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How to Avoid Common FAFSA Mistakes

How to Avoid Common FAFSA Mistakes

If you are applying for financial aid for college in the U.S., you probably already know that you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to have your eligibility for student aid considered.  But did you know that the 2017-18 FAFSA was released on October 1, 2016 – 3 months earlier than in years past? Another big change this year is that older, 2015 taxes will be required for FAFSA submission. The good news is that your application will not need to be updated with 2016 taxes after they’re filed. Both changes were purportedly designed to make filing the FAFSA easier and less time-consuming; however, in order to ensure that your application is processed in a timely and accurate fashion, you still need to be careful to avoid these common FAFSA filing mistakes: Continue reading

Club Z! Now Offers Convenient Online Tutoring and Test Prep

Club Z! Now Offers Convenient Online Tutoring and Test Prep

For more than 20 years, Club Z! has been known as the top choice for in-home tutoring and test prep services throughout the United States and Canada. But now parents and students have another convenient way to receive high quality, one-on-one tutoring and test prep – online! The same quality and results-driven tutoring and test prep programs are now available through a personalized, convenient web-based teaching platform. In fact, Z Prep! Online tutoring is available to students in grades 5-12 and college, and in all subjects, including SAT and ACT test prep. Continue reading

What is a Flipped Classroom?

What is a Flipped Classroom?

In a traditional classroom model (probably the kind many of us parents are familiar with), the teacher spends the majority of his/her time instructing the children on a particular lesson, usually through direct teaching methods or a lecture style presentation. Information is presented to the students. Students are expected to listen attentively and possibly ask questions at the appropriate time. Then homework is assigned to be completed between classes to help reinforce the concepts taught in the classroom. The flipped classroom, as the name implies, takes this model and turns it upside-down. Continue reading

Good Reasons to Hire a Tutor

Good Reasons to Hire a Tutor

If you’re looking for good reasons to hire a tutor, you should know that there are multiple benefits besides the obvious one of getting help with a difficult subject. In fact, the long term positive effects include everything from building self-esteem, self-confidence and feelings of self worth for a student to helping a student build a solid and long-lasting foundation for future learning. Here are other benefits you may not be aware of when thinking about good reasons to hire a tutor: Continue reading

Big FAFSA Changes You Need to Know

Big FAFSA Changes You Need to Know

If you are interested in receiving financial aid for college, you will likely need to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as a starting point. The FAFSA application requests financial information about your family, including tax return information. However, there are two changes coming with the 2017-18 FAFSA that applicants should be aware of: 1. the FAFSA was made available on October 1, 2016, which is nearly 3 months earlier than in previous years, and 2. beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, you will be not be asked to submit your most recent tax returns (e.g. your 2016 tax returns) but rather the tax returns for the previous year (e.g. your 2015 tax returns). Students and their families are encouraged to review the following chart, published on this U.S. Department of Education blog: http://blog.ed.gov/2016/08/2-major-fafsa-changes-need-aware/ Continue reading

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