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Proven Success:
Improvement by 1-2
grade levels;
60-75% higher test scores

The majority of students do not ask questions in class for fear of embarrassment, thinking they are the only person that does not understand, being shy, or thinking they will "figure it out at home."  I want to dispel the myth of being alone on the island of uncertainty.  You are not alone.  You would be helping several classmates by asking your question and receiving the additional explanation. 


The truth is in most cases there are a number of students confused about a concept at any given time. This is evidenced by multiple students missing the same problems on homework, quizzes, or tests. This is why tutoring is so vital and should be viewed as an integral part of education.  The combination of classroom instruction and private tutoring is the perfect solution.  There is no longer a stigma associated with having a tutor.  It is simply necessary.  


There is not enough time for teachers to give personalized attention to multiple students during class.  Some of the benefits of tutoring include one-on-one personalized instruction, freedom to be open, focused attention with reduced distractions, addressing the student's specific needs, illustrating solutions to suit the individual student which may vary from student to student, gaining study skills and techniques to become better, gain confidence and independence, improved grades and understanding... The benefits are endless.  

What is included in the cost of college?

College costs include more than tuition and room and board. Here are common costs:


The cost of taking courses. Course costs vary by school.

Room and board

Lodging and food costs vary by school.

Books and school supplies

Books can be expensive. School supplies include

  • book bags;

  • notebooks;

  • pens and pencils;

  • paper and computer paper; and

  • desk accessories such as folders, trays, and pen holders.


Fees depend upon your school. Examples include activity fees and parking decal fees. Schools can provide a list of fees.

Equipment and room materials

This category might include

  • a computer and printer;

  • reading lamps;

  • a microwave and refrigerator; and

  • sheets, towels, etc.

Travel and miscellaneous expenses

  • If you commute to school, include transportation costs.

  • If you live on campus, include travel during school breaks.

  • You may also want to include clothing and mobile phone costs.

The Top 25 Best STEM Jobs
for 2017 according to
U.S. News &
World Reports

These STEM jobs offer high pay, low unemployment, and robust growth. 

  • Financial Analyst. Median Salary: $80,310.

  • Management Analyst. Median Salary: $81,320.

  • Computer Support Specialist. Median Salary: $62,250. 

  • Civil Engineer. Median Salary: $82,220.

  • Industrial Psychologist. Median Salary: $77,350.

  • Business Operations Manager. Median Salary: $97,730.

  • Information Security Analyst. Median Salary: $90,120.

  • Financial Manager. Median Salary: $117,990

  • Cartographer. Median Salary: $61,880.

  • Database Administrator. Median Salary: $81,710

  • Medical and Health Services Manager. Median Salary: $94,500.

  • Accountant. Median Salary: $67,190

  • Mechanical Engineer. Median Salary: $83,590

  • Computer Network Architect. Median Salary: $100,240.

  • Environmental Engineer. Median Salary: $84,560

  • Operations Research Analyst. Median Salary: $78,630.

  • Web Developer. Median Salary: $64,970.

  • Psychologist. Median Salary: $94,590.

  • IT Manager. Median Salary: $131,600.

  • Actuary. Median Salary: $97,070.

  • Financial Advisor. Median Salary: $89,160.

  • Mathematician. Median Salary: $111,110.

  • Software Developer. Median Salary: $98,260.

  • Computer Systems Analyst. Median Salary: $85,800

  • Statistician. Median Salary: $80,110

According to Forbes Magazine these are the Top STEM Schools of 2016

As careers in technology continue to rise in number and pay – four of the majors with the highest hiring rate for recent grads are in STEM – colleges that specialize in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are becoming better investments of tuition dollars. The 2016 Top 21 STEM Colleges average 50 spots better on the Forbes Best Value list than they do on the Forbes’ 2016 Top Colleges rankings.

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  2. United States Naval Academy

  3. Cornell University

  4. Rice University

  5. United States Air Force Academy

  6. California Institute of Technology

  7. Harvey Mudd College

  8. Carnegie Mellon University

  9. Johns Hopkins University

  10. Georgia Institute of Technology

  11. Cooper Union

  12. Case Western Reserve University

  13. United States Coast Guard Academy

  14. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  15. Colorado School of Mines

  16. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  17. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

  18. University of Portland

  19. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

  20. North Carolina State University, Raleigh

  21. Clarkson University

  In The News

Chan-Zuckerberg to Push Ambitious New Vision for Personalized Learning:

James H. Shelton, Former deputy secretary of education to head expanded initiative

By Benjamin Herold

June 29, 2017

Pediatrician Priscilla Chan and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are gearing up to invest hundreds of millions of dollars a year in a new vision of “whole-child personalized learning,” with the aim of dramatically expanding the scope and scale of efforts to provide every student with a customized education.

The emerging strategy represents a high-stakes effort to bridge longstanding divides between competing visions for improving the nation’s schools. Through their recently established Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the billionaire couple intends to support the development of software that might help teachers better recognize and respond to each student’s academic needs—while also supporting a holistic approach to nurturing children’s social, emotional, and physical development.

The man charged with marrying those two philosophies is former Deputy U.S. Secretary of Education James H. Shelton, now the initiative’s president of education.

“We’ve got to dispel this notion that personalized learning is just about technology,” Shelton said in an exclusive interview with Education Week. “In fact, it is about understanding students, giving them agency, and letting them do work that is engaging and exciting.”

What’s the difference between the SAT I and the SAT II?

Sally Rubenstone

College Admissions

Question: What’s the difference between the SAT I and the SAT II?

I’m sure a lot of people would like to know the difference. The SAT I is the Scholastic Assessment Test that used to be the old Scholastic Aptitude Test. With the name change, there have been other changes.

When the old SAT became the new SAT I, it also changed its format, deleting one type of Verbal questions and adding a new kind of math problems among other details. The scoring formula was also changed. The SAT of today is considerably different than the SAT of several years ago.


       Absolutely awesome!!

Nicole has been absolutely fantastic. Our college age daughter is getting great grades on her homework and a better understanding of the Algebra process. Not only are her grades going up, her self confidence in that she can do the work has improved 100%. Nicole is patient, kind, meticulous, understanding, and knows her business when it comes to Algebra. Great tutor that I would highly recommend.


— Kerry, Washington, DC (19 Lessons with Nicole)



       Would recommend to anyone Nicole as a Tutor

Before Nicole, my daughter was unmotivated and not passing tests in Geometry. Since Nicole has been working with my daughter, her motivation is better and she is passing her tests. I cannot fully express how thankful I am that we met Nicole. Nicole is more than willing to work with my daughter on other subjects, to help her achieve despite my daughter’s attitude at times, which can be challenging. Not that my daughter is difficult, but she is strong willed and hard to motivate if she does not want to do something. Nicole has developed a rapport with my daughter that takes a certain set of skills in addition to Nicole’s abilities in math and her own love for learning and teaching. Even the Vice Principal at my daughter’s school has noticed a difference. She has talked to my daughter at school and then conveyed to me personally that she could tell Nicole was held in high regard by us. My child, and I, can only sing Nicole’s praise.


— Tammy, Lebanon, IL (34 lessons with Nicole)



           Wonderful Tutor

We recently hired Nicole to tutor my son in Geometry. We have just started the sessions but Nicole is such a pleasant tutor to work with. She explains everything and answers all your questions. She also cares about her students and their success. She will find the connection that will match the student with the class so it will make it easier on them. I'm really looking forward to having Nicole help my son understand and succeed in Geometry. I know she is someone that can definitely do it.

— Lori, Edwardsville, IL