Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Does Your Child Need School Tutoring?


How do you know when your child needs that extra help to be successful? How do you know when it is time for you to start thinking about school tutoring for your child? You need to familiarize yourself with the warning signs that may indicate your child is having some difficulty in school and understand that if you see any of them you must be willing to step in and take action to help your child. One of the best ways to aid your child in being successful in academic pursuits is school tutoring.

Here are five things to watch for that will indicate your child needs school tutoring:

1. Is your child having difficulty with the foundational skills? The basic skills need to be mastered before other subjects can be effectively tackled. If your child is having problems with skills such as reading and writing then those issues are only going to become exponentially worse as other subjects try to build upon them. Your child needs to get a good head start and build a solid foundation to support future learning.

2. Does your child seem to have an excellent understanding of the classroom material but still brings home poor test scores? You helped him with his homework every night last week and you were very impressed with how well he was doing but when it came time for the test it was like he had forgotten everything. Test taking is a learned skill that is rarely taught in school. School tutoring can help him to learn the proper skills for note taking, studying, and taking tests.

3. Are you just too busy to help your child with his school work? It is nothing to be ashamed of. In this day of single parent households many parents are struggling just to pay the bills and just don't have the time to spend helping their children with their homework like they want to. Your child may just need a little bit of help to get him over that next hill and school tutoring may be just the thing to help him get there and to put your mind at ease.

4. Perhaps you have a child who isn't struggling but is in fact bored with the whole process of school? It is an unfortunate fact in today's educational system that emphasis on standardized test scores means that the students on the lower end get all of the attention and students on the upper end are left unchallenged to sink back toward mediocrity. School tutoring can provide your gifted child with challenges and inspiration to learn on his own and not be held back by the pace of the classroom.

5. Finally, the most important factor to take into consideration is how you feel about the situation. Most parents have very good instincts when it comes to their children. If there are no outward signs that your child may be having difficulties and need help but you still feel something isn't right then listen to your gut. School tutoring can be beneficial for any student so it is much better to error on the side of helping too much rather than too little.

If you want your child to succeed at school, keep these five warning signs in mind. Every child can learn when the material is presented to him in the right way by the right teacher. If your child is struggling you can help him greatly with school tutoring.

Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a company that offers elementary, middle, and high school tutoring services.
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

What Really Happens to the Plastic You Throw Away - Emma Bryce



We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away? Emma Bryce traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles, shedding light on the dangers these disposables present to our world.

Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Sharon Colman.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Common Core Subtraction with a Kindergartner



Watch as Barbara, our founder, teaches a Kindergarten student how to subtract 3 digit numbers using Common Core methods.

He was not only able to get the answer but he also understood the why behind the answer.

Please call The Academy at 707-474-4710 for more information on getting your child started in tutoring and enrichment classes!

Monday, April 20, 2015

How Do Geckos Defy Gravity? - Eleanor Nelsen



Geckos aren’t covered in adhesives or hooks or suction cups, and yet they can effortlessly scale vertical walls and hang from ceilings. What’s going on? Eleanor Nelsen explains how geckos’ phenomenal feet allow them to defy gravity.

Lesson by Eleanor Nelsen, animation by Marie-Louise Højer Jensen.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Registration is Now Open for Summer Camp 2015!

 Summer Camp Special:
When you buy 3 Camps -- your 4th one is FREE!!
(Can be used for siblings)


I know you’re thinking, “But it’s only spring!” I’m a mom, too, and I know how fast summer can creep up on all of us. It’s never too early to start planning for summer learning activities. We talk a lot about what our kids are learning in school, but did you know we also know a lot about what happens when they’re not in school during the summer vacation?

Here are some facts:

  • Most students lose about two months of what they learned in math over the summer months.
  • Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement.
  • Parents consistently say that summer is the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.
  • Our children’s’ need to learn does not end in May when the school doors close. They need to stay active and engaged, which also helps them stay on track academically when they return to school in August.

The Academy to the rescue!
Yes, it’s time to plan ahead and secure a spot for your child in a program that will support growth and learning during the summer months. Don’t worry, you don’t have to tell the kids they are avoiding summer learning-loss. If they are having fun with engaging, well-run pro-grams, trust me, they will be learning.

The Specialty Classes are taught by credentialed teachers or University graduating student-teachers. Small groups and classes keep your child focused and challenged. There will be days when The Academy is transformed into Mars, a rain forest, or an ocean scene.

I look forward to seeing you and your children this summer!


Register at: www.Academy21Learning.com/camps.html

Questions? Give us a call. (707) 474-4710 or email info@academy21learning.com.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Science of Static Electricity - Anuradha Bhagwat



We’ve all had the experience: you’re walking across a soft carpet, you reach for the doorknob and … ZAP. But what causes this trademark jolt of static electricity? Anuradha Bhagwat sheds light on the phenomenon by examining the nature of matter.

