This isn’t the time for grades to slip!
Fortunately, there is a way to relieve some of this pressure and help your child thrive. And it starts with understanding the 3 main factors in Covid Slide…
The 3 main factors in Covid Slide
There are three main contributing factors that could cause your child to fall behind right now.
The first factor is disruptions. No surprise there, right? Learning disruptions, like school closures, and the threat of more closures to come, are a major factor in Covid Slide.
And while online classes are helpful, they can also be inconsistent from class to class..Many parents wonder, “Is a 25-minute Zoom class or lessons sent by email really good enough?”
The second factor in Covid Slide is overwhelmed and stressed family units. And much like school disruptions, there’s not much you can do to completely mitigate the added stress we’re all feeling right now.
Maybe you’re working from home, and now you have to tutor and manage your child’s schoolwork at home. Maybe you have to do that for multiple children.
Not to mention the uncertainty, social separation, and scary news stories that take a toll on all of us. And unfortunately, that stress also impairs the parts of the brain associated with learning and memory,2 making it harder for your child to process and retain new information right now. Understandably, that can affect how much they’re able to learn this year.
And finally, the third factor in Covid Slide is the sudden switch to the idea that “your home is your school now.” And along with that, “your parent is your teacher now.”
Asking kids to suddenly view their home as a school and their parents as teachers/administrators — but only during set hours of the day — is a tough ask. Many kids — especially middle schoolers trying to establish their independence — aren’t cooperative with this new situation. And no matter how the parent tries, it ends in frustration for the whole family.
Even kids who are more cooperative can find time management incredibly difficult when learning from home. Especially with the ever-present distractions of social media, video games, Netflix, and more.
Fortunately, there’s a better way forward...
Parents and their children are up against a lot right now. But there’s something you can do to keep
your child on track and ease some of the pressure in your home:
Don’t be the “point person” anymore.
Instead, bring in a third party to help oversee your child’s education this year. Think of this person as a coach.
A coach for swim or baseball makes sure your child is progressing on all fronts, right? Conditioning, specific skills, sportsmanship, etc. They show your child how to manage stress and anxiety. They hold them accountable for showing up to practice and bringing the equipment they need.
And best of all, your child reports to the coach, not to you. (You’ve probably noticed that your child acts much differently with their coach or their teachers than they do with you!)
Basically, the coach makes sure your kid succeeds at something. And while you’re no doubt involved, you can count on the coach to take the lead.
Now imagine if you had a coach like that for academics…
- The coach would help your child navigate and succeed in ALL of their classes. This isn’t tutoring in one subject, it’s about having the bird’s eye view of how your child is doing, along with giving them the tools for success…
- The coach would offer consistency. No matter what changes are in store this school year — at-home learning, in-person, a mix of the two — a coach would be a constant in your child’s school year…
- The coach would help ease your child’s stress and overwhelm. How? Well, a coach would take a whole-child approach to academic success, meaning they could teach your child skills for coping with stress and anxiety… leading to greater success overall…
- A coach would restore some of the traditional home and parent roles that children are used to. Now your child would be accountable to their coach, not just to you!
- Finally, along with stress management skills, a coach would help your child learn time management skills and how to focus on school, even with the distractions at home. This is valuable even in a normal school year, as homework and studying for tests has always happened at home.
Can you imagine what this type of support could do for your child?
Imagine if they didn’t fall behind this year, but instead they came out ahead…
Imagine if this was the year your child learned they could succeed, even when life is extraordinarily difficult…
Imagine if this was the year they learned time management skills. Skills that will set them up for success in highschool, college…and for the rest of their lives. (Lots of adults haven’t even mastered this!)
Well, I can tell you what learning those very same success habits did for me…
From Med School to Shark Tank
Hi, I’m Dr. Shaan Patel. And skills like perseverance, stress management, and time management completely changed my life…
I grew up in Las Vegas, in a budget motel that my parents owned. I attended inner-city public schools in the worst school district in the nation. (The dropout rate was 40%.)
And when it came time to take the SAT, well, let’s just say I was clueless about standardized tests. So when my score came back, it was too low to get admitted to any of my dream schools.
Determined to score higher, I locked myself in a library and studied all summer. I spent hundreds of hours studying for the test. I took it again and waited for my results.
Finally, my score was in: I improved my score by 640 points! And not only that, I got a 1600 … a perfect score. That’s something that only 0.02% of high school students achieve.
That perfect score changed my life. I was admitted into prestigious universities, received $250,000 dollars in scholarships, and even got to meet the President.
I went on to get my Bachelor of Arts in biology, an MBA from Yale, and I’m currently completing a medical residency to specialize in dermatology.
But I wasn’t just studying medicine… because after seeing firsthand how good study habits changed my life, I wanted to help others do the same. So I also founded Prep Expert to help students achieve their own dreams.
Not too long after, I appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and closed a deal with billionaire Mark Cuban for an investment in the company.
Today, over 50,000 Prep Expert students have improved their SAT and ACT scores, gotten into top universities, won over $100 million in college scholarships, and some have even gotten perfect SAT and ACT scores themselves.
I’ve also published books on SAT and ACT prep, entrepreneurship, and self-improvement.
People often ask me if I ever sleep. Well, the answer is yes, I do. The real secret to my success comes down to study skills, time management skills, and productivity strategies.
And when I thought about how I’ve spent my life honing these success skills, I realized that I could really help right now. So many parents and middle school kids need a lifeline. So to build that lifeline, I created…
Prep Expert Academic Coaching for Middle Schoolers
Prep Expert Academic Coaching is a mentorship program designed to help your child succeed academically.
