Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees - Emma Bryce

In the past decade, the US honeybee population has been decreasing at an alarming and unprecedented rate. While this is obviously bad news for honeypots everywhere, bees also help feed us in a bigger way -- by pollinating our nation's crops. Emma Bryce investigates potential causes for this widespread colony collapse disorder.

Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Lillian Chan.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A+ Tutoring - The Pros and Cons of Your Options

Your child's academic success is important to their self-esteem, to their ability to function in the world and to their ability to get into a good college. Many children struggle with the curriculum being taught in their classes. Sometimes these problems are created by a lack of interest, while other times it is created by learning challenges that your child faces. One of the solutions to overcoming academic problems is to have your child work with a tutor. However, before you hire a private tutor, or sign your child up at the local learning center, you need to understand the pros and cons of each of your tutoring options.

Pros and Cons of Private Tutors

Your first tutoring option is to hire a private tutor. There are several advantages of having a private tutor. First of all you get to select a tutor that has the experience, teaching style and personality that compliments the learning needs of your child. Secondly, private tutors can be scheduled based on when you want them, as opposed to when a learning center is open. A private tutor also comes to your home, instead of you having to transport your child to and from a learning center. Finally, your child gets quality one-on-one interactions with their tutor. This allows your child to develop a mentor-protégé relationship with their tutor which usually results in improve comprehension and retention of information and concepts covered during the tutoring sessions.

On the hand, while there are several advantages of having a private tutor there are also several cons that you need to understand before you hire one. The first con of a private tutor is their cost. Private tutors can run anywhere from $20 an hour to $100+ an hour, depending the type of tutor and the quality of the tutor. In addition to paying an hourly rate you may also have to pay for travel expenses. The second con of hiring a private tutor is that you are responsible for conducting the background research on the tutor. You have to check their references and make sure that the qualifications that they claim to have are accurate.

Pros and Cons of Learning Centers

Your second tutoring option is to take your child to a learning center. Learning centers provide several advantages. First of all they hire the tutors and because of this they conduct extensive background checks and verify the tutors' credentials. Another advantage of going to a learning center is that you will have an easier time finding a tutor that has the experience, training and skills needed to handle the challenges of learning disabilities or that have the experience and skills needed to help your gifted students excel or prepare for college.

While learning centers have their own advantages, they also have their own drawbacks. One of the biggest drawbacks to using a learning center as opposed to hiring a private tutor is that you have to schedule appointments based on their hours of operation. The second obstacle of using a learning center is that you have to take your child to the learning center in order for them to get the tutoring that they need. Finally, learning centers are not available in every city, so not everyone will have this tutoring options available to them.

Finding the right tutor is not easy to do. There are a lot of things to consider before making a choice. Before you select a tutor for yourself or your child gather as much information as you can first.

Learn more about available tutoring services.
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Grammar's Great Divide: The Oxford comma - TED-Ed

If you read "Bob, a DJ and a clown" on a guest list, are three people coming to the party, or only one? That depends on whether you're for or against the Oxford comma -- perhaps the most hotly contested punctuation mark of all time. When do we use one? Can it really be optional, or is there a universal rule? TED-Ed explores both sides of this comma conundrum.

Lesson by TED-Ed, animation by Zedem Media.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Scott G.- Parent, The Academy of 21st Century Learning

Scott G. talks about his daughter's experience with The Academy's 'Exploring Ecosystems' STEM program.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Poison vs. Venom: What's The Difference? - Rose Eveleth

Would you rather be bitten by a venomous rattlesnake or touch a poisonous dart frog? While both of these animals are capable of doing some serious damage to the human body, they deliver their dangerous toxins in different ways. Rose Eveleth sheds light on the distinction between poison and venom (and why you shouldn't treat either one like you've seen in the movies).

Lesson by Rose Eveleth, animation by TED-Ed.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Testimonial From Mom of Student Learning Spanish

Mom of student learning Spanish testimonial

The Academy of 21st Century Learning transforms lives by uniting the academic standards of reading, writing, math, science, foreign language, and study skills with creativity, leadership, art, and music.

By focusing these abilities through curriculum targeted to the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, our students will become much more competitive when seeking higher educational opportunities and competing in the global marketplace.

Conveniently located in the Nut Tree Center in Vacaville, and serving the needs of students and families from locations throughout Solano and Yolo Counties (Fairfield, Winters, Woodland, Dixon, Suisun, and Davis). The Academy is a new place for learning! Our energetic instructors, many with degrees from UC Davis, provide expert and state-of-the-art, STEM-based tutoring. We are also proud to offer summer programs, counseling, SAT/ACT prep, and many other academic services to our students from Kindergarten through High School.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Science of Spiciness - Rose Eveleth


When you take a bite of a hot pepper, your body reacts as if your mouth is on fire -- because that's essentially what you've told your brain! Rose Eveleth details the science and history behind spicy foods, giving insights into why some people continue to pay the painful price for a little spice.

Lesson by Rose Eveleth, animation by Flaming Medusa Studios Inc.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

K - 2nd Grade: STEM Fridays @ The Academy

Who knew that a slug was not a bug? Or that a centipede doesn't actually have 100 legs?

This group of 5-7 year old students learned these facts and a lot more at our STEM Fridays! We offer enrichment classes for all age groups using Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math...and to make it even more fun we add Art!

At The Academy, it's never too early to learn!

For more information, call 707-474-4710!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Motion Of The Ocean - Sasha Wright

The constant motion of our oceans represents a vast and complicated system involving many different drivers. Sasha Wright explains the physics behind one of those drivers -- the concentration gradient -- and illustrates how our oceans are continually engaging in a universal struggle for space.

Lesson by Sasha Wright, animation by Andrew Foerster.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Matthew Gill Testimonial

Matthew Gill, a parent at The Academy of 21st Century Learning, giving a testimonial about the success at of his daughter. She improved 2 grade levels in just 3 months!

Call The Academy at 707-474-4710 or email!