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

"By the end of summer, students perform, on average, one month behind where they left off in the spring, Of course, not all students experience 'average' losses. Summer learning loss disproportionately affects low-income students." This is a quote by Catherine Augustine from the latest report issued by the Rand Corporation and the Wallace Foundation.

But that's not the worst of it, said Catherine. She said the most disturbing finding is that this learning loss is cumulative. "So each summer kids fall further and further behind."

Their report calls out the work of Johns Hopkins sociology professor Karl Alexander, who describes the summer learning loss as a problem of  "monumental proportions." His research shows that while low - and middle-income kids learn at about the same pace during the school year, they go in opposite directions over the summer. He estimates that a full two-thirds of the achievement gap that appears in ninth grade can be attributed to summer learning loss.

Even if you must do a reduced amount of Pinecone on your vacations, it is important to do as much as you can. Have a great time, enjoy family, friends and the great outdoors. Just don't let all your hard work slip away!

Overcoming Underachievement through Tutoring Services

PineconeFew things frustrate a parent or teacher more than wasted talent in a bright young child. By all accounts, consistent underachievement is causing considerable concern in schools and amongst parents, especially in potentially high-achieving students. This problem troubling educators appears to be steadily on the rise, especially in recent years. Professionals accept that underachievement is a complex and challenging problem despite the considerable research that has gone into it. Many reports that have emerged are conflicting, which give no direction to practitioners or parents on the way forward. In many cases, recommendations of interventions have proved to be unsuccessful and contradictory. What it boils down to is that schools, educators and parents need a deeper understanding of the problem and a better knowledge of the strategies they can employ, regardless of the primary cause for underachievement, which are likely to succeed.

Identifying the basic reason for underachievement is the first step toward remedying the problem. This root cause often cannot be easily identified and the problem could lie in an issue quite unrelated to academics. Once the underlying source is determined, a strategy could be evolved to resolve the issue. In other cases, motivation could be the solution or one of the strategies which could be useful.

Successful remedies tend to be child-centered and student interest oriented. Such approaches emphasize the learning process and also the final product. Learning is an active process where students desire to learn, instead of submissively taking notes and undergoing tests. Active Learning is a relatively new teaching methodology which has proved to be very successful with talented underachievers. This teaching technique inherently motivates a student through an active process of student involvement.

Pinecone has expanded to Los Gatos and held its first Wednesday (4-7) class on June 22 with several new students. Classes are each Wednesday from 4-7 with special discounted summer rates. The classroom is located at 987 University Ave. Suite 20 in Los Gatos, CA 95032 (right next to The Sandwich Shop). Call to make an appointment for free placement testing and to take advantage of summer pricing.


"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

"The consistency and repetition makes a huge difference in doing their school work. The regular timed tests are really helping Caroline to go faster and be more accurate. Walker is now motivated and competitive with kids in his class. He has passed almost his entire class and is now on division."

~ Robin
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

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