• 6 Halloween Costume Ideas For Smart Girls

    Find out about six Halloween costumes for girls that are easy to make and also help you teach your daughter about powerful women role models.

    This year, help your daughter get excited about more than a plastic pumpkin head full of candy. Halloween is a great opportunity to teach her about positive women role models.

    With our Halloween costumes for girls, we help you avoid browsing through stores where pink and a-little-too-provocative costumes tend to reign supreme, so you can spend more time with your daughter talking about important women. Pus, most of our Halloween costume ideas can be made with clothing your daughter already … more

    Categories: Elementary School, Help for Parents, Middle School

  • The Secrets of Back-To-School Success

    Being prepared means more than backpacks and binders. Three tips for kids (and parents) to set up for success in 2015.

    You’ve bought all the necessary supplies, and put your money where your mouth is to make your student look and feel good going into the new year. You’re ready to lay the foundation for the year ahead.

    Now is the time to think about the things you won’t find on shelves. The habits and routines that help your student handle the work of school, and the larger work of growing up and learning to manage themselves.

    By sticking to these important ideals, you can make this … more

    Categories: Help for Parents

  • The 4 C's Of Coping With The Type Of Homework You Never Had

    As the ways kids are being taught changes, it can be hard for parents to keep up. Use this process to remove some frustration when it’s time to offer homework help.

    It’s wonderful feeling. The moment when your busy student comes to you and asks for help. As a parent, few things are as fulfilling as lending a strong, guiding hand.

    You thought they’d never ask.

    But there’s a downside. The homework they have is a heck of a lot different than what you had as a kid. Borrowing and carrying? It’s gone the way of the Dodo. Now they’re memorizing state capitals in Math class.

    It’s not bad, it’s just... different. … more

    Categories: Common Core, Help for Parents

    Tags: for parents

  • 4 Words Teachers Use That Didn’t Exist In Your Day

    Even the classroom isn’t immune to new, hip (and sometimes confusing) trends. Read up on this quartet of education’s buzziest terms to understand how school might be changing for your child.

    As the saying goes, the only thing constant is change.

    But change is good. It keeps us learning, evolving, and engaged. It makes us resilient, and allows us to handle anything that cross our path. Ultimately, change teaches us how to be successful.

    But even so, it isn’t always easy to get on board with. Not when it means spending precious time on a weeknight googling buzzwords, learning the latest classroom trends, and trying to understand what your student is going through at … more

    Categories: Help for Parents

  • The School Supply They'll Need The Most

    Back to school can be as exciting as it is nerve-wracking for high school and college students. An expert tutor gives your student the edge on everything from homework help to standardized testing.

    There is always a mix of excitement and apprehension during the back to school season.

    Whether your child will be driving themselves to school for the first time or getting settled into their college dorms, the question, "is my child ready for what’s next?" is likely hovering in the background.

    As a parent, you can help them prepare to make this year a successful one. Here’s a list of back-to-school essentials that every high school or college student needs this fall: … more

    Categories: High School

  • The 4 School Supplies To Make Your Life Easier In 2015

    Don’t miss a beat this fall by adding these four essentials to your back to school supplies list.

    School is right around the corner (or has already started for most of you). It’s that time of the year where we get into our “Back-to-School” routines: Shop for new clothes, go to every doctor appointment imaginable, and head to Target to buy what’s left of the school supply section.

    In 2015, school supply shopping is more than buying pens and notebooks—it means mobile apps and new ways of doing “old-school” things. With tons of new school … more

    Categories: High School

    Tags: college prep

  • 10 Facts That Changed Since You Were In School: #1-5

    Find out ten new facts your children will be taught in school, and how they differ from what you learned.

    Your teachers lied to you, but it wasn’t on purpose. See what new discoveries we’ve made and what your child will now learn as facts at school.

    Fact 1: Pluto is a dwarf planet, not a real planet.

    Once considered the ninth and most distant planet, Pluto disrupted many children’s styrofoam solar systems in 1979 when it crossed into Neptune’s orbit. Pluto’s elliptical orbit, which changed it to the eighth planet in our system until 1999, was just the beginning … more

    Categories: Help for Parents

    Tags: for parents

  • Does My High Schooler Need Private Tutoring?

