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Applying for College Scholarships

June 20, 2016

Learn about four steps to take when applying for college scholarships.

As the cost of college continues to increase, you may be wondering how you’re going to afford it.  Scholarships are one way to reduce the amount you have to pay for tuition, fees and room and board.  Here’s what you need to know about applying for college scholarships to help offset the cost of your education.

Research Your Options.

There are thousands of scholarships available for high school students who want to attend college.  But you won’t be eligible for all of them.  Research the scholarships that are available to find out which ones you do qualify for.  Start with the schools you’re applying to and find out what they offer.  Then check out private sources of funding such as corporations, community organizations and more. ... Read full article
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Six Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills

May 16, 2016

Learn six ways to improve your writing skills.

Learning to write effectively is critical to academic success at any age.  From the time you learn how to write the alphabet, writing becomes an integral part of your education.  As your education progresses, you will be expected to do more than write the alphabet or the words for a spelling test.  You will be required to write essays, short stories, book reports, research papers and more.  Here are six ways to improve your writing skills.

Plan Your Writing.

When you receive a new assignment, you may be tempted to sit down and start writing whatever comes to mind.  But before you begin, take some time to think about what you want to write and plan it out.  Gather your thoughts.  Create an outline.  Jot down the critical points you want to make.&nb... Read full article
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Going Back to School

April 18, 2016

Article discusses going back to school and tips to make it easier for parents and students.

As the end of summer approaches, it’s time for parents and kids to get ready to go back to school.  As the first day of school approaches, there are many things you need to do to ensure your children are ready and the list seems to grow each year.  With so much to take care of, it can seem overwhelming.  Here are some tips to help you preserve your sanity and make going back to school more manageable for everyone.

Make a List

Make a list of everything you need to do at least a few weeks before the first day of school.  It will ensure you don’t overlook anything and help prevent last minute scrambling.  The list should include completing the necessary paperwork, getting check-ups, school supplies, clothes and anything else you and your children need t... Read full article
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Back to School Anxiety: Four Ways Tutors Can Ease the Transition

March 15, 2016

Article discusses back to school anxiety and four ways tutors can ease the transition to a new school year.

Back to school anxiety is common for many students.  Transitioning from a relaxed summer atmosphere to the hectic pace that comes with the school year is a big change for any child, regardless of their age.  When you combine that with academic pressures and learning how to juggle multiple extracurricular activities, you’ve got a recipe for back to school anxiety.  While it’s common for many children to experience a case of nerves at the beginning of the school year, children who struggle in school are particularly susceptible.  As a tutor, there are ways you can help students overcome their nervousness and ease the transition as a new school year begins.


Much of the anxiety students feel comes from a lack of preparation.  You can help stu... Read full article
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Academic Summer Camps

February 16, 2016

Article explores four benefits of attending an academic summer camp.

Without the formal structure of the school year, many students look for ways to fill their days off during the summer.  There are a variety of useful things students can do when school is not in session.  One option is to attend an academic summer camp.  These camps provide an opportunity for students to continue learning without going to summer school.  While academic enrichment is one of the benefits of attending camp, it’s certainly not the only one.  Here are four benefits of academic summer camps. 

Academic Enrichment

As the name suggests, these camps pick up where the school year leaves off, expanding students’ knowledge in one or more subjects and providing academic enrichment to attendees.  Many students who do not participate in ac... Read full article
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Tutoring Business Checklist

January 18, 2016

Article examines five different items tutors should have in place for their tutoring business.

Since school ended for the year, you may find your workload a little lighter than it was before the summer began.  Without the regular hustle and bustle of the school year, now is a good time to take stock of your tutoring business to find out what is working and what isn’t.  Below is a tutoring business checklist to help you evaluate your business and make adjustments before the school year begins again.


If you are not working for a tutoring company, you’re responsible for securing all of the equipment and supplies you need to do business.  At a minimum you need a computer, phone, internet service and email.  If you started your business with an outdated computer and a dial-up Internet connection, now is a good time to think about upgrading.&nb... Read full article
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Taking Good Notes

November 17, 2015

Article examines four strategies for taking good notes.

Taking good notes is critical to succeeding in school.  Notes help students study for exams, write essays, complete projects and more.  Unfortunately note taking is not a skill that is usually taught in school.  As a result, students are often left to figure out the best way to take notes on their own.  Here are four tips for taking good notes in school.


It may seem obvious, but it’s important to focus on what your teacher is saying.  It’s easy to zone out during class and not pay attention to what is being said.  However, when you do that, you miss out on important information you may need to know for future exams, reports, projects, etc. Furthermore, many teachers offer cues about key points you should write down.  If you are not p

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