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The Top 10 Reasons Summer is a Great Time To Learn
  • Posted on Fri, May 20, 2016 @ 14:05 PM

It’s the beginning of summer: you and your child are starting to enjoy the break. You’re relaxing school-year routines. You’re having fun! You can't help but be heedful of the need to keep little brains active and learning in the summer.  You plan on encouraging him to keep up his reading, writing, math, and vocabulary skills with creative and fun activities.

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The 10 Best Ways to Gain Academic Enrichment
  • Posted on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 13:05 PM
How To Prevent Learning Loss With Summer Tutoring!
  • Posted on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:04 AM
5 Awesome Tips For Finals
  • Posted on Thu, Apr 07, 2016 @ 13:04 PM


Finals season is here yet again!

Before they can enjoy all of the plans they are making; they must survive finals. Students are asking their teachers for that last little grade bump, some extra credit, a curve on a test. Anything to help before the end of the school year.Students are already thinking about all of the fun they will have during Summer break and are making plans with their friends. 

They are looking for anything they can do to finish the school year strong. Acing those finals are the perfect way to get that grade up. It's a good thing that we have compiled a list of ways to score high on those exams.

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Boost Your ACT Score With Personalized Test Prep
  • Posted on Fri, Apr 01, 2016 @ 14:04 PM

High school students spend about 5500 hours in class and 1500 hours on extracurricular activities.


These two categories reflect 50% and 25% of the college admission picture. The other 25% of a student's application is the ACT exam.

The ACT is a standardized test used to measure the success of the student with high school academics and gauge him or her for admission to college. As little as 20 hours of ACT test prep instruction can dramatically improve this quarter of a college application.

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It's Better To Be Over Prepared For The AP Exam
  • Posted on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 14:03 PM
10 Reasons How Tutoring Can Increase Your Child's Learning Capabilities
  • Posted on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 @ 18:03 PM


There are many benefits to private tutoring...


Besides the obvious better grades at school example, we'll list here our top 10 reasons to find your child a private tutor: 

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5 Methods to Improving Your Child's Writing
  • Posted on Wed, Mar 09, 2016 @ 18:03 PM


Writing isn’t natural, it takes time and practice. It is a learned skill, and over time you eventually become proficient in it. However, reading and writing always go hand in hand, so if you want to better your writing skills, start with reading first.

Since we aren’t all immediately born with writing skills, it’s important to get your child started on the right path. 

1. Be a role model. Kids model after their parents’ behaviors, so it’s important to practice writing around them. Whatever type of writing you may be doing throughout the day, expose your child to it. Encourage your children to write in a journal or even write letters to their friends; not only will this enhance their writing skills, but make it will make it fun.

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Benefits To Taking the ACT Test A Second Time
  • Posted on Sun, Mar 06, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

Is it really worth it to retest?

With a test like the ACT, practice makes perfect. Studying alone can help, but tutoring and practice exams have more of a positive impact on a student's score. It's always important to consider taking the ACT multiple times  

If a student wants to increase the overall average of their composite score, they should retake the test. The ACT uses a composite score which means, the final score is a combined average of the four sections of the test.

So, is the test really worth taking again? Yes!

Not every student will improve their scores, but according to the people at ACT.org, 57% of students increased their composite score with a retest.
There are several factors that come into play the first time a student takes the ACT. 
  • A student might exhibit poor time management or test strategy.
  • A student might be more nervous or anxious.
  • A student might be sick, emotionally compromised (they are adolescents, after all), or poorly prepared.
  • Their expectations of the exam did not match the actual experience of taking the exam.

One section of the test can significantly impact the composite score. So, how does one make sure a retest is successful?

Learn from the First Test

Examine the scores from the first test and consider which sections need the most improvement. A private ACT tutor can impact the scores on each section dramatically. If a student’s English and reading scores were significantly lower than the Math and Science sections, a tutor's help can be the missing factor for success in all categories. If you need an ACT tutor in Chicago, Chicago Academic would be a good company to check out. 

Be Realistic

In the world of college admissions, the difference of 1-2 points on an ACT test can make the difference between getting into the right school or not. While it's important to remember, students with an initial score between 18 and 31 only have a 1% chance of improving a score by 5 points. If the initial score is higher, there is a less likely chance a student will have any significant improvement beyond 1-2 points. 


It’s always better to take the test sooner rather than later. Taking the test within three months will help to retain the information and the strategy. If a student takes the test in April, be sure to register for the next test in June.

Don’t Stress

Remember the importance of remaining calm. Putting any unnecessary stress on the test can have an extremely negative outcome on your score. The best we can do is to remember to take a deep breath and be sure we are well-prepared and well-practiced.

There is a reason that the ACT can be taken several times. The variety of reasons behind why a student didn’t preform the way they had hoped they would the first time is why they are given the opportunity for multiple tests. College entrance exams aren’t an exact science, so having multiple opportunities ensures that each student has a fair shot.

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Helping Students with Mood Disorders Succeed in School
  • Posted on Thu, Mar 03, 2016 @ 12:03 PM


Steps Can Be Taken

Students with mood disorders and emotional problems are more likely to struggle with their school work than their peers. In fact, sometimes the stress of school and the social atmosphere can make it very difficult for a student to complete even the most basic of tasks. When concentration and focus are extremely low, a student’s ability to keep up might feel like an arduous journey. Yet, many steps can be taken outside and inside of the school to make sure any mood disorder or emotional problem doesn’t halt or trip up your student’s success in school. Tutors can also help to keep a student organized and to aid in finding other ways to study that feel more comfortable.

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