12 Ways To Develop Organizational Skills

Instilling a sense of order in your young child may sound like a difficult task. However, by infusing daily routines with fun—from making breakfast to getting ready for bed—your child can learn how to keep things naturally organized with ease. Discover 12 at-home activities you can try with your little one:

1. Keep a family calendar. Track everyone’s activities on a prominent and accessible calendar, encouraging your child to write her own entries and reference the calendar when making plans. You also might consider checking schedules and updating the calendar as a family over Sunday breakfast.

2. Introduce checklists. Whether it’s as simple as “3 Things To Do Before Bed” or “What To Take On Vacation,” creating and referring to lists together will develop your child’s ability to strategize tasks and organize his time.

3. Assign chores that involve sorting or categorizing. Grocery shopping, emptying the dishwasher, sorting photos, cleaning out a closet, and other chores that involve pre-planning, making lists, or arranging things are great choices.

4. Get ready the night before. This one’s always tough — for both of you — but it does work if you can get in the habit.

5. Use containers and closet organizers. If there’s a place for everything, she’ll find it easier to find items, keep neat, and clean up. Build “pick up” time into the daily routine.

6. Buy your child a planner. Ask him to help you pick it out or choose one that will appeal to him so he’ll be excited about using it. Having his own planner will show him you consider his time valuable and encourage him to create a schedule. Be sure to routinely coordinate the information with your family calendar to avoid conflicts.

7. Organize schoolwork. Make sure your child’s keeping notes, homework, handouts, and graded assignments in separate folders in a binder. Try to check her backpack nightly and set a time aside each week to go through her binder and get things sorted.

8. Establish a homework routine. Help your child make a “study hour” schedule and set up a comfortable workspace — whether her room or the kitchen table. Encourage her to stick to the schedule even when she doesn’t have homework (She can read, review notes, or even do a crossword puzzle.)

9. Create a homework supply box. Fill a box with school supplies and encourage your child to store pens, paper, measurement tools, and a calculator in it so he’ll have what he needs on hand.

10. Cook together. Cooking teaches measuring, following directions, sorting ingredients, and managing time — all key elements in organization. Involve your child in meal planning too, challenging her to help you put together a shopping list.

11. Cultivate an interest in collecting. If your child has a particular interest, encourage him to create and organize the collection. It can even be something free — such as rocks or canceled stamps — that he can sort, classify, and arrange.

12. Reward and provide support with organizational tasks. Your child may find organizing a challenge, so help her develop her routine and give her a treat for jobs well done!



Parent Action Plan For Rising Juniors

Junior year usually marks a turning point. This is because for most students and families, it’s when college planning activities kick into high gear. Here are some things you can do this year to support your child and give him or her the best options.



  • Make sure your child meets with the school counselor. This meeting is especially important this year as your 11th-grader starts to engage in the college application process.


  • Encourage your child to set goals for the school year. Working toward specific goals helps your high schooler stay motivated and focused.


  • Help your child stay organized. Work with your 11th-grader to make weekly or monthly to-do lists to keep on top of the tasks required to get ready for applying to colleges.


  • Help your junior get ready for the PSAT/NMSQT in October. This is a preliminary test that helps students practice for the SAT and assesses their academic skills. Juniors who score well on the test are also eligible for scholarship opportunities.



  • Review PSAT/NMSQT results together. Your child’s score report comes with a free SAT study plan. This online, customized plan is based on your child’s test scores and can help him or her work on areas that need improvement.


  • Help your child prepare for college admission tests. Many juniors take college admission tests, such as the SAT and the ACT, in the spring so they can get a head start on planning for college.


  • Discuss taking challenging courses next year. Taking college-level or honors courses as a senior can help your child prepare for college work — and these are also the courses that college admission officers like to see.


  • Encourage your junior to consider taking SAT Subject Tests. Many colleges require or recommend taking these tests to get a sense of your child’s skills in a certain academic area. In general, it’s best to take a Subject Test right after taking the relevant course.


