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Got Grit? You Can Get It!

Got Grit? You Can Get It! By MASTERs Plus Tutoring Program | Published September 2016 Does talent or effort determine how far you will go in life? Both do, but a recently-published book by a stellar expert comes down clearly on the side of effort. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Dr. Angela […]

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Call to Action: Let’s Raise Those Grades

If you can feel your anxiety over your student’s grades starting to rise with the outdoor temperatures, just try to remember that April and May still offer plenty of weeks for a turnaround. Students can end the school year in triumph instead of despair. So, what’s the plan of attack? Here are some time-tested strategies […]

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Academic Resolutions for the New Year

by Zena Smith As the dust of the holiday season begins to settle, many of us have begun looking to the New Year as a chance to become the best versions of ourselves yet. These are the moments when we resolve to be more spontaneous, get in better shape, or rekindle old friendships—all admirable goals by […]

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Happy Holidays from MASTERs Plus!

To All of Our Parents and Students, As our holiday celebrations carry us into this New Year, we are reminded once again just how much we love this season. Year after year, the holidays bring so much good into our communities and our lives: Our friends and families join us in recalling old memories and in forging new ones. We share […]

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What’s a “Good” Score? 3 Ways to Evaluate Your ACT Score

by Zena Smith With the latest round of ACT scores set to release in the coming weeks, students (and their parents) may soon be wondering how they did. But despite what they may learn from a quick Google search or by comparing scores with friends, the truth is that what counts as a “good” or “bad” ACT […]

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3 Ways to Stay Involved When Your Student Is in School

by Zena Smith As much as we all love the “honeymoon phase” of back-to-school season—a quiet house, easy lunches for one—it never takes long before the frustrations of being away from our children begin to crop up. With our students at school eight or more hours each day, it’s easy to feel helpless, like we’re missing out on a big part […]

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MASTERs Plus Tutoring Program’s 12 Months of College Prep: September

by Zena Smith As this year’s seniors return from summer break to walk the halls of high school one last time, they may be thinking—and you might, too—that the countdown to college is finally on. By this time next year, those same seniors will have become the small fish in a big pond . . . […]

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Lock Down a Tutor BEFORE Trouble Strikes

by Zena Smith Foresight is a wonderful thing. The ability to plan ahead is one of those tricks of adulthood that gets easier with practice and makes more sense with age. At a some point we realize that a little diligence now can save a whole lot of hassle down the road. It’s why we bring our cars in for regular oil changes, turn […]

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Early Starts to Academic Success: Develop a Sleep Routine

by Zena Smith As a parent I sometimes wonder if something was lost in translation when they came up with the phrase “sleeping like a baby.” You hear those words and you imagine a child, sound asleep and without a worry in the world. But those of us who have been there know that—baby or not—kids don’t […]

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Announcing the 2015 Summer Program Line-Up

by Zena Smith When we launched our first Summer Program two years ago, we wanted to give students in our community the option: The option to make their summers productive and fulfilling. The option to keep practicing the skills they worked so hard to learn during the school year. The option to get ahead of the class, even […]

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