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!

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving food driveAnother holiday season is just around the corner. Most of us are excited for the time to relax and come together with family and friends, but it’s important to think about others who are less fortunate, those who feel they’re struggling.

While at times it seems we as a nation are more divided than ever before, it helps to remember that regardless of the current social and political acrimony, there is so much we have in common.

We all desire happiness, good health, and meaningful relationships. We all want the best for our children and a safe place to call home. We are all members of one human family.

And we have a lot to be thankful for.

So as Thanksgiving is fast approaching and Christmas is waiting patiently, let us focus on the true values of these holidays – friends and family, compassion for others, gratitude for what we do have, and generosity towards those who have less.

Let us remind ourselves that life is a shared experience, and we all deserve an equal chance for joy and prosperity.

Parent Teacher Conferences

parent teacher conferencesParent teacher conferences play a vital role in tracking a student’s academic success. We all live busy lives, and at times may think they’re an inconvenience, but parents should strive to make the most of these meetings. The insights gained relating to a child’s academic progress are invaluable. Outlined below are three tips to help guide you when meeting with your child’s teachers.


1) Be proactive and ask questions. It sounds simple enough, but after a long day of work it’s easy to check out during parent teacher conferences. In order to understand the big picture, parents must thoroughly engage teachers and ask the right questions.

  • “Is my child on track to get ahead or are they falling behind?”
  • “What are his or her behavioral patterns in school that may be helping or hurting academic performance?”
  • “Are there certain areas in which my child is excelling, or others where he or she needs some extra help?”
  • You may even ask bluntly, “What exactly does my child need to do to raise his or her grade in math from a C to an A?”


2) Listen intently. Asking the right questions won’t do you any good if you’re not prepared for the right answers, even if the truth is hard to swallow. If your child is struggling with a certain subject, listen carefully to understand exactly what the issues are, how he or she can improve, and the ways in which you can help.


3) Make a game plan. Developing a plan with a teacher is most impactful when a student is on board. It may be difficult for your child at the beginning, but encouraging him or her to be proactive on their own is the first step toward improvement. Good grades are not handed out, they are earned. It is the responsibility of both parents and students to use the information learned during parent teacher conferences to make an academic plan that outlines the specific steps to improvement.


As a parent, your main goal during parent teacher conferences should be to understand if your child is struggling, maintaining good grades, or exceeding academically. What you and your child make of that information will determine your next steps and, ultimately, his or her success in the classroom.


It’s been said many times, no one person is an island. A student alone cannot be expected to exceed academically without the encouragement of his or her parents and teachers. Those who do excel usually do so in proportion to the strength of their support network. Therefore, parents, students, and teachers all need to work as a team to make a difference in academic performance.