Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Physics of Playing Guitar - Oscar Fernando Perez

Guitar masters like Jimi Hendrix are capable of bending the physics of waves to their wills, plucking melody from inspiration and vibration. But how do wood, metal, and plastic translate into rhythm, melody, and music? Oscar Fernando Perez details the physics of playing the guitar, from first pluck to that final shredding chord.

Lesson by Oscar Fernando Perez , animation by Chris Boyle.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Parenting Tips for Helping Your Child With Homework

Homework can be scary for kids, especially when they're just starting out in their early school years. Help your child combat homework anxiety by making homework a team effort! Even something as simple as sitting with your child while she does her homework can make a huge difference. See what other tips teachers recommended to Parents for homework help, and watch as your child strengthens her study skills!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Could We Actually Live on Mars? - Mari Foroutan

There's a lot of talk these days about when and how we might all move to Mars. But what would it actually be like to live there? Mari Foroutan details the features of Mars that are remarkably similar to those of Earth — and those that can only be found on the red planet.

Lesson by Mari Foroutan, animation by Nick Hilditch.

Friday, August 21, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Tutors

There are many aspects to being a tutor that many people probably do not think about. Most people believe a tutor is just a teacher working a little extra to make some money. That may be true of some tutors, but others take extra steps, such as keeping in touch with parents several times a month, contacting teachers of the students to get their input as to the areas that need to be worked on, and just an overall caring for the student and his/her academic work and family. However, there are some things that seem to be missed or not considered about the tutor and tutoring.

The first is that anyone and everyone who is a current student can benefit from having a tutor. The student does not have to be falling behind or failing a class to need a tutor. In fact, it is well before that point that a tutor should be enlisted to help. From the beginning of the class is even better. Why? Because tutors can help the student overcome hurdles and stepping stones and make sure that the student understands the concept completely. In fact, a tutor can be the difference between a "B" and an "A" as the final class grade.

Individualized tutoring focuses only on you the student. Unlike classrooms, the tutor is devoting their time just to the student. There is no one else. She/he gives the student the individualization that is unavailable in the classroom and will continue working with the student on a problem or concept until that student understands the concept completely.

Tutors are educationally well rounded. While many tutors focus on certain areas of expertise, this does not mean that they do not understand other area. What it means is they are the most comfortable in the areas they tutor. Many tutors hold college degrees, and to get those degrees a wide range of classes must be completed and passed. So a math tutor probably has a degree that is heavy into math and logic, while a reading or writing tutor will probably have a degree in English.

Tutors care about their students. Many tutors enjoy their work and truly care about the academic career, even if it is only starting out, of their students. They love the excitement the student feels while being tutored. They love the moment the light comes on and the student grasps a hard concept and sometimes even squeals with excitement. For many tutors this is the best part of the job.

The last thing one should remember is that the tutor is human. While tutors know many answers, sometimes they get stumped too. This does not mean they can't help. This means that they will go the extra mile to understand or find the information and pass it along to their students. So keep in mind, that if you give the tutor what you want to focus on for the next session, she/he will have made sure they understand it, and will be able to help the student understand.

Tutors work well more than most people. For the tutor must prep before each session which usually take between 1-3 hours depending on the level of the student, the subject, and the length of the tutoring session. They do not just show up to the session unprepared. They work hard for the student and expect the student to work hard for them. It is a partnership that has no bad endings. With hard work and patience, on both parts, the relationship can be academically rewarding to the student, and rewarding to the tutor as well.

I was a freelance writer for over 15 years. I home-schooled my children for about 7 years and tutored for about 3 years. In June of 2012, I received her MFA in Creative Writing and am currently working on my Master of Arts in English Language and Literature. I have written hundreds of articles, academic essays, literature reviews and criticisms and general articles. I love the written word and find joy in helping students get excited about learning. Afraid your child is falling behind in school? Get information to help your child not only catch up but get excited about it too. []
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

How X-rays See Through Your Skin - Ge Wang

Originally discovered by accident, X-rays are now used about 100 million times a year in clinics around the world. How do these magic eyes work? Ge Wang details the history and mechanics of the X-ray machine and CT scanners.

