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January 5, 2013

College Planning Workshop: February 5th @ Sammamish Library

Parents of Sophomores and Juniors: “HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST COLLEGE FOR YOUR STUDENT AND FOR YOUR POCKETBOOK“ Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 2013 7pm – 8:30pm Sammamish Public Library 825 228th Ave SE Presented by Crystal Anderson (Crystal Clear College Planning) This will be a valuable class for all parents with… Read more

October 22, 2012

3 Totally Obvious Ways to Do Better in Your Hardest Class

(Written with Kirsten O’Malley, PLA Director) When it comes to school, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. You might plow through two chapters of American History in a single sitting, but find that five single-variable algebra problems require the kind of suffering we normally associate with polar exploration. Everyone has… Read more

October 1, 2012

Why 1-on-1 Tutoring?

(Clive teaches Language Arts and History, Study Skills and Math through Geometry. He’s currently developing an Integrated 11th grade Language Arts/US History course at Pacific Learning Academy.)   When we’re young, we do most of our learning in classrooms. This is doubly useful, because it can build a student’s social… Read more

September 1, 2012

The Annual Survey is in!

I remember the first time I asked our clients for feedback with a formal survey. My stomach was tied in knots from the moment I clicked “send” and for the entire 6-week period I waited for responses. Our inner child can’t help but want to be liked, and I tried… Read more

May 3, 2012

College Planning Workshops

Parents of Sophomores and Juniors: You are invited to a FREE College Planning Class “HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST COLLEGE FOR YOUR STUDENT AND FOR YOUR POCKETBOOK“ This will be a valuable class for all parents with college-bound students. The class will focus on high school Sophomores & Juniors (all… Read more

April 22, 2012

Who needs a Teacher when we can have a Learner?

I heard something interesting today. The basic idea is that the most important thing kids need to be taught is how to teach themselves what they need/want to know. It’s not as important that I’m a “Teacher” but that I’m a “Learner,” modeling and guiding my students to be Learners,… Read more

March 30, 2012

The 3D Pythagorean Theorem

[Kirsten’s note: Micah teaches Math, Physics, and test prep at Pacific Learning Academy. Below he’s reminding all of us students (old and young alike) that there’s more to Pythagoras’ theorem than we might remember!] Most people are familiar with the traditional 2D Pythagorean theorem, which states that for any right… Read more

March 3, 2012

What’s the difference between the ACT and the SAT?

Since all 4-year colleges and universities accept the ACT, students should no longer waste their time prepping for both the SAT and the ACT. What’s important is that a student take the BEST test to show off their abilities and impress the colleges they’d like to attend. [Tweet this] Taking… Read more

February 20, 2012

SAT/ACT: How do you choose?

About 70% of students will score better on either the ACT or SAT, but they don’t know that until it’s too late. After 5 years of families asking us “Which test is best for my child?” PLA is excited to announce our comprehensive SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test. Which Test is best?… Read more

January 12, 2012

Tips for Typing in Spanish (PC/Mac)

Students, have you ever tried to write a paper for Spanish on your computer, only to get frustrated with how difficult it is to put in accents, find the ñ or the ¿, or check for spelling and grammar errors?  Well here are a few simple tips to make it… Read more

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