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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 3Ms: Mastery. Go beyond “What did you learn in school today?”

In my last post, I talked about getting beyond the Three R’s to develop higher level thinking skills in your student. At Revolution, we have developed an approach to instilling what we call the Three M’s in every student with whom we work. The Three M’s are Mastery, Management and Mindset. Today I am going… 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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Connecting With Your Student

THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF Remember hearing the story about “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” as a kid? Do you remember what the message of the story is? Ask almost any child, and they’ll correctly tell you that the message is “If you lie sometimes, people might not believe you when you tell the truth.”  It’s… Continue reading

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Making the Grade

While there are notable examples of people whose grades were not important or indicative of their future successes, be it in college or a profession — think Einstein, a notoriously poor student, or Harold Bloom, a preeminent professor and literary critic, who was accepted to Cornell, despite grades, after a “strong performance on the New… Continue reading

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Should You Tutor Your Own Child?

The simple answer to this is maybe.   There are several factors to consider – your ability, your availability, you and your child’s personality type and rapport, your budget, and your desire.  If you are considering being your child’s tutor, ask yourself the following questions: (1)  Do you have personal expertise in this subject?  If your… Continue reading

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A Tutor a Day Keeps the Stress Away: Benefits of Long-term Academic Tutoring

A steady and long-term academic tutor is like having a regular doctor. Preventative medicine protects one from possible disease. In the same manner, academic tutors prevent academic dis-ease by lowering stress levels, academic anxiety, and ensuring that people feel confident about their learning experiences. We have seen parents in panicked concern, students “freaking out,” and… Continue reading

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The Gap Year – Pros and Cons

As universities are becoming more impacted by budget cuts and large increases in applications, many are trumpeting the option of taking a year off before college. High school grads burned out from intense study and not ready to commit to another four years are opting for the “gap year” where they can travel, explore, learn,… Continue reading

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Why are more students seeking the help of private tutors?

The use of private tutoring as a supplement to traditional high school education is growing. This influx stems from challenges in both the high school learning experience and the college admissions process. Students’ and parents’ expectations as they navigate high school and prepare for college are changing. With many public schools struggling for adequate funding… Continue reading

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