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    Thursday
    May102018

    Summer Learning Loss is Real: Summer Camps at Think! are the Solution

    According to the New Jersey State Department of Education, summer learning loss is real.  “Research reported by John Hopkins National Center for Summer Learning states that: It is important for students to keep their skills up to avoid loss of confidence and self-esteem when school starts in September. Many students feel overwhelmed by the work load after three months of summer vacation.” Ms. Kim at Think Tutoring sees this every September. “I have students that just come for tutoring during the school year, take a 3-month break for summer, and come back to tutoring in September…I sometimes feel like I am going back to square one.”

    Think Tutoring believes that practicing math, reading, and writing skills over the summer is the way to go.  Think Tutoring offers a variety of summer camps, workshops, STEM, programs, and assessment days.  We also have individualized and customized tutoring programs.

    Call 973-593-0050 or email us at kim.hermanns@thinktutoring.com to register.  Keep your child confident and motivated this summer.  You will then see As on his/her report card next year!

    Summer special offerings below!

      Stay in the Mix! Think Summer Camp! 

    Set Your Own Schedule!

      STEM Camp

    July 16-19

      Free SAT and ACT Assessments

    June 28 & 29, July 9 & 10

      Study Skills Workshop (First Session)

    Aug  6 - 9

      Free ISEE and SSAT Assessments

    July 23 and 30

      Intro SAT Reading Class

    July 31

      Intro SAT Math Class

    August 1

      College Application Essay Workshop

    August 13

      Intro ACT Math/Science Class

    August 14

      Intro ACT Reading/English Class

    August 15

      Study Skills Workshop (Second Session)

    August 20 - 23

      Algebra I, II and Geometry Jump Start

    Set Your Own Schedule!

      Persuasive Writing Strategies

    Set Your Own Schedule!

     

    Friday
    Mar302018

    Going on a College Visit?

    You've done some research, discussed it with friends and family, prepared for and took your SATs and/or ACTs, met with your guidance counselor, and now it's time to go on your college visits.  It can be a little overwhelming trying to take everything in while you are perusing a college campus.  Here are some recommendations for things to do while you are there to get a thorough understanding of your school:

    1.  Hang out on the Quad.  

    Most colleges and universities have a quad, or an open lawn area designated as a hangout spot.  It is often used for social gatherings.  Students may be conducting a study group or playing a game of Frisbee, but simply checking out the quad can give you an idea of how enjoyable the school may be.

    2.  Check out the Dorms.

    If you are planning on dorming at college, then it definitely pays to visit the dorm buildings and rooms.  Most likely the freshman dorms are the least impressive, but as you progress through school they usually get better.  Typically, upperclassman will usually have a suite/apartment type of setup, so make sure you will be moving on up as you continue through school.

    3.  Eat in the Dining Hall.

    The dinig hall will usually be the simplest and most efficient way to eat on campus.  You may eat all of your meals there or simply just stop by for a snack.  Either way, you want to check for cleanliness, quality of food, and accessibility. Also, many large campuses have multiple dining halls, so check them all.

    4.  Survey the Classrooms.

    Make sure you like the classroom settings.  Are they flat or stadium-style?  Would you prefer a smaller or larger class size?  Are you someone who enjoys actively engaging in class participation?  Is the technology adequate?     

    5.  Schedule an interview at the Admissions Office.

    You can make an appointment to meet with an admissions counselor to put a face to your application and present your individual personality.  This also gives you a change to ask any additional quesions you may have about the school.

    6.  Locate the Health Center.

    Hopefully you won't have to spend much time in the Health Center, but it is helpful to know what services you have access to if needed.

    7.  Check out the Gym and Athletic Facilities.

    If you are interested in getting or staying in shape, then make sure the school has an updated, quality gym.  Also, the school's fields and other facilities may be great places to visit to get a feel of what sporting events will be like.  Even if you are not a sports fan, games can be a very fun social events.

    8.  Meet with your Academic Department Chair.

    If you have an idea of what your major might be, then you may want to see if you are able to meet with the department chairman.  The chairman can give you insight into the department professors, program opportunities, and course study options.

    9.  Browse the Bookstore.

    I know it can be shocking to see the prices of the textbooks you will be needing.  However, there are many online options to purchase your books as well.  Like to show your school spirit?  The bookstore will also have many items and plenty of apparel to show off your school's name and mascot.

    10.  Talk to current Students.

    Not enough college-bound students take advantage of this opportunity.  Approach a few students while you are strolling around campus.  Ask questions or just get a general idea of how their experiences have been there.  You are more likey to get honest answers and realistic insights.

