Tutoring News

July 15, 2014:  NAME CHANGE

Our name has changed! The new name, PathFinder Coaching and Tutoring LLC, reflects our expansion over the years from subject-specific tutoring to academic and life coaching for youth and adults. We also offer advocacy services for parents needing help navigating the school system for classroom accommodations or special education services, i.e., IEPs or 504 Plans. Our new web site is under construction and will be available in September at www.pathfinder-coaching-tutoring.com.

November 22, 2013:  EXECUTIVE FUNCTION 101

See the new Executive Function 101 e-book posted on our "ADHD Students" page. It provides a comprehensive overview of Executive Function and Learning; Executive Function, Behavior, and Emotions; and Executive Function in Social Situations and Relationships.  We have been very successful working with students to build their executive functioning skills, resulting in better grades and preparedness for college and beyond.  Call us to make an appointment with an experienced coach:  703-455-6236.

June 19, 2013:  SUMMER STUDY PROGRAM
 
We can design a summer study program, tailored to meet your student's specific needs. After assessing last year's homework, quizzes, and tests, and talking with you and your child about next year's goals, a tutor can customize a plan using Fairfax County Public School and VA Department of Education benchmarks. Take advantage of the summer months to get a head start on the next school year!

April 10, 2013:  SOL Practice Sites
 
It's that time of year:  time to get ready for the VA Standards of Learning (SOL) exams.  Teachers are preparing students in the classroom; however, there are a couple of good sources students can use from home.  The VA Department of Education releases actual prior year tests at:  http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/released_tests/  Also, I have worked with students using an independent site operated by Jefferson Lab:  http://education.jlab.org/solquiz/.
 
Call us at PathFinder Tutoring LLC if you would like your student to received individualized help:  (703) 455-6236.  Keep in mind that high school students who do not pass an SOL may need to remediate the class during the summer to receive course credit towards graduation (and ultimately college admission).
 
 

February 10, 2013:  FCPS Online Campus
 
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) delivers courses identical in content to those offered in traditional classrooms and uses multi-media to engage students. These courses are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) and follow the Fairfax County Public Schools Program of Studies (POS).  In talking with students as they begin to plan for next year, summer courses offered through the FCPS online campus are especially appealing to rising Juniors and Seniors. If you think online courses may be a good fit for your student, check out the FCPS website at http://www.fcps.edu/is/onlinecampus/faq.shtml for answers to frequently asked questions.
December 16, 2012:  Update from FCPS on Online Math Textbooks
 
On December 12, 2012, Fairfax County Public Schools issued the following statement regarding on-line math textbooks:

"FCPS is taking steps to respond to concerns raised by parents, students, and teachers about the new online math textbooks. We realize that many hurdles still exist and we are working on solutions that will support student learning through the use of online technology.

In an effort to resolve the situation immediately, FCPS negotiated with the textbook publishers to order additional printed math textbooks. Each high school and middle school principal is submitting a request for the number of additional printed textbooks needed for their schools. Elementary principals will have the option to purchase additional printed copies of the teacher editions for math textbooks. We do not anticipate ordering additional printed textbooks for elementary students, but will keep the option open with the publishers for future consideration. FCPS expects the textbooks to be available to students after winter break.

FCPS remains committed to preparing our students to be 21st century learners, and incorporating online textbooks into instructional practices is one of the ways we are doing so. However, we also understand the need to be more aware of the impact of these changes and, as we move toward the future, FCPS will be reviewing the process for online textbook adoption to better meet the needs of students, families, and teachers.

If you have comments or questions about the online textbook initiative, send an e-mail to onlinetextbooks@fcps.edu."


October 10, 2012:  FCPS 2012 College Fair and College Night
 

The FCPS College Fair and College Night events offer a venue for high school students/parents to meet with colleges/universities to share information and answer questions about their institutions. Approximately 350-400 colleges annually attend these events. The College Fair traditionally draws approximately 10,000 students and parents. College Night, held the following evening, attracts between 4,000 and 5,000 attendees. In addition to the open-fair setting, College Night features workshops related to the college admissions process.  The College Fair is scheduled for Sunday, October 21, 2012; College Night will be held Monday, October 22, 2012.  Click on the following link for the Fact Sheet about both events:

http://www.fcps.edu/is/schoolcounseling/collegefair/documents/Factsheet2012.pdf


August 3, 2012:  SAT Preparation Begins Now!
 
Generally taken in the spring of Junior Year, the SAT is very different than the tests given by high school teachers. High school teachers don't have to be consistent with their testing styles or questions; however, the testing styles on the SAT must be standardized in order to make meaningful comparisons from year to year. As a result the questions, the format, and the concepts must be consistent from year to year. Instead of "studying" for the SAT, high school students need to determine the concepts, discover the patterns, and develop strategies to conquer the SAT.
 
