How to Help Your Child with Math Homework: 5 Easy Questions You Can Ask

Posted by Meghan on 1/9/17 6:22 PM

If you’re the parent of a teenager, chances are good that a few years have passed since you had to graph a polynomial or find a derivative. Since high school math covers topics that people working outside of STEM don’t come across very often, many parents don’t feel like they can give much help to their teenage children with their math homework. But you’re an adult who solves problems every day! You have a lot to offer your teenage student about how to approach problems productively, utilize resources, and access their own abilities. 

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Tags: high school, math

Is An Online Course Right for Me?

Posted by Pat C. on 11/28/16 10:43 PM

Why should I take an online course?

1. It can be a graduation saver

Taking an online course can be a graduation-saver. Having an illness, a family crisis, an unexpected failure in a course or a mistake made counting credits with one or two courses to go can create a situation where being able to take those last few credits without having to be on campus or pay for a full semester makes completing a degree possible. Taking an online course in the summer session can be a way to get a bit ahead on your coursework in order to graduate early. Some students use summer session as a way to raise their GPAs: take a course online and do very well at it and then also take one less course in the following semester which allows you to do better in all your courses. Because online courses are usually asynchronous, you can take one while you are working. 

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Tags: college, high school, graduate school

Four types of questions and when to ask them

Posted by Cypress Marss on 1/13/16 4:10 PM


source: Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat

When a toddler asks why to an infinite regress, their line of questioning inevitably becomes annoying. The reason is not that their questions individually are inherently uninteresting—or if answered seriously will not illicit fascinating information—but rather that the line of questioning that that toddler embarks on is without end.

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Tags: English, expository writing, college, high school

Choosing between AP and IB: an In-Depth Guide

Posted by Weike Wang on 12/28/15 3:07 PM

I went to the International Academy (IA), which, for two years, was ranked the number one public high school in America by USA Today. As a metric, they used the number of IB or AP tests each student took.  My high school was an all IB school, one of the first in the country, and as an IB school, it required every student to take 6 IBs.

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Applying to the Best Prep Schools

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 8/21/15 11:00 AM

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Study Skills: Time Management Guide for Middle Schoolers

Posted by Ann-Marie Elvin on 12/15/14 10:00 AM

Let's assume, shall we, that your child's future does not involve extensive game show celebrity-dom. Even then, time management will come in handy!


Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.” Although many of us feel we lack the time we need to get everything done – that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day – Thoreau reminds us of the importance of living at our own pace and learning to use time to our advantage.

As a homework tutor, time management is among the most common concerns voiced by parents and students. Students these days are perhaps busier than ever before: between academics and a barrage of extracurricular commitments, how can your child expect to keep up the juggling act and manage to get enough rest?

This is especially true at the middle school level, which is fraught with new expectations; for many students, this is their first experience with moving between classes, subject-specific teachers, and such a significant workload. At this age, students have to learn how to learn most efficiently. While there are plenty of homework tutors for middle school kids in NYC, Boston, and online ready to help, there are certainly things you can do as a parent to be proactive. 

In this post, I outline strategies for developing a proactive approach to time management and study skills. The transition to middle school can be intimidating, but by developing a concrete study schedule, your child will gain greater control over his time and work more confidently through new material. Here’s how to get started:

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Effective Study Skills: Obligation to Self-Determination

Posted by Clayton McClintock on 12/30/13 10:14 AM

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Should I Get Academic Tutoring? Consider the Opportunity Cost.

Posted by Sam Ashworth on 12/20/13 9:03 AM

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The Writing Tutor: What Level of Writing Do US Schools Require?

Posted by Sophie Pauze on 12/16/13 8:38 AM

You don't have to be James Bond to be a writing tutor, but it helps.

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Tags: college admissions, English, expository writing, high school

Math Tutor: Words, Drawings & Math Problems

Posted by Entela Nako on 11/11/13 11:22 AM

What is the first thing that pops in your mind if you think about math? If you are anything like most people I know, you probably think about long equations and numbers. After all, that’s what math is, isn’t it?

Well, you are right and wrong at the same time (don’t you hate it when that happens?). Certainly, math does involve a lot of equations and numbers. But that’s not all there is to math. You certainly need to be comfortable with equations and numbers, but unfortunately, you need to be comfortable with much, much more. From years of working with many students, I have noticed a common trend. A lot of students will be very nimble  with arithmetic. However, when they read a word problem that gives them no equations they feel confused and frustrated: Why do textbooks have to do that? If you just give the same problem to students in an equation form, they would know how to solve it easily. Why go through this song and dance first?

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Tags: math SAT subject test, high school, math