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  • At Wonder-Space, we tutor students from Kindergarten through college and beyond! We would love to assist you or your child with anything English-related. Our tutors help elementary school children with reading, spelling, and language arts.  We help middle school students navigate literary elements, vocabulary, and essay composition. Wonder-Space tutors are experts in American Literature, English Literature, and World Literature; so if

  • Oprah Winfrey once said, “When I look into the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes.” At Wonder-Space, we want that to be true for all of our students! Our tutors work hard to allay their students’ fears, establish clear goals, motivate them along the way, and achieve their goals for a brighter future!

  • At Wonder-Space, we tutor students from Kindergarten through college and beyond! We would love to assist you or your child with math. Our tutors help elementary school children with basic mathematics from addition and subtraction to memorizing multiplication tables and learning long division. We assist middle school students by explaining fractions, decimals, and word problems, and helping them navigate geometric, statistical,

  • Through one-on-one instruction, our tutors can reinforce core concepts and provide explanations of tricky topics. At Wonder-Space, we want to share our academic know-how with you and teach you how to reach your academic goals. We will customize a tutoring package with you by assessing your child’s needs, setting realistic goals, and working hard to achieve

All subject tutoring

  • Whether it’s a matter of getting organized and staying on track, or it’s questions about quadratic equations, Wonder-Space Tutoring can help. Kids today are doing more homework than ever and the assignments are beginning in early elementary school. If you and your kids feel overwhelmed by the amount of homework they’re tackling every night – in addition

  • At Wonder-Space, we tutor students from Kindergarten through college and beyond! We would love to assist you or your child learn another language. Studies have shown that foreign language education benefits students as young as first grade, but at Wonder-Space, we believe that it is NEVER TOO LATE to learn another language! Our tutors offer help with

  • Asking for help can be hard, and sometimes the students most in need of help are the least likely to request it due to the fear of what others will think of them. Eliminating anxiety is a big step toward achieving academic goals, that’s why at Wonder-Space Tutoring we want to put you and your kids

  • We know that standardized tests can be daunting, but Wonder-Space tutors are here to help! Our tutors help prepare elementary school and middle school students for the ISEE; high school students for the PSAT, ACT, and SAT; undergrads for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and much more. So don’t fret, and don’t take a class,

In-home or In-office

  • At Wonder-Space, we tutor students from Kindergarten through college and beyond! We would love to assist you or your child with science. Our tutors help elementary school children with science homework – from units on weather, electricity, magnets, and photosynthesis. Don’t despair over that looming science fair project, wonder-Space tutors can offer advice and help kids coordinate research to stay on top

  • “Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.”  ~Author Unknown At Wonder-Space, we want to help you achieve your academic goals. That is why we help our students by setting up a plan for success. By setting goals and striving toward them, our tutors and students are able to work on

  • At Wonder-Space, we tutor students from Kindergarten through college and beyond! We would love to assist you or your child with History. Our tutors help elementary school children with Social Studies topics from memorizing states and capitols to understanding how our Legislative Branch works. We help middle school students to better understand how the Underground Railroad worked, as well as

  • Everybody could use a little help improving their study habits. At Wonder-Space, we are experts at teaching students K – college how to organizetheir work-space, complete homework assignments, and take better notes. Our tutors can show you and your kids how to plan ahead in order to finish projects on time, and prepare for exams without cramming. Give us a call, we’d love to

The Importance of Learning Styles

Students are not only different in personalities, likes, hobbies, etc.; they are also different when it comes to the way they learn. If you are signed up to our newsletter, you saw the section where we briefly talked about learning styles and the importance of being able to recognize the differences. As mentioned in our newsletter, this is a question that should be asked by tutoring providers because it provides a lot of insight on where each person’s strengths and weaknesses lie when it comes to studying.

Therefore, while evaluating their students, our tutors ask a few questions to figure out what kind of learner they are working with. The most common learning styles are visual learners, auditory learners, and kinesthetic learners. Students don’t typically fall within one segment only, but will portray characteristics that fall into one category more than the other 2, so these should be identified and a personalized lesson plan developed after that.