    As a parent, you want to make sure your teen reaches their full potential. Here are five things to watch for going into the new school year.

    You know there is a bright and promising future out there for your teen, and you want to do everything you can to help them get there.

    And yet, with each passing grade, it can start to feel as though you have less and less insight into what your teen is working on, and more importantly, where they might need extra help.

    SEE ALSO: 6 Things Every Parent Should Know About Private Tutoring

    Know the feeling? You're not alone. We've got some tips on what to look out for when determining if … more

    Categories: Help for Parents, High School

  • 10 Facts That Changed Since You Were In School: #6-10

    Find out five more facts that your children will be taught in school, and how they differ from what you learned.

    This is the second in our two-part series on facts your student will learn that are different than what you were taught. If you missed part one, you can find it here.

    Fact 6: Earth is not the only planet in the solar system with water.

    We were told in school that only Earth had water, the main component we know of for sustaining life. But new research is showing water on Jupiter’s moon, Europa, so even if the proverbial cup isn’t running over, we can be sure water is not … more

    Categories: Help for Parents

    Tags: for parents

  • How Elementary And Middle School Students Are Getting Ahead (And Staying There)

    Even as the challenges of a new grade arise, parents can make sure students keep confidence building.

    When you look around today’s elementary or middle school classrooms, or glance through one of your child’s textbooks, it quickly becomes clear that students today are not only learning about core subjects in new ways, but that they are also learning about a broader spectrum of subjects than previous generations. In many ways, it’s an exciting time to be in the classroom!

    However, as many parents and teachers can attest, there are also increased expectations placed on … more

    Categories: Elementary School, Help for Parents, Middle School

  • Re-imagining The Possibilities With The WyzAnt Scholarship

    The trip of a lifetime: Her WyzAnt scholarship allowed Jennifer to travel the world and find the acceptance she’d only dreamed of.

    For some, taking control of their education means more than just paying the bills.

    Jennifer Patterson was in a place that millions had been, but few had studied with such passion and excitement.

    It was her sophomore year of college, and she was on a class trip to the Mediterranean. Over the course of two weeks, she joined six other students and her Logic professor as they climbed Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, visited the temple of Poseidon in Greece, and crossed into Turkey.

    She made her … more

  • Four Expert Tips For Online Tutoring Success

    Succeeding in online lessons means instilling the right routine, squashing distractions, and staying organized. Follow these four steps to make online tutoring work for you.

    Online tutoring is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason.

    More students and parents are finding online lessons to be just as effective as in-person lessons, and as we’ve talked about before, online lessons have the added bonus of getting you to lessons faster while also offering a wider range of available tutors than you might find in your local market.

    But in order to get the most out of your online lessons, it's important to be prepared. With the right preparation and … more

    Categories: High School, Online Tutoring

  • Helping Your Child Develop Crucial Math and Reading Skills

    New research shows that mastering second grade skills sets kids up for a lifetime of success.

    As a parent, there are few things more rewarding than witnessing your child learn something new. And when it comes to elementary reading and math, there’s even more reason to celebrate: New research from the University of Edinburgh has found that children who master these foundational skills are far more likely to prosper in adulthood.

    Although early reading and math skills are something that adults can take for granted, they don’t always come easily to every child. Not to fear. … more

    Categories: Elementary School, Help for Parents

  • 4 Situations Where Online Tutoring Saves The Day

    Online lessons keep tutoring consistent even when schedules aren’t.

    A look at any family calendar will reveal one common truth: we’re all capital B Busy. Between jobs, school, after school activities and homework, creating your family calendar can feel like you’re manning the control tower at JFK.

    Adding tutoring lessons to the mix may sound daunting at first—after all, it’s just another thing to work into the schedule. But, by incorporating online lessons, it’s likely you’ll find that it fits in easily with the schedule … more

    Categories: Help for Parents, High School, Online Tutoring

  • Dispelling Your Daughter's Middle School Math Demons

    Math often becomes a disparaging subject for middle school girls. Here's how parents can play a pivotal role in helping them understand emotions and simplify concepts.

