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Which Brain Does Your Child Use: Left or Right?

Thank you Melissa, for your Ask A Tutor question! A teacher recently told Melissa that her son is a “right brained thinker.” Melissa emailed us asking for an explanation of what a “right brained thinker” really means. Although generalized, studies show that we all use...

What is Common Core?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a joint effort led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The purpose is to develop a “common core”, or an “evenness” of K-12 standards in English language arts and...

Common Grammar Mistakes

The English language can be tricky. We often get lazy with our spell-checks, however, it is still important to show and speak proper grammar. Whether you are writing a letter, email, blog, novel or text message, good communication is of great importance. Here are some...

Algebra Matters

Algebra Matters Would your 7th or 8th Grader agree?! “Why do we need to learn this stuff  we won’t need in the real world?” Algebra provides our children the ability to think with logic. Mathematical reasoning trains their brains to think rationally, analyze errors...

Teaching A Dyslexic Child

Thank you, Eric, for your question on how to best teach a child with Dyslexia. I have met with a couple of our tutors whom have several years of experience in this exact focus.  The term Dyslexia means difficulty with words. "Dys" means "difficulty" and "lexia" means...

The Language of Latin Roots

Not knowing there was such a thing, the Global Language Monitor states that there are well over a million words in our English language. There is a new word created every 98 minutes, or about 14 words per day. This makes the English language the largest language the...

Are Thankful Children Better Students?

For those of us who worry that today’s children appear grateful for nothing and entitled to everything, despite all that we do for them,  grownups would do well to take note and take heart. Researchers in the relatively new field of gratitude studies are finding that...

10 Tips, Straight From a College Advisor

I recently had lunch with one of my favorite college advisors. The importance of her job inspired me to share a few points about the top qualities that colleges look for in their applicants:  Grades that represent strong effort and an upward trend. However, slightly...

What To Do When Your Child Says, “I’m Bored!”

... Four Parenting Experts Answer. Summer time, kids are home more, their minds are not being challenged in the way that school provides. As my own child gave me the “I’m bored” remark, I turned confused and appalled. How could anyone be bored… there is so much to do!...

10 Easy Homework Tips

Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework; it shows kids that what they do is important. Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating...

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