Visual Learner: As the name describes it, visual  learners learn better by seeing things. Some of the most common characteristics of a visual learner are:

  • Understands and/or likes charts.
  • Is good at spelling or other tasks that require identification.
  • Has to think a while before understanding a lecture.
  • Needs quiet study time.
The best study tip for visual learners is to modify the material that they have in hand to make it visually enticing. Outlines, diagrams, color coded sections and videos are always helpful.
Auditory Learner: Once again, as the name describes it, this type of learners learn better by hearing things. Some of the common characteristics of visual learners are:
  • Understands content better when read or spoken.
  • Is good at explaining.
  • Notices sound effects in movies.
  • Can’t keep quiet for long periods.
Just as visual learners, modifying the material so that it’s easier to comprehend is the best way to approach this learning style. Things like using word association to remember facts and lines, watching videos rather than reading and repeating facts with eyes closed can help auditory learners to retain the material.
Kinesthetic Learner: This type of learner is not as widely known as auditory or visual. Kinesthetic Learners learn better by “hands-on” methods that allow them to experience and do things. Some of the common characteristics are:
  •  Fidgets during lectures.
  • Likes physical activities such as sports or dance.
  • Prefers adventure books, movies.
  • Can’t sit still for too long.
The best way to approach this style of learning is by making lessons more interactive so that the student remains interested. Using flash cards to memorize, role playing, studying in short blocks and taking breaks in between typically help study better.
If you are still unsure about what kind of learner you or your kids are, give us a call today and we can give you more tips and help with an evaluation. Our tutors are always happy to teach students and parents about improving studying methods!

Learning Beyond The Books: A Wonder-Space Approach

With so many channels of information shooting in all directions, young people have never been so hungry for information as they are today. Very few students these days know what it’s like to have to search through a library, and through books to learn about something, because you can basically Google or Wiki anything nowadays. It’s interesting to think 10-15 years back when search engines were just taking off and Yahoo.com as well as Ask.com were the main names, yet education institutions didn’t endorse them because there just wasn’t enough information out there. Now, searching for symptoms for  a certain illness or doing research about the stem cell theory has never been easier; it’s nothing but a click away. Yet many schools oppose Google or Wiki searches. Why is that?

If you think about it, the World Wide Web is a collection of information put out there by people. All kinds of people. While many of those individuals are professionals and subject connoisseurs, others are just people who are exhibiting their opinion without much research or thorough knowledge. So even though you might think that a certain page looks legitimate and may seem convincing, it might not have enough backup research to be acceptable.

At Wonder-Space, we are big advocates of books and other printed material because it requires a more careful process in order to be published; however, we also love to take advantage of the latest trends and the information on the World Wide Web that can be very helpful and most importantly, legitimate. You will find that our tutors like to share with their students databases full of published articles about pretty much anything. Some of our tutors even let some of their students use their school’s library database where information about every subject can be found. The thing about these databases is that they are accepted by most school institutions because they’re mostly published by professionals in the field or they’re the results of thorough research.

We like to think creative, and we have also incorporated other channels on the internet that have been very useful. Google Scholars and Google Books is probably one of the most overlooked, yet most helpful, tools that Google has to offer. They’re  easy to use and you can find both printed as well as digital material. We have notices that students may get a little overwhelmed in the beginning because it’s slightly different than search engines, but once you get used to it, it’s actually quite simple.

The best tool that any student can have is knowledge acquired everyday. The more you study and learn, the more you become prepared. With so much information going around, it might be overwhelming to focus on one subject, but as always, Wonder-Space is here to help! One of our favorite learning channels is the Khan Academy  which offers hundreds of videos on every subject you can imagine: Math, Science, Finance, Computer Science, etc. All for free too!

Did you think you loved YouTube because it shows your favorite artist’s music videos and concerts? Well, YouTube actually also has numerous channels with educational purposes. The MIT YouTube Channel where you can find lectures on science and technology. Even YouTube’s own Education Channel has material for all ages and all interests.

What are some of your favorite places on the Internet to learn new things? We want to know!

An SAT Tip a Day Keeps A Low Score Away, and Our Tutors Have You Covered!

It’s that time of the year again. Everybody is getting ready to either take the SAT for the first time, or retake it to get a better score, but it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve taken it, it seems that it’s just a new challenge every time (everyone at WS Tutoring just nodded). There are, however, a few tips you can follow to become more confident when taking your SAT, and Wonder-Space has you covered!

According to The Princeton Review, SAT mostly just tests your abilities to take the SAT; nevertheless, it’s required by most colleges. It does of course test your knowledge, but even if you’re a straight A student or a ferocious reader  you may still struggle with the testing techniques implemented by the SAT. Therefore, whether it’s your first time or your 3rd time taking it, there are some tips that you just can’t afford to overlook.

