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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Structure Your Summer for Success

by Zena Smith Each year students rejoice as the last school bell rings and summer vacation sets in. Their excitement about summer seems so natural that we rarely think twice about it. But it pays to consider, from time to time, just what it is about this time of year that gets students so jazzed. Of course, the sun […]

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What is College Readiness?

by Zena Smith By now you’ve probably heard the phrase “college readiness.” It may have come up in a conversation with your student’s guidance counselor, or you might have run across it while reading up on one of the many standardized tests and assessments your student has been required to take. More and more, measuring […]

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What Can EXPLORE Do For Your Student?

by Zena Smith Our favorite piece of classroom advice has always been to “start early.” Whether you’re shopping for school supplies, studying for a test, or plotting your schedule for next semester, an early start is the easiest way to get a foot up on your competition and ensure that you’re ready for whatever comes your way. So […]

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EXPLORE Returns to MASTERs Plus in Summer 2015

by Zena Smith Whether or not we like to admit it, there will always be things for which we scold our children while being guilty of the same bad habit ourselves. More often than not—especially in households with school-age children—that bad habit is procrastination: “Do your homework now, not later,” we urge, while quietly nudging […]

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Successful ACT Prep Starts With a Plan

by Zena Smith With the holidays behind us, test prep season is here once again. Year in and year out, the months leading up to the ACT test day prove to be some of the most uncertain, stressful, and confusing for our parents and students alike. With so much on the line, it’s no wonder that our […]

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3 Achievement Gap Problems and How You Can Help

by Zena Smith Last week on the MASTERs Plus EduBlog, we discussed a big problem in our small community—the Achievement Gap: what it is, who it affects, and a bit about how to help. This week we’d like to delve deeper by looking at three specific problems underlying this longstanding problem. One of the most […]

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Changes to ACT Writing Test in 2015

by Zena Smith Just when you thought you’d caught up to all the changes in the world of standardized testing, the powers that be have thrown another curve ball. You might remember our EduBlog discussion about changes to the SAT (coming in 2015) or upcoming revisions to the AP U.S. History Exam; now ACT has announced it will modify […]

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The Whats and Whys of the New Common Core

by Zena Smith No doubt the biggest and most common question our parents have asked over the last year has been about the Common Core: what is it? While it may sound confusing at first, the Common Core standards in practice and in principal are quite simple. According to the official website, the Common Core […]

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HELP WANTED: MASTERs Plus is Hiring!

by Zena Smith Are you a college graduate or professional educator with a passion for helping students succeed? Do you envision yourself working alongside an enthusiastic team of like-minded professionals? Would you like to bolster your income by picking up additional hours during the evenings and on the weekends? Then we’ve got good news, because […]

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