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Z Prep! Online Tutoring – Is It Right for You?

Z Prep! Online Tutoring – Is It Right for You?

Club Z! Tutoring has more than 20 years of experience providing high quality, one-on-one tutoring and test prep in the comfort and convenience of students’ homes. For many students, working in a comfortable home environment, free from the distractions of a larger group, leads to better results in a shorter amount of time. But online tutoring, when provided with live, direct instruction from a qualified tutor, can also be very effective, and provide immediate solutions to struggling students who just can’t wait for their next in-home tutoring session. Enter: Z Prep! Online, Club Z!’s online tutoring and test prep service.

What is Z Prep! Online?

Z Prep! Online is the online tutoring and test prep division of Club Z! Our highly qualified Z Prep! tutors must meet all of the same stringent requirements as our Club Z! in-home tutors, including verifying credentials and degrees, relevant experience, and passing a thorough background and reference check. Each Z Prep! tutor works one-on-one using our online virtual classroom. Students can communicate with their Z Prep! tutor using the interactive white board in the virtual classroom, as well as video, microphone and/or written chat within the platform. All sessions are recorded in HD, which allows the student an opportunity to go back after a session and review an important concept, pull up notes steps to a difficult solution from the whiteboard screen captures, and more! Another benefit to Z Prep! online is that sessions can typically be scheduled within 24-48 hours of the request.

Z Prep! online works very well for students who are comfortable with a computer, and have access to high speed internet. Students can upload assignments, or use the built-in tools from the whiteboard to recreate difficult problems, or practice problem-solving skills. This is particularly effective for difficult homework assignments, quiz or test preparation, or when a student simply needs some additional reinforcement. Z Prep! online is very popular for science and math courses, as well as SAT and ACT preparation.

Z Prep! Score Booster – the Secret Weapon!

Z Prep! Score Booster is Club Z!’s online SAT and ACT diagnostic testing and video-based study tool. Students may be assigned anywhere from 1 to 6 unique ACT or SAT diagnostic tests, which can be taken online or printed for paper-and-pencil administration. Students receive instant feedback on their test performance, including videos with top notch tutors demonstrating the correct way to answer each and every question on each and every test, as well as access hundreds of additional video modules that dig deeper into the subjects tested on the ACT and SAT, and an extensive vocabulary building tool to help students improve reading fluency and better understand words on context, two major areas of focus for both the SAT and ACT.

“Not only do our students receive individualized test prep support in a 1-to-1 setting with their assigned tutor,” adds Cari Diaz, Vice President of Club Z!, “but now the student, and the assigned tutor, have access to a more detailed analysis of the student’s strengths and weaknesses, video modules to help drive home difficult concepts, multiple test-retest opportunities with the diagnostics to help improve speed and accuracy on test day, and a comprehensive vocabulary builder. It’s a real game-changer.”

The Z Prep! Score Booster is best utilized in conjunction with one of Club Z!’s proven test prep packages, but may also be available as a standalone service for students without a lot of time to prepare.

Is Z Prep! Online Right for You?

If you aren’t sure whether or not your student would benefit more from Club Z!’s in-home tutoring services or its Z Prep! online tutoring and test prep services, call 800-434-2582 today and speak with a Club Z! educational consultant. Find out what the technological requirements are for online tutoring, what grade levels and subjects are preferred for online tutoring, and even see a demonstration of our online tutoring platform or a free Z Prep! Score Booster account. Online SAT and ACT classes are forming now – for more information, including pricing and class dates and times, check our the Summer Prep page here.

Family Activities to Stimulate the Mind this Summer

Family Activities to Stimulate the Mind this Summer

Well families, we did it! We all survived another school year (cue mental rounds of applause and gratuitous pats on our own backs); and now glorious summer, with its warmer days and longer nights, is calling to our families for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. It’s time to reconnect with our kiddos, and enjoy some much-needed family activities together. Whether that’s taking a proper family vacation [check out our blog on the best spots for a family vacation] or enjoying a “stay-cation” at home, summer is the best time for recharging our bodies and minds. That doesn’t mean that we should let all of the hard work our kids put into this past school year go by the way side. There are plenty of ways to keep your kids’ brains active during the summer months! Check out this easy-to-implement list of summer family activities that engage the mind, from the experts at Club Z! Tutoring:

 

1. Learn a new game – this can be outdoors or indoors. Think chess, checkers or even go fish for younger kids. The point is to introduce them to new concepts, strategies, and rules, all of which keeps their minds stimulated!

 

2. Keep a journal – the journal can be topic specific (i.e. a dream journal, a journal detailing your children’s summer activities, or a journal writing short stories or poems) or it can be a run-of-the-mill-anything-I-want-to-write-about journal. The choice can be theirs! You can take your kids to a bookstore or even a general or convenience store to pick up an inexpensive spiral bound notebook and let them decorate the cover however they see fit.

