Category Archives: Adult Mentoring

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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?