ACE Tutoring

ACE Tutoring provides more than homework support. We are passionate about our goal to mold our students into competitive college material! We have developed a unique hybrid tutoring approach that combines the latest in educational technology with traditional face-to-face individualized tutoring. Students begin their path to academic success by taking skills assessments, discussing their goals and challenges with the program director, and enrolling in customized programs to plug in foundational skill gaps as well as excel in courses at school.

Prevent Summer Brain Drain & Support Your PTO!

Many families feel that summer vacation translates to a break from academics. Here is food for thought as you review your summer plans:

Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.

Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low- income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).

ACE Tutoring supports the schools in our community by donating a portion of summer camp tuition to school PTAs and Foundations. Check out http://www.smusd.org/domain/1003 for more info. about ACE Tutoring-SEMS PTO Summer Fundraiser. 

SEMS Students Rock the PSAT!

ACE Tutoring conducts the 11th Annual PSAT at San Elijo Middle School. "It has been an amazing experience to see the students return to this project year after year. We love speaking with the #semsfamilies about the progress their children have made. The purpose of the #PSAT experience at the middle school is to expose students to the #standardizedtest experience without the pressure of being in high school. Knowledge really is power if you use it to improve core skills and leverage it for your future." Steve and Anh Eggers, owners and co-founders of ACE Tutoring, consider this event the highlight of each school year. 

Cultivating Winners: MM7 Athletic Training & ACE Tutoring ACT/SAT Partnership

A successful athlete scores in the athletic arena.  A successful student-athlete wins in life.

A true #student-athlete prioritizes education. Hence the order of those two words. Play it smart: acquire strong study skills, get help from education professionals (teachers, counselors, and #tutors), and put forth your best efforts on and off the athletic field.

Athletes Beware: Myths about Test Scores and College Admissions

Standardized Tests are Less and Less Important. The opposite is true. With the increase of applicants (yet little increase in number of admission staffs at most colleges), schools are using SAT and ACT scores to cut down the massive pool of hopeful applicants.

Test Optional? Be sure you understand this policy that some colleges offer. This may be a relief to students who suffer from severe test anxiety. Athletes applying to NESCAC (“Little Ivy” schools like Williams, Amherst, and Middlebury) and Patriot league schools do not have the luxury of declining to take the standardized exams.  The athletic scholarship rules require the colleges to report the test scores.

An ambitious student-athlete needs to go for the goal, not shy away from challenges. Re-think terms such as “test optional” and other “easy outs”. Think, instead, of the students you are competing against for college admission. Certainly, those students have been preparing for the exams and intend to submit their high scores. To win, you need to at least show up and be prepared to give it your all.

At #ACE Tutoring, we feel privileged to work with the student-athletes of #MM7 Training Center on their #ACT and #SAT Prep. The filled room at 9 am on a Saturday morning is evidence of these athletes’ desire to train for their academic success. We commend them for devoting 4 precious hours on a Saturday morning to take their SAT diagnostic and we look forward to cultivating these gifted athletes into the best college material they can be!

In a Note: Why We Love Tutoring

Even educators who love their jobs feel weary or discouraged at times. Then, out of the blue, a note like this one makes one feel simultaneously proud yet humbled. In stressful moments, it's good to remember WHY we put in the extra time and care into our jobs.

#acetutoringkidsrock

Warm Greetings + Winter Break Tips from ACE Tutoring

Our ACE Tutoring team would like to wish everyone a “Happy Holiday!” and commend our students for working so hard this semester. Special congrats to Emma M. for attaining her goal ACT score of 31 (putting her in the top 3%) on the ACT!

TUTOR TIPS: don’t lose all that knowledge you have acquired throughout this year. We have put together some websites and resources for you to practice during the break. Studying just 30 minutes a day can really reinforce information and help you on your finals when you return to school. 

SAT = http://www.cracksat.net/

ACT http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/

All Subjects https://www.khanacademy.org

Algebra = http://www.math.com/practice/Algebra.html

Biology = http://www.biologyjunction.com/quizzes.htm

Chemistry http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistry-test-questions/tp/Chemistry-Tests-Chemistry-Practice-Tests.htm

Geometry = http://www.math.com/practice/Geometry.html

Spanish = http://www.e-spanyol.hu/en/tests.php

Vocab= SAT: http://freerice.com/#/sat/1521338

 Every day vocab: http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1480

Thanks, everyone, for your hard work and dedication. We are looking forward to seeing you all in the upcoming New Year!

Your dedicated ACE Tutoring Team

Highlights of Road to College Presentation

Thanks to the wonderful and knowledgeable  staff of College Bound Consulting for presenting the "Road to College" event at ACE Tutoring. The families expressed their appreciation of the information shared and will have great food for thought as they research college options. For me, the highlight of the evening was hearing one student comment, "I wasn't sure where I'd fit into at college. All my friends want to go to UCSD or something like that." After hearing the unconventional way that I selected my private women's liberal arts college, the student beamed and said, "Wow, maybe I can find a good fit too!" Though it's fun to ponder how my life and career could have turned out if I'd accepted a scholarship to one of the large institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, I can truthfully say that I have zero regrets about the college I chose as my home for four years as I learned to be a good person as well as a competent business woman.

Yes, there is a place that is ideal for each student. Combined with some practical research and a little luck, you will find a place that you can thrive academically and personally! Don't hesitate to ask college counselors and other experts for tips. Please also contact us (www.acetutoring.com) to help you start in the right direction as you research your options in higher education. 

