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Pinecone Active Learning
5988 Silver Creek Valley Rd. #60
San Jose, California, 95138
(408) 270-4548 |

While all of you are transitioning from summer vacations back to the classroom, Pinecone is also making transitions. Our Silver Creek classroom will move to 6010 Hellyer Ave. Suite 100, San Jose 95138 - just a couple blocks from the old classroom. Our first day there will be Thursday, Sept. 1. The class days will also transition to Mondays and Thursdays (same 3-7pm) We will be closed on Labor Day - Sept. 5, so you will all receive your work for the week on Sept. 1.

Our Los Gatos location (987 Univ. Ave., Suite 20, Los Gatos 95032) will transition to Tuesdays/ Thursdays starting Sept. 1 (also 3-7pm). We will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 6, so you will all receive your work for the week on Sept. 1. We are excited to be able to serve families now in two locations and look forward to a productive and challenging school year for everyone! Have a safe and happy Labor Day.
When Does a Tutor Become a Necessity?

One of the confusing situations which some parents have to face is deciding when educational intervention becomes necessary for your child. Some of the red flags to watch for are:
When the child is experiencing difficulties in school, where you cannot help, and which appears to be insurmountable.
When your child begins to lack self confidence and starts to demonstrate signs of low self-esteem.
When organization and study skills become difficult.
When the child displays signs of low motivation.
If you feel your child requires to be challenged more.
PineconeIn such situations what is of help in most cases is hands-on assistance by a tutor. If the problem appears to be solely academic-oriented, a professional tutor would be the perfect solution.

There are a number of reasons why parents resort to a tutor but often they are hazy about precisely what objectives they hope to achieve through tutorial intervention. To let a clear picture emerge and help establish goals, the child needs to be carefully evaluated. An evaluation might assume the form of a standardized test. Alternatively, one could adopt a more informal approach. This could be asking the student to read and answer questions to gauge the level of comprehension, complete some simple math problems or produce a writing sample. Parents must necessarily share the results of their evaluation and their own personal assessment with the tutor.

On completion of the evaluation, the tutor in consultation with the parents, and the child, should establish realistic goals which must be mutually agreed to. These goals should be written down with a time frame and should be reviewed constantly to see how far they are being achieved. The importance of realistic goals cannot be overemphasized. They should be flexible and yet challenging and should be revised as required as the tutoring progresses. Setbacks are inevitable which should be addressed as soon as they occur. It is preferable to set smaller, easily attainable goals on a daily basis rather than long term objectives. This gives the child a sense of achievement and helps a tutor to progress towards the big picture. Smaller, incremental changes are more likely to achieve success.

Communication is essential between the parents and the tutor at all times. Parents must become an active part of the exercise between tutoring sessions, while the student has to be encouraged to assume more responsibility and work harder to achieve all the defined goals. Parents must keep a close watch on their children's academic progress. If they feel the necessary progress is not being achieved they must express themselves to the tutor so that the program might be revised. If the exercise still doesn't work then look for other reasons for failure or consider an alternative tutor.

"Hi Vivian,

As an alumnae of Pinecone, I thought you might like to hear this news as well... Katie is doing quite well in her 7th grade year at Chaboya. She currently has all As, and one B (a very high B at 89%), so she is doing just great! We are really proud of Katie, and most of all, she is feeling very good about herself these days."

~ Maria

"We just got back his STAR testing results. Guess what? In math he got 600 out of 600. Also among the some 800 eight graders graduates last year he got the award for the top achiever in math! Way to go Vivian!"

~ Vafai
Pinecone's Strategy

childPinecone's methodology is to run the two foundation programs of Math and Reading at a pace which allows the child to assimilate the subject matter and apply the new acquired skills to practical problem solving. The coaching is structured so that the child is able to reason for him/herself to achieve the highest level of comprehension. Regular practice and support instills self confidence and stimulates an eagerness to progress to the next level. Each student is groomed to anticipate and surmount hurdles consistent with present day education. The end result is a happy and confident child who is justifiably proud of his or her academic achievements.

For more details of this Bay Area teaching center and its unique, result-oriented teaching methodology please visit its website at For offers and special discounts call 408.270.4548.

About Vivian Hobbs

Ms. Hobbs is a qualified educator with an M.S. degree in Industrial Psychology and 30 years of experience in math and research design. Children's education and research into the best learning methods have always been at the forefront of her career.

Where can I learn more?

Pinecone Active Learning is on Facebook and can be followed on Twitter. For further information on enrollment and fee structure, please call 408.270.4548 or visit the center's website at

For more on its unique tutoring methodology, please click on

$60/month discount for Math & Reading through August 30!!!

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