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August 24, 2022

SAT/ACT Diagnostics at the Academy

SAT/ACT Test Prep Books

Pacific Learning Academy’s diagnostic comparison test helps students and their families choose between the SAT and the ACT. Historically, 70% of students nationwide have done better on either the SAT or the ACT, and the best time to learn that is BEFORE you invest in test prep! The Academy SAT/ACT… Read more

April 5, 2022

Anytime School on Your Schedule

When summer school emails from Issaquah and Lake Washington school districts started – it reminded me that Academy families have the luxury of “anytime school” – whether that includes summer school options or school-year opportunities with rolling admission. Summer offerings at Pacific Learning Academy allow students to excel at academics… Read more

February 20, 2022

The Pandemic Ditch

How Tutoring Can Dig Your Child Out of an Academic Slump Parents are worried and students have been frustrated that the return to school last fall didn’t end up being the academic catch-up they had hoped for. Ongoing pandemic precautions, Covid-19 illness, and lack of continuity have disrupted “the plan”… Read more

June 4, 2021

5 Things Every College Freshman Should Know

5 Things that Every College Freshman Should Know

Whether your college start is in a different state, a new campus, or at home and online!   Some students start dreaming about college as early as middle school, or even earlier if it’s a topic that comes up often in their family.  It’s a jump to adulthood, a chance… Read more

May 7, 2021

A Foolproof Formula for Staying Motivated During Online Learning

A Foolproof Formula for Staying Motivated During Online Learning

How can you stay motivated when learning is online?   In a typical classroom, you have a teacher to engage you in the subject and other students to socialize with. When it’s just you and your laptop watching pre-recorded videos or feeling anonymous in a Zoom full of “camera off”… Read more

April 2, 2021

Retrieval Practice and Active Study Strategies

Readers of this blog will already know about Spaced Learning Practice, which tells you when to study. Distribute your time over days and weeks and you’ll not only retain your learning past the exam date, but you’ll have spent less time studying over time. A major tenant of Spaced Learning Practice… Read more

March 5, 2021

Make Spaced Learning Work for You

Spaced learning is your antidote! Throughout high school and for part of college, I was a “cramming enthusiast.” Does that describe you or a student in your life? I crammed because cramming seemed to work (and I wasn’t the best at planning ahead). But there are three main problems with… Read more

February 5, 2021

Learning With Your Senses

What does it take to REALLY learn?

What does it take to REALLY learn? Have you ever been asked what your learning style is? Are you a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner? Plenty of pop quizzes on the internet will let you know where your preferences may be, and we’ve been using a 7-style inventory quiz (based… Read more

January 1, 2021

Remote-Plus Learning

Remote Learning

Education by Design during the Pandemic Ready or not, families and schools across the country suddenly have found themselves trying to figure out “school” in a time when getting together puts students and teachers at risk. Even after the chaos of the spring of ’20, many educators are still scratching… Read more

September 14, 2020

Remote Learning Challenges

Remote Learning

Transitioning to Remote Learning This year, many students and their families have lost the ability to choose how they would like their education structured. Instead, most students are required to attend remotely, in virtual classrooms with other online students, whether or not the environment suits their learning needs. Districts, schools,… Read more

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