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Tutoring: What You Need to Know
  • Posted on Sun, May 31, 2015 @ 12:05 PM


Seeing your children succeed in school is one of the greatest rewards that you as a parent can experience. While it’s great when your children succeed with nothing more than their own natural talents, sometimes they may need a little bit of help to stay on the right track.

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3 Moves to Help Your Student Tango with the ACT
  • Posted on Sun, May 31, 2015 @ 08:05 AM
Two weeks pass, and ACT scores should be posted. Your child, eager and frightened, logs on to the ACT website to find their composite score. You watch their face, almost as eager as they are for the results. But your heart sinks as their expression stiffens and eyes glaze— their score must not have been what they hoped and worked for.
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How to Prevent Your Child From Losing Ground Over the Summer
  • Posted on Sun, May 31, 2015 @ 06:05 AM
Summertime is a time for fun, sun, and playing outdoors. Unfortunately, it is also a time where many kids begin lose a lot of educational ground. Without any proper schooling and practice during the summer months, many kids go back to school in the fall having to relearn many of the skills they mastered the year before. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help your child retain the information already learned – and perhaps learn a few new things.
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Top 10 Ways To Inspire Your Middle School Students
  • Posted on Fri, May 29, 2015 @ 06:05 AM
Refresher Programs for The ACT
  • Posted on Fri, May 29, 2015 @ 06:05 AM
So Many Tests, So Little Time Means Test Prep
  • Posted on Thu, May 28, 2015 @ 06:05 AM
The 10 Best Ways to Gain Academic Enrichment
  • Posted on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 06:05 AM
How Your Child Can Achieve Executive Functioning
  • Posted on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 06:05 AM

Improve your student's Executive Functioning by modeling study skills.

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5 Awesome Tips For Finals
  • Posted on Sat, May 23, 2015 @ 08:05 AM


Finals season is here yet again!

Students are already thinking about all of the fun they will have during Summer break and are making plans with their friends. 

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 the test. Anything to help before the end of the school year.

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. Its a good thing then that we have compiled a list of ways to ace those exams.

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Improve Your ACT Score With These 10 Tips
  • Posted on Sat, May 23, 2015 @ 06:05 AM
  1. 1.Review ACT skills. Nationally recognized review books can either be purchased online or at any major book store. ACT, Inc. publishes The Real ACT Prep Guide, which provides you with 3 retired ACT exams for you to study.

  2. 2. I can't stress this enough, read, read, read. The more you read, the better your vocabulary and grammar will become. This will help in both the Reading and English sections.

  3. 3.Find a specialized tutor, class or online program to help you learn the best strategies to be successful on the ACT. 

  4. 4.In math, you need to identify what you need focus on and find specific information to bridge any gaps in your mathematical knowledge. Memorize those formulas! 

  5. 5.The Math section becomes more difficult as you progress through it. Break up this section into thirds: Easy (#1-20), Medium (#21-40) and Difficult (#41-60). Make sure you can pass the section you are working on with flying colors before moving to the next.

  6. 6.The Science Reasoning section has much less to do with science and more to do with reasoning. It is all about applying the concepts. Practice reading graphs and tables rather than studying science. All of the science required is provided in each passage. Most passages refer to difficult areas of science with little expectation that a student would have studied the material in school.

  7. 7.Keep track of time! During practice, time yourself without stopping, just to get a feel of how long the sections will take to complete. Later begin limiting yourself to the allotted duration for each section. Know how long each passage should take and remain disciplined.

  8. 8.Develop a customized strategy for each section. Practice that strategy constantly until it becomes second nature.

  9. 9.There may be test prep organizations in your area that provide practice tests with diagnostic analysis. A lot of the time, these services are provided for free.

  10. 10.Practice. Practice. Practice. Take a full practice exam several times before sitting for the actual exam. Training your body and your mind for the 3-5 hour ordeal of taking this test will help condition you for the the real exam.

by Gil Gibori, Director

Chicago Academic Tutoring

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The 27 Steps For Getting Into College
  • Posted on Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 06:05 AM
3 Steps To Reducing Anxiety and Improving Academic Performance
  • Posted on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 13:05 PM


It has been estimated that millions of children nationwide are affected by severe anxiety (Hill & Wigfield, 1984). The negative impact that anxiety can have on a student is serious. While a mild amount of anxiety can actually be considered motivating for a student, student's with excessive amounts of anxiety can interfere with one’s memory, which can make it difficult to perform on a test or perform in other ways (Huberty, 2009). Students with severe anxiety can lead them to a lack of motivation, a lowered self-esteem, consistent issues with academic performance and even early withdrawal of school (Cowden, 2014).

Anxiety as it relates to academic performance is of significant importance to me due to my own experience with severe anxiety through my high school, college and early post college years. While I discovered tools in my adult years to help me cope with anxiety, I believe school would not have been so challenging for me had I had the tools then! It is in this vain that I have devoted so much of my time to researching academic anxiety. In this blog post, I share with you research supported steps that will help reduce the anxiety children experience and thus perform better academically. Ready? Let’s get started.

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Social Circles Affecting Your Student's Grades
  • Posted on Sat, May 09, 2015 @ 17:05 PM

Social Influences

It is no secret that students of all ages are influenced by their peers. These influences can range from affecting the way a student dresses to the way a student performs in school. Even as adults our social networks can influence the way we eat, travel, work or think. As adults, we know that one person doesn’t often influence our way of life. The same concept applies to young students. While one student might not make a change in your student’s academic behavior, a group of them can – whether it be for better or for worse. In this case a tutor could help.

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Tips To Improve Your ACT Score
  • Posted on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 16:05 PM

Follow these tips and improve your score! 

  • Find a specialized ACT tutor, class or online program to help you learn helpful, correct and important strategies for to ensure you succeed on the ACT exam.
  • To review your ACT skills purchase a nationally recognized review book or online program. ACT, Inc. publishes The Real Act Prep Guide which includes 3 useful, retired ACT exams you can use for practice.
  • The Science portion of the ACT has much more to do with reasoning than science. Practice by deciphering tables and graphs rather than focusing on studying actual science. Most of the Science portion has little to no correlation to the science most students have studied in school.
  • Read vigorously, the more you read the better you will get at increasing your speed, vocabulary and grammar. All of these are important in the Reading and English portions of the test.
  • Math is always one of the hardest portions of the test. Identify what you need help on and focus on these points of weakness. Remember to memorize formulas and equations.
  • The Math portion gets harder as you progress through the test. Break the Math potion into three sections, easy, medium and difficult. Make sure you complete each section before moving onto the next.
  • Develop a strategy that works for you when going through each portion of the test. Practice this strategy repeatedly until you’re sure you’ve mastered it.
  • Look to see if there are any test prep organizations in your area that can help provide you with a practice test and diagnostic analysis. Often times these services are provided for free.
  • Always time yourself! When you practice the test for the first time, time yourself without stopping. This way you can see how long it takes you to complete each portion. Later limit your time to ensure that you are finishing in the allowed time.
  • Practice makes perfect. So always practice, practice and then practice more. Take a full practice exam several times to train your body and mind for the real 3-5 hour test. This will help you be fully prepared and conditioned for the real thing.

Good Luck!

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