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    Thursday
    Nov022017

    Writing Tips and Strategies for Middle School Students

    At Think Tutoring, I get this comment every day. The student would say, “I don’t know where to start.”  She would be sitting at her desk, hand on her head, and tapping her pencil.  My response, “We need to create a graphic organizer.” 

    There are many graphic organizers available to students.   You can just GOOGLE it. My favorite is a web or cluster chart especially for middle school students.  This is the perfect graphic organizer to develop a well-written five paragraph essay.

    Tips/Strategies to Help your Child Write:

    1. Graphic Organizers:   Types of graphic organizers include webs, cluster charts, cause and effect charts, sensory charts, pro v. con, Venn diagrams, t-charts, and more. One of these is bound to help your child organize her thoughts.
    2. Outline: Outlines are rather boring for kids to do; however, parents know how to outline.  This is a very common strategy for teachers and parents.  You cannot go wrong with it.
    3. Make a Thesis: A thesis is the answer to your essay question.  I tell my students to make sure to add examples (paragraph topics) into your thesis statement.  You have now paved the way for a well-developed topic sentence and essay.
    4. Mind map: Can’t think of examples?  Use a mind map to write down everything that you know on a given topic.  This will help put the information down on paper for you to gather your ideas.

    Think Tutoring provides these tips and strategies in both our language arts and study skills programs.  Call today for more information on how we can help your child’s writing and organization skills. We would love to help.

    Tuesday
    Oct172017

    Engage your Child. Reading Time.

    I read to my two babies every night.  My first born just turned two years old.  My second born just turned eleven months old.  Our days are jammed packed with activities and I know that it gets worse as children get older.  Our kids are off to soccer practice, baseball, field hockey, CCD, language classes, play dates, homework club, tutoring, and more.  The list doesn’t stop.  However, one activity that needs to be on the to-do list every day is reading time.  We call it “book time” in my house.

    Here are 5 Ways to Incorporate “Book Time” into your Home.

    1.       Add to your nighttime routine.  My nighttime routine consists of making dinner, baths, pajamas, eating dinner, a little TV watching, and then “book time.”  This is my favorite part of the evening.  It is a special bonding time to have with your children just before bed.  I know that my kids are still babies, but I feel like reading is even more essential at elementary and middle school age.

    2.       A reading chair/corner.  Some kids need a little persuasion to read.  A reading chair or corner is a great idea to make reading fun.  A child can even decorate it how he/she wants.

    3.        Modeling. Sometimes a child finds reading very difficult and gets discouraged.  The modeling technique is the perfect solution to build confidence in reading.  You read a sentence to your child.  Then, have your child read the same sentence back to you.  He is now practicing his phonics skills and sight word vocabulary.

    4.       Reading games.  Again, we want to make reading fun.  My favorite reading game is to take blocks and make word dice out of them.  You tape the words to the blocks.  Roll the “dice”.  Now, you have a game.  Instead of boring flashcards, give this game a try.

    5.       Reading Apps/YouTube.  My favorite app and/or Youtube channel is ABC Mouse.  The App/website does have a monthly subscription fee; however, you can watch their YouTube Videos for free.  You can practice letters, phonics skills, and sight words.

    I encourage all of our students at Think Tutoring to have reading time in their home.  If your child needs more assistance with reading, we would love to help.  Call Think Tutoring for a reading assessment today at 973-593-0050.

    Tuesday
    Sep262017

    Feeling Overwhelmed This School Year? Time Management is Key

    It is back to school time.  Some parents love this time of year and others dread it.  Some students love this time of year and others DREAD it.  For some students, there is nothing more exciting than picking out new backpacks, school supplies, and clothes. A new school year is a new start.

    Organization and time management are keys to success during the back to school season.  Even if your child dreads the start of the school year, make sure he or she has the tools necessary to stay organized and focused on schoolwork and homework assignments.

    According to WPRI.com, “The key to teaching your child time management is knowing how long each task should take, according to Katherine Firestone, found of the Fireborn Institute, a nonprofit that focuses on parent training.”  You can put stickers on an analogue clock to show how long each task (or homework assignment) should take.

    We at Think Tutoring also offer our study skills program year round.  Tips and strategies such as color coding a calendar, color coding textbooks and notebooks, active reading, setting timers, and incorporating aspects of technology are just a few strategies that can boost time efficiency for your child.

    However, there are some students that are just so overwhelmed during the beginning of the school year.  At Think Tutoring, we also have certified teachers that can provide homework support for your child.  We can get them ahead in their textbooks and you can now have a child that is confident and motivated to succeed.

    Call Think Tutoring today at 973-593-0050 for more information.  We would love to help your child have a confident school year.