While some students do well preparing for the SAT on their own, and others benefit from SAT-preparation classes, one-to-one tutoring is often the solution for students who want to achieve the best possible results. Our approach includes structured lessons that focus on teaching effective SAT test-taking strategies, time management, building vocabulary skills, reviewing math concepts, and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! Students following our program typically meet with a tutor twice a week for 1- or 1.5-hour sessions. Between each session students are assigned practice problems -- the same as those appearing on the official SAT exam. At least once during the program the student is required to apply the strategies learned during the tutoring lessons by independently taking an entire, timed practice examination. This has proven to be invaluable to successful students!
 
Contact us now to begin preparing for the October and November 2012 tests.  Call us at (703) 455-6236 or email pathfinder0257@aol.com.

June 23, 2012: Sign Up for a Summer Study Program
 
We can design a summer study program, tailored to meet your student's specific needs. After assessing last year's homework, quizzes, and tests, and talking with you and your child about next year's goals, a tutor can customize a plan using Fairfax County Public School and VA Department of Education benchmarks. Take advantage of the summer months to get a head start on the next school year!
 

April 10, 2012:  SAT Preparation Begins Now!
Generally taken in the spring of Junior Year, the SAT is very different than the tests given by high school teachers. High school teachers don't have to be consistent with their testing styles or questions; however, the testing styles on the SAT must be standardized in order to make meaningful comparisons from year to year. As a result the questions, the format, and the concepts must be consistent from year to year.   Instead of "studying" for the SAT, high school students need to determine the concepts, discover the patterns, and develop strategies to conquer the SAT.
 
While some students do well preparing for the SAT on their own, and others benefit from SAT-preparation classes, one-to-one tutoring is often the solution for students who want to achieve the best possible results.  Our approach includes structured lessons that focus on teaching effective SAT test-taking strategies, time management, building vocabulary skills, reviewing math concepts, and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!  Students following our program typically meet with a tutor twice a week for 1- or 1.5-hour sessions.  Between each session students are assigned practice problems -- the same as those appearing on the official SAT exam.  At least once during the program the student is required to apply the strategies learned during the tutoring lessons by independently taking an entire, timed practice examination.  This has proven to be invaluable to successful students!
 
Contact us now to begin preparing for the May and June 2012 tests.  For high school seniors, summer is ideal for dedicating a few hours a week to private tutoring lessons and independent practice.  Call us at (703) 455-6236 or email pathfinder0257@aol.com.
 

November 21, 2011:  Study Skill Hints
 
These are some ideas for improving your study habits:

· Prioritize your time and activity to make studying a high priority. Take the time you need to study every day regardless of outside interferences and distractions.

· Work around the time that you're most productive. There isn't any sense in trying to study your hardest subjects at your least productive time of the day; you're setting yourself up for failure that way.

 

· Create a comfortable and spacious place to study. Choose a location that allows you to spread out and work and a place where you're comfortable sitting for extended periods of time. Make sure there is adequate lighting and room to write and work on papers.

 

· Set up small rewards for reaching goals. Remember that it takes time to develop a new habit, so set small achievable study goals and reward yourself for reaching then. This helps keep you motivated feeling positive about making the improvements to your study habits.

 

· Take frequent breaks during your study time. Short bursts of studying are proven to be more effective than hours of cramming. Get up and stretch, clear your mind and relax your muscles before returning to the books.

 

· Review the information you're studying the same day you've learned it. By creating repetition, you strengthen the memory of what you're studying.

 

· Repeat these new habits daily. By repeating them, you will create a new study habit and that will result in improved learning and grades.


November 18, 2011: First Quarter Report Cards
 
Do your student's grades reflect his or her best work?  Your student may need help building organization and study skills.  After assessing your student's specific needs, an experienced tutor will provide the tools needed to get your student on track.  Call (703) 455-6236 or email pathfinder0257@aol.com for a consultation.
 
October 20, 2011:  ACT and SAT Registration Deadlines!
 
Sign up by November 4, 2011, for the December 10th ACT; a late fee is charged for registrations made between November 5 and 18, 2011.  Also, the registration deadline for the December 3rd SAT is November 8, 2011.  There are limited slots open for private tutoring classes before the December exam dates.  Call (703) 455-6236  or email pathfinder0257@aol.com for availability.  (A full schedule of the 2011-2012 ACT and SAT examination and registration dates can be found at the PathFinder Tutoring LLC site's July 16, 2011, "Tutoring News", below.)
 

September 4, 2011:  September 9th - Registration Deadline for October SAT
 
Sign up by September 9, 2011, for the October 1 SAT; a late fee is charged for registrations made between September 10 and 21, 2011.  There are limited slots open for private tutoring classes before the October exam.  Call (703) 455-6236  or email pathfinder0257@aol.com for availability.  (A full schedule of the 2011-2012 ACT and SAT examination and registration dates can be found at the PathFinder Tutoring LLC site's July 16, 2011, "Tutoring News", below.)
 

