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Executive Functioning

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

In a time full of uncertainties, there’s something we know for sure. With planning and effort now and during the coming months, your eighth grader can […]
January 11, 2018

Building Good Habits for a Successful Second Semester

If first semester felt a little all over the place, you are not alone! Taking some time now to reflect on the past few months and […]

Learning, Mindset, and Confidence

March 7, 2022

Is Online Tutoring a Good Option for Your Child?

Our tutors have met with their students online for many years (well before the pandemic!), and over time these virtual sessions have become as dynamic, personal, […]
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

As parents and educators ourselves, we know day-to-day life with kids is chaotic right now. Is today a Zoom day? Will school be in-person next week […]

Test Prep

March 16, 2022

Should My Child Take the ACT or SAT?

Which test should my child take? We recommend that students take the test they’ll get a better score on. For most students, the ACT is the […]
February 25, 2022

SAT Dates and Registration Information

Test Dates and Registration Deadlines Test Date Regular Registration Deadline* August 28, 2021 July 30, 2021 October 2, 2021 September 3, 2021 November 6, 2021 October […]
February 23, 2022

ACT Dates and Registration Information

Test Dates and Registration Deadlines Test Date Regular Registration Deadline* September 11, 2021 August 6, 2021 October 23, 2021 September 17, 2021 December 11, 2021 November […]

Math

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 […]
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 […]
July 15, 2011

A Closer Look at Surface Structure

In her previous post, Sara described the difference between surface and deep structure in math word problems. Here, she talks about how students transfer prior knowledge […]

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 […]

Applying to College

January 29, 2021

Should My Child Take the ACT or SAT for a Test Optional School?

While some colleges adopted test optional or test blind policies well before we’d ever heard of COVID-19, many more made the move after the pandemic’s onset. […]
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 […]

Summer Learning

May 19, 2021

Summer Learning to Build Skills and 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 […]
May 19, 2021

Looking Forward: Preparing for Sophomore Year

In some ways, sophomore year can be a breather. Students have settled into the rhythms of high school, and have some time before the work of […]
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 […]