Alyssa Coburn Articles
November 2, 2018

Setting Up a Solid Foundation in Seventh Grade

For students applying to competitive high schools, eighth grade can be a stressful whirlwind of tests, applications, school visits, and emotion. Over the past decade, we’ve learned through our one-to-one work with […]
September 27, 2018

Learning Better with Learning Differences

When we tutor, it’s very important to us that children learn not only the academic content but also how they learn best. It’s no different when we work with students who have […]
September 17, 2018

Is the July ACT Right for You?

In 2018, ACT offered the test in July for the first time. While it’s not the best fit for every student*, many can benefit from this summer date. Here are four reasons […]
July 20, 2018

The Big Leap from Elementary to Middle School

It’s funny, the little things you forget about being a middle schooler. Like, how do I use my locker so that I’m not carrying everything around all day long? What am I […]
July 19, 2018

Preventing Summer Learning Loss for Middle and High School Students

You’ve probably heard the phrase “brain drain” used when educators talk about the importance of summer learning. It’s the number one reason we encourage students of all ages to tutor over the […]
May 8, 2018

Our Top 5 Tips for Final Exam Prep

You know you need to study for finals, and you know you shouldn’t wait until the last minute. But what does that look like exactly? Read our tried and true approach, and […]
April 23, 2018

Four Reasons We’re Excited about the New July ACT!

For years a big wish at Nurturing Wisdom has been that students could take the ACT in the summer. Wish granted! In 2018, for the first time ACT will offer the test […]
March 27, 2018

How to Make the Most of Your Child’s IEP Meeting

If you’re going to an IEP meeting for the first time, you might feel nervous and wonder what to expect. It’s easy to feel intimidated by everything involved in the process, but […]
March 12, 2018

Our Favorite Spring Break Activities for Kids

Whether you’re vacationing or staycationing for spring break, we bet you could use a list of activities to keep your kiddos engaged during their time off from school. Here’s a list of […]
February 14, 2018

Taking Anxiety Out of the ACT/SAT Equation

Are you and your teenager desperate to escape the clutches of SAT or ACT anxiety? It can be done! For years we’ve coached parents and students whose nerves are all over the […]
January 25, 2018

Ensuring a Smooth Transition to High School

Some time during second semester, many eighth graders lose interest in their school work and either coast or crash through the remainder of the school year. This is such a bummer to […]
January 11, 2018

Building Good Habits for a Successful Second Semester

Was the first half of the school year a challenge for your child? Less than stellar grades? Fine grades but totally stressed out? Don’t despair! Just because they got off on the […]
July 14, 2017

How to Break Procrastination Habits!

When we work with students to break procrastination habits, our ultimate goal is to help them become independent learners. Teaching them about the “why” of their behaviors; discovering which tools, techniques, and […]
July 11, 2017

Procrastination: The Good, the Bad, and the Reality

“I don’t get it. I can get more done in half an hour than my daughter can in three hours! Is she lazy or just unfocused?” “John was doing fine this year…until […]
February 18, 2016

Why Is My Intelligent and Hardworking Child Struggling in School?

Frequently, we work with bright students who struggle in school regardless of their intellect and diligence. During our consultations, parents tell us some version of the following: “Math word problems are really […]
January 19, 2015

Why Does My Child Hate Math?

We’ve worked with many students who have struggled in math, sometimes for years. During our first session, many will say they’re fuzzy on a certain concept, that they often forget how to […]
December 18, 2013

Helping a Student Boost His Confidence

A former Nurturing Wisdom, Mercedes Lucero, has helped many students achieve their goals. Below, Mercedes shares one of her experiences working with a 5th grade math and executive functioning student. Tim* and […]
November 14, 2013

Discovering the Benefits of an Assignment Notebook

The importance of effectively tracking assignments cannot be overstated! Some students get that on their own, but many need to be explicitly taught and held accountable until it’s a habit. Here, one […]
October 24, 2013

Addition of a Coach

When we stop trying to improve, we can become less effective.  It’s easy to get complacent.  This is why athletes and musicians work with private coaches and trainers throughout their careers.  As […]
October 9, 2013

Eight Ways to Apply to College

Did you know that there are eight different ways for students to apply to college? No wonder the application process seems complicated for so many high school seniors! Here, we break down the […]