Hi There,

My name is James and welcome to Academic Aide. At the time of this post, I’m currently a graduate student at DePaul University with a concentration in Elementary Education. Before I started graduate school, I worked as a tutor for several years helping children from grades K-12th. 

(James in middle)

I’ve worked at Boys and Girls Club, By The Hand Club For Kids, Brain Hurricane, YMCA, SAGA Innovations, and a few other places as well.

Throughout my experience as a tutor, I fell in love with the process of breaking down complex subjects into simple forms.

I originally got my Bachelors degree in Business Management, however, after helping so many students with their literacy skills, I decided to become a career-changer.

I can’t explain how rewarding it is to raise a child’s self-efficacy by helping them become an independent learner.

Moreover, I have a pretty deep understanding of Neuroscience and I’ve been using that knowledge within my lessons whenever I work with children.

Multiple studies have revealed that a child’s neural network is still formulating while they’re young, so training them at an early age would be in your best interest since they haven’t developed any limiting beliefs yet.

Out of all the subjects I’ve tutored, I realized how vital reading is to one’s success. As a matter of fact, research has shown that children who don’t learn how to read proficiently by 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to leave high school without a diploma.

With such an alarming statistic, I wanted to be a part of the solution and research different programs, tools, and resources parents and educators can use to ensure young children become literate as soon as possible.

In order to do this properly, I have a dedicated team of assistants who help me research these topics to provide the best information available.

Furthermore, this site will also provide support through recommendations of the best educational toys kids can utilize to get a jumpstart on their learning. In addition to that, English language learners will be able to benefit from this site as well since most of the topics covered on this site relate to language development.

So, once again, welcome to Academic Aide. If you have any comments, questions or concerns regarding the recommendations I make, simply leave a comment on any of my posts and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

All the best,
James