    "I’m just not good at math.”

    If you have a middle school-aged daughter, and you’ve heard these words come out of her mouth, you might be a little shocked. And you’re definitely not alone. In the United States (as well as Britain and Canada), middle school is widely recognized as a time when girls start losing faith in their math abilities. Even more discouraging, some feel like they can never improve.

    What gives? You know your daughter is smart, and have seen her … more

    Categories: Help for Parents, Middle School

    Tags: help for parents

  • 8 Common Attractions That Make Great DIY Summer Learning Opportunities

    On the lookout for fun, educational experiences to share with your child this summer? There are a host of summer activities just outside your door.

    You can bet there is a lot of information that you as an adult know and want to share with your children. But why just tell them when you can provide them with the chance to learn through experience while using you as a resource?

    We’ve compiled a list of attractions, most of which can be found anywhere across America. Our goal is to help you make use of the ample chances for critical thinking and learning, while keeping learning opportunities fun and unstructured. More importantly, … more

    Categories: Elementary School, High School, Middle School

  • Googling Your Way To Affordable Summer Learning Activities

    When it comes to summer learning opportunities, a little legwork goes a long way. A few simple Google searches can unlock hours of fun and learning for your child.

    Wishing there was some way you could find educational activities for your children this summer, but feeling like you don’t have the time?

    When is the last time you visited your school or library’s website? How about the nearby university's? There are a number of places that commonly host summer learning experiences. Even better, many of them are free or inexpensive. Summer learning opportunities don’t have to be formal or pre-planned, but if you are looking for the right … more

    Categories: Elementary School, High School, Middle School

  • 4 Fantastic Early Reader Books About The 4th Of July

    Use the upcoming holiday to capture the interest of your young reader with some award-winning stories they can relate to their own experiences.

    Parades! Picnicks! Fireworks!

    With the 4th of July right around the corner, it’s a great opportunity to pop into your local library or bookstore (or hop on your Kindle) and pick up an early reader book about the upcoming holiday. Whether your child is an avid or hesitant reader, providing them with stories that they can easily relate back to their experiences is a great way to capture their interest and engage their minds.

    Here are four of our favorites:

    The Night Before the Fourth … more

    Categories: Elementary School

  • Kids And Screen Time: Why Online Tutoring Is A Healthy Addition

    Parents can encourage healthy screen use in their child’s media diet through online tutoring and other educational media.

    Screen time is a hot topic among parents these days. While the stats are conflicting about how kids should be using screens (tablets, tv’s, mobile devices) and when they should start using them, a few things have become clear.

    The first is that the number of children using screens is trending upward (see below). The second is that not all screen time is necessarily negative. Perhaps most important is the fact that when faced with the above two facts, every parent reacts differently. … more

    Categories: Elementary School, Help for Parents, Middle School, Online Tutoring

    Tags: healthy kids

  • 6 Subjects That Are Perfect For Online Tutoring

    The differences between online and in-person tutoring might seem larger than they are. Here are 6 subjects that work just as well (or better) with online tutoring.

    With all the advances in technology for students and tutors, many subjects can be taught just as effectively online as in person. Some can be taught even more effectively.

    New tech make it incredibly easy for students and tutors to connect. Not only can they video chat in real-time—much like Skype or FaceTime—they can sketch out homework, use graphing functions and even conduct Google searches all within a single platform.

    We’ve previously covered how online tutoring … more

    Categories: High School, Online Tutoring

    Tags: online tutoring, online private tutoring

  • Help Your High School Student Avoid Summer Learning Loss

    How to help your high schooler have a great summer without losing everything they learned last year.

    Summer learning loss. Brain drain. Summer slide. Whichever way you choose to phrase it, high school students will forget around ten percent of what they learned in the previous year. Read on to find out how you can help.