Lesson by Anuradha Bhagwat, animation by Artrake Studio.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Choosing the Right Tutoring Services


If you set out to do something worthwhile, be sure to go about it correctly. That is definitely true for succeeding at choosing the right tutoring services for your children. Planning carefully up-front, getting good advice and following it, could possibly make a major difference in whether you will do something right and succeed, or apply it wrong and fail. Improperly choosing a tutoring service may bring unwanted results. You could possibly end up with a service that just does not meet your children's needs, and perhaps a service that will make the problems worse instead of better. Here are three basic steps you might take to avoid failure and insure success.

Initially, you will want to find a service that understands your needs.

You will definitely need to start with a tutoring service that is going to listen to your concerns regarding the needs of your child since that will help avoid frustration for you and apprehension on the part of your children. Not getting this done properly could make it much more difficult to find a solution for the situation if you have to go back to the beginning and start your search over. So please do not make the mistake of disregarding this important point.

The second thing is finding a service that will match the tutor to your children.

Nearly as essential as finding a tutoring service that understands your needs when struggling with choosing the right service is finding a service that will take the time to match the tutor to your children. Take it from me, this is simply not something you want to leave to chance. It's very helpful to find a service that can provide a tutor who is not only qualified in the subject but whose personality matches with that of your children.

Finally, keep in mind that tutoring is about more than just the subject matter.

And finally, while you are dealing with choosing the right tutoring services, just be sure to keep in mind that tutoring needs to do more than just help your children with the subject matter in question. This will likely help with providing opportunities for your children to grow their self-confidence and improve their social skills as well as their learning skills, which can be an essential part of not only helping them to catch up to their classmates in terms of schoolwork but provide them with incentive to move ahead in their studies. Failing to keep this in mind can result in boring tutoring sessions that may cause your children to tune out.

When you're in the process of choosing the right tutoring services, you really want to make sure you won't make some mistakes that can cause you to ultimately end up with a tutoring service that just does not meet your children's needs, or maybe even a tutoring service that will make the problems worse instead of better. The thing you really want is a tutoring service that will aid your children in succeeding in not only their schoolwork but in their lives outside of school as well, which you can achieve by closely sticking with these steps.

Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a private K-12 in-home tutoring service in the United States.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Eye vs. Camera - Michael Mauser



Your eyes don’t always capture the world exactly as a video camera would. But the eyes are remarkably efficient organs, the result of hundreds of millions of years of coevolution with our brains. Michael Mauser outlines the similarities and differences between your eye and a video camera.

Lesson by Michael Mauser, animation by Nick Hilditch.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

How a Tutoring Center Can Help Your Child


Has your child been struggling to grasp certain concepts in class? Are you concerned that he or she is falling behind the rest of the class and your help alone will not suffice? Perhaps you're simply interested in helping your child excel past their current expectations. No matter what your reasoning is, the benefits of enlisting a tutoring center's services for your child are endless.

Undivided Attention

Oftentimes the key to getting a student back on track with the rest of the class is simply providing an opportunity for one-on-one attention, which occurs at a tutoring center. Many children feel intimidated by the large classroom environment to the point that they will not ask questions or voice concerns about the material. In a tutoring center, proctors work with just one or only a handful of students in order to provide the undivided attention that some children require.

Relaxed Environment

Many students see the classroom setting as a threat. Surrounded by 30 or so of their peers, with the pressure of answering correctly and all eyes on them can be extremely intimidating. A tutoring center offers an informal atmosphere where children are comfortable enough to ask for help when needed.

Improved Performance

Enlisting a tutoring center's services will not only benefit those students who are struggling in class, but will also offer others the opportunity to excel past their classroom expectations. Obviously not everyone learns at the same pace, so while some may be left behind, others can become bored without new challenges. A tutoring center can introduce new material and expand on the topics that are only touched on in the classroom. This also allows for students to focus on subjects that interest them, but may not be discussed in school.

Recognized Learning Difficulties

In a classroom setting the student to teacher ratio is often pushed to the limits. In some cases, one teacher can be responsible for educating as many as 35 students. A tutoring center offers one-on-one interaction that can help recognize those children who have hidden learning problems. Many times when a student seems unable to fully grasp a concept there is more to it than a simple struggle. Learning difficulties can result from undiagnosed issues such as dyslexia or near-sighted vision. Children in a tutoring center will likely be more inclined to voice their problems, leading to a proper diagnosis.

The benefits of enlisting a tutoring center's services for your child are endless. It is an opportunity to take advantage of alternative teaching methods, a one-on-one teaching environment and more. Remember, working with a tutoring center is not a sign of weakness, but rather another place for higher learning and excellence.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

How Does the Thyroid Manage Your Metabolism? - Emma Bryce



Nestled in the tissues of your neck is a small, unassuming organ that wields enormous power over your body: the thyroid. Emma Bryce explains how the thyroid, like the operations manager in a company, is tasked with making sure that all the cells in your body are working properly.

Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Tremendousness.