Executive Functioning

March 22, 2023

Self-Advocacy for Students

Self-advocacy is an easily forgotten key to academic success. In our experience, students who meet regularly with their teachers understand material better, study smarter not harder, […]
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 […]
January 25, 2018

Ensuring a Smooth Transition to High School

With planning and effort now and during the coming months, your eighth grader can set themselves up for a smooth transition to high school!  Why Now? […]

Learning & Mindset

February 16, 2022

Mid-Year Motivation

The stretch between winter and spring breaks can feel years long. It’s not unusual at all for students’ motivation to dip during this time. We see […]
October 21, 2020

Good Grades and Good Learning

Good grades don’t necessarily indicate that a student is actually learning the material. We need to look a little more closely to understand whether or not […]

Test Prep

July 18, 2024

The New ACT

The ACT will introduce an updated test in Spring 2025 for national online dates, and in Spring 2026 for school-day testing (ACT has not been explicit […]
September 25, 2023

September HSET Info: In the Know

Practice Tests Practice tests are a vital part of successful tutoring. Learn more about our practice test options here! Chicago Public Schools Info Test Dates


January 31, 2024

High School Math Placement Test Prep

The high school math placement test tends to fly under the radar. But for students who want to take advanced math classes throughout high school (not […]
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 […]

Summer Learning

May 19, 2021

Summer Learning to Build Confidence

The bad news (aka the most unsurprising news ever): a global pandemic will cause school-related shortfalls. The good news: there’s enough time this summer to take […]
July 28, 2020

Looking Forward: Preparing for Seventh Grade

Over the past sixteen 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 […]

Applying to College

June 17, 2020

Stand Out to College Admissions

The pandemic continues to impact the college admissions process, so it’s important to think about your applications from a holistic perspective. Don’t let that scare you! […]
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 […]

Reading and Writing

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 […]