How to Conquer Test Anxiety

Have you ever frozen while taking a test?  Have you answered questions incorrectly even when you knew the right answers?  Have you gotten extreme tension before and during an exam? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, it is likely that you have experienced test anxiety at some point in your life.  Some symptoms other…

Top Ten Reasons for Summer Tutoring

        The top ten reasons that summer tutoring should be a part of your summer plans! Beat Summer Brain Drain – Research shows that students lose valuable knowledge over the summer months, and continuing to learn over the summer helps eliminate the brain drain. Boost Confidence – Students who struggled in a…

What Exactly Is An Academic Coach?

We’ve all heard of swimming coaches and batting coaches… but what exactly is an Academic Coach? In short, an Academic Coach is a professional educator who focuses on the process of learning and teaches students the executive functioning skills and study skills necessary for success in the classroom. Executive functioning skills are the skills that…

Summer Boredom Busters With a Purpose

Kids need to be bored.  When they are bored, they get creative and think of things to do.  Watching TV and playing video games passes the time, but when the electronics are turned off, creativity can begin.  Sometimes, however, the kids need a little shove in the right direction. Sometimes they need us to help…

study tips for final exams

Making It Count – Nine Final Exam Study Tips

  Finals Survival Kit Make a Plan – Work backwards to determine a timeline for studying. For instance, if the final is on Thursday, then know that all of the prep materials should be finished by Sunday so that you have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to review and study the materials.  Give yourself deadlines for…

What Successful Students Do

What do successful students do?  The following characteristics help to distinguish successful students from average students.     They get organized. Learning how to effectively use a planner and developing a system for finding schoolwork is essential to being successful, especially when the workload gets more difficult in middle school and high school.   (For tips…

Tips for Reading With Your Child

Reading with your child is perhaps one of the most important gifts you will give as a parent.  Not only is it quality time together, it is also a way for your child to develop a love of reading that will serve her well her entire life.  The topics that you explore open doors for…

What You Can Do About Math Anxiety

  Panic has officially set in as the student stares blankly at the math test sitting in front of her.  She doesn’t have a clue how to do the problems even though she was pretty sure that she knew how to do them in class yesterday.  The panic worsens as the time ticks away, and…