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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 work with many students who’ve struggled in math, sometimes for years. During a first session, many say they’re fuzzy on a certain concept, that they often forget how to do certain […]
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 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 […]
September 16, 2013

Study Smarter, Not Harder!

When we begin working with new executive functioning students, we always tell them that one of our priimary goals is for them to learn how to study smarter, not harder. Sometimes the […]
August 29, 2013

Practice Tests: An Important Learning Experience

Practice tests are an essential part of test preparation. Time and time again, it’s the students who see their practice tests as learning opportunities who make the biggest scoring leaps by the end […]
August 26, 2013

Helping Kids Make a Smooth Transition

Alyssa Coburn, one of our co-owners and an expert tutor, has tutored many students during her career with Nurturing Wisdom. During this time, she has seen how helpful our tutoring programs can […]
August 19, 2013

The Right Match

Why are we so focused on finding the right match between tutor and student? It all started with Pari Schacht, Nurturing Wisdom’s founder (and now Founder and Head of School at Mission Montessori in […]
June 3, 2013

Success Beyond the Test

It’s not uncommon for students to be intimidated by standardized tests, especially when the content and format are unfamiliar. We actually take advantage of the intimidation factor and use it to boost […]
May 28, 2013

Junior Year Curriculum Myth Busting

In this post, Nurturing Wisdom founder Pari Schacht demystifies one of the most common myths about the ACT and SAT. I’m on a myth busting kick lately. In a previous post, I […]
May 24, 2013

The ACT Science Section: The Good News!

One of our tutors demystifies the ACT science section. Not as Hard as It Seems After working with many students to help them prepare for the ACT, I’ve found that students have […]