Educational Blog

4 Back to School Anxiety Soothers

Will I get more homework? What if my teacher is mean? Starting a new year comes with a lot of unknowns, so it’s no wonder that many parents report that their kiddo is struck with anxiety this time of year. The biggest clues: Her happy summer mood has quickly turned restless, irritable, or withdrawn, or she starts complaining about headaches, stomachaches, or sleep problems, says Marian Fish, Ph.D., the school psychology graduate program coordinator at Queens College in New York City. The good news? It’s nothing for you to worry about, because we’ve asked the experts what you can do:... More »

4 Helpful Habits for Back-to-School Season

Very soon we'll be trading in the sound of the ice cream truck bell for the sound of the school bell. The start of a new school year is right around the corner. With the season comes the opportunity to put in place some back-to-school habits that can help your children build their literacy skills. Here are four practical ideas to help your family kick-off the school year.     1. Keep Up With a Reading Log Many schools request children to read at home several times a week. Even if the school does not require daily reading, it's still... More »

10 Ways to Celebrate the New School Year

1.Say cheese! Hold a first-day photo shoot. Keep the mood light by suggesting silly faces or letting the family pet join in. Can't stop snapping? Capture your child stepping off the school bus in the afternoon. Make it a lasting family tradition by having her pose by the same tree, swing, or mantel every year.   2.Bury a time capsule. Fill a box or jar with mementos that capture your child's current interests. Include a journal entry or video diary — he can list favorite movies, books, and bands and describe first-day fears, friends he can't wait to see, and goals for the... More »

Making the Move to Middle School

For many kids, the transition to middle school couldn’t come at a worse time. Just as your child is wrestling with their own roller coaster emotions, just as they are struggling to understand and accept the physical changes in their body — all of which make them alternately distracted, forgetful, anxious, self-conscious, and argumentative — everything about the school day is changing too. While most children look forward to these years and don’t spiral into emotional turmoil, that doesn’t mean it’s always smooth sailing. By staying involved in your child’s life, you can anticipate difficulties and be better equipped to... More »

Dealing with Back to School Anxiety

Going from long, lazy summer days back to the rigors of a classroom can be a bumpy road for your child. It's normal for them to experience a range of emotions about returning to school. Though each child responds to going back to school differently, you can take steps to address jitters and make the transition time smoother. Could one of these issues be causing your child's fears? Life Changes Starting at a new school can present an especially daunting challenge. Similarly, if your child has recently experienced an upheaval at home, such as moving or divorce, he may be... More »

Rising Juniors Action Plan

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.   Fall 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... 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,... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Teacher Appreciation Week

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.    1. Omega tutors are teachers.Our tutors are qualified, motivated, and certified teachers who care about your student’s success.   2.Omega tutors are educated.Many Omega tutors have master’s degrees and special education degrees, and all must complete the Omega Certification Program.  ... More »