The Cycle of Achievement

The Cycle of AchievementWe all know the feeling of needing to do something, yet not having the slightest clue how to do it. Sometimes we get overwhelmed even searching for the means to begin a task at hand. This discourages us, and we resort to procrastination.


Students who consistently struggle at school know this feeling all too well. They fall behind, become paralyzed by the amount of make-up work, and eventually abandon the possibility of ever catching up.


Under these circumstances, the biggest challenge a student faces is the ability to mentally hold on to the prospect of turning things around. Because where there is a will, there really is always a way.


Every student has their strong suits and weak points. For chronic underachievers, the issue is never a lack of intelligence, but rather a deeper attitude rift that manifests itself through what appears to be their weakest subject.


Just like the dread of school work, a lack of motivation, and the subsequent disappointment in one’s self for giving up leads to a vicious cycle of procrastination, a strong work ethic, proactive mindset, and positive reinforcement from peers and mentors creates a cycle of achievement.


When given the choice, we all want to choose positive over negative habits and emotions, but often times this reality is fleeting. The cycle of achievement is difficult to realize.

Yet, if a once procrastinating student gets even the smallest foothold within this new, positive rhythm of living, he or she finds it carries far more momentum than their old, negative habits. And with accountability and a strong support network, the cycle of achievement has a real, bona fide shot at becoming self-sustained.

New Year, New Student

new year, new studentWith a new year comes a new semester and an opportunity to correct below-average grades through a refreshed, positive mindset.

Improving students’ grades is most easily achieved and maintained when it is approached as a team effort. Parents offer motivation and guidance, while a private tutor provides the extra push and one-on-one support. Involved teachers will know that students have worked hard and taken the steps to better study habits. When it comes time to report grades, this steady effort and improved initiative on the student’s part can mean the difference between a C and a B.

If students are making New Year’s resolutions to improve their grades, simply committing a goal to memory isn’t enough. Talk about it, write it down, and reflect on the progress daily. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and grades don’t improve overnight. Big changes are accomplished through small daily wins. Consistency is key.

Resolutions don’t have to be life changing to make a lasting difference, but by sharing that unwavering desire to improve their academics with those around them, students will soon discover their goals actualized and grades improved.

Happy New Year!

ACT Test Prep

ACT Test PrepWe understand how intimidating the process of ACT test prep can be, and that test anxiety is a real hindrance for many students. Since 2007, Raise the Grade Tutoring has helped hundreds of students achieve their maximum potential, and test scores, by working with their strengths.

Rather than navigating an online course or scanning a lengthy prep book, our individualized approach provides a more accessible way to learn. Through one-on-one mentoring in the comfort of a student’s home or a neighborhood library, our tutors teach study skills and proven test preparation techniques that are specific to the ACT.

When working on ACT test prep with a Raise the Grade tutor, students can expect to learn strategies for time management, how to prioritize sections most efficiently, and proven methods for building confidence and alleviating anxiety both prior to taking the ACT test and on the day of the exam. Our tutors will evaluate your child’s overall test performance, identify areas that need improvement, and tailor their sessions accordingly to achieve the highest possible test score.

Our objective is to guide both parents and students through this journey that can mean so much for a child’s college admissions and beyond. While our immediate ACT test prep goals are to help deliver a well-rounded, high composite ACT score for your student, our long-term goals go a step further. Whenever a student works with a Raise the Grade tutor, they will learn successful, long-lasting study habits and gain confidence, preparedness, and a positive attitude in their academic life and beyond.

Homework Help Around The Holidays – And All Year Long!

homework-helpThe holidays are a wonderful time, filled with great food, family and friends, warm fireplaces, cool snowmen, and as much hot chocolate as you can handle. However, all of these fun things combined can create a bit of a distraction for your student. Suddenly, homework is pushed aside so your child can attend the school’s holiday pageant, the community charity drive, or the last outdoor sporting event of the season.

While it can be easy to get caught up in the festive spirit, now is an important time to stay focused and get a bit of extra homework help. Midterms are right around the corner, and finishing the semester strong can give your child a huge leg up once the new year comes around.

Sometimes all a child needs is a bit of guidance when it comes to organization and time-management, or some reassurance that the distractions can be met head on. While a private tutor is a great help for the super important stuff (ACT prep, test-taking skills, subject specifics, etc.) he or she can aide with homework help, too. Spending one day a week with a private tutor can really make a difference when it comes to building a student’s confidence and helping a child know that he or she can get the work done in addition to participating in the fun stuff. It’s always attainable if you just put in the work and spend a bit of time planning it out.

homework-help-2Homework help can be as basic as creating a simple homework schedule. By installing a routine in your household, a specific time each day that can be dedicated to getting the work done, your student will feel capable of accomplishing the task. That to-do list will soon seem much smaller when a homework game plan is created specifically for accomplishing the assignments.

Be sure to enjoy the holidays and get out in that first snow of the season, but help your child know that his or her earned time off will feel a lot sweeter once all their homework is done!