 

3. Take up a foreign language – learning a new language together is a great summer family activity! It can be as simple as finding a dictionary of words in your language of choice, and committing to memorize certain vocabulary throughout the summer. Or you can take lessons as a family, such as the foreign language tutoring services offered by Club Z! From hola to au revoir, learning a foreign language can be stimulating and fun!

 

4. Go for a walk together – or a run, jog, skip, hike, bike…you get the point. Get outside and look for learning opportunities. Ask younger children to sound out the names of street signs. Ask older children to find 5 different species of flower and then research their names when you get home. Opportunities for learning are everywhere in your neighborhood!

 

5. Sharpen those math skills – math skills in particular have a tendency to weaken over summer without practice. So help your kids stay on their math game by making it fun! Quiz them while you’re driving in the car and offer a reward (whoever wins picks dinner for the night) for whoever provides the most correct answers. Give older children a chance to flex time-telling and subtraction skills asking them to solve math problems such as, “we’ll arrive at our destination around 5:30 pm (for example) and it is currently 5:15 pm, so many minutes of drive time do we have left?” Or let younger children help you with baking or cooking – there are ample opportunities to build their math skills through measurement, counting, and estimating.

 

These are only a few of the things you can do to incorporate learning into your summer activities. Be creative and look for opportunities to make it FUN!

Brain Games to Play in the Car

Brain Games to Play in the Car

For those of us who are hitting the open road this summer, with a car full of kids no less, activities that entertain (and stave off the endless “are we there yet?” questions) are a necessity! One easy way to keep your kids’ minds off the destination, and more on the journey, is to give them brain games to play in the car. Of course, kids are all-too-prepared with their tech toys – tablets, handheld gaming systems, DVD players, and the like – but why not encourage them to flex their brain muscles with some good old-fashioned family games using their 5 senses.

I-Spy

The quintessential road-trip game, I-Spy, requires one player to “spy” something in the vehicle, and the other players to guess what player 1 has spied. The players that are guessing can ask questions to clarify the item, or simply make guesses in a rotation. This game is best for players ages 5 and up.

The Alphabet Game

The Alphabet Game (also known as the Sign Game in some family circles) is one that can be played using billboards, vehicle signs, restaurant signs and signage from other retailers. Players compete against one another by calling out signs in alphabetical order until all 26 letters of the alphabet have been completed. Letters have to be at the start of a word on the signage to count, but it’s generally acceptable to count some letters (think: Q and X) even if they are found in the middle of a word. This game is best for players 7 and up.

The Counting Game

The Counting Game is a great game for your youngest players! Simply pick the item that should be counted (e.g. blue cars, signs from your favorite coffee shop franchise, white semi-trucks, etc.) and see who can count the most of that item before reaching your final destination. Players as young as 3 can generally play this game with ease.

For more brain games to play in the car, including games of memory, rhythm and rhyme, and music, check out this link to the Top 10 Road Trip Games from Edmunds.com.

Summer SAT and ACT Classes Now Forming!

Summer SAT and ACT Classes Now Forming!

In case you missed it, the College Board (makers of the SAT college entrance exam) announced a new August test date for the SAT this year. That means that students will have an earlier opportunity to take the SAT, on August 26, 2017. In order to make space for the early fall test administration date, the College Board also announced that they would not offer the normally scheduled January test date, starting with 2018. Registration is currently open for students wishing to take the August SAT and get a jump start on their path to college success. The first ACT exam of the 2017-18 school year will be offered on September 9, 2017, with ACT registration for that test date opening in August. So what does this mean for current sophomores and juniors? There’s no time like summer for SAT and ACT preparation!

To help students achieve their highest scores this fall, Club Z! is offering summer SAT and ACT online classes, beginning in June. Classes will feature 12 hours of instruction with a live tutor using Club Z!’s web-based teaching platform. Each course will run for 4 weeks, include an in-depth diagnostic test, and access to the Z Prep! Score Booster online study tool. Space is limited for this intensive course, so call 800-434-2582 for more information, or register to attend a summer SAT or ACT online course today.

Best Spots for Family Summer Vacation

Best Spots for Family Summer Vacation

Parents, kids, and teachers throughout the country are all eagerly counting down the days…nay, minutes…until summer vacation! Whether it’s a welcomed break from the rigors of the classroom, or just an opportunity to explore new adventures at home or on a proper vacation, summer offers endless opportunities for rest and relaxation. If you’re looking for the best spots for your family summer vacation, check out this post from National Geographic on the best places to take your family on vacation this summer.

The short list came from a variety of parent bloggers and attendees of last year’s Mom 2.0 Summit and include hot spots from coast to coast, as far west as California’s sunny San Diego to as far east as Cape Code, Massachusetts. The list features locations that allow families to get outside and enjoy the elements – from beaches to cave exploration and everything in between!

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous (and maybe a tinge of wanderlust), check out the Top 10 Summer Destinations from The Travel Channel too. From far away destinations like Dubai, Amsterdam, and Bora Bora to more accessible US-based locales like Virginia Beach, Catalina Island, and Miami, this list has options for every family member.

Wherever you’re headed this summer, be sure to pack the sunscreen and a good pair of walking shoes!

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