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Non-traditional tutoring

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Preventing the summer slide

  Preventing the summer slide As the school year comes to an end, many students look forward to a reprieve from studying. Summer is a much needed break for kids […]

Lifelong Learning

The importance of continuing to learn as you age cannot be overstated. Countless studies show the cognitive and social benefits for older adults who learn new skills and topics. During a recent study, researchers tested the memory and attention span of older adults before and after enrolling in weekly classes. The results were remarkable. After completing courses on language, art, technology and more, the students scored much higher in cognitive tests and continued to show long-term improvements.

This is good news, especially in a country where 73% of adults consider themselves “lifelong learners.” People have plenty of reasons to continue their education in adulthood. Learning something new can help you land an exciting job or earn a promotion, find a new hobby, strengthen social connections and improve overall wellness.

Many people believe classes are for full-time students in school pursuing a degree, whether that be a high school diploma or a PhD. The truth is, continuing education courses are for everyone, regardless of the end goal.

At Absolute Value Academy, the courses go far beyond ‘traditional tutoring.’ Someone looking to learn about art can take a course on digital illustration or filmmaking. People who need help using technology — whether it’s how to use an iPhone or how to keep your private information secure online — can benefit from lessons. Even taking a class to become a master chess player is a way to engage your mind as a lifelong learner.

No matter what you decide to study, scientists have made it clear: the best way to stay sharp as you age is to learn something new. Absolute Value Academy is here to help you do just that.

The SAT: To test or not to test?

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Reports of the SAT’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

Over the past several years, in response to the economic and educational disparities exacerbated by the pandemic, many colleges and universities implemented “test-optional” or even “test-blind” SAT policies. Test optional meant that students could choose to report their SAT scores as part of the admissions process or not submit them and rely on the strengths of other aspects of their applications (GPA, extracurriculars, recommendations, etc.). These policies led many students and parents to believe — erroneously — that the SATs were obsolete and there was no need to take them.

The truth is, over the past several years, even for schools who went “test-optional,” SAT scores were still a very big factor in college admissions. For one thing, many students WERE still submitting scores, so those who chose not to were giving the schools one less factor to consider in their applications. If all things are equal, and one student submits a good score and one student opts out, which one do you think admissions officers would give preference to? Additionally, SAT scores remained a key factor in the awarding of merit-based financial aid and scholarships.

With the news last month that Georgetown, Purdue, Yale, and a host of other colleges are now re-implementing SAT requirements for admissions, the question remains: to test or not to test? Your guidance counselor can help you determine what is best for your personal situation. Should you decide to take the SAT as you prepare to apply to colleges, give yourself the best possible chance of scoring well into your goal range by enrolling in a respected, proven SAT prep course. The exceptional educators at Absolute Value Academy are ready to help you be your absolute best.

New Hire | Welcome our new administrative assistant Breanne Makatche

Absolute Value Academy is happy to introduce Breanne Makatche as our new Administrative Assistant! A graduate of Penn State University, Breanne lives in Mt. Lebanon with her husband and three children and currently serves as the Washington Elementary School PTA President. She brings an infectious energy and great sense of humor to AVA, and we know our students and families will love working with her!