How to Improve Your Child’s Problem-Solving Skills

How to Improve Your Child’s Problem-Solving Skills

Problem solving is a skill that will benefit children not just now, but for the rest of their lives. No matter their age, they will be faced with issues they need to figure out how to work through. Teaching and supporting them as they grow will help to build a strong foundation and give them more confidence in their own abilities.

Tackle Problems One Step at a Time

Help your child learn how to break down problems so they can come up with an effective solution. Whether they are having difficulty with a class in school, want to get on the soccer team, or keep forgetting to turn in assignments, the steps to find a solution are similar:

· Identify what the problem is. Have them put the issue into words and talk it out.

· Brainstorm solutions. Encourage them to create a list of different ways they could solve it. Remind them that there isn’t always just one right answer. They can achieve the same results following many different paths, so write down whatever they think might work.

· Weigh options. Compare each idea and the pros and cons. What is realistic? Are they actually able to follow through? What might the positive and negative results be?

· Take action. Let them pick what they think is the best solution and try it out. If it doesn’t work, they can always try another one.

Give Your Child Space and Independence

Resist the urge to jump in and solve every challenge for your child. They don’t have as much life experience, so it might take them more time to figure out what to do. Give them that space. Let them try different solutions and see what happens. You won’t always be there to do things for them, so help them build their independence and realize that they can solve problems on their own.

Allow for Natural Consequences

Not every decision your child makes will be the best one, but they have to learn from their choices. Instead of stepping in and preventing something negative from happening, let them experience the natural consequences (as long as they remain safe). Forgot their homework even though they were supposed to put it in their backpack? Maybe they’ll remember tonight. Didn’t study for their test because they wanted to hang out with friends? Receiving a poor grade may be motivation for next time.

Set a Positive Example

When you’re faced with challenges, let your child see you work through them. Ask for their advice about what they think you should do. Brainstorm solutions together. Tell them why you picked the solution you did and how it turned out. Discuss what you could do differently next time if it didn’t go as planned.

Be Supportive

Children are faced with opportunities every single day to problem solve in all aspects of their lives. Be supportive and guide them through the process while also letting them take the lead and become more independent.

If they are struggling to stay organized in school or understand certain concepts, get them the help they need to be more successful at Crafting Scholars. Our learning specialists work one-on-one with students to develop their skills and focus on individual areas of need. Show your child that it is okay to ask for help when they need it, and that can be part of solving the problem. Learn more about available services by contacting Crafting Scholars today!

The Cumulative Nature of Math and Why it Matters

The Cumulative Nature of Math and Why it Matters

Math is a subject that a lot of students struggle with. Sometimes just the look of a problem can make them think it is too difficult before they have even tried. Plus, the fact that answers tend to be right or wrong with no middle ground can be frustrating. Students who did well in math in lower grades may find that in upper grades they are not doing as well.

What many people fail to realize is that math is a cumulative subject. Concepts build on one another. Understanding the basics is a key building block for future success. When students do not have a strong foundational knowledge, more advanced concepts are harder to make sense of. For instance, students must understand addition before moving on to multiplication, which is repeated addition (at least when it comes to whole numbers).

Memorization is Not Enough

A lot of students skate by because they are good at memorization. But that does not mean they truly understand the concept. They can recite multiplication facts and formulas, but do they understand that 3x4 equals 12 because you are adding together 4+4+4? They know that PEMDAS stands for Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction, but do they know how to correctly apply that when presented with a problem?

It is hard to apply concepts to a wide range of problems when students do not actually comprehend what they are doing or why it works. They need to know which operation or formula to use and why.

A Rush to Move Ahead

Teachers also have limited time to cover a lot of information. If most students seem to get a concept, they move ahead. But if a student starts to fall behind and does not have a solid grasp on the material being covered, the next topic will likely be more difficult because they don’t understand the basics. Slowly this gap widens, and math becomes more and more challenging and confusing.

Continuous practice and reinforcement of skills are important. Moving on too quickly only causes more issues. For instance, a student who barely passed pre-algebra is more likely to struggle in algebra I because they are missing some of the fundamental building blocks needed to be successful. Advanced courses are an extension of concepts that were learned previously.

Closing the Gaps

Recognizing where there is a disconnect and what material students don’t thoroughly understand is essential for helping them to be more successful in the future. The switch to remote learning has made some parents more aware of some math skills that their child may be lacking as students had to work more independently. It requires a lot of practice and reinforcement to master one concept before moving on to the next.