  • Encourage your child to take AP Exams. If your 11th-grader takes AP or other advanced classes, have him or her talk with teachers now about taking these tests in May.




  • Search together for colleges that meet your child’s needs. Once you have an idea of the qualities your child is looking for in a college, help him or her enter these criteria into a college search to create a list of colleges to consider applying to.


  • Help your child research scholarships. This form of financial aid provides money for college that doesn’t need to be repaid.


  • Attend college fairs and financial aid events. These events allow you to meet with college representatives and get answers to questions. Your child can ask the school counselor how to find events in your area.


  • Help your child make summer plans. Summer is a great time to explore interests and learn new skills — and colleges look for students who pursue meaningful summer activities. Help your high schooler look into summer learning programs  or find a job or internship.


  • Visit colleges together. Make plans to check out the campuses of colleges your child is interested in.



10 Tips For A Higher SAT Score

There is a lot of advice floating around about improving your SAT score. A lot of advice, although solid, is either very obvious or very general, such as “take a lot of practice tests” or “study vocabulary.”

Here are ten specific tips to boost your SAT score, in no particular order. Some you may have heard before, others you probably haven’t.


1.Build your own vocabulary list using past tests.

Get a little composition book where you can write down and define every single unknown word you encounter on College Board practice tests. At around eight tests, you will start to notice that many of the difficult vocabulary words have already appeared on previous tests. The test-makers seem to “like” certain words, and those words come up over and over again. For example, you need to know what “ambivalent” means because it shows up on nearly every test (it shows up on around three quarters of tests).

Like the old saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me!” If you take the SAT and miss a question because you didn’t know a word that you’ve seen before, shame on you! Every time you encounter an unknown word you have an opportunity to learn it. Write it down, define it, and periodically review your growing vocabulary list.


2.For Critical Reading passage based questions, experiment with different strategies.

There is not a one size fits all approach to passage based questions. Ideally, a student should be able to read a passage once and comprehend it thoroughly enough to answer many of the questions without having to refer back to the passage. However, this level of reading comprehension takes a long time to develop, and some students find themselves in a situation where they only have a few months to study before taking the SAT.

These students need to experiment with different strategies. Try reading the questions first, and then referencing the passage. Or skim the passage first, focusing on the first and last sentences of each paragraph, and then tackle the questions. If you aren’t seeing improvement with one method, try another. Don’t believe anyone who insists there is only one right way to tackle passage based questions.


3.Know your special triangles.

You will frequently encounter math questions where the “key” is realizing that the triangle in question is a special triangle. If you feel you can go no further on a triangle question and find yourself thinking something like, “there’s not enough information!”, always check to see if it may be a 30-60-90 or 3-4-5 triangle (for the latter, remember that any ratio of 3-4-5 works, like 6-8-10 or 30-40-50).

You can also try splitting the triangle in two to see if it forms a special triangle. Also, know how to calculate the diagonal of a square. Yes, some of this information can be found at the beginning of each math section, but if you’re out of practice it won’t do you much good!


4.Never leave any multiple choice questions blank.

Never, even if you can’t eliminate any answer choices. The College Board tells us that a person who leaves the entire test blank and a person who blindly guesses on every question will, on average, receive the same score. But a person who leaves blanks runs the risk of incorrectly bubbling in the rest of the answers (e.g. student leaves question 12 blank, and accidentally fills in the answer for question 13 in the bubbles for section 12, and so on).

Moreover, because raw scores are only whole numbers, certain quarter point deductions for incorrect answers will not affect your score due to a rounding-up effect. For instance, imagine a student who knows the answer to every single question in Critical Reading, except the very last one, and furthermore is unable to eliminate any answer choices. This student currently has a raw score of 66 and has a 1/5 chance of guessing the correct answer and receiving a perfect raw score of 67. On the other hand, this student has a 4/5 chance of guessing incorrectly, and reducing his raw score to 65.75. But since raw scores are only whole numbers, this would be rounded up to a 66, meaning that guessing in this case would carry absolutely no risk (A 65.50 would also be rounded up). Due to this rounding effect that, a person who leaves nothing blank has a slight score advantage over the person who leaves some questions blank.