Our tutors have observed that most students who are preparing for the SAT they prepare like they would for any other test, but what they immediately tell their students is that it is like no other tests and therefore need different preparation. WS Tutors start with 3 simple tips endorsed by the Princeton Review. They’re easy, common, and essential:

  1. Know The Order of Difficulty.  The SAT questions are broken down into 3 categories of  difficulty: easy, medium and hard. The good news is that they all count the same amount towards your score, and they usually follow that order. The first portion of questions is easy, the 2nd medium, etc. So rather than trying to answer all the questions under one section, try to answer the easy portion of questions first, and then gradually move to the hard questions. (This is not applicable to the reading section).
  2. Don’t be Joe. Although we do want you to get all the easy questions right, we also don’t want our students to be predictable and get more medium and hard questions right to score higher than the typical Joe would. “If you’re working on an easy question, the answer that seems right probably is. If you’re working on a hard question, the answer that seems right is always wrong. Use this strategy to help you eliminate choices for difficult questions.” Our tutors get their students to work on studying the hard questions when preparing for the SAT, so that when they encounter them on the test, analyzing them is like second nature.
  3. Use The Process of Elimination. You’ve done it in High School, it’s time to put it to practice again.  If we do the math, you actually benefit from guessing even if you’re penalized for the incorrect answer, so the challenge is to make an educated guess to increase your chances of getting it right.
We have other tips that we implement in our tutoring sessions, and they’ve actually worked not only for our students, but for our tutors who have actually taken the SAT when they were in High School. Our SAT Tutors also came up with their 3 favorite tips, and we’re sharing them with you today.
  1. Use Official Tests to Practice With.  If you’re studying with one of our tutors, they’ll provide you with material, but if you also want to do some studying of your own, buying books that have practice tests is what we recommend.
  2. Create a Collection of Mature Sounding Words and Phrases to Incorporate Into Your Essay. We’ve started giving some away through our Facebook and Twitter and our tutors will work with you to create a list that will boost your score. (Ebullient is an easy word to memorize and which will look great in your essay).
  3. Build Your Own Vocabulary List Using Past Tests. We’ve noticed that most of our students have gotten an answer wrong, not because they didn’t know the answer, but because there was a key word that they didn’t know and threw them off. “Ambivalent” is a work that repeatedly shows up on SAT tests and which many students don’t know. Study past tests and try to come up with a list of vocabulary words that you may not know. Don’t forget to review it often so that you don’t forget them!
We want all our students to succeed! So if you need help preparing for your SAT give us a call today. We have many more tips to share with you!


Putting a Price in College Education

It’s your first day of class. You’re a freshman in college and you bought new clothes, new books, and you might now be living on campus. As you rush to class, you might be thinking about how cool your dorm is, that picking a 7:30am class in the morning is a great idea because you’re going to have ALL this time after class (it’s not, trust me), and you might already be thinking about checking out that little cafe close to campus. One of the last things a college student thinks about on their first day of class is the debt that will accumulate every year and that will be waiting at their door once they graduate. It may sound pessimistic, but that’s the reality for the big majority of college graduates. Tuition is one of the biggest debts you will have to face in your lifetime, and that’s not including books, supplemental material, food and rent if you live in or around campus. Don’t get me wrong, those 4 years in college are totally worth it not only because you get to study in your field of interest and you increase your chances to get a good job , but the memories and friends that you make are irreplaceable.

You may already be familiar with this statistic, but receiving a four-year college education usually averages to $35,ooo a year. “As a result, student debt in America has surpassed 1 trillion dollars in the past decade.” That’s a pretty big number for a national average of 58% of first-time, full-time students who complete their degree. Although this number has increased over the last decade as the number of students who seek a college education has also grown, it’s quite a burden for somebody who may just be stepping into the “real” world, especially because most college students don’t just have that kind of cash laying around.

Although these are a lot of facts to think about for a college student, the good thing is that every student has an opportunity to decrease that after-college debt by following some simple tips and becoming involved in their school and their community.

  • Elections are coming up and education is a top issue that presidential candidates have constantly addressed. Becoming informed on their proposals and the reforms that they intend to implement, and most importantly, practicing your vote, can have an impact on your tuition and the interest rates relevant to you. Her Campus briefly summarizes both 2012 presidential candidates’  education reforms, but it’s important for you to do some research of your own and get familiar with their opinion on education.
  • Become involved in student organizations. These organizations may not reduce the cost of tuition but sometimes they provide alternatives to buying books by doing “book swap fairs” or help you find other college material such as calculators and supplemental books for cheaper. Some organizations also have scholarships for their members that you can take advantage of.
  • Apply to as many scholarships as you can during High School and during your first years of college. There are a TON of scholarships available for High School graduates, and if you contact the college you plan on attending, they can also help you find scholarships you can apply to. You don’t have to be a straight A student to get some of these scholarships and the requirements for some are as simple as proving that you’re a transfer student. You can start by Googling “Scholarships” or contacting some private companies in your area; you’ll be surprised at the number of companies that offer financial aid to students.
  • Try to pay as much of your college tuition as you can while attending school. The rule is to not compromise your studies, but if you look at one of our past blogs there are jobs out there that are flexible with your schedule, they look good on your resume, and they can help you start paying for college. Just remember that any minimum contribution counts!
Going to college goes beyond building your career, and well, your social life. It’s about learning new responsibilities and gradually entering the “adult” life, so what better way to start than by learning how to manage your finances.