Alyssa Coburn Articles
September 17, 2020

Executive Functioning and Remote Learning

Now that we’re well into this school year unlike any other, we’re getting a feel for the obstacles students are running into with remote learning. What’s coming up again and again is […]
July 28, 2020

Looking Forward: Preparing for Seventh Grade

Over the past fifteen years, we’ve learned through our one-to-one work with students that setting up a solid foundation in seventh grade leads to big gains in eighth grade and high school. […]
July 23, 2020

Looking Forward: Preparing for Senior Year

After the abrupt ending of junior year, members of the Class of 2021 may be wondering how they can make their mark in the coming months. Many athletes, artists, and budding activists […]
June 17, 2020

Stand Out to College Admissions During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered day-to-day life for all of us. It will continue to impact students in the coming weeks, months, and even years. If you’re a rising high school junior […]
June 4, 2020

Looking Forward: Preparing for the 2020-2021 School Year

Right now, the 2020-2021 school year seems worlds away. It’s understandable that families might not have “How can we prevent summer learning loss and prepare for the next grade level?” at the […]
June 4, 2020

Looking Forward: Preparing for Freshman Year

We’ve been thinking a lot about soon-to-be ninth graders. We’re so bummed they had to miss out on all of the rites of passage attached to the end of eighth grade. In […]
May 22, 2020

Looking Forward: Preparing for Junior Year

Junior year is not for the faint of heart. Tougher classes. Thesis. Leadership roles. ACT. College visits. AP exams. Add to that the uncertainty of the coming school year on the heels […]
May 13, 2020

Looking Forward: Preparing for First through Fourth Grade

While summer learning is important for children of all ages, it’s imperative for incoming first through fourth graders. Any loss during this time will be compounded once the school year starts, and […]
October 8, 2019

We’ve Been There: How to Maximize Your High School Years

As soon as we wrote our blog post that included excellent advice from freshmen and sophomores for eighth graders, we knew we had to interview older students, too. We spoke with Michael, […]
April 5, 2019

Take It from Us: High Schoolers’ Advice for Eighth Graders

No doubt about it: starting high school can be scary! Wouldn’t it be nice if someone who’s made the leap could give you a heads up about what to expect? Is there […]
February 18, 2019

How Can Freshmen and Sophomores Build Skills for the ACT and SAT?

If you’re a high school freshman or first-semester sophomore (or the parent of one!), and you’re starting to panic about the ACT (or SAT), we have some words of wisdom for you. […]
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 in middle school. Like, how do I use my locker so that I’m not carrying everything around all day long? What am I […]
July 19, 2018

Prevent Brain Drain for Middle 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 […]
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 […]