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ACE Tutoring provides more than homework support. We are passionate about our goal to mold our students into competitive college material! We have developed a unique hybrid tutoring approach that combines the latest in educational technology with traditional face-to-face individualized tutoring. Students begin their path to academic success by taking skills assessments, discussing their goals and challenges with the program director, and enrolling in customized programs to plug in foundational skill gaps as well as excel in courses at school.

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Cultivating Winners: MM7 Athletic Training & ACE Tutoring ACT/SAT Partnership

A successful athlete scores in the athletic arena.  A successful student-athlete wins in life.

A true #student-athlete prioritizes education. Hence the order of those two words. Play it smart: acquire strong study skills, get help from education professionals (teachers, counselors, and #tutors), and put forth your best efforts on and off the athletic field.

Athletes Beware: Myths about Test Scores and College Admissions

Standardized Tests are Less and Less Important. The opposite is true. With the increase of applicants (yet little increase in number of admission staffs at most colleges), schools are using SAT and ACT scores to cut down the massive pool of hopeful applicants.

Test Optional? Be sure you understand this policy that some colleges offer. This may be a relief to students who suffer from severe test anxiety. Athletes applying to NESCAC (“Little Ivy” schools like Williams, Amherst, and Middlebury) and Patriot league schools do not have the luxury of declining to take the standardized exams.  The athletic scholarship rules require the colleges to report the test scores.

An ambitious student-athlete needs to go for the goal, not shy away from challenges. Re-think terms such as “test optional” and other “easy outs”. Think, instead, of the students you are competing against for college admission. Certainly, those students have been preparing for the exams and intend to submit their high scores. To win, you need to at least show up and be prepared to give it your all.

At #ACE Tutoring, we feel privileged to work with the student-athletes of #MM7 Training Center on their #ACT and #SAT Prep. The filled room at 9 am on a Saturday morning is evidence of these athletes’ desire to train for their academic success. We commend them for devoting 4 precious hours on a Saturday morning to take their SAT diagnostic and we look forward to cultivating these gifted athletes into the best college material they can be!

Highlights of Road to College Presentation

Thanks to the wonderful and knowledgeable  staff of College Bound Consulting for presenting the "Road to College" event at ACE Tutoring. The families expressed their appreciation of the information shared and will have great food for thought as they research college options. For me, the highlight of the evening was hearing one student comment, "I wasn't sure where I'd fit into at college. All my friends want to go to UCSD or something like that." After hearing the unconventional way that I selected my private women's liberal arts college, the student beamed and said, "Wow, maybe I can find a good fit too!" Though it's fun to ponder how my life and career could have turned out if I'd accepted a scholarship to one of the large institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, I can truthfully say that I have zero regrets about the college I chose as my home for four years as I learned to be a good person as well as a competent business woman.

Yes, there is a place that is ideal for each student. Combined with some practical research and a little luck, you will find a place that you can thrive academically and personally! Don't hesitate to ask college counselors and other experts for tips. Please also contact us ( to help you start in the right direction as you research your options in higher education. 

From the Desk of an Educator (and Parent): How to Help Your Child Transition & ENJOY Back to School Season

As a parent of a young daughter who has just started second grade at a new school, I’ve researched the latest back to school advice and found these helpful tips on PBS. Of course, as co-owner of after-school learning centers, I am well aware of the challenges children face each fall as they stumble back to school after a long summer break. However, that does not make it automatically easy for me to help my own daughter tackle school on a positive note. I’d like to share some tips to help parents experience a smoother transition to the fall season.  

Meet the new teacher. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. Some teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins. (BTW: we hear that emails are much better than phone calls these days as it makes it easier for teachers to respond). 

Connect with friends. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. Refresh these relationships near the beginning of the school year by scheduling a play date or a school carpool. 

Avoid last-minute drilling. When it’s almost time to stop playing, give a five-minute warning. Giving clear messages to your child is very important. 

Ease into the routine. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Daily routines help children feel comfortable and reduce friction at homeYou can find more details on  

My particular back-to-school challenges are related to my daughter’s caution in adjusting to changes in her environment. To help ease her anxiety, my family and I made a few “smart” moves:

·         Arranged for the principal of her new school to give us all a tour of the school during this past summer. My daughter had the chance to see layout of the school as well as visualize herself there soon.

·         Pumped up her excitement about returning to school by making a special shopping trip where she had almost total control of selecting her fall ensembles. Obviously, we reserve the right to veto.  :)

·         We also encouraged her to select some cool school supplies some of which featured her current favorite themes and logos including Pokémon and Minecraft. I sure miss the days of My Little Ponies and LPS and suppose I’d better enjoy this current phase while it lasts.

·         Ever popular is our incentive plan: she earns points that are redeemed for a prize each Friday. We’ve noticed that not all teachers have prize day but know that our daughter thrives on positive feedback and rewards. She earns points at home for putting her best effort into completing homework, picking up after herself (putting away her shoes and dishes), and helping with other chores (cleaning fish tank), etc.

Do these strategies help our daughter? Absolutely…though it’s not always a smooth process. Each parent needs to figure out what makes his or her child “tick”” and set the clock accordingly. Good luck and be sure to check out for updates of helpful workshops and other academic information for families. Feel free to contact us at any time if you have specific questions you would like to ask about your child.

October PSAT Workshops at Mission Hills and San Marcos High Schools

Our ACE instructors had a blast conducting the PSAT workshops and look forward to making this event a yearly tradition! Thank you to San Marcos High School and Mission Hills High School for hosting the workshops, the PACE Promise and Gear Up organizations for their collaboration, and the students for their attentiveness and enthusiasm! 

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San Marcos

Palomar / CVS Center Plaza
(Near SMHS)
744 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road
San Marcos, CA 92078
Phone: 760-599-8873



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14879 Pomerado Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
Phone: 858-748-8873



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7040 Avenida Encinas, Suite 101
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Phone: 760-814-2223


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