Crafting Scholars emphasizes the importance of developing a strong cumulative understanding of math and is aware of how gaps in knowledge can create problems later on. That is why we offer a math diagnostic test to identify each student’s strengths and weaknesses. We are able to see what concepts they still have to work on. Then we use that data to create a customized learning plan to help them master the fundamentals they need before moving to the next level.

If you are concerned that your student is missing key skills and may not be as prepared as they should be for next year, contact us to schedule diagnostic testing and personalized tutoring. We support students in boosting their academic performance and developing the knowledge they need for higher level courses.

How to Use Learning Style to Improve Study Habits

How to Use Learning Style to Improve Study Habits

We are constantly absorbing information from the world around us using all of our senses. You watch people around you, listen to what they are saying, touch different objects, smell a variety of scents, taste flavorful foods — and it all contributes to what you remember. However, each person tends to have one learning style that is more dominant than the others and how you make sense of information most effectively.

The three most common learning styles are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Understanding how you learn can help you develop strategies for taking notes in class, organizing your materials, and studying for exams.

Visual Learners

Visual learners can’t just sit and listen to a lecture and recall the information. They may remember some important points, but there is a lot that is forgotten too. If you’re a visual learner, it helps to see the information. That is why writing down notes as the teacher explains things is important so you can go back and look at them later. When reviewing what you’ve learned, it can help to:

· Create your own diagrams and visuals. Draw pictures, outlines, mind maps, flow charts, or timelines. Organize material in a logical way that you can see.

· Watch videos to see concepts in action and connect pictures with what you are learning.

· Use colors. Highlight vocabulary, main points, cause/effects, dates, etc. in different colors so they stand out. You could use different colored flashcards for different types of information. If allowed, mark up the text using colored pens or pencils.

· Re-read your notes and charts so you see the information multiple times.

Auditory Learners

Auditory learners are able to better recall information when they hear it. That means finding a spot to sit in class where you can listen attentively and are not distracted by things around you. It may help to sit up front or close your eyes so you can focus on what you hear. You may also find it beneficial to:

· Ask if you can record lectures to listen back to them later. You could also record yourself reading notes or text.

· Listen to videos or podcasts.

· Read your notes aloud to yourself.

· Have someone ask you questions out loud and discuss the answers.

· Create songs or rhymes to remember facts.

Kinesthetic Learners

Kinesthetic learners do better when they can move around and interact with information. Flexible seating can be helpful to allow more movement, as well as small fidgets to play with while listening. Keeping your hands busy can help focus your mind. Other strategies include:

· Using manipulatives to work out problems. Write important facts on sticky notes that can be physically rearranged to create a flow chart, timeline, or graph.

· Move while you are studying. Read or listen to your notes as you walk. Flip through flashcards while riding a stationary bike. Act out an event or term.

· Re-write or type your notes while you study. The physical act of writing them out again can help you better retain the information.

You may find that different strategies are effective for different classes, so adjust according to what works best for you. Try out a variety of study techniques and see what you like. Understanding how you learn and process information is essential for getting the most out of your classes.

Crafting Scholars creates customized curricula and lessons based on your individual learning style to help you better engage with content and retain information. Whether working on a specific subject or preparing for the SATs or ACTs, we provide individualized support to help you maximize your potential. Contact us today to learn more or get started!

What to Do if You’re Worried Your Child is Falling Behind in School

What to Do if You’re Worried Your Child is Falling Behind in School

A major concern on the minds of many parents as we pass the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic is learning loss in students. As schools work to safely reopen, many students have spent months engaged in remote or hybrid learning. Learning over the computer is not the same as learning in person, and some students have faced a variety of challenges accessing classes, materials, and information.

While some students are thriving, others are struggling. This has led to valid concerns about students falling behind in certain subjects. Many subjects, such as math, build on previous knowledge. Mastering foundational skills is essential as concepts become more complex.

So what can you do if you’re worried your child is falling behind?

Get Organized

It is easy to fall into a routine become less vigilant about ensuring that your child is attending all of their classes and keeping up with assignments. Go over tasks with them to see what is missing and what is due soon. Help them prioritize what they need to be working on.

Students will often put off assignments they may not understand or think are too hard. Set aside some time to review them together and see if you can offer any help. Talking through assignments aloud and discussing what to do may enhance clarity and reduce confusion.

