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Dyslexia: A Diagnosis with A Superpower

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on April 8, 2021

School can be a challenging, scary place for students with dyslexia. Still, anxiety can be significantly reduced by teaching dyslexic learners to understand their strengths and by working with teachers who appreciate the specific ways that dyslexic students learn. Encouragement and the right type of support work wonders.

Topics: Tutoring, Florida School Choice, LD

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Topics: Tutoring, Florida School Choice, LD

Testing Calendar for Juniors - Class of 2022

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on November 12, 2020

Although many selective colleges have temporarily gone test-optional because of the pandemic, test-optional doesn’t mean “test-blind.” Not only will test-optional colleges consider your scores if you submit them, but submitting competitive scores that are well into a college’s mid-50% range for admitted students has the potential to improve your admission chances. For students who don’t submit scores, colleges will place far more emphasis on other crucial admission factors, such as your academic record, extracurricular commitment, essays, and recommendations. So, if you’d like to improve your potential for admission, here’s our advice about your junior-year testing calendar. This means YOU, members of the class of 2022:

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Tutoring, Educational Consulting, SAT

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Tutoring, Educational Consulting, SAT

We Went to Costco and Found the Tutor Shelves Empty!

Last Updated by Joseph Corace on August 28, 2020

We Went To Costco’s Yesterday and Found the Tutor Shelves Empty!

We asked a Costco associate when tutors would be back in stock, and she said, “There’s no telling. They’re in short supply and get snatched up the second they hit the shelves,” reminding us of the run on toilet paper last spring and the magical disappearance of bottled water that occurs every time a hurricane is headed our way.

Topics: Tutoring, Virtual, Coronavirus

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Topics: Tutoring, Virtual, Coronavirus

The Advantages of Synchronous Virtual Tutoring

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on March 12, 2020

First, some definitions: Virtual tutoring differs from in-person tutoring because the tutor and student(s) will be communicating via the internet via Skype, Zoom, or some other, similar program; Synchronous means that the tutoring/teaching is happening in real time as opposed to, for example, the tutor responding to a student’s work at some later time with a grade and/or comments.

Topics: Test-Prep, Tutoring, Virtual

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Topics: Test-Prep, Tutoring, Virtual

The Critically Important Difference Between Tutoring and Academic Coaching

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on February 4, 2020

We concede that there can be some overlap between tutoring and academic coaching: Tutors focus on helping students with specific academic-related tasks – such as helping students learn how to solve quadratic equations – but, in doing so, the very best tutors sometimes use techniques that deal with learning skills; Academic coaches focus on helping students with more general, learning-related skills but might do so in the context of specific academic-related tasks – again, such as helping students learn how to solve quadratic equations.

Topics: Test-Prep, Tutoring

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Topics: Test-Prep, Tutoring

When does less than $6,000 equal nearly $150,000?

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on July 21, 2017

When does less than $6,000 equal nearly $150,000? That’s an uncommon equation –even for the diehard lottery player. But for a college-bound student and his family, such “winning” odds are quite possible!

Topics: College Admission, Tutoring, College Counseling

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Topics: College Admission, Tutoring, College Counseling

Why Learning Center-Based Tutoring Is Superior

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on October 26, 2015

 

Deciding to find a tutor is intimidating. Recognizing that your child has reached a point where outside academic help is necessary can sometimes evoke mixed feelings. Certainly a recent test that produced a failing grade makes the need obvious. So, too, does your child’s expressed anxiety about the English assignment that looks like ancient Greek. When you try on your own to provide parental help but improvement simply doesn’t follow, your thoughts may turn to tutoring.

Tutoring options are not always obvious. Should you go to a learning center, or should you inquire into private tutoring at your home? While there are arguments in favor of both, when it comes down to it, learning centers have the clear advantage for three reasons:

Topics: Tutoring

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Topics: Tutoring

Are You Investing in SAT or ACT Tutoring? Get Real Results!

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on June 29, 2015

 

Parents often ask us what kind of “return” their students will get for the hours and dollars spent in our test-prep workshops and private tutoring. While every child’s test prep experience is unique, we know that our test-prep work leads students to score at the top of their potential. We’d like to share a concrete example.

Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Tutoring, SAT

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Topics: ACT, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Tutoring, SAT

AP, IB, and AICE Programs: A Brief Comparison

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on February 2, 2015

 

In the next four postings, we’d like to provide you with insights into the three principal accelerated or advanced programs of study offered to high school students in the US. After we consider each of three programs, we’ll wrap up with a brief comparison.

This first in the series describes the College Board’s familiar Advanced Placement.

Topics: AP Exams, Test-Prep, Tutoring, College Planning, ib

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Topics: AP Exams, Test-Prep, Tutoring, College Planning, ib

eLearning: Study Apps for Busy Teens

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on January 30, 2015

 

You’ve got studying on the brain, but your teen would rather be hanging out with his friends or playing sports. Since our teens always have their phones in their hands, meet them half way by downloading some of these study apps. Who knows, they may even start to enjoy learning.

Topics: Tutoring

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Topics: Tutoring