5.Read, read, read—especially topics that you don’t find particularly interesting.

Even students with mediocre scores on the passage based reading sections do fairly well on passages that they find interesting. Many high school students are accustomed to skimming material that they find boring or uninteresting and therefore quickly lose attention when they encounter such a passage on the SAT. If you find yourself reading the same sentence over and over again, this is probably what’s going on. As interest wanes, so does focus.

One way to retain focus is to engage in active reading (for instance, notating the passage as you read it). A better way is to increase your attention span through practice. If you struggle with science passages, then go to the science section of the New York Times website, download some science articles. Read with the goal of keeping focus, and increase your speed as you progress. Periodical articles are ideal because their difficulty approximates that of most passages.



6.If you’re stuck on a math problem, start writing.

Write anything: label the diagrams, draw a picture or plug in numbers. Try expanding, factoring or simplifying expressions. Often students will leave a math question blank and say “I’m stuck” but they will have little or nothing written on the page. Write down what you know and see if anything comes from it. Many times something does. Often there are hidden patterns in the question that we miss until we start writing things down.


7.In your essay, consider the opposing point of view.

Graders of the essay appreciate writing that sounds mature. An easy way to demonstrate mature thinking is to acknowledge the opposing point of view to your thesis. Don’t agree with the other point of view, merely acknowledge that it exists and is reasonable, but that your thesis is superior for whatever reason. You can do this in your conclusion paragraph or in a separate paragraph before your conclusion.

If your thesis is something like, “Hard work is essential for success,” you can say something along the lines of, “While it is true that lazy people occasionally attain success, these instances are rare, and are usually the effect of pure luck or extraordinary natural ability. The overwhelming majority of successful people are successful because they worked hard at it.” This is a simple, powerful formula to follow and most students don’t do it. Hence, it’s a great way to distinguish your essay from the hundred other essays your grader will read.


8.Always show your work.

Careless, silly mistakes often turn great scores into good scores. Students rightly feel that they can do a lot of the simpler math in their heads, and they usually can. Unfortunately, this also frequently leads to silly mistakes, especially on questions that have multiple steps. Even if you are confident that you can perform all the steps of a math question in your mind, do yourself a favor and spend a few extra seconds writing the numbers down.


9.Use official tests to practice with.

Buy a used, unmarked copy of the Official SAT Study Guide for 10 bucks on Amazon. This book contains ten practice tests. If you need more practice, look for previous versions of College Board’s “official” SAT prep books. Some will object that these old tests are obsolete because they were created before the 2005 update of the SAT. On the contrary, they still make excellent practice; just skip the analogy and Quantitative Comparison sections (also, be aware that these older tests do not have a Writing section). Make sure you read the product description and only buy unmarked used copies!


10.Create a collection of mature sounding words and phrases to incorporate into your essay.

According to the College Board, a six level essay “exhibits skillful use of language, using a varied, accurate, and apt vocabulary.” Most students use very dull diction on their SAT. Some students try to incorporate so called “vocab words” into their essays, but do so in a way that sounds forced or contrived. When you come across words or phrases in your reading that you think could be incorporated into your essays, jot them down, review them, and incorporate them into your practice essays. A word like “perfunctory” can impress!

Teacher Appreciation Day

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day from Omega Learning® Center! In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, we want to thank all of our tutors at Omega Learning® Center! We appreciate their dedicating, hard-working, and loving support that helps make a difference in every child’s educational future. Here are the top 6 reasons why Omega Learning® tutors are special. 


Omega tutors are teachers.Our tutors are qualified, motivated, and certified teachers who care about your student’s success.


Omega tutors are educated.Many Omega tutors have master’s degrees and special education degrees, and all must complete the Omega Certification Program.


