Say Goodbye to Homework Tears!

FIND SUCCESS AT SCHOOL AND PEACE AT HOME

Let’s face it, no one likes to do homework. Your daughter would rather be posting selfies on Instagram. And you? You could have 5 PhD’s and your 13-year old would still insist that you don’t know what you’re talking about. Every time you hear the phrase “No mom, that’s NOT how you do it,” (with an eye roll for good measure) tempers flare, emotions rage, and someone cries, yells, or storms away.

What if there were a better way? What if someone with patience and experience came right to your home to handle those homework sessions - and even more? Imagine what it would be like to see your child happily and confidently working on schoolwork without bribery, tears, or frustration. 

Matchless Learning has been making this dream a reality for the last three years, and we can make it happen for you. Founded by a certified teacher with years of classroom experience, we use simple, proven techniques to individualize learning to your child. Matchless Learning can help your child:

  • Complete  homework assignments

  • Close up knowledge gaps by reviewing and clarifying difficult concepts

  • Preview upcoming topics to improve confidence in class

  • Develop independence in learning and critical thinking skills

  • Feel empowered to tackle more difficult tasks in the future

I hired our tutor because I have no patience when it comes to “helping” our kids with math. We are all much happier now that she is helping them. - Sara S.

My daughter doesn't consider herself to be strong in math, but this past year I’ve seen a new-found confidence. She often tells me she feels very prepared for an upcoming test after she’s had a tutoring session. - Michelle N.

This business and their tutors are fantastic. They are highly skilled, very professional, and understand how to help children learn. - Cristina M.

Matchless Learning offers personalized in-home tutoring services to students of all ages in all subject matters. When you contact us, we will arrange for a free consultation to assess the needs, personality, and goals of your child so we can pair him with the best tutor possible. We can help with study skills, comprehension, note-taking skills, test prep, and whatever else it takes to ensure that your child is successful in school. 

A limited number of spaces are available for this school year, but if you book a consultation before February 8, you’ll get your first session for half price! There are no plans or packages to lock you in, and you can cancel any time.  You do enough. Let us drive the struggle bus.

Summer Tutors Needed

No slide-backs this summer! 

Summer is a time for fun and vacations and relaxation. But often, when we come back to school from summer break, we've forgotten much of what we learned the year before! That's why this year, Matchless Learning is offering special summer tutoring packages to help students maintain their skills, grow in weak areas, and get ready for the next year.

To do this, we need a couple more tutors on board! If you'd like to make a little extra cash this summer by helping Matchless Learning achieve a slide-back free summer, we'd love to talk to you! Click the Employment tab at the top of the page and fill out some basic info.

This job is perfect for college students, teachers, retirees, or someone with a 9-5 job who's looking to do something fun and different. 

I Don't Need a Tutor (and other lies we tell ourselves)

I hear it all the time: Tutors are only for dumb kids; I don't need a tutor. First off, what is a dumb kid? I'm pretty sure I've never met one of those. I've met bored kids, unchallenged kids, kids who need something explained differently, kids who need to be moving while they learn. But I've never met a dumb kid. So let's put that out of our minds. Dumb kids don't exist (unless you're talking about baby goats. They're cute but some goats are kinda dumb). 

Now to the heart of the matter. Why would you want to hire a tutor? You have perfectly acceptable grades, you're getting by, what good would a tutor do? Here are three reasons you might need a tutor:

1. You could be doing better - Maybe your grade is a reflection of your true potential, but odds are that you could probably bring that C up to a B with a little extra attention. Or that B to an A. Tutors help with more than content knowledge; they can also give you skills to help you be successful in class. A good tutor can teach you how to study, how to answer a question the way the teacher wants it answered, and they can assess the areas in which you could use a little extra help.

2. You are uninterested or unconfident in a subject - It's okay to have subjects that you like more than others. We all do. But ignoring your Spanish homework isn't going to get it done any quicker. A tutor can help make the subject interesting to you by relating what you're studying to what you are personally interested in. Similarly, there are some classes that are unavoidable. Math, for instance, seems to be a universal nemesis. You can't escape math, folks. So you might as well gain some confidence. Tutors give you the individual attention to strengthen your weak areas and grow in boldness and assurance.

3. You already know all this stuff - Some of you are stuck in classes that don't challenge you at all. The subject matter is all review, and you dread going to class where your only goal is to stay awake. One of the awesome things tutors can do is extend the material. You can dig deeper into the significance of poetry or novels, study the connections between historical events that your textbook doesn't mention, or even learn material that you'll cover later in the year so you stay a step ahead of the class.

There are plenty more reasons for you to hire a tutor. Test prep, organization, homework accountability, I could keep going! The important thing to realize is this: When you hire a tutor, you take your education and your future into your own hands. You take control of what you learn, how you learn, and why you learn. Still don't like the word "tutor?" Say "academic coach" instead. You'll sound super smart.

Test Taking Tips

The season of testing is upon us! High-stakes testing is everywhere, from state tests to final exams to ACT/SAT/AP tests. And if you're like most of us, this may make you a *little* nervous (or a lot nervous, if we're completely honest). Here are five easy things you can do to help ease test anxiety and do your best, no matter what tests you're taking.

  1. Start studying 1-2 weeks out: Lots of people wait until the night before to study for a test. This is usually a panic-fueled, stress-induced frenzy that rarely helps anything actually stick in your brain. A better idea is to take 15 minutes each day to review the material that will be on the test. You'll solidify the content in your long-term memory and make it easier to recall on the day of the test.
     
  2. Rest: It seems basic, but proper self-care is vital for your brain to show off all its knowledge. Sleep, a healthy breakfast and lunch, and plenty of water (Not too much water! You don't want to be squirming in your seat through the test!). Dehydration, fatigue, and poor nutrition are all proven to affect cognitive performance.
     
  3. Answer the easy ones first: Every test has gimmes. There are almost always a few easy questions on a test. Answer those first! This gets you headed in a good direction, increases your confidence, and gives you more time to focus on the hard questions. Sometimes those questions are spread throughout the test, sometimes they're all at the beginning. Find the easy ones and knock them out first. 
     
  4. Eliminate what you can: If your test is in a multiple-choice format, rule out as many of the options as you can. Which would you rather do: make a blind guess with a 25% chance of getting it right or make a blind guess with a 50% chance of getting it right? Think of everything you know about what they're asking. Look for clues that help you eliminate wrong answers.
     
  5. Believe in yourself: As Henry Ford once said, Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right. Half the battle is believing that you can succeed. You're ready for this! You've prepared, studied, strategized, and now it's time to prove to the world - and yourself - exactly what you're capable of!