How? By giving them the right tools, strategies, and skills … along with a dedicated coach who has been successful at the highest levels of academics.
Our coaches are all experienced Prep Expert-qualified instructors. That means they scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT, ACT, or both. It also means they have a track record of success in the most prestigious universities.
And from among our group of high-achieving coaches, we’ll hand-pick the coach who is the best fit to help your child have an incredibly successful school year.
How it works
Once paired with their coach, your child will:
- Learn time management strategies, study skills, and other insider tips for academic success, via live and personal instruction in a small group setting…
- Have direct access to their coach, who will answer any questions they have about their classes, academics, or the big picture of their school career….
- Get access to a suite of learning-management and academic development tools…tools that can help them stay on track, plan their time, and reduce overwhelm FAR better than relying on a calendar alone.
These are tools I developed alongside a group of top students. The tools include:
- How to create an academic, career, and personal roadmap … so that your child can see the big picture and how this school year is a part of that big picture…
- A template for building a study schedule they’ll actually stick to…
- A guide for effective time management … so many students struggle with this, yet no one talks about practical solutions! This guide is that solution…
- A personal Learning Journal for even greater success. How? Well, a Stanford study found that students who reflected on their school experience scored significantly higher grades than those who didn’t. And that’s just one study of many about the power of journaling.
- A digital copy of my book, Self-Made Success. This book contains my top strategies for success, happiness, and wealth, and I highly recommend it for students of all ages.
In short, we’re giving your child everything they could possibly need for a successful school year.
By now you might be thinking, “This sounds great, but how much is it going to cost?”
And I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised…
Especially when you compare the monthly fee to the countless benefits of academic success, such as:
- Being fully prepared for the rigors of high school, so they stay on track for admission to the best schools in the country…
- Potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in eventual scholarships…
- Creating the habits and getting the tools NOW that will set your child up for a lifetime of high achievement and wealth…
Not to mention how your child’s academic success this year will boost their self-confidence.
So considering all of that, our Prep Expert Academic Success Coaching program is a pretty amazing deal: just $69 per month.
That’s it. Just $69 per month. No contracts or “catches.” You must be 100% happy with the results your child is getting, or you can cancel. That’s how confident we are that we can help your child successfully navigate this school year.
Once you click the button to get started, my hope is that you’ll feel a sense of relief. Relief that it’s not all on your shoulders anymore. We’ll be in your corner.
Relief that you’ll have your academic coach’s help to make sure your child is successful this year, as they work toward an impressive transcript for high school.
And relief that your child will grow and mature, as they learn critical time management and success skills. Skills that will help them succeed now, and for the rest of their lives.
I know that right now, we’re dealing with a reality that none of us want. Especially not parents, who worry about their children even in normal times. But I also know that Covid Slide doesn’t have to be part of that reality, and that your child can still have a successful academic year.
And what if — even during these difficult times — your child could wind up AHEAD?
That’s the goal my academic coaches and I have for your child this year. All you have to do is click the button below to get started.
What is Academic Coaching?
Prep Expert Academic Coaching is a mentorship program designed to help your child succeed academically.
We do that by giving your child the right tools, strategies, and skills to succeed … along with a dedicated coach who has personally been successful at the highest levels of academics.
Who will be my child’s coach?
Your child’s coach will be hand-picked from our group of experienced Prep Expert instructors. That means they scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT, ACT, or both. It also means they have a track record of success in the most prestigious universities.
We’ll match your child with one of our coaches based on who is the best fit to help your child have an incredibly successful school year.
What exactly will my child get?
As a Prep Expert Academic Coaching student, your child will learn time management strategies, study skills, and other insider tips for academic success, via live and personal instruction in a small group setting.
They’ll also have direct access to their coach, who will answer any questions they have about their classes, academics, or the big picture of their school career.
Plus, they’ll get access to a suite of learning-management and academic development tools … tools that can help them stay on track, plan their time, and reduce overwhelm FAR better than relying on a calendar alone.
It’s everything they need to create the keystone habits for lifetime success.
Will this help my child with time management skills?
Absolutely. In fact, two of the tools they’ll receive are my guide for effective time management and a template for building a study schedule they’ll actually stick to.
Plus, they’ll have their coach to help them implement these tools.
Does this work if my child is learning remotely?
Yes. Because your child will meet with their coach virtually, the Prep Expert Academic Success Coaching will absolutely work for a student who is learning remotely this year.
In fact, remote learners could especially use the time management and study schedule, since they have to overcome distractions at home (screens, games, etc.) this school year.
Does this work if my child is physically in school this year?
Yes. The Prep Expert Academic Success Coaching is about being a successful student. The strategies and tools apply whether someone is physically in a classroom, learning virtually, or doing a hybrid.
Another benefit: If there is learning disruption this year similar to what happened in the spring of 2020, your child would have a coach to help them navigate the change.
Our goal is to give your child an academic mentor who will be a constant for them this year, whatever it may bring.
What will I need to do as a parent of a child in this program?
How much does it cost?
The Prep Expert Academic Success Coaching program is just $69 per month. You must be 100% happy with the results your child is getting, or you can cancel anytime.
So why not try it out for a month or two? Then you can really decide if this is right for you and your child. See how their study skills improve. See what their grades look like. And see how they’re feeling about school in general.
I’m confident that what you see a month or two from now will exceed your expectations.