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Get College Ready Now

One reason that working hard in high school is important is because it prepares you for college-level courses. At many colleges, accepted students must take placement tests in subjects such as reading, writing and math to see if they’re ready for college-level work in those areas. When you take a placement test, your results may show that you can skip some introductory courses. Or they may show that you need more preparation for college work. If this is the case, your college may require you to take remedial courses.   What Are Remedial Courses? Remedial courses are catch-up courses, also... More »

5 Tips to Help Kids Look Forward to Math

Is math homework the least favorite part of your child’s afternoon? Do you both avoid sitting down to complete assigned math problems? Many children say they “hate” math and try to dodge or rush through it. Some kids who speed through their work actually have strong math skills, but they end up making silly mistakes. Though you might also prefer sitting down to read a book with your child over tackling math homework, it's helpful to create a good attitude about math — so that any negative feelings about the subject don't linger over time. Here are some tips to... More »

Help Your Child Prepare for Standardized Testing

Standardized tests play a major role in today's schooling. Your child may take one or more standardized tests each year, and her teacher may devote a significant amount of class time to preparation exercises. Several states administer "high stakes" tests, which can have a significant impact on school assessment and funding, determine your child's class placement, or even prevent grade promotion. No matter how you feel about this controversial assessment tool, it's important that your child do her best.   What Do Standardized Tests Measure? The tests provide a yardstick for educators to evaluate the performance of students and schools,... More »

Experience the Omega Difference

Omega helps students who have just begun having difficulty with a subject or combination of subjects. They may have even achieved straight “A’s” all through elementary school. Now their skill gaps are evident through falling grades and confidence.   Omega helps students who have always struggled in school and don’t know why. Their grades are inconsistent and they lack confidence. They have never had their child tested and are concerned there may be a learning disability or ADHD.   Omega helps students who know they have a learning disability. These students know their deficiencies and respond well to year-round tutoring.... More »

3 Differences Between the ACT English and SAT Writing

When deciding whether to register for the ACT or SAT, high school students should choose the test that plays to their strengths. Understanding the differences between the ACT English section and the SAT Writing and Language section – both of which test a student's ability to understand and improve written passages – is key to making an informed decision.   Here are three differences between the two tests for students to consider.   1.Number of questions and time allotted per question. One of the greatest differences between the ACT English and the SAT Writing and Language sections is that the former contains... More »

6 Tips To Help Your Elementary Student With Homework

Homework doesn't have to involve a battle. Families shouldn't have to dread daily homework. Here are 6 tips to help alleviate homework frustration, and make homework time a more positive experience for both children and parents.   1. Timing Is Everything Imagine spending a full day at work, only to come home and be forced to immediately begin working again. Our kids work hard at school, and need to be given time to decompress when they get home. Allow your child some time to play and relax after school. After some designated playtime and a healthy afternoon snack, set aside... More »

Academic Action Plan for High School Seniors

Senior year is a whirlwind of activities. This is a big year for your child as he or she balances schoolwork, extracurricular activities and the college application process. Use the suggestions below to help you and your child successfully navigate this important time.   Spring Help your child process college responses. Once your child starts hearing back from colleges about admission and financial aid, he or she will need your support to decide what to do. Review financial aid offers together. Your 12th-grader will need your help to read through financial aid award letters and figure out which package works... More »

3 Things Parents Should Do In January

Most grade slippage happens in the third quarter of the school year, and it’s no wonder — with all those fresh holiday toys at home and summer so far away it can be hard to stay motivated and on track with schoolwork. And hectic family schedules combined with shorter daylight hours can make it tricky to find time together for important conversations. Here are three simple things parents can do to make sure your kids start the New Year off on the right foot.   1. Get them organized. Even if your kids keep their room on the cleaner side, January is... More »

New Year Resolutions for the Family

This is the time of year when many people make resolutions for the coming year. Unfortunately, this often produces incredibly ambitious goals that don't survive the month. Let's try to make some resolutions that your family can maintain. This will not only achieve the desired results but it will also teach your kids to follow through with their goals.   1. Increase Physical Activity. Exercise is a passion for some, dreaded by others. If your family is more in the latter camp, just aim for at least 20 minutes of "moderate to vigorous" physical activity during the day. This can include... More »

Take Control Of Homework

Although very few students love homework, it does serve a purpose. Homework helps you: Reinforce what you've learned during the day. Build study habits that are essential in college. Prepare for your classes. Get a sense of progress. Here are some tips to help you deal with homework more efficiently and effectively.   Set the Mood Create a good study area with everything you need (for example, a calculator). If you don't have a quiet place at home, try your school or local library.   Know Where to Begin Make a list of everything you need to do, and note... More »