Five ways to “use it or lose it” during school breaks

“Use it or lose it!” Adults may have seen this adage on a meme about aging, or heard the advice from a sage physician. But the advice applies to learning, too— and especially what happens for some students during summer breaks.

It makes sense: We lose our skills at what we don’t practice regularly, and that applies to all the skills involved with learning. Research spanning back over 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of a summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer. 

The …

7 Factors to Consider when Making College Decisions

For many high school seniors, late winter and early spring represent decision time. If a student was lucky enough to gain acceptance to several colleges, it’s now time to make the pro-and-con lists that will hopefully lead to a tuition deposit that makes the most sense.

Where to start with those lists?

A 2017 survey by consulting firm Eduventures found that more than 70% of admitted students name their final selection criteria as one of these six factors:

  • affordability
  • availability of a desired program
  • reputation/academic quality
  • career outcomes/job opportunities
  • value of education for cost
  • feeling of fit

This list is …

Stop Summer Slide in 2019!

In the depth of winter, it’s a great time to plan for summer! 

Check out our options to keep learning fresh during summer 2019.

Ready to get started? Contact us!

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College Admissions Boot Camp

Rising 12th Graders • $399
Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

The college admissions process is like a full-time job. Spend a week getting ahead with us this summer. In five days, we’ll coach you to complete the Common App, write a top-notch essay, organize your resume, and organize to-do lists that will help you to be successful this fall. Students must commit to completing some homework assignments between meetings. Students must commit to completing some homework between sessions. Parent Q&A on …

Holiday Wishes

Thanks for learning & growing with us in 2018!

From our family of staff members & tutors
to your family of loved ones & learners…
we’re wishing you the best of holiday seasons.

Rest up… lots more learning ahead in 2019!

Our office is closed on December 24 & 25.

TUTOR TUESDAY: Margie Speer

In this occasional feature, we’ll be sharing profiles of some of our outstanding tutors. 


The first thing you notice about Margie Speer is that she sparkles.

As she shares enthusiastic stories about her work in education and her family, it’s easy to see that she’s high energy, 

It’s easy to hear how her experiences shaped her passion for math.

And it’s easy to see why she would inspire students to love learning.

She’s made that difference as a tutor for Back to Basics since 2011.

Speer’s background is not the traditional path for an educator. Her degree is in mechanical