From the Desk of an Educator (and Parent): How to Help Your Child Transition & ENJOY Back to School Season

As a parent of a young daughter who has just started second grade at a new school, I’ve researched the latest back to school advice and found these helpful tips on PBS. Of course, as co-owner of after-school learning centers, I am well aware of the challenges children face each fall as they stumble back to school after a long summer break. However, that does not make it automatically easy for me to help my own daughter tackle school on a positive note. I’d like to share some tips to help parents experience a smoother transition to the fall season.  

Meet the new teacher. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. Some teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins. (BTW: we hear that emails are much better than phone calls these days as it makes it easier for teachers to respond). 

Connect with friends. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. Refresh these relationships near the beginning of the school year by scheduling a play date or a school carpool. 

Avoid last-minute drilling. When it’s almost time to stop playing, give a five-minute warning. Giving clear messages to your child is very important. 

Ease into the routine. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Daily routines help children feel comfortable and reduce friction at homeYou can find more details on http://www.pbs.org.  

My particular back-to-school challenges are related to my daughter’s caution in adjusting to changes in her environment. To help ease her anxiety, my family and I made a few “smart” moves:

·         Arranged for the principal of her new school to give us all a tour of the school during this past summer. My daughter had the chance to see layout of the school as well as visualize herself there soon.

·         Pumped up her excitement about returning to school by making a special shopping trip where she had almost total control of selecting her fall ensembles. Obviously, we reserve the right to veto.  :)

·         We also encouraged her to select some cool school supplies some of which featured her current favorite themes and logos including Pokémon and Minecraft. I sure miss the days of My Little Ponies and LPS and suppose I’d better enjoy this current phase while it lasts.

·         Ever popular is our incentive plan: she earns points that are redeemed for a prize each Friday. We’ve noticed that not all teachers have prize day but know that our daughter thrives on positive feedback and rewards. She earns points at home for putting her best effort into completing homework, picking up after herself (putting away her shoes and dishes), and helping with other chores (cleaning fish tank), etc.

Do these strategies help our daughter? Absolutely…though it’s not always a smooth process. Each parent needs to figure out what makes his or her child “tick”” and set the clock accordingly. Good luck and be sure to check out www.acetutoring.com for updates of helpful workshops and other academic information for families. Feel free to contact us at any time if you have specific questions you would like to ask about your child.

Summer Learning is Rewarding!

Today's youths are inundated with more social and media distractions than ever! Parents have a challenge on their hands when they try to encourage their children to continue learning during the "summer break". As parents and educators, we know that learning should never pause. How can we encourage our busy kids to take a few moments from their hectic lives to do something as simple as reading a good book? If sterner approaches do not bring the results you wish, try a more appealing approach. Many businesses and community partners are doing their part to motivate children to read throughout the summer. (Check out #ritasitalianice, #carmelmountainlibrary, and #acetutoring among many other organizations.).

If nothing seems to work well, give us a call for some creative strategies. We will also be happy to diagnose your children's critical reading skills (free of charge). Children may resist reading because they struggle with #vocabulary or #comprehension skills. It's best to know the underlying reasons for the reading resistance in order to help your children overcome the obstacles effectively. 



Saying farewell to another great school year and looking forward to an even better one…

  Steve Eggers, director of ACE Tutoring and p roud father of a first grader, says a fond farewell to the wonderful students and staff of Alvin Dunn Elementary where he has enjoyed volunteering this past year. 

Steve Eggers, director of ACE Tutoring and proud father of a first grader, says a fond farewell to the wonderful students and staff of Alvin Dunn Elementary where he has enjoyed volunteering this past year. 

Congratulations to Recipients of the RYLA Awards!

Steve Eggers, the co-founder of ACE Tutoring, proudly presented the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) to outstanding 11th grade students for their leadership and service activities. “We are very pleased to join SMUSD Superintendent, Dr. Kevin Holt, and other key district and community members, in recognizing these students. We're confident in their ability to use the communication, service, and leadership skills they had learned at the all-expense paid RYLA conference. These inspiring students are the bright beacons of our society." To learn more about the RYLA program, please visit http://ryla5340.org.

San Elijo Middle School Recommended as Golden Ribbon School

Steve and Anh Eggers, of #ACE Tutoring, were honored to participate as SEMS community partners during the Gold Ribbon Validation Team visit at San Elijo Middle School. During their interview of the students, the validation team heard students mention feeling safe, challenged, and valued at SEMS. Way to go, #SEMS Eagles! 

Doug Hall (Principal of SEMS), Anh Eggers (ACE Tutoring), and Golden Ribbon Validation Team

ACE Tutoring Student is Silver Pigskin Trophy Recipient

Congratulations to ACE Tutoring student, De Chaun Holiday, for his athletic achievements!

Mission Hills High School student and football player, was officially presented the Silver Pigskin Trophy by Paul Rudy, KUSI. De Chaun was also named Mission Hills Grizzlies 2014 Player of the Year (CB/WR), and has been accepted to UCLA.

De Chaun Holiday is a great example of what one can accomplish with determination, talent, and hard work. Congrats also to the staff at Mission Hills High School including the Mission Hills High School Counseling and the friends and family of De Chaun for supporting this rising star. We are all so proud of him and look forward to seeing him continue to excel in the athletic arena!

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