Omega tutors produce results.Omega tutors achieve results using our AIM Tutoring System®. The average academic growth is 2.6 years after completing our program.


Omega tutors are local.Our tutors live and work in our community. They believe in the power of a strong education and its value for your child’s future.


Omega tutors are dynamic.Our tutors engage their students and use auditory, visual and tactile instructional methods to achieve lasting results.


Omega tutors are connected.Omega tutors communicate with hundreds of teachers daily directly with schools through our software system to help you achieve success.


Omega tutors believe in education.By providing opportunity for growth, building student confidence, and encouraging critical thinking skills, our Omega tutors help students achieve academic success.



Omega Learning® Center offers Tutoring K-12 with certified teachers for every subject in school. Find a center near you!

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Keeping Kids Off The Summer Slide

Something is waiting for many children each summer and their parents don’t even know it’s out there. It’s called the “summer slide,” and it describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months.

As parents approach the summer break, many are thinking about the family vacation, trips to the pool, how to keep children engaged in activities at home, the abrupt changes to everyone’s schedule—and how to juggle it all. What they might not be focusing on is how much educational ground their children could lose during the three-month break from school, particularly when it comes to reading.

Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward. According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: “A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year…. It’s common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills.”

Summer slide affects millions of children each year in this country—but it doesn’t have to. Omega Learning® Center offers highly effective summer programs that can help your student improve core reading, math, and writing skills to ensure a strong academic foundation. Omega’s highly qualified certified teachers can have your student stay sharp this summer by filling the skill gaps, teaching validated study skills, and helping your student build vital critical thinking skills needed for success for the new school year.

Omega Learning® Center offers Tutoring K-12 with certified teachers for every subject in school. Find a center near you!

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Avoid Summer Brain Drain

It’s called the “summer brain drain,” and it’s affecting students of all ages. During the long, hot months away from school, kids lose knowledge when they don’t engage in educational activities over the summer vacation. On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills.

For students who do not continue their education throughout the summer undergo major repercussions of learning loss all the way up to high school. By not being able to fill skill gaps, it becomes more difficult for them to stay on track and fall behind. Over one million students in the class of 2010 failed to graduate with a high school diploma. Currently, the national graduation rate stands at a dismal 75 percent, due in part to the 15 million youth unsupervised after the school day ends and an additional 24 million in need of supervision during the summer.

The “summer brain drain” can be prevented by keeping kids learning — it is never too early or too late to start during the summer.  Omega Learning® Center offers highly effective summer programs that can ensure a strong academic foundation by improving core reading, math, and writing skills. Omega Learning® Center also have highly qualified certified teachers to help your student stay sharp this summer. By filling the skill gaps, teaching validated study skills, and providing your student to build vital critical thinking skills, Omega Learning® Center can bridge the gap for many students to succeed for the new school year.






Summer Programs

Summer Reading Enrichment

Help your student discover the love of reading and writing this summer with Omega Learning® Center’s enrichment-based OutpAce® curriculum. Omega’s certified teachers help students develop and improve the fundamentals of reading and writing. Our highly-effective summer program includes sight words, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, language arts, and writing skills. In our AdvancED® learning environment students build vital critical-thinking skills needed for Reading and math application.


Summer Math Enrichment

Math can be fun! Omega’s certified teachers help students develop and improve fundamental math concepts including basic calculation skills, math facts fluency, word problems, and math reasoning. Through Omega’s enrichment-based OutpAce® curriculum, students build vital critical-thinking skills needed to apply their knowledge to more advanced, multi-step math concepts. Preview fall math curriculum and get a jump start on the upcoming school year at Omega Learning® Center this summer!


Kindergarten Success

Benefit from individualized instruction by certified teachers this summer and help your child become fully-prepared to begin Kindergarten and achieve success throughout Kindergarten. Omega’s caring, certified teachers help young learners, ages 4-7, build vital critical-thinking skills and develop the fundamentals of reading, writing, and math. Omega’s certified teachers use auditory, visual, and tactile teaching materials to optimize the learning experience. Omega’s program builds the confidence and skills needed for a lifetime of success!