Break Things Down

Work on one subject at a time and one task at a time. If your child is getting overwhelmed with an assignment, break it up into smaller tasks. This can help them to focus and realize they actually do know what they are doing when they slow down. In addition, they can make sure they understand the first step before moving on.

Buddy Up

Encourage your child to find another student in their class who they can ask questions to or study with. Since both students listened to the same lesson, they may be able to explain it to one another or fill in information the other missed. The students can also motivate and challenge each other to want to do better.

Ask About Resources

Talk to your child’s teacher — or have your teen talk to their teacher — and let them know they are struggling. Find out if they have recommendations to support your child’s performance, such as encouraging them to ask questions during or after class, being more strategic about who they work with on assignments, or providing clearer instructions. The teacher may be able to check in more often or adjust how they present information or assign work.

You can also ask about additional resources to supplement what your child is learning in class. Perhaps there are websites where they can get more practice, worksheets or workbooks you can use, videos to watch, or other tools to help.

Work with a Tutor

Working with a tutor can also be advantageous because they can provide one-on-one help tailored to your child’s specific needs. Crafting Scholars offers diagnostic tests for math, reading, writing, and study skills to determine where your child may have gaps in their understanding. These gaps may be contributing to their current struggles because topics such as math build on themselves, so not understanding one concept makes it harder to learn a related concept.

Based on the test results, an individualized learning plan can be created to focus on areas of need and reinforce key skills. This can enhance their gains and help them to stay on track with grade-level standards so they are ready for next year and more advanced courses. The further they fall behind, the longer it can take to catch up, so addressing problems early on is essential.

Help your child overcome some of the challenges they may have faced through remote learning by scheduling a diagnostic test today to see where they are in their learning and where there are opportunities for improvement. Contact Crafting Scholars and start boosting your child’s academic performance and confidence.

Helping Students Work Through Remote Learning Frustration

Helping Students Work Through Remote Learning Frustration

It has been nearly a year since the coronavirus took hold of the world and turned everything upside down. Schools had to figure out how to quickly shift learning online and teach students remotely. While some in-person learning has resumed, remote learning is still happening as well.

It comes as no surprise that some students have become frustrated with this approach and are having trouble staying engaged. Hybrid and remote plans are not the same as learning in person, and not ideal for all students. But it is important to make the best of the situation and help your student work through their frustrations:

· Validate their feelings

Sometimes students just need someone to listen and reassure them that what they are feeling is normal. Give them the chance to vent and be mad or sad or disappointed or whatever else they are feeling. But then encourage them to also see the positives, brush themselves off, and keep trying their best.

· Remind them that it is only temporary

Things will not be this way forever, even if it seems that way right now. Students will eventually return to the classroom, though it may not look exactly the same as it did before. Be patient and trust that schools are doing their best to get students and teachers safely back to in-person learning.

· Try a different approach

If your child has been following the same routine all year, maybe it’s time for a change. Let them set up their workspace in a different spot in the house for a change of scenery. Try creating a standing desk so they have more flexibility to move around. Let them read Shakespeare to the family dog or draw pictures on their flashcards to help with studying.

· Take a break

Working on a difficult assignment that your child doesn’t understand — or doesn’t think they understand — can certainly lead to frustration. Let them get up and take a short break. Listen to a favorite song, make a snack, go get the mail, or just stretch outside in the fresh air. Something to calm their mind. Work on a different task instead where they will be more successful, then come back to the challenging one.

· Team up

Have your child pair up with a friend who has the same class and study or work on homework together. They can compare notes and explain things to one another. If you feel comfortable, they can do this in person, or over a video call. Collaborating with a friend can make things more fun and less stressful.

· Find other resources

Help your student make sense of what they are doing by finding different ways to present the material. Do (safe) science experiments in your kitchen. Practice math skills while baking, calculating how much money they need to save for something they want to buy, or figuring out if there is enough space to reorganize their room. Read books, watch videos, or take a virtual fieldtrip to expand on what they are learning.

· Participate in tutoring

It might not be that your child doesn’t understand the material, just that they are having trouble applying what they have learned, or taking effective notes. A tutor can help them stay organized, find strategies that work for their learning style, and give them one-on-one attention to ask questions and prepare for tests.

