In the Clutch: The Stimulus Effect's Online Tutoring Guides Clients to 100% Passage Rate for Praxis Teaching Exams

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What can serve as the best lesson? How about failure. Through customized, online tutoring sessions, all of The Stimulus Effect's clients passed the reading, math, science, and social studies Praxis exams for teaching in August 2012, including those who had previously failed the test. These individuals resolved to learn from their challenges, not be defined by them.

The biggest difference was not being defined by failure, but motivated by success.

Hanging out at the beach sounds good. Going to another barbecue sounds nice. But acing the exam that holds the key to guiding future leaders, and helping them fulfill their potential, is even better. Just ask The Stimulus Effect. During August 2012, the education company guided all of its education clients to pass the rigorous Praxis exam through customized online tutoring and tailored reviews.

“Thinking about working with students and helping them do great in school was always a dream,” said Garry, an aspiring educator attending the University of Kentucky. “The thing is, the Praxis—especially the reading part—was the big obstacle…after three failures it seemed impossible. But the tutoring from The Stimulus Effect turned it around… The best moment of the year was seeing the score.” Haley, a student at Villanova University, had similar success:

"Honestly, it took a little while to warm up to the idea of online tutoring. After failing the exam before, and being a special-needs student, it was important to have something reliable. But, with the convenience factor, it was worth trying out.Definitely a good decision. It was easy to go back to the website to check notes and examples from the sessions, get in contact with the tutor for follow-up questions…The Stimulus Effect really helped. It’s hard to admit, but the tutoring sessions may have been the best part of the summer."

Paul, an aspiring teacher from the University of Texas—Austin shared how finally passing was all about changing his perspective. “The biggest difference was not being defined by failure, but motivated by success. With that attitude, passing was well within reach.” All of these clients—along with over 90% of The Stimulus Effect’s education students—actually exceeded the passing score, demonstrating how much they built their skills during the sessions.

“Helping individuals excel and even surpass their expectations is a central part of what keeps The Stimulus Effect going,” said Arziki Phenyo, The Stimulus Effect’s founder. “But, what is particularly gratifying is that the tutoring services played an integral role in helping aspiring educators gain their certification, and build the skills they need to guide individuals to discover their greatness. Essentially, it’s more than a score; for the most dedicated, it’s a ticket to changing the community.” And, here’s how The Stimulus Effect placed aspiring educators on that path:

  • Customized Tutoring Centered on Analysis and Examination—Tutors not only guided clients to use strategies for determining the right answers, they also actively “deconstructed” wrong answers, building critical thinking, pattern-recognition, and analytical skills
  • Motivational Strategies that Promoted Confidence and Focus—The Stimulus Effect applauded clients successes and supportively pushed them to overcome challenges, particularly skill and knowledge gaps. In addition, intermediate goals were set each week which put aspiring educators on the path to passing
  • Flexible Schedules and Sessions—Just like everyone else, The Stimulus Effect’s clients have busy lives; and, the tutoring sessions allowed the students to live them. Sessions revolved around jobs, family events (and when necessary emergencies) to ensure clients had the energy, and focus, to maximize tutoring time.
  • Failures are Moments, not Destiny—Throughout tutoring sessions, The Stimulus Effect would emphasize to clients that failures in no way define abilities; they can really serve as stepping stones to success. The company made a focused effort to integrate lessons from past mistakes and challenges toward guiding clients to build the skills they needed to succeed.

And, has The Stimulus Effect taken some lessons from this successful summer? According to Phenyo, the company is expanding other standardized test-prep services—including for the SAT, GRE, and GMAT—to offer students more resources and content that are tailored to learning styles and backgrounds, offering customized ways to remedy skill gaps. Apparently, for The Stimulus Effect acing exams is only the beginning.

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