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The beginning of 2020 has proven to be a difficult and challenging time. This is particularly true for families with school-aged children given the drastic changes that occurred with the transition from the classroom to home-based learning. Parents were abruptly forced to be homeschool teachers while balancing work and life. Further, no one knows exactly what the fall school semester will bring or if the school will be ‘normal’ again anytime soon. Moving forward, parents are concerned that their children are learning and that they are progressing at the proper rate. At mAke the grAde, we can help you make sure that your child is on track. If you are struggling with teaching certain subjects, we can help there, too. We offer a variety of services that will help your child improve even in these uncertain times.

Math and Science Tutoring

We offer math and science tutoring for middle school, high school and college students to help your child to achieve higher grades. You can be confident your child is learning all of the age-appropriate material in an efficient and effective manner.

Academic Assessments

Before jumping into the material, it is crucial to determine your child’s current level of knowledge with the subject matter. Our assessments will determine the level of your child’s knowledge, so we can design a program that will keep your child on track.  We will conduct personal interviews and review recent work. Your child can also use testing materials that we have designed to ascertain his or her level of knowledge.

Tailored to Your Child

At mAke the grAde, we design instructional plans that are unique to your child’s needs and skillset. After we determine your child’s starting point, we develop a personalized series of short, medium, and long-term goals. Next, we design a syllabus designed to help your child reach these goals.

Monitored Progress and Adjustments

At regular intervals, we will evaluate your child’s progress to confirm that he or she is on track and make adjustments to the individualized plan as appropriate.

Additional Skills

In addition to math and science, we can help your child become a better overall student. These skills are especially important since the learning environment has changed so dramatically in recent years. We also teach time management and study skills to help your child do better academically as well, all of which the tools and resources needed can be found in Dr. Greene’s Amazon bestseller, Maximum Education.


Stepping into the shoes of your child’s teacher can be difficult. Let us help you to make sure your child is heading in the right direction. Contact us at mAke the grAde today.

Why Success should be spelled with 3 C’s





Why Success should be spelled with 3 C’s


The 2nd C – Consistency


So many options.. so little time…


you MUST have a plan which should be the based on an analysis of all of your options.

This video gives you many many options…

what is your plan?




The ETS announced that there will be no online / home based SAT this fall .. September 2020.

Their reason was simply that they did not feel that the test takers would universally have access to 3+ hours of strong reliable internet.

Personally I suspect that there were other reasons as well… including the fact that many students taking the AP exams (online/virtually) in May had access issues and issues submitting their scores.

Where do you stand on this issue?

Would you like to be able to take the SAT at home?


What’s going on with the SAT and ACT exams?

What is going on with the Covid-19 situation?

Will school be the same in September? Ever?

How did you like or not like home based learning?





The school year is winding down… now what?

How do you use the summer to advance yourself academically?

How do you avoid the dreaded summer drop off?

How to have fun accomplishing all of this?




Are you ready for the challenge?


60 days.. (that’s all).. 15 minutes a day

to become great with:

  1. academic remediation and academic acceleration
  2. academic habits
  3. maximum education skills = time management, information management, daily success actions
  4. read
  5. get physical
  6. accountability




What’s going on with the SAT the ACT and the college Admissions process??

Here is the replay from the live presentation May 28, 2020. 

Are you a parent with a 10th or 11th or 12th grader?

Are you uncertain about what’s going on with the SAT/ACT exams and the college admission process?

Thursday 5/28 – 7pm – I am hosting a brief informational workshop to answer questions:

  • What is the same?
  • What is different?
  • What is your recommended test prep timetable?
  • What options does your child have at this point?
  • What are the college admissions people thinking now?
  • Will this impact my child’s college plans?
  • And time for Q/A as well.

Register here: You can register here:

With schools being closed for the remainder of the school year, your child is most likely completing his or her school year online. This raises several questions:

How long this situation will last?
Will there be ‘regular school in the fall?
Will school be the same in the fall?
How will this affect my education in the long run?

Once school buildings reopen and students return to non-virtual learning, it is fair to wonder if it might be best for your children to continue their education online – in part or in whole. 

Is Virtual Learning Right for Your Child?

At this point due to the realities of life today virtual learning may be your child’s only educational option.  This may be done in a variety of ways which have been addressed in this blog and the mAke the grAde video library such as this video…

For the purpose of this article, let’s focus how your child will be getting educated and how they will be receiving information, and how well they can learn virtually.

For many students, interaction with other students and their teachers is paramount and these are inherently an integral part of the learning process, but that is not the case for everyone. Each student learns in a different way, whether it be visual, auditory, verbal or physical, (or a combination) so some children may prefer a more self-paced and independent home virtual learning option.

Some virtual classes have a teacher presenting the material either live or in an asynchronous manner, but most virtual curricula  require the student to work independently.  So while the instruction itself and the learning pacing may be preferred, it may still be difficult for students to learn and be free from distractions. So there are benefits and challenges.

I have addressed the need for the 5 structures for home / virtual learning in this podcast episode. They are critical for success regardless of the source of the information or the learning platform.

Older children are typically more independent and able to manage their time more efficiently while younger children will need help staying on a consistent schedule and maintaining a structure. As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure your child has enough time and the proper structure to complete their assignments. and you will need to oversee the time they spend on the computer to make sure that they are staying on task.  You also need to consider that your kids will not have the same social engagements as they would in a physical classroom setting. Still, there is room for a flexible schedule and opportunity for social interaction with others outside of a classroom setting.

The Best Way for Your Child to Succeed in Virtual Learning

Again, the 5 structures are critical to success but, as a parent, to help your child succeed in a virtual classroom, you have to do some preparation and planning short term (daily) and longer term (weekly, monthly etc).  First, create physical structure – an area where they can work undisturbed.  Your children will also need to have the proper equipment, such as a computer, writing paper and pencils just like ‘school’.  Also create the time structure and do not neglect scheduling time in their day for them to go outside and play as well as for crafts or other fun activities.  Make a calendar for your children and create a schedule they can follow. All of these tools can help your child acclimate to a routine much like being in a physical school building.

Special Case = Options for Virtual SAT and ACT Preparation

Prepping for the SAT and ACT has always had a virtual / online component so there is much less adjustment for the students in these situation.  Further, there is a narrow and well defined curriculum used for test prep for both the SAT and ACT prep – which is to say that what the students need to learn does not vary.  Tutoring or online courses are available and specifically designed to prepare your child for these standardized tests have existed for years including a complete program at mAke the grAde which you can research here. 


Virtual home learning, when optional and not mandated, may be an option to explore.  In many cases, students enjoy the more independent nature of the academic pacing and style. There are challenges, such as needing structure and ensuring a complete curriculum, but the benefits may outweigh the downsides.