Tag Archives: success

When the school year started, nobody–and I repeat, nobody–could have predicted that Spring 2020 started with school closings across the United States and utter cessation of all sports and activities. But this really is happening. Take heart!           Now, how will you use your social distancing downtime to pursue all the dreams you have for when society reconvenes? Stay strong and never stop working towards what you really want!

Rational choice theory in economics assumes that individuals use rational calculations to make rational choices and achieve outcomes that are aligned with their own personal objectives. When it comes to making decisions about tutoring, however, rationality tends to go out the window. We generally understand how to connect standard pricing to durable goods like SUVs and iPhones as well as more fleeting fare like Big Macs and Frappacinos. We also accept–often grudgingly–the hourly rates for common service industries like medicine, law, and home repair. Once we drift from those structured areas into the open country of educational services, though, we fall prey to every awful assumption in the book, the main one being, “No teacher deserves that much an hour.” That arbitrary maximum hourly rate each one of us sets in our heads for fair teacher pay can vary widely. Some of my colleagues charge upwards of $400 per hour…

Read more

High stakes testing tends to trigger anxiety in both students and parents alike. High schoolers afraid of exams like the SAT, ACT, APs, or state tests naturally fret about potential performance, but what do parents–mercifully spared from the trauma of test day nightmares–have to worry about? Generally, parents suffer the most stress in finding the right test prep provider. What makes choosing a test prep provider such an important and potentially problematic process? Basically, once you recognize that a systematic combination of practice and coaching is the only real path to substantial score improvement, you may realize how rare programs that provide both elements effectively really are. The right provider can help a motivated student meet or even exceed score goals in a relatively short period of time, while the wrong one will do nothing but waste time, money, and enthusiasm, all of which tend to be in short supply…

Read more

We’re proud to announce that Chariot Learning has been selected for the 2019 Best of Rochester Award in the Tutoring Service category–the second year in a row we’ve been so honored. Recognition of our collective commitment to our students, schools, and community means the world to us. Not only are we grateful, but we’re fired up for a three-peat! But enough about us. As educators, our best expresses itself in our students’ best work, best effort, and best results. We and other teachers, tutors, and coaches like us strive above all else to connect our charges with their best selves, to show them the path and encourage their arduous journey. Sometimes in life, even our best isn’t good enough, but, far more often, it is. So consider some words of wisdom as we all begin a new day in search of something better than we were before and much closer…

Read more

If you’re looking for dramatic improvement in any endeavor, you can’t escape the two drivers of profound, positive change: coaching and practice. Of the two, practice seems to be self-explanatory. Better takes practice. No one can argue that. But why does coaching matter just as much? Couldn’t a properly motivated individual with sufficient time and resources self-prep to wild success? Perhaps, but the common route to uncommon achievement always involves one or more exceptional coaches. Just ask your favorite performer or athlete–assuming you can get access! Even Bill Gates, one of the most successful (if you use wealth as a measure of success) self-made businessmen of all time believes in the necessity of coaching: “Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.” Coaching matters because true greatness does not occur by accident. We who seek to achieve…

Read more

Oscar Wilde understood the essential nature of being: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” As difficult as staying true to one’s authentic identity may seem, that is usually the easy part. Most people want to be themselves, just exponentially better. Reach your loftiest goals the right way by learning from experts what to be when you want to be successful: Now go be great! And if you like being motivated to be your best, subscribe to the infinitely inspiring Chariot Learning Instagram feed.

6/28