Why get a tutor at the beginning of school? How academic coaching is more effective – and affordable

A+ Club academic support opens future opportunitie for students

Helping your child with math tutoring or chemistry tutoring at the beginning of the school year isn’t a bad idea. Anything a student can do to get ahead of class and really make sense of the teacher when school starts is great. However, there are several important reasons why parents should be wary of starting tutoring early in the school year: 1. Direct tutoring, even online tutoring, can be very expensive. 2. Direct tutoring can backfire on a parent because once school starts some students come to rely on their tutors and don’t learn to act independently. 3. Academic success is a process, not an outcome. 4. Successful students overcome barriers and empower themselves to problem solve, negotiate with teachers and succeed on their own. Certainly it’s better to do something than nothing, and you don’t want to be one of those panicked parents who call us for help in February. We’d rather help your child […]

How to avoid “summer learning loss” with math tutoring & enrichment

School's out doesn't mean the learning should stop, too Kids hate having to think about math during the summer. School’s out and they just want to relax, so getting them to work on their summer math packets can be like pulling teeth. At the A+ Club we understand this, but we also know that summer math tutoring & enrichment is essential to maintaining skills and concepts. An entire school year of learning new concepts followed by three math-free months is like taking two steps forward and one step back. In fact, research shows summer “learning loss” in mathematics is equivalent to 2.6 months of school year learning (see “Summer Learning Loss” Wikipedia). Our summer math tutoring program will keep the math fresh and ready your child for the upcoming school year. We focus on skills that may need reinforcement from the previous year and prepare students for the coming year with new concepts and practice […]

Piecing Together Academic Success: Study skills are essential for student improvement

When tutoring isn't enough: academic coaching for all-round improvement Many parents of teens who are underperforming in school look to find a tutor for homework help or figuring out math and other subjects. While a tutor can help organize a class or learn certain information and skills, at the A+ Club we don’t rely on tutoring alone. In addition to online tutoring, we use academic coaches and mentors who help students who want better grades and overall academic improvement by addressing their fundamental academic skills and concerns. Our academic coaches and mentors are experienced teachers who help students identify what it really takes for academic success. These include: 1. how to identify teacher expectations 2. how take full advantage of resources such as textbooks, study guides, and essay or homework assignment rubrics, and 3. how to develop effective organizational and time management skills. Lasting student improvement comes from our all-round approach, not just from hourly tutoring […]

Tutoring as a trap? We want kids NOT to need tutoring!

Is tutoring as a business or a service? At the A+ Club, direct tutoring is not about generating steady revenue. We put student needs above our own, which means we want kids to not need us anymore! That means we’ve done our job and they’ve gotten the help they need. For most tutoring services, their revenue depends adding more and more student tutoring hours. Our business model works differently, so we don’t depend on that revenue. In fact, that’s why we can charge an incredibly low $135 per month for all the services we provide: Daily assignment updates reported to students and parents Weekly grades and missing work lists reported to students and parents Weekly reflection calls with experienced educators for goal setting and problem solving. On-demand tutoring in all subjects (especially math tutoring!) On-demand essay review for grammatical correction and content improvement. You see, tutoring is just a part of what we do, so we […]