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.

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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 …

Celebrating Public Domain

For the first time in 20 years, new— or rather, old— published works have entered the U.S. public domain.

What does this mean? Well, consider some burning questions.

Like how much of the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost can a teacher publish in a commercial instructional text?

Could a choir sing “Yes! We Have No Bananas” without licensing agreements?

Could a theatre ensemble produce Willis Richardson’s “The Chip Woman’s Fortune“— the first Broadway play produced by an African-American author?

Yes, we were wondering, just like you. 😊

The answer to all …

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.