Crafting Scholars works closely with each student to determine how they learn best and what areas they are struggling in. We collaborate with teachers to integrate custom lessons with their current unit of study to provide additional support. We show students that they are capable of more than they realize. If your child is frustrated and having trouble academically, contact Crafting Scholars to learn more about how our learning specialists can help. We meet your child where they are at and offer both in-person and online sessions.

4 Ways to Get Kids Interested in History

4 Ways to Get Kids Interested in History

History can be a difficult subject to get kids excited about. They often wonder why they have to learn about things that happened years (or centuries) before they were born. But as we all know, history has a way of repeating itself, and it is important to understand how we got to where we are today (and where we want to go moving forward).

There are several things you can do at home to spark your child’s curiosity and get them more interested in learning about history and the world around them.

1. Make it visual.

As the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Instead of just talking about the past, show your child pictures. Look at books and watch videos. Compare pictures from your childhood or your parents’ childhood to how things are today. What are some differences they notice? What are some objects they do and don’t recognize? How have things like phones, televisions, and cars evolved?

Visit museums and historical sites around where you live, or when you travel for vacation or to see family. Let your kids see for themselves where different events took place. Many places offer hands-on activities for kids to experience what things were like or to touch real artifacts. Get them involved and give them an opportunity to explore what interests them.

2. Make it relevant.

One of the hardest things about history is creating connections and getting kids to understand why what happened in the past matters now. You don’t have to go back to the beginning of time. You can start with recent history, such as the significance of Kamala Harris becoming vice president, how the events of 9/11 initiated change (such as stricter security at airports — no more walking to the terminal to see your loved ones off), or the rise of the Internet age. These are things that are affecting children today.

Talk about age-appropriate news stories and what they mean. Look for things that have meaning in your child’s life now, and use that as a starting point for taking a deeper dive into how we got to this point or what it can mean for the future. Go slowly, exploring a little bit more each time you talk.

3. Make it interesting.

Let your child lead the way. Research subjects that interest them, whether it’s space travel, technology, music, or certain people. Learn about historical events or famous people from your local area. Go on virtual field trips, look at books, listen to podcasts, play old-fashioned games, try foods that were popular years ago, or make crafts. Learning about history can be done in so many different ways.

4. Make it personal.

One way to get your child more interested in the past in to have them learn about it from people who lived it. If you have older relatives, start a discussion about how things are different now from when they were growing up — even better if they have mementos or pictures to share as well! Encourage your child to ask questions about things they want to know. How did they get information before the Internet? What toys were popular? What were some major events that happened? Learning about your own family’s history can be exciting and important.

Presenting information in a variety of ways can help it to stick. Crafting Scholars gets to know how each student learns in order to teach concepts in a way that makes sense to them, while keeping it interesting. Whether your child is struggling with history, or any number of other subjects, sign them up for individualized tutoring at Crafting Scholars to help them stay on track with their learning. Contact us today to get started!

When to Start Preparing for the SAT or ACT

When to Start Preparing for the SAT or ACT

When to Start Preparing for the SAT or ACT

A milestone in many high school students’ journeys is taking the SAT or ACT. These exams are typically taken during their junior year of high school or even the beginning of senior year. Since both exams are approximately three hours long, students want to ensure they are fully prepared so they can feel confident that they have done their best and are not retesting multiple times.

So the big question becomes, when to start preparing for these tests?

Decide Which Test to Take

Most colleges will accept SAT and ACT scores, so students don’t have to burden themselves with studying for both exams. There are several key differences between the tests, including how questions are structured and what subject sections are included. However, the level of difficulty is the same.

To help students decide which test is the best fit for them, Crafting Scholars offers an SAT/ACT Diagnostic Exam. This test combines elements of both exams and provides a detailed analysis of how the student performed. This enables students to make an informed decision on which exam they want to take.

Look at Application Deadlines

Once students have decided which test to take, it is a good idea to look at the application deadlines for the schools they plan on applying to. Are there early acceptance deadlines or do they use rolling admissions? These dates can help students decide exactly when they want to take the SAT or ACT, since exams are typically only administered seven times per year.

Create a Study Plan

With deadlines in mind and a specific test chosen, students can begin developing a study plan. Most students start preparing in the spring of their sophomore year or the summer before their junior year. This gives them several months to practice, work on areas where they may be struggling, reinforce key skills, and familiarize themselves with the types of questions they will be asked.