September 4, 2011:  Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) College Fair and College Night
 
FCPS is sponsoring two very important events in October to help high school seniors with the college application process:  October 16, 2011 (Fair Oaks Mall) is the College Fair and October 17, 2011 (Hayfield Secondary School) is College Night.  Both evenings provide an opportunity to meet with representatives from prospective colleges, get answers to your questions, and prepare you to make informed decisions about your future.  Register at www.fcpscollegefairs.com.  Contact PathFinder Tutoring LLC at (703) 455-6236 or pathfinder0257@aol.com, for a free "College Application Process" packet.  It includes the steps to follow to for college acceptance as well as a listing of specific questions to ask at these October events.
 

August 22, 2011:  ACT Registration
 
August 13 through 26, 2011, is the late registration period for the September 10, 2011, ACT.  Register now and contact us to arrange for one-on-one tutoring services.  Learn test-taking strategies to help you achieve the score your top school is looking for!
 

July 31, 2011:  Read!  Read!  Read!

In order to encourage and support reading achievement, every Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) student who will be entering grades six through twelve in the fall must read at least one book over the summer.

The follow-up in the fall will be determined by each school. The Summer Reading lists contain suggestions for reading; although students may read any other book that is approved by their parents, except where individual schools have issued their own summer reading requirements. Any school-based requirements supercede the County requirement.  Some schools and courses, particularly at the high school level, have additional summer assignments.

The FCPS High School Suggested Summer Reading is a genre-based assignment in which students at each grade level may choose their own selections within a framework based on the English Program of Studies.  Recent reports from the National Council of Teachers of English describe guided student choice as a key component in successful summer reading.  Greater freedom to choose their own titles will increase students' interest in summer reading, leading to greater reading achievement overall. At the high school level, most schools and courses have summer reading assignments that fulfill the FCPS requirement.  Parents and students should check the individual school website and inquire at the time of registration.

Refer to http://www.fcps.edu/dis/readlist/ for grade-specific reading lists.


July 16, 2011:  2011-2012 SAT and ACT Testing and Registration Dates
 
Now is the time to learn essential test-taking strategies from an expert!  Call (703) 455-6236 to sign-up for private tutoring lessons.
 
 

ACT Registration – Key Dates

 

ACT Test Dates

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

 

(Late Fee Required)

 

September 10, 2011

August 12, 2011

August 13 – 26, 2011

October 22, 2011

September 16, 2011

September 17 – 30, 2011

December 10, 2011

November 4, 2011

November 5 – 18, 2011

February 11, 2012

January 13, 2012

January 14 – 20, 2012

April 14, 2012

March 9, 2012

March 10-23, 2012

June 9, 2012

May 4, 2012

May 5 – 18, 2012

 
 

SAT Registration – Key Dates

 

SAT and Subject

 Test Dates

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

 

(Late Fee Required)

 

October 1, 2011

September 9, 2011

September 10 -21, 2011

November 5, 2011

October 7, 2011

October 8 – 21, 2011

December 3, 2011

November 8, 2011

November 9 – 20, 2011

January 28, 2012

December 30, 2011

December 31 – January 13, 2012

March 10, 2012 (SAT only)

February 10, 2012

February 11 – 24, 2012

May 5, 2012

April 6, 2012

April 7 – 20, 2012

June 2, 2012

May 8, 2012

May 9 – 22, 2012

 

June 6, 2011:  Summer Study Program With a Private Tutor
 

School doors are closing; however, summer is the ideal time for your student to prepare for the challenges of next school year. Take a look at recent tests, quizzes. and homework assignments: Do the grades reflect your student's best work? Is your student happy with the results? Does your student feel ready for the next level of reading, math, etc? Private tutoring is an option that works for many students, whether they need help with a specific subject or overall guidance in building organization and study skills.

Find a tutor who is a good fit, one who is knowledgeable and can build a good rapport with your student.  Contact us for a free consultation:  (703) 455-6236 or pathfinder0257@aol.com.

With the proper preparation, your student will be one step closer to making the 2011-2012 school year a success!

 

**** NEWSFLASH ****
June 1, 2011:  PathFinder Tutoring LLC Rated #1 Best Math Tutor in Arlington, Virginia!!
 
Thank you to the hard-working students and supportive parents who have allowed me to make this business a success.  It is a pleasure to serve northern Virginia families.  I take great pride in all my students' accomplishments, and share their excitement each time there is an "ah-hah!" moment! 
 
Patricia M. Hudak, Director
PathFinder Tutoring LLC
 
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