Empowering Learners!!

Lowering the Costs of College
For Teens Dealing with the New Reality
The New Reality for Parents
Preventing Expensive Problems
Getting the Right Start
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Stress Relief!
Welcome to the website for families who need to make educating themselves more affordable and more valuable - with as little conflict of interest as possible.
     The information on this site has been acquired from spending over ten thousand hours working one on one with students of many ages and different school systems to better understand what they need help learning and what help actually works.  Because my work off the internet keeps me very busy and is actually more fun, I have created this site with some general information to help teens, parents and other  caregivers help themselves and those they care about.  For families developing their personal education plans, here are a few observations to consider.  Thank you ahead of time for tolerating a few imperfections and my wacky sense of humor.
The world has changed. There is a new reality.  Adults made their own choices about what their priorities were.  It is up to you to know how to protect yourself from the ones who chose not to care about you.  The good news is if you learn the right skills, you can and have a lot of fun doing it, too.
With that in mind, here are a couple questions to ask yourself.
How will you tell which colleges (or other entities) actually care about you and which will just take your money even if it is not appropriate? 
How will you tell which college ratings organizations know what they are talking about and which just do it because that is what makes them money?

"Wicked Witchie" in Disguise
Shhh - please don't tell anyone.


Whether the following strategies work for you may depend a lot on you.
For Teens   It's your future.  What are you doing about it?  It's the digital age.  Everyone is different.  What's right for some people isn't always right for others.  How will you acquire the ability to know what is right for you?

For Parents - It's parents' money.  Whether college costs actually change depends on how parents invest their resources early on.  Those who develop the right skills and allies have a big advantage and a lot less stress.
Keeping Yourself Informed  - But don't worry if you don't, someone else is totally happy to sacrifice their future for yours.  Do you really believe the entitlement hype is actually true?

Unapproved, Unaffiliated and Totally Unsanctioned!
      No high fallutin' expertise whatsoever is claimed.  Everything on this site is from spending thousands of hours working one on one with students and their families to see what works and what doesn't.   Anyone is welcome to take advantage of the information on this site.  However, please remember that in today's world, there are no guarantees. Everyone's situation is different and all individuals make their own choices.  Reality is that some of those choices can't be fixed.  Solutions should be designed and implemented with that in mind. It is up to you know and decide which solutions are right for you and your family.  Many of the solutions on this site will only work for a small group of people. They won't work for everybody which is why they won't work in the public school system. Thank you ahead of time for tolerating my imperfections.  It is too busy to always be perfect.  And the people who expect it are usually too difficult to work with, anyways.  The secret to a good life is to avoid the entitled.  They are a pain in the .....

    Kathy (aka the Wicked Witch of tutoring) is an unorthodox math and science tutor who focuses her energy on becoming good at what she does and knows better than to take herself too seriously.  As an independent provider, she is able to prioritize using the best of what's available for her students regardless of politics or marketing. Her hardest working students have been very successful.  College is phenomenally expensive; a lot of people overpay. Once they have wasted their money and their time, it's too late to fix it.
Note:   This site was designed to let parents and students educate themselves without having to listen to  people who don't know anything  blabber on about themselves or have every little thing they do tracked or judged.  It is updated every few months with stuff that has made a difference for Kathy's students and their families. (Or, just some wacky experiences you wouldn't want to have happen to you.)

This site did not need to be popular to be effective.  It can only help a small group of people.  If you are one of them, that is wonderful.

Please remember that no person or organization can be all things to all people. 
Everyone is different.  People who can help themselves have a much better life. 
It is wise to have more than one resource.
Compiled and authored by Kathy, aka "The Wicked Witch" of Tutoring - Ha Ha  
Copyright guidelines:  Please feel free to share whatever is of value for you. In today's world, it is up to you to know who is capable and who isn't. This site provides no guarantees. Education is what you make of it.