Another factor in deciding how early to start preparing is how much time the student wants to devote to studying. A more intense regimen of several hours a week can mean students are ready for the exam more quickly. However, spacing things out a little bit can mean they don’t feel rushed or like they are cramming a lot of information into a short timeframe.

Working with a tutor on SAT or ACT prep can improve student success by creating a systematic plan for studying and providing support in areas where the student needs extra help. It can also help them to build more effective test-taking strategies and feel more comfortable about the structure of the test.

Starting early also allows students to review their scores and take the test again if they feel they have room for improvement. Since they already know what to expect and what sections they may not have done their best on, they can focus their continued study in these areas to boost their score.

Tackling the SAT and ACT with Confidence

Crafting Scholars works with high school sophomores and juniors to ensure they are prepared for the SAT or ACT exam. From deciding which test they may perform the best on to developing a detailed study plan to providing one-on-one tutoring, everything is tailored to each student’s individual needs and abilities. Contact Crafting Scholars today to learn more and sign up!

How Tutoring Can Help Alleviate School Stress

How Tutoring Can Help Alleviate School Stress

How Tutoring Can Help Alleviate School Stress

Trying to keep up with everything going on in class plus studying for tests, writing papers, and doing other projects can be a lot to manage. Plus, as students advance to higher grades, courses may become more difficult in preparation for college and beyond. All of this stress can take a toll on students and may make school less enjoyable.

Fortunately, engaging in regular tutoring sessions is an effective way of reducing stress and boosting confidence. Sessions are tailored to each student’s individual needs, learning style, and areas for improvement. Here are just a few ways tutoring can help students manage school stress and be more successful:

Concepts are explained in different ways. Not every student learns the same way. How a specific teacher presents the information doesn’t always click. A tutor can leverage the student’s learning style to find a way to explain material so that it makes sense and can be applied to assignments, tests, and other topics.

Students can develop effective note-taking skills. A lot of students struggle simply because they don’t know how to listen and take notes that they can use later. They are often disorganized or miss important facts. Tutoring can support them in using different note-taking methods to make sure they’re capturing what they need to know and organizing it in a way that helps them study.

Build a strong foundation. It takes time to commit information to long-term memory. A tutor can reinforce what students are learning in class and provide extra practice and additional strategies to make these concepts stick. By having a solid understanding of the basics, students can keep building on these skills as topics become more advanced.

Prepare for tests. Many students think they know how to study effectively, but then when it comes time for the test, they realize there are gaps in their understanding or they can’t remember what they studied. Tutoring provides a systematic way to cover material and focuses on areas where students need the most support. They can develop better study skills that can be used in all of their classes and into college. Plus, they can feel calmer and more confident knowing they are prepared for the exam.

Get a boost in confidence. When students receive a poor grade, it can take a toll on their self-confidence. Everyone has off days and makes mistakes sometimes. Tutoring can help students realize that they know more than they think, and help ease their test anxiety. One bad grade does not define them; they can bounce back and learn from their mistakes.

Develop better habits. With a trained professional leading the way, students can establish better habits for time management, organization, studying, and more. They create routines that enable them to get their work done more efficiently while retaining what they’ve learned. All the while, they know that their tutor is there to support them as needed.

Tutoring can be a great way to give students the support they need to be more successful and develop essential academic skills. They can feel more at ease in school knowing that there is someone to help them reinforce what they are learning, explain anything they are confused about, and equip them with additional tools to improve their performance.

Contact Crafting Scholars today to learn more about how our learning specialists can assist your student through a personalized learning plan tailored to their needs and goals.

5 Tips for Writing an Effective College Admissions Essay

5 Tips for Writing an Effective College Admissions Essay

Applying for college can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. A lot of documents are pretty cut-and-dry, requiring basic information about you, your family, your grades and test scores, academic activities, extracurriculars, and the like. But one area where you can really shine and be creative is in your college admissions essay.

This is your opportunity to tell the university about yourself, your interests, your abilities, and your potential, in your own words. It is the section of your application package where you can set yourself apart from other applicants based on something other than grades or how well you scored on the SAT or ACT. As you explore your options and begin writing your admissions essays, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Consider each prompt. Many colleges offer several prompts to choose from. Don’t just pick the one that sounds the easiest, or the first to catch your eye. Take the time to think about what each one is asking, and how your experiences align. Which one enables you to really showcase what you bring to the school and why you would be a good addition? What makes for the most engaging story? That is the prompt that you should focus on.