SAT/ACT Boot Camps

Omega Learning® Centers offer customized Test Prep camps during the summer that are designed to target and improve your student’s scores in math, reading, writing, and vocabulary. Omega’s teachers provide strategic remediation, mock testing, guided instruction, and strengthened critical-thinking skills.


Summer School

ALL High School Math courses are available at Omega’s Summer School! Earn credit recovery at Omega Learning® Center this summer. Students benefit from Certified Teachers and a low Student:Teacher ratio. Omega Learning® Center offers flexible scheduling and affordable pricing. All centers are AdvancED® Accredited.


S.T.E.A.M. Camps

Students develop new skills, expand creative thinking, foster team building, and meet new friends. In our AdvancED® accredited learning environment, summer camp students benefit from small group instruction led by certified teachers. Upon completion, each student will be presented with a certificate for the successful completion of the Omega Learning® Center S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camp.



Summer Programs may vary. Call center for availability.


5 Ways to Stay on Track in Summer

How to make your summer count

It’s important to take a break, relax and have some fun over the summer, but it’s also a great time to do something that will interest and challenge you. Here are some suggestions for ways to make your summer worthwhile.


1. Get hands-on experience

Make the most of your summer by getting hands-on experience in the real world, whether through a paid job, volunteer work or an internship. Summer work allows you to develop new skills and looks good on a college application. It shows that you are a dedicated, goal-oriented person — and one who’s likely to succeed.


2. Take a class

Consider exploring an interest that you don’t have time for during the school year. It may mean learning a new language or gaining in-depth knowledge in a favorite subject, such as chemistry. Get more information about summer learning programs at Omega Learning Center.


3. Join or form a book club

Participating in a book club is a great way to become comfortable sharing your thoughts in a group setting, a common activity in college classes. You can also work on organizational and leadership skills if you help create the reading list or set up some of the meetings.


4. Keep a journal

Keeping a diary or a blog is a great way to boost your writing skills. You may even find the perfect topic for a college-application essay as you write about a vacation you took or your experiences at work or with friends.


5. Read the news

Reading is the best way to build your vocabulary, expand your knowledge and learn to analyze text. Reading newspapers and magazines — in print or online — keeps you informed about important current and world events. You might even discover a new passion if you stumble across the right story.



Summer S.T.E.A.M. Camps

Educators across the world are thinking S.T.E.A.M…. with the “Arts” playing a critical role.  Traditionally the trendy S.T.E.M. catch phrase has represented the academic areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Recent studies have led educators nationwide to the conclusion that it is crucial to provide our students with an interdisciplinary education that brings the arts and sciences together, especially at an early age.  And so the term S.T.E.A.M. has become the latest educational focus. The concept of S.T.E.A.M. (and not just S.T.E.M.) is becoming a household catch phrase, as more parents and educators are learning the importance of nurturing both sides of the brain, and creating the critical-thinking skills our youth will need in their economy.

Problem-solving seems to have a new definition, as students are encouraged to look at a problem through different perspectives and find a solution through varying means. Parents across the country have expressed agreement that our students understanding the growing “creative and innovative” economy represents America’s future.

The abundance of S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camps being offered by early adopters also signals an increased role for the Arts in education and an opportunity for cutting-edge educational companies like Omega Learning® Center to lead its competitors in this educational trend! It is apparent that our students are challenged with a rapidly developing world of technology and in order for American students to stay competitive in a global environment; S.T.E.A.M. skills will certainly need to be strengthened. More and more teachers are promoting project-based learning as the norm, as opposed to the “exception” and so the S.T.E.A.M. camp idea becomes a great place to start.