    Summer vacation is often the time for high school students to get their first jobs. Some choose retail employment, some become camp counselors, some even get internships at companies. While beneficial to their overall life skills, spending little or no time on academics can … more

    Categories: High School

    Tags: high school, summer brain drain, summer learning loss, summer slide

  • Why Online Private Tutoring Is The Perfect Fit For Busy Professionals

    Whether you are learning a new programming language or brushing up on interview skills, online private tutoring is an effective, affordable option.

    For busy professionals, one of the greatest values that private online tutoring provides is that you can learn at your own pace—and unlike using sites like Khan Academy or Lynda, it’s far less challenging to stay motivated.

    It’s the difference between joining a gym versus booking an appointment with a personal trainer at your new gym. You’re far more likely to show up and stay engaged when you have someone at the ready to help you meet your goals. Plus, compared … more

    Categories: Online Tutoring

    Tags: adult learners

  • Beat Summer Brain Drain: Help For Middle School Parents

    Help your child have a great summer and make sure they don’t they don’t lose what they’ve learned during the school year.

    Did you know that most middle school children actually forget a whole month’s worth of learning over the summer? Find out how you can prevent summer brain drain.

    Unfortunately, when children spend little or no time on academics, a lot of the information and skills they learned during the school year are forgotten. To keep your child’s brain engaged and those academic juices flowing, there are multiple preventive measures you can take to avoid learning loss. To keep your child& … more

    Categories: Help for Parents, Middle School

  • Avoid Summer Brain Drain: Tips For Parents Of Elementary School Children

    Help your child have a great summer and make sure they don’t they don’t lose what they learned last school year.

    Summer is meant for fun and play, but it’s also a time when lots of children forget much of what they learned during the school year. Here’s how to help your child retain those important lessons.

    School’s out for the summer!

    Many families (and all children!) enjoy this time off from the daily routine of schoolwork, and spend the warmest months relaxing, camping, and playing with friends. But along with popsicles and mosquitos, summertime also brings an interruption of … more

    Categories: Elementary School, Help for Parents

  • Online Versus In-person: A Practical Guide for Parents

    Things to know (and what no one ever tells you) about online versus in-person tutoring.

    Private online tutoring and in-person tutoring might not be as different from each other as some people assume. Working with a tutor online is a great way for students, especially those in Gen Y and Millennials, to connect with expert tutors in an environment that’s comfortable for them.

    Online tutoring is a simple way for students and tutors to connect and work closely together. Students who need tutoring help right away, parents seeking an affordable, quality option, and teachers … more

    Categories: Online Tutoring

  • Is Online Private Tutoring Right For Us?

    Online tutoring is a creative way for you to take control of your schedule and meet you or your child's tutoring needs.

    While the reasons to think online tutoring isn’t the right option might be popping into your head (“It’s complicated,” “The experience would be a pain,” or “I already have a tutor”), the flexibility alone is reason enough to try.

    Working with a tutor online doesn’t just open the doors to teachers across the country. It opens the door to working with your existing tutor more frequently, at the last second, or as happens during summer, … more

    Categories: Help for Parents, Online Tutoring

  • The Comprehensive Guide For Diagnosing Your Tutoring Needs

    Private tutoring is about so much more than raising grades. Find out the five types of private tutoring and which one is right for your child.

    When you were growing up, you were probably under the misconception that tutoring was 1) expensive and therefore only for wealthy students and 2) only for students who were falling behind.

    The truth is, millions of students are being tutored across all corners of the globe, plenty of whom fall far outside those two categories. Tutoring is for everyone, regardless of their constraints or misconceptions.

    But that doesn’t make it any easier to know how or when to get started. A good … more

    Categories: Help for Parents, Why Choose Private Tutoring

    Tags: help for parents

  • 6 Things Every Parent Should Know About Private Tutoring

    Thinking of hiring a private tutor? Find out the things you should know, so both you and your child enjoy a successful and affordable private tutoring experience.

    If you’ve never done it before, private tutoring will be a learning experience for you as much as your child. Done right, it’s an enlightening, hopefully college tuition-saving, learning experience. Especially when you consider the potential benefits for your child and your home.

