Nurturing Wisdom Tutoring, Inc.
October 13, 2014

Transform the Homework Struggle

Has the homework battle become a daily event in your home? You are not alone! Homework can be the most difficult (and, honestly, annoying) aspect of school for many children and their […]
March 13, 2013

Building Confidence to Overcome Test Anxiety

For many students, the biggest challenge when taking a test isn’t the actual content, but a lack of confidence due to test-taking anxiety. These students often don’t know where to begin when […]
September 5, 2012

Why We Love Consultation Meetings

At Nurturing Wisdom, we love to get to know our students! In fact, before a tutor starts meeting with a student, a tutoring director spends over an hour interviewing the student and/or […]
July 26, 2012

What’s a Reading Diagnostic?

If we want a better handle on how a student approaches reading, we can’t just give one standardized test and be done with it. Therefore, we often go into students’ homes to […]
July 16, 2012

Help Kids Find the Passion for Reading

A common concern we hear from parents is that their child doesn’t read enough. Some children dislike reading because they find it tough; others find it boring or pointless. No matter the […]
July 16, 2012

The Book Whisperer

Recently, several of us at Nurturing Wisdom read The Book Whisperer and found it very encouraging!  We believe that every student can become a life-long reader, and Donalyn Miller explains how to […]
February 15, 2012

Paying for College

A Wall Street Journal article, “The College-Aid Shuffle” by Jessica Silver-Greenberg, was recommended to us by our friends at Barrington Wealth Management. For those families who are going to be thinking about […]
February 9, 2012

Process vs. Outcome: A Technique for Managing Anxiety

Standardized tests. Job Interviews. Auditions. What do these situations have in common? Despite your best efforts and all the preparation that you do, you can’t control the result. This can cause a […]
January 23, 2012

Mistakes as Opportunities

We have found that we are able to help students achieve even more with tutoring when we address their mindset, a concept we learned from Carol Dweck’s wonderful book Mindset: The New […]
January 16, 2012

Reading and Writing Program

Does your child’s feedback from teachers sound anything like this? Needs to provide more detail in writing. Work on essay structure. Take more organized notes! Should write more coherent or complex sentences. […]
December 16, 2011

Changing Study Habits

Often students are resistant to studying days ahead of a test, even if they admit that it makes more sense than cramming. Below, tutor Katherine Jacob describes helping one of her students […]
November 22, 2011

Managing Technology Distractions

In today’s digital age, we are all constantly faced with technology distractions, such as Instagram, YouTube, and text messages from friends. These distractions are a big challenge, especially when students are trying […]
October 26, 2011

What If the Secret to Success is Failure?

We were fascinated by this New York Times article, written by Paul Tough. He profiles Dominic Randolph, the headmaster at The Riverdale School in New York City. The article discusses character and […]
September 23, 2011

Cultivating Homework Attitudes

Your child may have one of the following attitudes about homework: Homework is work: It’s challenging, frustrating, and time consuming. Children with this attitude often have to be forced to do homework, which can […]
September 20, 2011

How Do You Help an Unmotivated Student?

One of our tutors, Kristi, talks about how she motivates her less enthusiastic students. First, it can help to unpack the label of “unmotivated.” Most of us feel unmotivated or reluctant toward […]
August 19, 2011

Why Doesn’t My Smart Child Try Harder?

“Bright.” “Gifted.” “Quick learner.” “Exceptional.” “Smart.” What parents wouldn’t want to hear these words about their child? When your child is described this way, the elementary years cruise by easily. In the […]
August 2, 2011

Some Problems with “New” Math

We’re constantly helping students with math. One trend we’re seeing is that some of the “new” math curricula isn’t giving students a strong foundation of basic math facts. Math builds on itself […]
July 29, 2011

Jumping into the Deep End: Moving from Surface Structure to Deep Structure

In previous posts, Sara introduced the concept of surface structure & deep structure when it comes to problem solving. She then went on to describe the ways the surface structure of problems can help students understand […]
July 22, 2011

The Lightning Round: Tips from Our Productivity Maven!

Jeanne Rerucha has a nickname on our staff: we call her “Lightning” because she gets things done so quickly and so well! Here, she shares some of her productivity secrets. Have you […]
July 18, 2011

Practicing to Be

Kristi Harreld has been tutoring for over a decade. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of Illinois (Chicago). When Kristi isn’t teaching or tutoring, she enjoys kayaking, riding waterslides, […]