The Middle School Tutor: How to Survive Geography Tests

Posted by Kyle Eichner on 1/21/15 4:23 PM

You could also buy yourself a Hug-a-World, like the one Rory Gilmore had. 

You’re in middle school. You seem to have more homework every week (especially now that it’s “second semester” after winter break). Your teachers seem to delight in quizzes and tests. Maybe you’re used to math quizzes, but what is with all of these tests in Social Studies? How are you supposed to study when you’re just given some maps? Our crew of middle school homework tutors in New York City and Boston are dedicated to helping bewildered students navigate the academic flurry. Let’s get started:  

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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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Study Skills: How to Get the Most from Middle School

Posted by Claire Salant on 11/24/14 2:23 PM

Irony being that anyone who actually watched Boy Meets World hasn't been in middle school for a long time

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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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Academic Tutor: Back to School

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 8/20/13 8:33 AM

There’s no more denying it – summer is just about up.  And within the next few weeks, everyone will be headed back to school, from middle school students to all of us doctoral candidates.  But no matter what grade or class you’re prepping for, whether it’s AP US History or Algebra II, this is the time to get a jump on the year ahead and make sure that you’re as ready as can be. 

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Academic Tutoring: Middle School Summer Activities

Posted by Sophie Pauze on 7/31/13 8:30 AM

One of the thorniest problems middle schoolers face every summer is learning loss: while away from the school environment, children risk losing academic skills and rolling back growth achieved during the year. By introducing fun educational activities into your child’s summer schedule, you can help them maintain or even improve their academic level in preparation for the next school year.

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Middle School Maze: Summer Fun in NYC - Theatre Camp

Posted by Sophie Pauze on 7/12/13 4:59 PM

Among the many camps to choose from in NYC this summer, our colleagues over at Art Kids have put together a fantastic week-long program that exposes students aged 4-16 to the theatre world in NY and cultivates their acting and production skills. 

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Middle School Academics: Summer Reading 2013

Posted by Sophie Pauze on 6/26/13 8:30 AM

The Middle School Maze is back with a 2013 summer reading list!

With July and August just ahead of us, the summer is rife with opportunity to read. While you’re not in school, reading can take on a life of it’s own. Books become openings to new worlds, not the sign of dreaded after-school tasks. 

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Homework Help Tutor: Making the Most of Your Academic Tutoring

Posted by Middle School Maze on 4/4/13 7:00 AM

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Test Prep & Study Skills: Finding an academic or test prep tutor

Posted by College Corner on 11/30/12 10:30 AM

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