Private Schools: Help in Picking the Right One
Ann's shares her advice in the latest Washington Post Magazine 

For many parents, deciding whether private school is right for their child and which schools to apply to is overwhelming. Ann's new book, A Guide to Private Schools: The Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland Edition, can help.

To read the article, click here.
tutor and studentGetting Ready for the SAT
We deliver results by diagnosing areas for improvement  

The SAT is offered in March, May and June. If students do poorly this March, what can be done by May to improve scores? Our one-on-one test prep is optimized to get the largest improvement in the smallest amount of time by:   


(1) Focusing on weaknesses. There's no value in spending limited time on what students already know. Instead of looking only at the previous overall SAT score, it's critical to diagnose where the problems are.   


(2) Focusing on building confidence and the individual student's test taking strategy.  No one strategy works for all students. But when you build a strategy that combines good study habits and time management skills with individual learning styles and strengths, students are more successful in performing well on the actual test.


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If you're a student sitting down to write your college application essay, I have one piece of advice for you: forget everything thing you know about writing...

Having administered the SSAT test to hundreds of students in the Northern Virginia area, I get asked a lot of questions about the SSAT. So I wanted to take the time to answer the three most frequently asked questions about the SSAT to make the confusing process a little bit easier for parents everywhere.
One of the most frustrating things in life is when you can clearly see when someone needs help or needs to change something, and you just can't convince them that is the case.  This can be especially difficult for parents of students who don't believe that they need organizational skills to be successful.



Jan has been a classroom teacher for three years in Virginia and nine years in Florida. She has Virginia and Florida teaching licenses in middle school mathematics and elementary education and has been tutoring and teaching K-8 for the past twelve years. Jan has found one-to-one tutoring to be the most successful for her students, and she understands that everyone learns in their own way. Her goal is to help each student understand their learning style so they can improve their speed and quality of learning. When she is not tutoring or teaching, Jan loves to play scrabble, go hiking and play Frisbee with her new puppy.

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