    In fact, by going in with the right set of expectations, you can get more out of private tutoring in less time and for less money. Here are six tried-and-true ideals we’ve uncovered that … more

    Categories: Help for Parents, Why Choose Private Tutoring

    Tags: for parents

  • 4 Mistakes To Avoid During AP, ACT, and SAT Prep

    Find out how to eliminate flaws in your child’s study plan and learn tips for good study habits in the weeks leading up to the big exam.

    Our poor teenagers. With sweaty palms and sharpened pencils, they’re only weeks away from the toughest 4 hours of their school year. Or maybe even their high school careers.

    As parents, we hope the T’s have been crossed, and that 11 years of studying has primed students for their big-time test-taking. But whether it has or it hasn’t—it's out of your hands now.

    SEE ALSO: Does My High Schooler Need Private Tutoring?

    With the remaining time to test … more

    Categories: High School, Test Prep

    Tags: high school, tests and exams

  • Why Private Tutoring Might Be The Answer To (Most Of) Your Problems

    Are you getting homework headaches when you help your child after school? Find out 4 ways a private tutor can solve common problems faced by parents.

    If you’ve ever had your evening derailed by a badly phrased fourth-grade math question, you know that educating a student is as much of a challenge as keeping them safe.

    If you’re having headaches piled upon exhaustion night after night as a result of your child’s homework or upcoming exams, you may need to reconsider a few things.

    The main thing to think about is that not everything HAS to be on your plate. Here are four ways a private tutor can solve some real-life … more

    Categories: Help for Parents, Why Choose Private Tutoring

    Tags: for parents

  • 6 Ways Private Tutors Help Families (Hint: It's Not Just Tutoring)

    Private tutoring doesn’t just help with grades. Find out six lesser known benefits of hiring a private tutor and how the right one can help your entire family.

    Private tutoring has some obvious rewards: It can help your child learn new skills or work through problem subjects. In fact, most parents on WyzAnt report that their child improves by a full letter-grade after only 8 hours of private tutoring. But many of the best reasons to get a private tutor can’t be quantified so easily.

    Whether or not you’ve made the choice to get a private tutor, you might not be aware of all the benefits of private tutoring. Here are some of the … more

    Categories: Help for Parents, Why Choose Private Tutoring

  • 6 Crucial Fundamentals Of K-8 Standardized Testing

    Turns out that behavior has a bigger impact on success than subject knowledge when it comes to standardized testing. Learn how to help your child be a better test-taker.

    In the days leading up to the most important tests of the year, you may find yourself searching in backpacks and under beds for ways to give your kids that extra edge over their upcoming standardized testing. For those of us whose state has its first Common Core based test in 2015, any anxiety is likely double.

    What definitely isn’t helping most parents is the fact that younger students are often missing core principles related to standardized testing. While this final stretch is … more

    Categories: Elementary School, Middle School, Test Prep

  • 5 Ways To Beat Common Core Without Opting Out

    In an overwhelming sea of political opinions, what does your child stand to gain? Find out how to help your child succeed with the new testing and standards.

    You’ve undoubtedly read a slew of articles on both sides of the Common Core fence. If you’re like most parents, daily headlines like “7-Year-Old Outsmarts Ridiculously Stupid Common Core Question” have you reaching for the aspirin and waiting for the world to return to normal.


    There’s only one way to look at Common Core, and it has nothing to do with “Right or Wrong.” It has to do with answering one question: How do I help my child?

    SEE … more

    Categories: Common Core, Elementary School, Help for Parents, High School, Middle School, Test Prep

    Tags: high school, tests and exams, common core

  • How To Write Great Job Applications

    As a tutor on WyzAnt, your job application is crucial to making a great first impression. Make sure you're including 3 key ingredients for a great job application and that parents and students know exactly how you can help them reach their goals.


    Find out three important ways to make your job applications stand out from the crowd. Plus, see examples of great job applications.

    Job applications are your first introduction to potential parents and students. Make sure your application is saying all the right things and you’re showing potential students exactly how you can help them.

    Show Your Experience & Keep It Relevant

    In every job application you send to students and parents, make sure you include experience … more

    Categories: Help for Tutors, Build your tutoring business, Tips for new tutors

    Tags: talking to parents

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