2. Take your time. Don’t wait until the last minute to start writing. Give yourself plenty of time to go through multiple drafts, polish up your essay, and submit the strongest example of your work. If you are rushing to beat a deadline, you may be missing important details that bring more meaning and depth to your essay, and you could be making silly mistakes in your spelling or grammar.

3. Think about what makes you stand out. While scoring the winning goal in your soccer game is exciting, there are plenty of other students who could have the same experience. What sets you apart? What makes your story different? Instead, you could write about the time you didn’t get the winning goal and what it taught you. Or about the split second you had to make the decision about whether to kick the ball in yourself or pass it to a teammate. Try to avoid generic stories that don’t give the reader much insight into who you are or what you value.

4. Stay on topic. There are typically word count limits on essays, so you have a limited amount of space to say what you want to say. Stay focused and don’t go off on a tangent. A lot of students spend most of their time on the beginning of the story, then rush the end because they’re running out of space. Give priority to the most important parts and ensuring that you are answering the question. Then you can go back and adjust and add or remove details.

5. Read it aloud. Reading your own writing aloud can allow you to hear mistakes or areas that don’t flow well. You might catch a spot where you left out a word or two, or where a sentence is confusing. It can also help to read it to someone else because they offer a fresh perspective. They can provide feedback about where you might be missing information, are going off topic, or haven’t made your point clear. Another set of eyes can also be helpful for catching spelling and grammar mistakes.

Your college admissions essay captures one moment in time. Make it a memorable one and show the reader why it matters. If you’re struggling with what to write, how to express your thoughts, or how to structure your essay, Crafting Scholars is here to help. Our learning specialists will work with you on how to craft an effective essay that makes you stand out for the right reasons. Contact us today to sign up or learn more!

New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Students

New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Students

The start of a new year is the perfect time to set goals for yourself and look ahead to what you want to achieve over the next 12 months. Remember that New Year’s resolutions are for the whole year — you don’t have to accomplish everything in the first two months, or feel bad if you don’t. Making meaningful changes can empower you to be more successful in school and beyond.

· Work more efficiently.

As school starts up again, make it a point to plan out your time so you’re not scrambling to finish assignments right before they’re due. Use your planner to schedule out tasks, write down deadlines, and break down larger projects into more manageable chunks. Try to limit distractions as well. When you’re studying or doing your homework, put your phone away and focus until you are done. Once you finish, then you can reward yourself with a short break. You’ll be amazed at how much faster things get done when you aren’t distracted by the television, music, social media, or thinking about what you’re doing later.

· Speak up in class.

It can be easy to allow yourself to blend into the background, especially if you’re learning remotely. Take charge of your learning and speak up. Ask questions if there is something you don’t understand, because some of your classmates are probably wondering the same thing too. Do your best to stay actively involved, which will also help you to pay more attention. Your teacher doesn’t always know what you need help with, so be proactive so you don’t fall behind.

· Stay organized.

This can be an especially important goal if you’re doing hybrid classes and spend time learning in person and remotely. Create a schedule for when you are in school and when you are at home. Double check each night that you have all of the materials you need for the next day. Charge up your laptop or tablet, sharpen your pencils, and clear away any clutter that has accumulated on your desk at home.

· Set academic goals.

Make it a personal goal to improve your grades in each class. You don’t have to get 100% every single time, but aim to do a little better on each test or assignment and bring up your overall grade. Or if you’re struggling with one class in particular, set a goal to study that subject each night or ask for extra help.

· Try something new.

With so much focus on academics, it’s important to strike a balance. Pick something you’re interested in and devote some of your free time to it. Maybe you want to learn to play the piano or ukulele, read one book of your choice a month, knit a blanket, or explore more about outer space, the Bermuda Triangle, or your favorite animal. Do something for yourself that you enjoy.

· Start preparing for the SATs or ACTs.

If you’re a high school freshman or sophomore, now is the time to get serious about preparing for the SATs or ACTs. In order to do your best, give yourself plenty of time to study and focus on areas that may not come as easily. Studying for these exams is not a “once and done” event; it is something to work on over several months. If you’re not sure which exam you should even be studying for, take advantage of Crafting Scholars’ SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test. It combines elements of both exams to determine which test may be the best fit for you.

This past year was challenging for everyone. Make your education a priority and bridge any gaps in your learning with help from Crafting Scholars. Tutoring services are tailored to your unique needs and goals. Contact us today to get started!