TutaPoint Online Education Blog

13
Mar

Five Sure-Fire Time-Management Tips for Busy Teens

Posted By Meredith Crawford

By Meredith Crawford   Between attending school, bulking up your resume with extracurricular activities, rounding yourself out with sports or a musical instrument, maintaining your friendships, and maybe even earning a little money at a part-time job, it can seem like there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done—and to do it well.   What’s a 21st-century student to do?   With so many competing demands, it can be difficult to find balance. But it’s not impossible. Here are some tips from two of TutaPoint’s experienced tutors.   If possible, “do your homework every day before going to activities and jobs,” says Andrea Kelley, ... Read More

05
Mar

Strong Reactions to Common Core State Standards: Testing versus Teaching

Posted By Meredith Crawford

By Melissa Babcock Now that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative has taken root in 46 states, proponents of standardized testing may find themselves with more material to bolster their opinion, while many of those who work with students every day and are responsible for their wellbeing—including their teachers and parents—are reacting much differently.   The Case for Common Core   By setting consistent and high standards in language arts and math for kindergarten through 12th graders nationwide, CCSS aims to streamline inconsistent academic expectations from state to state and address the rising number of high school graduates who are inadequately prepared for four-year ... Read More

03
Mar

Planning Your College Campus Visit

Posted By Meredith Crawford

By Meredith Crawford It’s hard to believe, but the springtime thaw is just around the corner— and with it, the perfect time of year to plan those critical college visits!   But when you consider how valuable visiting a college in person can be to the decision-making process, it can all seem more daunting than arranging a five-star vacation.   Fear not—college admissions professionals offer some commonsense tips to make your recon mission smooth and enjoyable.    Get Organized First thing’s first. Make an appointment with the school’s admissions office, advises the West Haven High School Counseling Department.   Apps like Admitted.ly allow you to organize and efficiently plan the ... Read More

28
Feb

Top Questions to Ask on College Tours

Posted By Ryan Duques

[caption id="attachment_292" align="alignright" width="225"] Daniel Hand High School in Madison, Connecticut[/caption] By Meredith Crawford Does the thought of visiting a college campus and coming up with substantial, get-to-the-heart-of-it questions leave you feeling overwhelmed—or worse, tongue-tied? You’re not alone. You've probably pored over websites for hours, trying to decide which schools will best suit your needs. You can barely remember which school offers an interior design major and which has that concentration in veterinarian science. And now you have to come up with more questions that might complicate your final decision even more?! But don’t fret. The right questions and observations can actually make your ... Read More

13
Feb

From Common Core to Common Thief: In-Home Tutor Steals Valuables from L.I. Home

Posted By Ryan Duques
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While her students were likely reflecting on the evening’s homework assignments, it seems 36-year-old special education tutor Bonni Blier was allegedly intent instead on casing their homes for valuables. In-Home tutor Bonnie Blier is accused of stealing valuables from her student's homes. Photo Courtesy of Suffolk County Police.   On Feb. 11, according to Newsday and several other media outlets, Blier, of Ronkonkoma, New York, was arrested by Suffolk County Police and “charged with stealing jewelry from several homes where she tutored students.”  While in-person tutoring has historically been popular, this incident highlights possible safety and security concerns. But what if these students had been able to enjoy the ... Read More

01
Feb

How 529 College Savings Plans = Lifetime of Returns

Posted By Ryan Duques

By Marisa Nadolny Common wisdom tells us many things. Among those things: children are expensive, particularly if those children are college-bound.   Lest common wisdom strike too obvious a chord, consider two facts that better illustrate the point: Between the school years 2000-01 and 2010-11, inflation-adjusted prices for undergraduate tuition and housing at public institutions rose 42 percent; prices at private nonprofit schools rose 31 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. “Expensive,” indeed.   But the stakes are even higher than the initial impact on a family’s savings. Without that college degree, a child stands to earn a ... Read More

31
Jan

I Got Into College! Now What?

Posted By Ryan Duques

By Meredith Crawford   The long wait is over, and your inbox is (hopefully) overflowing with acceptances to colleges that would be proud to have you. Feels good, doesn't it? Go ahead, bask in the glow. But wait. How are you going to decide which school to go to?   It can seem like an overwhelming choice, but with a little research and a lot of firsthand exploration, you can make a decision that you’ll feel confident about.   Counselor Danielle Attard of Connecticut’s West Haven High School and education consultant Marcia Myhre of College Bound of Guilford, LLC, weigh in.   It’s All (or Mostly) About the Money “Heading off to ... Read More

24
Jan

Boost Vocabulary: Add Points to Your SAT Score

Posted By Ryan Duques

By Meredith Crawford Unequivocal. Conflagration. Diatribe. Protean. Emphatic. Moribund. Fastidious. Erudite. Attest. Tenacious.   Sam Rosensohn, SAT Prep Expert How many of these words can you define? If the answer is five or fewer, it’s time to start building your vocabulary for the vocab-driven critical reading portion of the SAT test, says Sam Rosensohn, founder and owner of Connecticut-based SAT-prep provider College Planning Partnership.   But don’t worry-building your vocabulary doesn’t have to be difficult. Just follow these five simple steps Sam offers, and you’ll be well on your way to improving your score.   Five Ways to Build Your Vocabulary for the SAT Test:   · 1. “Purchase The Official SAT Study Guide issued ... Read More

21
Jan

Official 2014 ACT Test Dates

Posted By Ryan Duques

ACT, Inc. will offer the ACT test three times during the first half of 2014.During first half of the 2014 school year, the ACT exam will be offered on the following dates:ACT Test Dates in 2014February 8, 2014April 12, 2014June 14, 2014Where you can register for the ACT Test? Register for the ACT online at the ACT's official website. Where can I take an Online ACT Test Prep Course? Consider the award-winning EdgePrepLIVE. Read More

20
Jan

How to Avoid Common Grammar Mistakes – Top Grammar Tips From an Expert

Posted By Ryan Duques

By Meredith CrawfordWe’ve all seen those hilarious Internet memes featuring headlines made cringe-worthy by the simple omission of a letter or two. Surely most of us know how to clean up our writing enough to avoid a failure of that magnitude.  But what about those sneaky, less easily-spotted grammatical errors? How can students and writers avoid making those mistakes? Experienced TutaPoint.com tutor Brooke Scheidemantle says that, while mastering grammar isn’t easy, it’s like any other skill: Practice makes perfect. “It’s like eating healthy; you can’t change overnight. You have to slowly add new things in, use them until they become natural, then ... Read More

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