Posted in Inspiration, Tips for Parents, Tips for Students

Catch Up Or Keep Up?

In school and in life, are you more interested in playing catch up or keep up? Is your focus on staying ahead of the curve, or on not falling too far behind? The interesting thing is that it doesn’t actually take any more work to stay a day ahead of things than it does to stay a day behind, but there is a huge difference in terms of the stress factor. The only difference is in your comfort level. This is the difference between someone who showers every day versus every three days, between someone who keeps a messy, disorganized home versus someone who keeps a neat, clean home, between someone who earns $50,000 per year versus someone who earns $150,000 per year – regardless of circumstances, we will gravitate to the level of performance, activity, or standards where we are comfortable. This is why the difference between being a day (or a week) ahead or behind isn’t a matter getting “caught up”, it’s a matter of developing a new set of standards and the habits to support them.

Many students and parents only think to hire a tutor when there is a problem or when they have fallen behind and there is a lot of catching up to do. But proactive parents realize the value of supplementing their child’s education in the interest of raising their standards, not trying to maintain minimum ones. As a tutor and academic coach I not only help students learn challenging subjects more easily, quickly, and with less stress, but also help them instill habits of thought and productivity that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.


Dane Dormio is an online tutor and academic coach who specializes in helping all types of students achieve life and academic success, especially homeschooled students and those preparing for STEM careers. More information and resources can be found on his website at

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