In geometry, any valid Side-Side-Side triplet, abbreviated SSS, completely defines a triangle. Any other information, such as an interior angle, can be derived when we know the three sides of the triangle. Like a triangle, this mathematical acronym can apply to the three Ss that will prepare the next generation for academic success.
Start Young – Any foundation requires time to build, and this is especially so in education. As parents, we start when our children are young in order to dwell on the three basic tenets: Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic. I recalled that, after our own children got enviable scores on SAT and ACT, people asked my wife for advice on how to prepare for the verbal section of these dreaded college entrance exams. “Get the kids to fall in love with reading,” she responded. Over time, students will build a repertoire of words that they retain for life, which proves far more natural than cramming daily lists of 50 vocabulary words, only to forget them the moment the students step out of the exam room. The key is to start young.
Stand Tall – Lou Holtz, the eminent College Football Hall of Fame coach, once said, “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” To nurture such a positive attitude towards learning, parents need to instill a healthy mix of self-confidence and teamwork in their children. For example, a teenager striving to become an Eagle Scout learns to initiate and complete a worthy project while enlisting the help of fellow scouts. We encourage children to stand tall best when their character strengths are highlighted and praised.
Stay the Course – Challenges are unavoidable for an endeavor as important as education. What is vital is not to avoid failure, but to endure in spite of setbacks. We witnessed this phenomenon time and time again at our children’s speech and debate club. During a first impromptu speech, a novice student may barely make a coherent talk on the given prompt. But after constant encouragement and countless practices, the student becomes more and more polished in delivery and substantive in content. Stay the course, and you will eventually reap the benefits of perseverance.
At The Tutoring Center, we embed the three Ss discussed above in everything we do. We offer programs from kindergarten and up, we improve children’s confidence, and we press on until each student cruises ahead of their grade level by six months to one year. From any angle and from any side, this is a formula for success.
Joseph Tran, The Tutoring Center – Upland