The numerous types of S.T.E.A.M. summer camps represent a totally new approach to learning this curriculum. “K-12 education is being reinvented through the integration of sciences and arts, creating a stronger, more intuitive foundation for our students,” says Kimberly Smith, Omega Learning® Center Co-Founder and CEO. With tutoring centers across the US, Omega Learning® Center partners with 5-15 public and private schools per franchise territory and sees first-hand the challenges facing our schools, teachers, students and communities. “Today, students need to think more creatively, express themselves with confidence, and understand the real-world application of the math and reading concepts they are learning in school,”  Kimberly Smith continues.

Omega Learning® Center is launching S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camps in 2018 to help students jump start their education for the school year. Omega’s summer S.T.E.A.M. Camps will provide fun, hands-on learning activities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Students will develop new skills, expand creative thinking, foster team building, and meet new friends. In Omega’s AdvancED® accredited learning environment summer camp students benefit from small-group instruction led by certified teachers.

Depending on the student’s grade in school, activities may include Math Games, Hands-On Science Activities, Art Projects, Speech/Presentation, Creative Problem Solving, as well as learning about Robotics and Computer Technology.  Omega campers are divided into like-minded grade clusters to better tailor activities, instruction, and curriculum content for a more engaging and fun experience!  And upon completion, each student will be presented with a certificate for the successful completion of the Omega Learning® Center S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camp, building confidence for a lifetime of success!  Visit to find a center near you.

We need S.T.E.A.M. based education. S.T.E.A.M.-based education explores emerging concepts like “divergent thinking skills” and “intuitive instructional plans.” Both terms promote more creativity from both teacher and student. Environments that promote such learning include tutoring centers, small-group classrooms, hybrid schools, and academic camps.  It is believed by many that our global competitive edge and our ability to solve real world problems will emerge from the proficiency of our students in developing these S.T.E.A.M.-based skills.

Omega Learning® Center believes this “different” way of teaching and learning is an inherent part of the company’s mission statement, “to provide customized instruction that achieves each family’s educational goals.” Leading this educational trend since 2005, Omega Learning Center has promoted curriculum that is enrichment-based, the instructional materials that are multi-sensory, educational programs that develop intuitively, and progress that can be measured. “A child’s experience is limited, yet their abilities are vast,” says Kimberly Smith. “At Omega Learning® Center students thrive when they are given the tools and encouragement to think creatively. When you combine that with the fact that our tutors are provided the flexibility to creative an intuitive instructional path the possibilities are limitless.”

“A modern education is rigorous, but takes the “whole” student into context in development. A student may simultaneously, as opposed to solely, be a scholar, athlete, artist, and public speaker,” Kimberly Smith adds.  “In addition to seeing a trend towards project-based learning in public schools, the problems themselves are beginning to revolve around the context of S.T.EA.M. to provide a broader, more meaningful learning experience.” Omega Learning® Center is AdvancED accredited nationwide and provides tutoring and test preparation for grades K-12. To find a center near you, visit

Omega Believes In Accreditation

Omega is accredited by AdvancED.

Omega Learning®, including the services of Omega Private Academy®, is accredited by AdvancED nationwide. AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, engaging 32,000 public and private schools, 4 million educators, and 20 million students across the United States and 70 other countries worldwide. The AdvancED organization seeks to help schools in every state in the country improve student success by holding them accountable to a stringent set of educational standards.


Omega realizes the importance of an accreditation.

Omega is committed to continuous improvement. In 2016 Omega Learning® was re-accredited with Honors through 2021. Omega’s re-accreditation scores exceeded the AdvancED network average scores by 30%. Omega is committed to maintaining its accreditation, as most colleges and universities will accept only students who have graduated from AdvancED accredited schools.


Omega is accredited in every state.

Regional AdvancED accreditation divisions in the United States include the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).


Omega is committed to maintain our accreditation.

Every five years, accredited schools are re-evaluated by AdvancED representatives to ensure that they continue to provide the consistent standards of educational quality. Omega will continue to uphold and improve the highest standards in order to maintain our valuable accreditation, the integrity of our franchise system, and the trust of our customers.