Redefining Possibilities: Through Customized Tutoring Services, The Stimulus Effect’s Students Earned an Average Score of 91% on Finals for the 2011-2012 School Year

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With online and in-person tutoring sessions that engage and challenge students, push them to expand limitations, and guide them to sharpen skills that grant a decisive edge, The Stimulus Effect’s students soared on their finals during April and May 2012, with many earning 90 or above. Before, these students wondered how they could make it. Now, they are wondering if there’s any limit to how far they can go.

...Failure seemed like a scary, ...option. But with the tutor’s... confidence, and humor, an A seemed totally possible.

How about blazing through currency arbitrage problems on an international finance exam? How about accurately diagramming circuits for a state science test? How about insightfully comparing and contrasting “Romeo and Juliet” and “West Side Story” for an English final? How about raising your math average by over 40% in three weeks, and earning a 92 on your final? These are just some of the ways students around the country have ended the year with the help of The Stimulus Effect’s customized, online and in-person tutoring.

“Honestly, it was really frustrating at first,” says Scott, an MBA student and sales professional in Atlanta, GA. “A lot of the financial concepts were foreign, and thinking about how to put together all the material—in time for the test—was daunting. But, through the tutor’s guidance and some really helpful follow-up exercises, it became understandable and practical.” “100 on a research proposal…wow,” says Christina, a behavioral therapist and Ph.D. student in St. Petersburg, FL. “It’s still surprising. The statistical analysis was really intimidating before; but, after some ‘hands-on’ work with a tutor at The Stimulus Effect, the paper really came together.” Margaret, an international finance major in Sacramento, CA had similar positive experiences. “Who knew talking about interest rates and forward contracts would be fun?” she said with smile. “The month before was incredibly stressful, and failure seemed like a scary, and real, option. But with the tutor’s optimism, confidence, and humor, an A seemed totally possible. She made all the difference.” According to these students, The Stimulus Effect’s customized instruction, interactive content, and individualized approach helped them succeed.

“Students often come to The Stimulus Effect, during these ‘high-stakes’ periods—midterms, finals, SATs, GMATs, licensing exams, etc.—when so much rides on one score,” says Arziki Phenyo, The Stimulus Effect’s founder. “However, the tutors are able to get past that nervousness, turning anxiety into confidence. By finding exactly where the knowledge gaps lie; offering intensive reviews where students are underperforming; and, just as importantly, offering a supportive, yet challenging, learning environment where students are free to redefine possibilities, the company has helped many students make significant progress within weeks.” These are other features that drive The Stimulus Effect’s success:

  •     Working collaboratively with students on setting measurable, ambitious—and

        practical—goals before the start of the program

  •     Integrating content that’s tied to classroom curricula, yet responsive to students’

        interests

  •     Delivering tailored follow-up exercises, and catching up on students' progress

        between sessions

  •     Viewing mistakes and challenges not as symptoms of failure, but as vehicles to

         informed understanding

“The performance of The Stimulus Effect’s students has been outstanding; but, there is much more progress to be made. The company won’t rest until all the students are earning A+s.” Perhaps The Stimulus Effects drive for excellence—and its students’ diligent commitment—are the greatest lessons of all.

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