Thursday, April 27, 2017

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.


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Summer Tutoring Is a Good Option


Your child is jumping up and down with joy because school has just let out for the summer. You on the other hand are starting to pull your hair out wondering what you are going to do with him for the summer. Another summer that will be wasted watching television and playing video games just simply does not seem like the best use of his time to you. You do have other options that will be much more beneficial to him, one of which is to get him a summer tutor and give him a head start on his classmates toward the next school year.

First of all, you need to understand that there is a significant learning loss over the course of the summer. Studies have estimated that a student may forget over 40% of what he learned in the last school year just over the three months of summer. This is a significant loss that can have a major impact for a long time to come especially in a cumulative subject like math. This loss can be prevented by the judicious use of summer tutoring. This will help him retain what he learned last year and prepare him to have an easier time when the next school year starts.

Second, summer tutoring will provide your child with a safe, friendly environment that will keep him out of trouble and away from the wrong crowd. Finding a summer tutor that can also be a positive role model will do wonders for your child's self esteem. A little success can go a long way and each new success can increase his confidence exponentially. Tutoring centers are a wonderful option as they can provide a location that you can feel safe about your child going to even if you can't be there due to work.

Thirdly, summer tutoring can instill in him the importance of education. He has always thought that summer meant that there was no reason to learn anything new and was just a time to have fun and goof off. Your interest in providing him with summer tutoring will show him that learning is a year round process and something that he should be taking seriously. You can help him to come to love learning.

You'll really need to convince your child that summer tutoring is in his best interest if you really want him to give up that television and video game for any length of time. But keep in mind that summer tutoring does not just have to be about the subjects that he is learning at school. You can take advantage of the free time he has and his natural curiosity to let him learn about any subject in which he is showing an interest. Allowing your child to enrich himself with the study of subjects that is interested in and enjoys is just as important as making sure that he has a firm grasp on the subjects being taught in the school. The skills that he learns while pursuing subjects that interest him will be skills that he will be able to use when school starts back up. Summer tutoring is something you really should consider for your child.


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Tips on Inspiring Kids to Do Homework



Parenting expert Samantha Kemp-Jackson shares six must-know tips on getting your child to do homework.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Summer Break is Right Around the Corner - Register Your Child for Camp Today!


Summer is just a few months away! Check out our camp schedule and sign up your camper by clicking HERE.

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.

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Why Do Animals Have Such Different Lifespans? - Joao Pedro de Magalhaes


For the microscopic lab worm C. elegans, life equates to just a few short weeks on Earth. The bowhead whale, on the other hand, can live over two hundred years. Why are these lifespans so different? And what does it really mean to ‘age' anyway? Joao Pedro de Magalhaes explains why the pace of aging varies greatly across animals.

Lesson by Joao Pedro de Magalhaes, animation by Sharon Colman.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cute DIY Easter Crafts


DIY expert Denise Wild shows you easy Easter crafts the whole family can make.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Can You Solve the Virus Riddle? - Lisa Winer


Your research team has found a prehistoric virus preserved in the permafrost and isolated it for study. After a late night working, you’re just closing up the lab when a sudden earthquake hits and breaks all the sample vials. Will you be able to destroy the virus before the vents open and unleash a deadly airborne plague? Lisa Winer shows how.

Lesson by Lisa Winer, animation by Artrake Studio.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Top 9 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Tutor


Hiring a tutor for your child or for yourself can be both a confusing and complicated matter. There are at least 2 million tutors in the United States. These individuals may be independent private practice tutors, or they may work for a larger practice, a franchised practice, a community program, a faith based program, or a school based initiative. Whether volunteer or paid, all tutors should abide by the standards of practice and code of ethics as set forth by the National Tutoring Association. All tutors should be trained and certified in the professional practice of tutoring.

So how do you know who will be the best fit for your student? Who will deliver the services best suited for your student's needs and goals? Tutors not only deliver content information, they motivate, coach, challenge, and provide feedback to students. Well trained and experienced tutors work with the student's overall study skills, not just the academic assignment at hand.

Hiring a tutor should be approached in the same manner as hiring any other professional. Ask questions, look carefully at references, and use your instinct as to whether this tutor is a good fit for your student. Your student should be present at the initial interview so that you can receive feedback from your student before making a final hiring decision.

Ask about the following . . . .

* Credentials - Don't be afraid to ask for proof of credentials, i.e. transcript copies, copies of state teaching certificates, tutor certification, proof of other specialized training. Ask the tutor to provide a complete resume.

* A Tutorial Plan -- Give the tutor a list of your concerns and goals for your student. Ask the tutor to offer a basic plan for how he or she will assist your child. How will the tutor conduct an initial assessment of your student's academic needs and challenges? How will success be measured? When will feedback be provided to you and/or the student's teacher?

* Letters of Recommendation -- Make sure that the letters speak to the person's ability as a tutor and not just matters of general character. Letters should be current and include full contact information for the person making the recommendation. Above all, make the calls necessary to verify these recommendations.

* Demonstration -- Watch the tutor guide your student through a small portion of one lesson. How does the tutor approach the student? Where does the tutor sit; does the tutor respect your child's personal space? How is the tutor's intent conveyed to your student? Does the tutor write on your student's paper or does the tutor allow the student to make corrections as needed? Is your student allowed to ask numerous questions? Is the tutor patient, professional in mannerism, tone of voice and information delivery? Does the tutor give your student time to process and answer the question before offering the solution? Does the tutor offer sincere praise?

* Fees - Ask the tutor for a detailed pricing plan, i.e. how many sessions at what cost per session. Be sure you are clear about payment requirements, rules about missed appointments, and miscellaneous fees for testing and materials.

* Location -- Where will the tutor meet your student? At your home with supervision? In a public place such as a library? In a dedicated learning center? Tutors should never meet with your student in a location where there is no other adult present.

* Insurance -- Does the tutor carry professional liability insurance? Has the tutor been recently background checked?

* Professional Affiliations - To what professional association does the tutor belong? How does the tutor participate in the overall improvement of the tutorial practice? Does the tutor stay current regarding innovative methods and strategies?

* Additional Questions -- How long have you been tutoring? Why do you enjoy tutoring? How many students are you currently working with? When do you become frustrated with students? How do you communicate with a student who clearly isn't "getting it"? How do you define your role as the tutor? What is my role as the parent? How will you communicate with my student's teacher(s) and how often?

Finally, if any red flag sends off an internal warning signal, do not hire that tutor. You are the person who knows your student better than anyone else. You and your student must feel comfortable in this tutorial relationship. The bottom line is that no matter who recommends the tutor, interview more than one tutor if you have any nagging thoughts in the back of your mind when making the hiring decision.


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Monday, April 3, 2017

Why Do People Get So Anxious About Math? - Orly Rubinsten


Have you ever sat down to take a math test and immediately felt your heart beat faster and your palms start to sweat? This is called math anxiety, and if it happens to you, you’re not alone: Researchers think about 20 percent of the population suffers from it. So what’s going on? And can it be fixed? Orly Rubinsten explores the current research and suggests ways to increase math performance.

Lesson by Orly Rubinsten, animation by Adriatic Animation.