How to Find a Tutor

When kids struggle in school, parents want to get help for them. But how to find a tutor who can help their kids and not break the bank can be a problem. Dr. Linda tells you how to find a tutor and what to look out for so you aren’t paying too much while your kids still don’t get the help they need.

Dear Dr. Linda,

How to Find a TutorWe have two kids, and we think both of them need tutors. But we don’t know who to go to. Jillian is a ninth grader who’s failing the new Common Core algebra class, and Dillon, our fifth grader, has trouble with reading and writing. My best friend actually took out a loan from a tutoring service so she could get help for her kids. My husband and I can’t afford private tutoring because it’s so expensive, and there’s no way we’re taking out a loan. I don’t want my kids to fail, but I don’t want to end up in the poor house either. Need some advice on how to go about finding a tutor for our kids without paying too much or ending up with loans to pay back. Jean

 Dear Jean,

Before you and your husband consider finding a tutor, [Read more…]

SAT or ACT

High school students often have a hard time deciding whether to take the SAT or ACT. Some choose to take both.  Others make a decision that’s not in their best interest. Dr. Linda

Dear Dr. Linda,

Choosing whether to take the SAT or the ACTOur son Cory is getting anxious about whether to take the SAT or ACT. He wants to take only the ACT because the essay isn’t required. He thinks his writing is so bad that he shouldn’t write the optional essay. We think he should because we’re assuming that colleges will think students who don’t do the essays are lazy. What is your advice?  Should he take both tests?  We’ve heard that the SAT is preferable. William and Kate

Dear William and Kate,

I understand Corey’s concern. I don’t think colleges will [Read more…]

New SAT in 2016

The SAT that students will take in the spring 2016 will be different. Kids and their parents (even teachers) are concerned. Will it be harder? Will it be a lot different than the SAT we now know? What can students expect? Although we don’t know everything about the new test yet, Dr. Linda explains the major differences.

Dear Dr. Linda,

My daughter is scheduled to take the SAT in the spring of 2016. We’ve heard that it’s different from the current SAT and harder. Should she take the ACT instead? Should she take both? Can you tell us why these changes were made to the SAT and what they are? Please help my daughter make the right decision about which tests to take. Lorraine G.

Details about the new revised SAT for 2016Dear Lorraine,

Yes, The College Board has made major revisions to the new SAT. We won’t know all [Read more…]

Help Your Homeschooler Learn to Read

Helping your homeschooler learn to read

You’ll find lots of programs to help your homeschooler learn to read and write.

However, many of these programs aren’t fun. Children sit for hours at computers or doing worksheets.

Your children need to learn basic skills, and then they need to practice these skills through fun activities.

Too many young readers and writers hate to read and write. It doesn’t [Read more…]

Having Fun with Learning Phonics

Learning phonics from a book can prove to be both difficult and overwhelming to a non-reader of any age, especially one with dyslexia or other learning challenges. Having fun with learning phonics is a great way to reduce the stress and have fun in the process.

Learning Phonics with Games that Keep Building on the Basics

Learning phonics is more than the 26 letters of the alphabet. Within our complex language, there are vowel blends, vowel digraphs, vowel-consonant blends, special rules that change the normal sounds of the familiar sounds of the alphabet and so much more.

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Strategies for Dysgraphia:

Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 1.57.01 PMTips to Turning a Struggling Writer into a Happy Writer

A struggling writer doesn’t necessarily mean that they are unable to write, but it can mean that with the right assistance they can become a happy writer. And not all struggling writers think like a dysgraphic mind will have you thinking. But struggling is no fun either way. So here are some strategies for dysgraphia or anyone who just doesn’t enjoy writing.

No matter where you begin, fun should be the main objective. The idea is to turn the assignment into a game by sparking the imagination. Some children will need more than a spark to get the writing juices going, but the important aspect is giving as many aids until it clicks.

Here are a few strategies for dysgraphia to help you in providing the sparks that will turn that struggling writer into a happy writer. [Read more…]

Home School Curriculum: Reading can be fun!

There are so many Home School Curriculum Reading Programs, but most don’t address the issue of fun. Some kids just don’t like to read and trying to make them read just makes it worse.

reading-for-homeschoolingThe worst part is. . . that’s why you homeschooled in the first place. You wanted to provide a relevant, superior and “fun” experience for your kids. But reading book after book, writing report after report just isn’t that.

One of the ways we really work with our students (including those learning to operate with dyslexia) is by injecting fun in the lessons. For instance, as you may have read earlier, some of our students play darts and games like it to improve their math skills. That might seem odd, but have you ever seen someone frowning while playing darts? [Read more…]

Getting a math tutor for your child

homework-tips-sign-upOne of the reasons people consider getting a math tutor is  because their child needs individualized help. As a tutoring company, we recognize that more than anyone and do our best to fit the right math tutor with student. In fact, if the relationship isn’t gelling or the styles of learning don’t mesh – we get you working with another right away.

Does it have to be perfect the first time? Definitely not. And why would it? Just like neighbors, co-workers and friends there are some people we just totally connect with right away. So make sure when you’re getting a math tutor for your child you get comfortable with the company because your child may want to meet one or two tutors to make a perfect match.  [Read more…]

Our new dyslexia games and activities

We are so excited to tell you we’ve completed our dyslexia games and activities e-store. We’ve been working on it for months and months and finally have it open.

If you’re looking for fun ways to stimulate your brain in a way your brain can understand, we’ve got what you’re looking for. Dyslexia isn’t a disease, it’s a word. It’s a word that describes the way your brain processes information. That’s all.

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Improve SAT Scores

raise-sat-scoreThere’s one sure-fire way to improve SAT scores. Go to an expert SAT prep tutor that will teach you proven techniques on how to answer the different types of questions and help you in areas in which you need to improve. It doesn’t get much more basic and real than that.

An expert SAT prep tutor will also help you become comfortable with the format of the various test sections. As we do, they will show you how to approach answering the questions on the critical reading section, review and practice different types of math questions, and show you how to write a great essay. Even small advances here will improve SAT scores.

When considering different SAT prep tutors, think about whether you want to be tutored privately or if you want to be part of a group. If you work one-to-one you it may not be any more costly than in a group because you probably will not need as many sessions since each session will be specifically designed around your needs.

However, if you would rather be part of a group SAT program, try to find a small group setting and be sure that the group matches your ability. This way all the students in the group are similar in ability to you and you won’t have to worry that the class will move too fast or too slow.

Also, to improve your test scores, take at least one official practice test, under timed conditions. This helps you learn how to pace yourself. But don’t let this rattle your nerves. Most students do not do that well on these tests because they don’t know how to answer the questions and they run out of time.

Don’t Panic! If you are working with an expert SAT tutor, you’ll be taught the strategies and concepts to help you raise your score when you take the real SAT.

Finally, stay calm. Think about it. If you don’t get the score you want, you have options. You can retake the test at another date. Even though this is not your first choice, remember that when you retake the test, you will be more aware of how to answer the questions.

And remember, colleges don’t only look at SAT scores when they are selecting their freshman class. They consider the whole child and see if it’s a good match for their school. And that’s also your goal, to find a good match for you.