Educational Blog

Exciting 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... More »

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.... More »

Understanding Different Types of Reading Problems in Kids

Many kids talk late, or lack interest in letters, claim they hate reading, or have other reading problems. Does it mean they have a disability if they have reading problems? The answer is complicated. One in five public school children — some 10 million — have reading problems, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) in New York City. Learning disabilities can range from mild to severe and, although they affect each person differently, most fall into two broad areas: Language and reading problems, including dyslexia (difficulty decoding language) and dysgraphia (difficulties relating to handwriting, spelling, and composition).... More »

How to Stop Homework Battles

The sighs of parents everywhere signal the seemingly inevitable homework tug-of-wars. Who hasn't wondered, "Why can't he just sit down and finish his work?" or "Should I remind him again about the science test?" Leapfrogging over homework hurdles can be especially tricky if you live with one of the kids described below. Remember that homework hassles are often discipline problems in disguise. Defuse the power struggles by following the cardinal rules of discipline in general: set limits that are reasonable — and stick to them when it's realistic. The Perfectionist To a certain extent, perfectionists just can't help it: "We... More »

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 »