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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Child’s Progress Report

It feels like school just started, but a quarter of the school year is already behind us. Has your child’s progress report already arrived? You may be tempted to dismiss a progress report because it doesn’t count on your child’s final transcript, but progress reports can help you understand more than just grades. Common areas… Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Start AP Prep Now

Common sense will tell us that cramming just isn’t smart. If students try to overwhelm themselves with information the night before a big exam, chances are they are much more likely to forget information rather than retain information. While students should prepare wisely for the short-term, the same goes for their long-term goals. Parents and… Continue reading

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What to do about the new Redesigned SAT

Parents of Rising High School Juniors – Did you party too hard before taking the SAT? If the answer is yes, then you are in the seeming majority.  I have had people from HS principals to Congressmen tell me the same story: how they partied the night before and took the SAT cold.  Well folks, like… Continue reading

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Tutor: Friend or Foe?

A great tutor can be life changing. An okay tutor can do more harm than good. Many people ask us ways to evaluate whether someone will be a good tutor for their child. Choosing tutors is something we have a lot of experience with and we are happy to share what we’ve learned. Over the past… Continue reading

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The 5 Traits Your Tutor Must Have: A Tutor Hiring Check List

When Jake and I started, we made plenty of mistakes (as entrepreneurs tend to do) and hiring the right tutors is high on the list. I know the difficulty in recruiting tutors is universal, both for our industry, and for any family looking to give their kids excellent resources. The perception about what makes a… Continue reading

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3 Questions to Ask at a Parent-Teacher Conference

I often hear from friends how parent-teacher conferences feel perfunctory: just another box to check during the quarter and taking up a Tuesday night. While that’s obviously not the case for all parents, I believe that we all have the responsibility to make each conference truly beneficial. I can understand why we think of them… Continue reading

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The 3M’s: Management of Self (The myth and curse of “Multitasking”)

If you have been following my blog, you know that at Revolution we have developed a skill set that we believe is crucial to instill in every child preparing for college and careers in the 21st century. We believe that in addition to a solid foundation in the Three R’s—reading, writing and arithmetic—students also need… Continue reading

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Think Ahead to Ease Stress

High school is a mountain, a huge mountain. And the summit is centered directly over May of your child’s junior year. Many kids suffer the summit because they were not prepared, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As you can see from the college preparation timeline below, there is so much going on… Continue reading

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5 Steps to Improving Reading Comprehension

At the heart of academic success in high school, college, and success beyond academics all comes back to one core skill: reading comprehension. While that’s the case, I’ve found there is a big misunderstanding about what really constitutes reading comprehension. In elementary school between second and fourth grades students are expected to make the shift… Continue reading

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5 Steps to Managing a Successful Tutoring Program

The goal of working with a tutor is to shed anxiety and stress at home. Ideally you can finally have a civil conversation at the dinner table because your son has started bringing home A’s in geometry and your daughter is no longer putting off her History and Honors English papers to the last minute…. Continue reading

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