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Free College - Will it do the trick?

Free College Tuition May Not Be Good Enough

When Bernie Sanders dropped from the 2016 presidential race, much of the chatter over free college disappeared, but since Americans are falling further behind on their student loan debt, there’s no doubt the issue will surge into the spotlight again soon. In the following paragraphs we take a shallow dive into the debate and come [...]
Text and headshots - Tutor turns tables by training teachers

Tutor Turns Tables by Training Teachers [Press Release]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Suzanne Ferguson Ferguson Tutoring 952-525-2245 suzy@fergusontutoring.com   TUTOR TURNS TABLES BY TRAINING TEACHERS Local tutor visits high school for staff and curriculum enrichment UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled to December 12, 2017. Northfield, MN: The roles will be reversed for Northfield High School teachers when they sit down as students for […]

[Press Release] Resiliency at St. Louis Park

What happens when excited students want free resiliency lessons? [Press Release]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Suzanne Ferguson Ferguson Tutoring 952-525-2245 suzy@fergusontutoring.com   WHAT HAPPENS WHEN EXCITED STUDENTS WANT FREE RESILIENCY LESSONS? Ferguson Tutoring’s in-class outreach at SLP teaches GT students failure resiliency.   Minnetonka, MN: On October 24, local tutor Suzy Ferguson will be guest speaking about failure resiliency to two classes of students from St. Louis [...]
Preventable Tragedy at Las Vegas.

The Preventable Nightmare in Las Vegas

One week ago, in a national catastrophe that captured the attention of people all over the world, the Twin Cities lost one of its own. We won’t flood you with pictures of his family or feed the gruesome lust for gory details. We’ll just say this: It was preventable. As an educator, I value diverse [...]
Why confidence works and how to get more of it

Why Confidence Works, And How to Get More of It

We’ve been talking a lot about confidence lately and, for the most part, we’ve been taking for granted that you knew what we meant. Right now, we want to be clear: When we talk about confidence, we’re talking about a deep trust in one’s own abilities. It doesn’t stem from your ego. Confidence is an [...]
Academic Confidence - A ball knocks down some cans

Every Student Needs Academic Confidence

There are few people who have the nerve to endure high-pressure situations without cracking. In sports, uncrackable players are called “clutch.” In the classroom, they’re often called “smart.” But intelligence doesn’t really explain a student’s immunity to nerves. Students who can handle those high-pressure situations have academic confidence. Intelligence is a measure of knowledge, not [...]

Transcript from our interview with Maggie Jay

A little while back, we interviewed Maggie Jay and shared her insights about confidence here. What follows is the entire transcribed text of our talk with her. When you see "D," you can know that friend of Ferguson Tutoring, Daniel Taylor, is talking. When you see "M," that's all Maggie. Enjoy!   D: Hey Maggie, [...]
Frustrated student with her head in her hands. She needs some pre-mortem planning!

How to Stop Stressing During Tests

Thousands of years of evolution have taught your body to react quickly to danger. In an instance, your heart rate gets elevated and other parts of your body (like your digestive system) get turned off. This is good news if you need to run from a lion. It’s bad news if you’re stuck on the [...]

Meet Raphy

Raphy Gendler is a recent alumnus of St. Louis Park High School. He has two younger sisters, and has put together a very successful high school academic career. In addition to performing well in class, he also wrote for the school newspaper, something he hopes to continue doing in college. In his free time, Raphy […]

The Carrot, the Egg, and the Coffee Bean

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. Her mother took her to the kitchen and sat her down […]