A Successful Summer Break

The end of the school year is a time to celebrate. Student’s sigh with relief as finals come to their conclusion (it’s never too late to get help) and summer break stretches out ahead of them longer than the pacific coast. The end of the year is also a time for assessment, reflection, and evaluation. Were your grades as high as you hoped they’d be? Do you feel you’re falling farther behind in math and science? Are you prepared for college level courses come fall?

tutor-nerds-orange-countyRelax. We aren’t trying to freak you out. Summer is meant to be fun, but it’s also meant to be productive. The good news is you can spend break preparing for next year. With the help of an Orange County, CA, private tutor, you can build the skills and confidence you need to succeed. Don’t believe us? What if we told you a secret all of our in home private tutors know. Are you ready? The secret is: You are capable of learning the course material and acing tests such as the SAT. Don’t believe us? Let’s look at the bigger picture for some proof: California’s high school graduation rate has surpassed 80% for the first time in history.

California’s Golden High School Graduation Rate

Classes are getting harder, testing is always changing, and colleges are raising acceptance standards, yet, Instead of falling behind, California is moving ahead. Further, you don’t have to tell us how impressive the Golden State’s students are – trust us, we know; we’ve had the pleasure of teaching many of them (1,500 to be exact).

According to a Los Angeles Times article, California’s Graduation Rate Passes 80% for First TIme, much of the success has to do with narrowing the achievement gap among racial groups. In their words,

“Although disparities remain based on students’ race, socioeconomic status and English skills, the graduation rates for Latino and African American students are increasing more rapidly than those of their white and Asian peers.”
Thankfully, this isn’t just a California trend. According to the article, Cali’s graduation rate mirrors a nationwide trend. Further, some are predicting, if this trend continues, that “the overall national rate could surpass 90% by 2020.”
This is excellent news, but it doesn’t mean things are perfect. Many students, especially those in schools where budget cuts were substantial, struggle to graduate. Still, these improvements, however piecemeal they may be, are a sure sign of the audacity of our state’s teachers, tutors, parents, and educators. Despite the cuts, many individuals, students and teachers alike, have stepped up to the challenge.
Way to go, California!

Don’t Hesitate to Seek Help, Orange County

Three months is a long time for R&R. You know the feeling, you return to class after a summer of fun in the sun only to find your brain has turned to sand. As the world continues to grow competitively, and college becomes harder to get into – that’s right, Californians are getting beat at their own universities: Admission rates fall at UC campuses as international presence grows – it’s crucial you, or your student, utilizes these three months to improve. The good news is it’s much more convenient to catch-up in the summer than it is during the school year.

Say you’re math grades weren’t so hot this year. No problem, pairing with an Irvine private tutor from TutorNerds will give you the one-on-one help you need. Best of all, our tutors will meet when you’re available. This way you can still have fun, get some fresh air, and have personal time without it interfering with your tutoring.

The first step to educational success is realizing your child needs help. If you feel he or she is falling behind, it’s crucial they seek out help before they fall even farther back. Below are Kelly Roell’s warning signs from her about.com article, Top 10 Signs Your Child Needs Summer Tutoring

1. Your kid’s grades were less than ideal on the last report card.

2. You’ve noticed negative changes in behavior during the school year.

3. Your kid has an increased lack of motivation.

4. Your kid’s teacher recommended summer tutoring or other help for your kid.

5. Your kid’s confidence and self-esteem are waning.

6. No matter how long your kid spends on homework, it’s not finished nor accurate.

7. Your kid doesn’t want to go to school anymore.

8. Your kid has an increased lack of attention.

9. Your kid has test anxiety.

10. Your kid is preparing to take a college entrance exam like the SAT or ACT.

TutorNerds is here to help with your student’s self-confidence just as much as we are here to help with their grades. Our tutors have college degrees and know what it’s like to be overwhelmed by testing, admissions, and essays. That being said, we also know how to prepare, execute, and be succesful. Contact us today and get paired with an excellent Orange County private tutor. Your summer of success starts here.

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