What are some common math topics covered in tutoring sessions?

Math can be a challenging subject for many students, but with the right guidance and support, it can become a source of confidence and even enjoyment. Math tutoring sessions often focus on common topics where students tend to need extra help. Here are some of the most common math topics covered: Foundational Math Skills: Basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, and proportions. These skills form the building blocks for...
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Summer Tutors: Excite Curiosity

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Does lack of structure in summertime bring exhausting boredom stress for the entire family? Summer tutoring galvanizes the mind and delivers enrichment far superior to the Ipad and Playstation. Home Tutors: Vitalize the ordinary Whether traveling or staying local, a private tutor can help your kids stay busy and off the ipad and TV. Visit the park or beach with a tutor and explore nature in the context of biology or literature to enliven a common place. The dreaded "Summer slide" ...
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Are tutors and tutoring services tax deductible?

Have you hired a private tutor? In most cases, tutoring services are not tax-deductible at the federal level. However, there's an important exception: Special Needs Tutoring: If your child has a diagnosed learning disability (such as dyslexia, ADHD, etc.), tutoring expenses may be considered a deductible medical expense. This is true only if a doctor recommends the tutoring specifically to treat or manage the diagnosed condition. Visit Publication 502 at https://www.irs.gov/publicat...
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Worst April Fools Pranks

Warning, this has nothing to do with tutoring. Some love it, others deplore it. Either way, April Fools makes an impact on us. Instead of pranking the readers of this blog, let's detail some of the worst pranks in history: Google's "Mic Drop" Feature (2016): So, Google thought it'd be funny to add this "Mic Drop" button to Gmail, where you could send an animated GIF of a minion dropping a mic to end an email thread. But, oh boy, people accidentally clicked it in all the wrong places, sendin...
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I hate math

"I hate math" Yes, sometimes kids say that. But when kids find connections between things they like and math, that changes. Money, sports, cooking, making clothes, fishing, aviation--you name it, we can make connections to make math interesting. Try a session. We don't sell packages, just pay as you go. $60-$90/hr depending on various factors. Text 206-999-0666 for availability and a quote.
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When to hire a tutor

Her in Seattle, public schools start Wednesday September 6th. If you believe your family may need to hire a tutor, it's best to reach out now. The supply of tutors gets tight in October and availability may be limited, especially for in person tutoring. For college, classes start later in September, and we tailor availability for these advanced courses to coincide with the University of Washington's calendar. Please reach out via text, email or phone w/ questions: 206-999-0666 schuy...
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When should I start saving for college?

When saving for college parents often consider a 529 plan. You contribute funds every year and the growth is protected from capital gains taxation. If and when your kids go to college those funds may be used for that purpose. But what if they receive a full ride scholarship or don't use all the funds? In the past, 529 rules said you needed to pay taxes and a 10% penalty on earnings. But the 2022 rules from the SECURE Act 2.0 have changed things. If you start saving in a 529 early, at least 1...
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School not challenging?

Lack of challenges at school? A recent Seattle Times articles noted an exodus of families due to a frustration w/ a lack of challenges at school. We hear you and have helped a number of families w/ that issue. In fact some families simply pulled their kids out and homeschooled them. Partially teaching their kids with supplementary tutor instruction for math and science. If you're interested in enrichment, shoot us an email: schuyler@tutoringservicesseattle.com or text 206-999-0666
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How are whales different from fish?

On the surface, whales and fish share many things: use of aquatic environments, they are vertebrates and have morphological adaptions that facilitate locomotion in water. The latter is described in detail here: The repeated invasion of aquatic and marine environments by tetrapods over the last 250 million years has resulted in a host of convergent morphological adaptations that facilitate life in water (Kelley and Pyenson, 2015). Among these adaptations are the evolution of a fusiform body ...
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Homework hell?

Tips from a parenting book Cutting homework stress: Tips from a parenting book I recently came across some great tips in How to Talk When Kids Won’t Listen by Faber and King. They’re so good I had to share them. Maybe this will help ease the stress that homework can bring. First meet your child’s basic needs.When they get home from school, encourage them to unwind and let their mind wander. And Make sure they’re well fed if they need a snack.Acknowledge their feelings of fr...
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