All too often, parents of school-age children find themselves cast in the conflicting roles of positive and nurturing role models, academic subject specialists, and homework police. The tension that this creates between parents and their children can be one of the most trying aspects of parenting.
My discovery of this divide came first as a teacher when my students’ parents were honest enough to share with me what was really going on in their homes. Later on, as a tutor, problems with helping their children with their homework were the principal concern I heard parents express.
In 1998, I made the difficult decision to leave my public school classroom teaching position in Fairfax County, Va., and start Educational Connections Inc. In the beginning, I was my company’s sole employee. Since then the company has grown to employ over 200 instructors throughout the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area and has successfully worked with over 8,000 students from kindergarten to college.
I learned a number of important lessons in Educational Connections’ early years. First, even the brightest students sometimes need extra help. And when help is needed, nothing beats one-on-one instruction. Next, for a number of reasons, students are often more willing to accept help from a person outside the family circle than they are from even the most patient and sympathetic parents. Third, area schools are competitive and subject matter can be challenging. After all, how many of us remember all the steps in cell division or how to factor a polynomial? It didn’t take me long to learn that students get the best help from tutors who are specialists in an area and know the curriculum well, especially when they get past middle school. Finally, many of my students were never taught the basic skills needed for classroom success, such as organization, time management, and efficient study methods.
Improvements take place very differently in every home because each child has a unique set of skills and abilities. For that reason alone there is no one cure-all for educational challenges. But we at Educational Connections have worked diligently since 1998 to find the best ways to help all of our students learn. We only hire instructors with the education, experience, and the personality your children need to flourish in class. We keep on top of the most effective, research-proven instructional methods. And we never stop training our instructors and staff.
Please contact us or call us at (703) 934-8282 today to get in touch with one of our program managers about what we can do to help your child prepare for academic success.
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I cannot say enough amazing words about Miss Cindy and what a perfect match EC made when you placed her and Nico together. He has thrived over the last 18+months with the consistent, focused engagement that Miss Cindy has provided. She is patient, kind, motivating and I have seen firsthand the talent and professionalism she brings to her tutoring. Essentially she has been a tremendous part of Nico's continued success in learning and a special person to our entire family. While we know Nico will struggle to learn, he has worked so hard and we as parents and his teachers at school see his great progress....and that is only through him working so hard and others believing in him. His teachers and supporters including Miss Cindy have made the difference and for this, we are profoundly grateful and hopeful. Nico is a beautiful and bright boy who is full of life and love and we will continue to support him in every way possible.
Natalie, Jun 18, 2018
I wanted you to know how pleased we have been with your services! Our daughter has improved her grade so much in Algebra. Karen has been really good for her and our daughter has been able to understand the materials.
Sally, Jun 8, 2018
I am compelled to tell you how incredible Ashley is as a tutor. Let's start with the fact that she arrived every day on time and got right down to business and she stayed until the hour ended, every time. Ashley is someone who has a gift. She knows exactly how to take concepts and pull them off the page to help students learn. For example, she once came into the kitchen and asked for a glass of water to dramatize volume to our child. She would often tell our child, "I showed you how to do it, now I want you to teach it back to me." She never came unprepared, she always had worksheets, problems for our child to work on in case there was not much math homework or a quiz to study for. Her goal was always to make sure that our child truly understood the concepts that they were working on. It has made a world of difference to our child to have Ashley's support and knowledge.
Beth, May 31, 2018
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