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Executive Skills Blog Series – 1

“Teach them to fish and they’ll eat for a lifetime.” This phrase came to mind as we were making preparations for our new offering at New England Tutors – Executive Skills Coaching. “Teach them how to learn” was one of the first concepts we had in mind as we started....

No Choice: They Are Both Important

If you live near a high school, you’ve probably already heard the marching bands practicing, the skirmishes in football, and maybe even the activities on the soccer and lacrosse fields. School is open, the teams are working and the spirit is soaring.

But what about those kids who are faltering? Those who are finding it hard to stay on the team, or keep to their academics because of the athletic schedule, or just finding the time and energy to do it all? And then we have the parents who must be the home academic deans and athletic directors to help their students juggle it all. Would everyone be better off if schools eliminated sports in order to focus more on academics? While there is a movement in that direction, several studies have shown that athletes are more likely to finish high school, and with higher grades, than non-athletes.

So what are we to do? Visit the link below to read our entire post on the topic and how New England Tutors can help your student excel!

Tuition, room and board and…..how much more?

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With summer vacation coming to an end and many of our students heading off to college for the first time. For many students, moving away to college is the first chance they have to step out on their own and be responsible for their own lives. Being in control of finances is just one of the many new responsibilities for freshmen in college, and all too often we hear of students calling home in just the first few weeks to ask for more money. Poor money skills and a lack of financial discipline is a recipe for disaster.

While it isn’t easy, there are ways to make sure this does not happen while still making sure our student is happy while away at school. Our latest blog post is a great overview of how to help your student get on a path of managing and budgeting his or her own money. Just check the link below!

Testing…testing…1, 2, 3…testing. Testing?

Starting the day we are all born, our lives seemingly resolve around tests. From the Apgar test that is performed within minutes of birth, to our health, school work, and obtaining our driver’s license, taking tests is we measure our ability.

For juniors and seniors in high school, the two tests designed to gauge a student’s readiness for college (the SAT and/or ACT), can represent a true terror. These tests are one of the most important factors looked at for college admission and can make the difference of a student getting in to his or her first choice college or maybe a fallback choice.

At New England Tutors we are all intimately familiar with standardized testing for college. In fact, one of our most requested services is our SAT/ACT preparation course. But did you know that the reliance on a standardized test is actually becoming less standard? There are now over 850 schools of higher education adopting the test-optional policy!

Learn more about the new trend of test-optional college admissions and review some resources on how to best help prepare your student for the college application process by visiting the full post at the link below!

The decline in withholding recess as a punishment

My guess is that the most common answer to the question “What’s your favorite subject in school?” is RECESS. Well, maybe not the most common, but certainly at the top-of-mind for kids in primary school.

I remember when I was a student, that breaks throughout the day were important, even necessary. And my daughter seconds the motion!

So when I came across an article in Education Week exploring the decline in withholding recess as a punishment, I immediately took notice, and hope that you will visit our latest blog post to read more about the topic and the research that has been done. The link below will take you to my full post!

Summer Options for Campers with Alternative Needs

For families and their children with disabilities or special needs, all they want is for people to see them as individuals. Not as the child with Cerebral Palsy, or the child with Down Syndrome, or whatever the disability or special need maybe. Whatever challenges they must face. It is only part of who they are.

We are fortunate to have three camps in New Hampshire, two of which are residential, that understand this desire. The mission of these three camps is to allow children with disabilities or special needs to be campers in a traditional camp setting while supporting their needs.

You can learn more about these two camps on our latest blog post. We’ve included an overview of the services provided, the summer 2015 schedules, and even a video so you can see how amazing these camps are. Just visit the link below!

Is it really a learning disability?

From our March newsletter..... In the 6 years I have been working with children and families in the tutoring world, I have seen a diverse community of needs, abilities and diagnoses. I have reviewed IEP's and 504 plans, attended IEP meetings, parent teacher meetings...

Connecting the Dots – Professional Development

As spring was coming on (at least I hoped it was…never sure in New England…), I was reflecting on the growth of New England Tutors and how we have cultivated and nurtured our organization, while we cultivate and nurture the skills and talents of our students.

Why Not Consider a Private School?

Don't get me wrong, public schools are exactly the right place for many students. I know from experience, and from the work we at NE Tutors do all over the region. But sometimes, and for a lot of reasons, a private school environment might suit your child better....

Education Choices in New Hampshire

Today, parents have more choices than ever before with regards to their student’s education. At New England Tutors we have been able to closely observe the variety of different educational environments and the advantages/disadvantages they all bring across a range of situations.

Did you know that 87% of New Hampshire’s students attend Public Schools, while close to 3% are Home Schooled and only about 1% attend a Public Charter School? When considering what the best environment would be best for your student what questions would you ask and what would you take into consideration?

Visit the link below to read the full post where we compare and contrast the different learning environments available to New Hampshire students. If you are contemplating a change to your student’s learning environment we know there is a lot of research to be done, and hope that we’ve helped you start the process.

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