A Foolproof Formula for Staying Motivated During Online Learning
May 7, 2021

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

June 16, 2019

Academy supports After-School Homework Labs program

Pictured (left to right): Erica Fewel (ISF Board Chair), Kirsten O’Malley (PLA Executive Director and ISF trustee), Cornell Atwater (ISF Executive Director) Pacific Learning Academy supports the Issaquah Schools Foundation After-School Homework Labs program. AFTER-SCHOOL HOMEWORK LABS GIVE EVERY MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ACCESS TO HELP. Did you know that every… Read more

Heard it from a friend? Thank you for your referrals!
April 22, 2019

Word of Mouth: Personal Referrals Make All the Difference

How did we help you? ABOUT HALF OF OUR STUDENTS COME FROM WORD-OF-MOUTH REFERRALS AND WE LOVE TO SAY THANK YOU! Choosing the right fit for tutoring or 1-on-1 high school credit courses can be overwhelming. When a friend you trust tells you about their experience, you know you’re taking… Read more

October 30, 2018

Thankful for referrals!

How did you hear about us? ABOUT HALF OF OUR REFERRALS COME FROM CURRENT CLIENTS AND WE LOVE TO SAY THANK YOU! 90% of Pacific Learning Academy families came to us via a friend, school, or neighbor. With our Quarterly Referral Drawing, we give an extra thank you to a winning… Read more

August 8, 2018

Celebrating Our 2018 Academy Graduates

Pictured: 2018 Pacific Learning Academy Graduates from left to right, Sophie Truax, Ric Beuchat, Nick O’Donnell and PLA Founder, Kirsten O’Malley. We’re so proud of our 2018 graduates! Graduates, their family, and friends joined Academy staff to celebrate their accomplishments. On June 14, Pacific Learning Academy honored 3 graduates at a… Read more

A Teen’s Guide to Getting Things Done
July 17, 2017

A Teen’s Guide to Getting Things Done

How often do you finish your day thinking “I finished all my work and now I just don’t have a thing to do!”? These days, it’s rare for even the most organized among us to fully complete that to-do list, so imagine how difficult it is for those with attention… Read more

November 17, 2016

Study Strategies For All Ages

Active Study Strategies – More than Just Reviewing Passive study is the #1 way most students study and also the #1 way to waste your time. “Mom, I STUDIED! I read the chapter and looked at my notes. I don’t know why I didn’t get an A.” Passive study is… Read more

August 18, 2016

Preparing for Middle School

Essential skills for success in middle school Middle school can be a big adjustment for many students and both students and parents can be left feeling overwhelmed by the changes – increased homework time, multiple teachers and classes, and higher expectations. It can be difficult for parents to know what… Read more

July 8, 2016

The Power of Reading

Creating Readers One of the greatest skills a child can develop early, which will carry over throughout their educational careers, is the skill of being a strong reader. Since education truly does begin in the home, there are a number of steps parents can take to start their child on… Read more

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