Kevin has been a gift to our family. He was enthusiastic and creative, and achieved tremendous results.

 

 

Sarah Stewart & Philip Dearborn

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Kevin has a true gift as a teacher and a mentor.

Kathryn and Andrew Blair

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Kevin has been a sensitive, committed and creative advocate. I enthusiastically recommend Kevin to anyone looking for help with an underachieving teenager.

Ron Torrence

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Giving a child a sense of empowerment is truly a remarkable gift. Kevin Dohmen has helped my son gain this sense of empowerment.

Kathy Heyder, elementary school teacher, mother of two

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Kevin Dohmen possesses all the qualities that parents yearn for in a teacher for their children. He has a passion for learning and knowledge that permeates his teaching.

Nina Britcliffe

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Meet Kevin Dohmen >

Kevin Dohmen works with children and adults with specific learning disabilities and attentional disorders, helping them to develop concrete, practical techniques for organization and for maximizing performance in school and in the workplace.

How We Can Help >

Kevin provides a variety of coaching, consulting, and tutoring services for middle-school, high school, college, and adult learners.

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Who are our clients? Where do we meet? What academic subjects do we address? If you have questions, we have the answers for you.

Preparing for Tests: What Works, What Doesn’t

Tests are a part of everyday life for most of us, whether they be for obtaining a driver’s license, for earning professional continuing-education credits, or for demonstrating that you understand chapter four in  a high-school geometry course. There are many strategies for preparing for tests, but only a few have been shown to be truly effective. First, let’s look at approaches that don’t work. One of the least effective methods of studying for a test is rereading. Studies have shown that rereading instructional materials is time consuming and results in almost no improvement on tests. The same goes for “going over” notes and for re-listening to recorded lectures. Pulling all-nighters and other kinds of cramming are also ineffective. So what works? First, begin early. Depending on the scope of the test in question, this will mean preparing days, weeks, or even months ahead of time. All areas of study have a vocabulary, a set of specialized terms used to talk about important concepts. Set up a schedule to learn a few terms per day. Make sure that you understand each term before trying to learn its definition. Speak or write each definition. Each successive day, review what you have learned so far and learn a few more. Plan to finish the entire list well ahead of the test date, so that you can review the entire list multiple times. Arrange to do memorization tasks, like learning vocabulary, in many short sessions of about 15 minutes each. Learn overarching concepts in blocks of time of 30 minutes or more. Use this time to write out explanations in essay form or... read more