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How to Start Strong this School Year


At AJ Tutoring, it’s our favorite time of the year! It’s when we get to see the smiling faces of our students who have been away for summer. We at AJ Tutoring are excited to welcome in the new school year and renew our mission to provide an excellent quality of education to local students.

No matter how last year finished up, the great thing about the academic cycle is that you get a fresh start with the arrival of a new year and new semester. If your student is overwhelmed with challenging courses, demanding extracurricular activities, and perplexing testing requirements, please give us a call for a free initial consultation about your situation.

Here are three tips for making this school year the best one yet!

1. Improve Your Organizational and Study Skills Techniques

Study skills are key to academic success. In fact, time management, note-taking, breaking down large assignments, creating study resources, and asking for help are all key skills for people of any age. 

Study skills are also a highly effective way to minimize stress. It’s all about getting all of your work done with as little panic as possible. Click to learn all about our academic study skills tutoring. You can also read up on why we train all of our academic tutors in study skills

We usually recommend that students meet with their tutors once or twice per week to provide support and coaching for study skills.

2. Consider Enrolling in For-Credit Coursework With Us

AJ Tutoring is proud to offer 1-on-1 and small group WASC-accredited courses! You can learn more here.

These courses fulfill A-G requirements for high school graduation and college admissions and are tailored to meet your needs. Our classes offer convenience, accessibility and individualized support. Our for-credit classes are ideal for students who:

  • Are looking to advance to a higher-level course.
  • Perform better in the 1-on-1 or small group teaching environments due to non-standard schedules, learning differences, or other needs.
  • Are trying to recover course credit.
  • Are trying to finish a full semester of coursework over the summer or more quickly than a standard school semester.

Contact us to learn more about our 1-on-1 or small group for-credit programs! 

3. Juniors: Get started on a Test Preparation Plan

We recommend that students complete a full round of standardized testing by the end of junior year. That means most students (there are, of course, exceptions!) should take the PSAT in October of the junior year and then complete a full round of testing by the end of spring semester. A full round of testing would include the SAT, two to three SAT subject tests (if necessary for the schools to which the student is applying), and possibly the ACT exam. Students can plan on retaking certain exams next summer or in the fall of their senior years.

AJ Tutoring was built on the idea that no two students are alike: that’s why we specialize in providing 1-on-1, customized support tailored to each learner’s unique needs. 

If you’d like to talk about how we can help your student navigate the new year, please reach out to us today!


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