Here are our feelings about reading.

We believe that reading is THE most important skill anyone can have. It is the foundation for everything we do: to study, learn, read, write, compose….even use the latest technology.

Sadly, this is not the case for everyone. The United States has too many people who cannot read.

This is where we come in to help.

ITSI 101: Our Core Subjects

A common question we are asked by prospective clients….“What subjects do you tutor students in specifically?”

Right off of our website – – – here are our specialties!

Reading: Our reading programs focus on the areas of phonics, word study, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.  THE MOST IMPORTANT AREA THAT BRANCHES OFF TO OTHER AREAS.

**We now offer Social Studies and Science programs to master the skills to successfully read and comprehend informational text.

Language Arts: Skill reinforcement in the language arts address grammar, usage, mechanics, spelling, sentence and paragraph structure, the writing processes, and research.

Math: Our math program includes skill-building in the focal areas of Numbers, Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Measurement, and Equations.

Florida FCAT: Tutoring is available for Grades 3 through 8. Addresses the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) in Math, Reading, and Language Arts.

Pre GED and GED Preparation Services – available to students wanting to take the test for their Diploma.

Facebook Re-Blog from Carol Sammon: Music and studying

Music and studying. Mmm. If you schedule a time to study, it can be very relaxing and enjoyable, but I think it depends on the subject matter you are trying to tackle. There is an ebb and flow to reading and writing. Literature and music kind of go together, so playing your favorites low in the background can make the time more enjoyable, and possibly be an incentive.

If you’re studying math or the sciences using formulas, the kind of music and the volume are definitely more important. Most need to concentrate on the subject matter, so if you are busy listening to music lyrics, you might not be fully involved in the work, which can lead to longer study time, frustration, and hatred of what could be some interesting concepts. I think music is good for the psyche and can add to any study schedule, but for math, music should be more subtle and definitely lower in volume.

Depending on the subject, I prefer classical, easy/soft jazz and OLD rock n roll (definitely 50’s-60’s, some 70’s, maybe 80’s.

Now, did you know the color of the space where you study can also be very important to a relaxing and focused study time? Color schemes can be a help or a detriment.

Any thoughts?

Back To School Soon. Are You Ready?

The 2013-2014 school year is just weeks away in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.

As a student, do you remember when your summers were coming to an end and the back to school shopping commenced?  Were you looking forward to going back, or did you REALLY want that extra vacation time?

How about the teachers out there?  Are you looking forward to getting back to class?

As a student, I was always hungry, through college and obtaining my Masters Degree.  Learning is something each and every one of us do every day, whether we notice it or not.  We are surrounded by it; it all depends on whether or not we take advantage of it.

As a tutor/mentor, I’m looking forward to sharing that hunger with today’s youth and adults.  I think I can speak for my mother and ITS President Carol in this respect as well.

Your thoughts?

A Child’s Love Of Reading: A Post-Script

Hi, I’m Patrick Sammon, Jr.  I’m the Vice President of Marketing and Media for Independent Tutoring Services Inc. and  You’ll be hearing from me a lot here, and I hope to hear from you too!  This is a two-way conversation.

I say this next statement loud and proud.  I’m a lifelong reader, thanks to very cool, involved and encouraging parents.  This vital skill was instilled in me as a child by my parents: my late father Pat, and my mother Carol, the President of this Company.

Please allow me to give you an idea of where this blog post is coming from and what the heart and soul of Independent Tutoring Services Inc. and is:  the art of reading, the art of enjoying reading, and the ability to read different types of material.  A long time ago, a conversation ensued in our house about necessary skills to survive in the future, a college education notwithstanding.  THE biggest and important skill: the ability to read.  Many have it. Many do not.

Growing up, reading was a ‘must-do’ activity and a needed skill today that was heavily emphasized upon and encouraged.  It was as much fun to me as going out and riding my bike, playing baseball, dancing, you name it.  It still is.  I never missed out on an opportunity to read and be read to.  Some of my happiest childhood memories were sitting with my mother and father, reading, whether it was the newspaper, books from the library, manuals from new tools Dad bought, scripts when I got into drama and theatre.

The local library was five minutes from our house and was a second home to me.  Much time was spent there; many hot days, rainy days, cold days, nice days, late nights (until they threw us out!) when I wanted new books on different subjects or the next release in a series or something for school.  During the summer, weekends, and school breaks, Mom and Dad used to ask: “Pool or library?”  It was split 60/40 with the library tipping the scale.  Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, Rosemary Wells and her “Max and Ruby” series were in heavy rotation.

I am a child of the 1980’s.  Available to us at the time was cable TV with 50 channels, 4 major broadcast networks, video games were in their heyday, VHS and BETA videotapes, and FM music radio was king.  You were cool if your parents had a cordless landline phone.  You were cooler if your parents had a car phone or a brick cellular phone.  Personal computers were devices you toyed with once a week in school as a special.  The Internet?  “Oh, you mean BBS,” says the kid down the street with a 400 baud modem and a Commodore 64 in his room.

Think of what the kids have now; smartphones, laptops, the Internet at high speeds, lifelike video games, hundreds if not thousands of cable, satellite or telco TV channels, video-on-demand.  I have many of these things as an adult now.

Books and reading took the crown for me then, which holds true for me today.

How about you?  What are your memories of reading?  Your first book?  Your library experiences?