Lesson by Ge Wang, animation by Pink Kong Studios.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Academy 4's - End of Year Review

As The Academy 4's prepare for graduation, enjoy a look back at their enrichment-filled year.

Not only did they use the scientific method and learn about osmosis, they also learned to read and count to 100's by 10. We made handmade soap and learned how our body fights an infection.

If you are looking for a place to ensure the academic success of your 3 or 4 year old, please contact The Academy at (707) 474-4710.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Benefits of Good Posture - Murat Dalkilinç

Has anyone ever told you, “Stand up straight!” or scolded you for slouching at a family dinner? Comments like that might be annoying—but they’re not wrong. Your posture is the foundation for every movement your body makes and can determine how well your body adapts to the stresses on it. Murat Dalkilinç gives the pros of good posture.

Lesson by Murat Dalkilinç, animation by Nadav Arbel.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sign Up Your 3-5 Year Old for The Academy Kids!

Join The Academy of 21st Century Learning in Vacaville this Fall for our Pre-K program, The Academy Kids! 

We are offering 2 classes, focused on what your child needs to learn - from letters and sounds to sight words and blends. It would not be Academy Style if we did not include STEM lessons - like Osmosis, Motion, Animal Habitats, and more!

For more information, please call (707) 474-4710 or email

Thursday, August 6, 2015

How Blood Pressure Works - Wilfred Manzano

If you lined up all the blood vessels in your body, they’d be 60 thousand miles long. And every day, they carry the equivalent of over two thousand gallons of blood to the body’s tissues. What effect does this pressure have on the walls of the blood vessels? Wilfred Manzano gives the facts on blood pressure.

Lesson by Wilfred Manzano, animation by Fox Animation Domination High-Def.

Monday, August 3, 2015

5 Reasons to Choose a Tutoring Company Over an Independent Tutor

When trying to find a tutor for your student, you are bombarded by an astonishing number of choices. Evaluating some of the value a tutoring company provides over an individual.will illustrate that a tutoring company offers many advantages.

1.) Fit with the Student: A tutoring company has a variety of tutors. This allows them to match your student to a tutor who has the necessary subject knowledge, tutoring experience, and a complementary personality to the student. A personal connection is a very important, often overlooked key to a successful tutor/student relationship. Having many different tutors allows a company to provide your student with tutors in different subjects and to be flexible with your scheduled sessions.

2.) Quality: A tutor has to go through a number of steps to gain employment with a good tutoring company. At The Way to A, tutors submit resumes. We interview the most promising of these candidates; then we call personal and professional references of the best tutors we interviewed. If they are highly recommended, we perform criminal background checks on each prospective tutor. If the background check is clear, we bring in the tutor for an orientation and example tutoring session. Each tutor must demonstrate the ability to tutor effectively at the interview level and the orientation level before they will actually be placed with a student. When you hire an individual tutor, you have 2 options: you can do all of that yourself, or you can risk it.

3.) Professionalism: A tutoring company has established methods of doing business. Companies have systems of invoicing their customers and paying their tutors. This allows the tutor to focus on what they do best: teaching. Additionally, tutoring companies have a code of conduct and a level of professional behavior they expect from their tutors.

4.) Reliability: Unexpected things happen to people. People move, retire, get sick, etc. If you are working with a tutoring company, they have another tutor that they can pair with your student to make sure that the test is still studied for, even though the regular tutor is sick. If a tutor moves away, the company can provide a new tutor and already be familiar with the situation, as opposed to you trying to find a new individual on your own.

5.) Accountability: Tutoring companies have invested in their reputation. Their tutors work with multiple students, not just yours. They are known entities in the community. A tutoring company has more to lose and consequently more motivation to make you happy by going above and beyond to give you and your student a great experience.

Tommy Thompson III The Way to A In-home Tutoring []
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