The New Wave of Online Private Tutoring

There was once a time when there was no such thing as online tutoring. It may seem like that was a long time ago, but it was really much more recent than we think. As video chat was introduced to the world, the idea of online tutoring probably became more feasible, but that did not mean that the world was ready for such an innovation. It is not that we are not mentally capable, but the big issue was that video chat was not reliable enough.

Private vs. Public High School and College Admissions Success

There is a long time argument going on between graduates of private and public school institutions. Each has its own list of pros and cons, which makes them unique to the other. We do not know if there is a right or wrong answer, but in this article, we just want to open your eyes to all of the possibilities that come associated with each of these different types of schools. Depending on what you are looking to gain out of education, either of these options may work for you. 

What Makes A Tutor Successful?

Several things become apparent after tutoring for 20 years.  For one, the number of students working with tutors continues to grow. Two, working 1-1 with students is immensely gratifying, both for the tutor and tutee. And three, a few specific yet generalized characteristics become crystalized about all successful tutors. 

At our annual event Education By Design this past February benefiting The Thick Envelope Foundation, SFUSD teacher Sekani Moyenda could not have said it better:

“When you have a tutor who can sit with your students 1-1 for a significant period of time, you get insight into what is really going on.”

College Night Recap (Part-2)

More tidbits from Tuesday night's college fair. Part 1 focused more on Q&A from Stanford and Georgetown. Here are some random asides I picked up from listening to the other three schools in attendance.

  • Harvard
Q: What can my child to do stand out from amongst your applicant pool and improve his chances of being admitted?

A: Students we admit to Harvard we know can do the work and thrive in the academic setting. So in our decision-making process, we often look at the likelihood the student will pursue other interests they have on campus that will enrich not only their experience but the experience of other students at Harvard.

Transfer Possibilites Increase at Some Schools

There will be tough decisions ahead for high school graduates as they pour over college acceptances this month. Students who did not get into their top college, fear not, there are many schools where it's easier to get into as a transfer than a freshman. While it's true, the Ivies and many competitive institutions make it tougher to get in as transfers - Dartmouth accepts 7% of transfers, Yale 4%, Stanford 1-2%, and Harvard and Princeton shut their doors to transfers - other select colleges have increased their transfer acceptance rate by 50% or more. Cornell, M.I.T, Georgetown, and Notre Dame all admitted more transfers than freshmen, and Vanderbilt admits 55% of transfers as opposed to only 25% of traditional incoming freshmen. Most colleges say it's all about the transfer essay, and many campuses prefer the non-traditional route of a 2-year community college experience before the Ivy Leagues become a reality.