10 places for homework help on the North Shore

My son started first grade this year, and as the saying goes, you-know-what just got real. Kindergarten was real too, in its way, but first grade is giving me a glimpse into the next, oh, decade or so of my life.

The pre-dinner hour is no longer a free-for-all. It’s homework around the table, and depending on the mood of both parent and child, it’s either pleasant or eternal. (Don’t tell my 7-year-old that I’ve no idea what I’ll do when we eventually get to algebra. There’s a reason I’m a writer.)

Luckily, the North Shore is brimming with tutors eager to help kids of all ages, from pre-kindergarten all the way through ACT prep. Here are 10 spots to check out if you’re eyeing that A+.

Ravinia Reading Center

89 Lincolnwood Rd., Highland Park

847-433-5878

Extra Credit: The staff at Ravinia Reading Center are speech language pathologists trained to understand subtle differences in sounds, which is key in understanding why a child is challenged by a word.

Once It Clicks

1934 Waukegan Rd., Glenview

847-977-3610

Extra Credit: Once It Clicks is located next to a tae kwon do studio for kids. Homework done? Exercise on!

C2 Education

2763 Pfingsten Rd., Glenview

847-559-8886

190 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield

224-300-0642

Extra Credit: C2 requires that all tutors score above the 95th percentile in their respective fields.

Hi-5 In-Home Tutoring

Northbrook

847-708-3319

Extra Credit: A Lake Forest teacher founded Hi-5, a small, family-oriented business with flexible hours for in-home tutoring.

College Nannies and Tutors

958 Harlem Ave., Glenview

847-998-5657

Extra Credit: College Nannies is an on-call childcare service that also offers one-on-one customized tutoring for all ages, including college test prep.

Eye Level of Northbrook Learning Center

1512 Shermer Rd., Suite B, Northbrook

847-559-0898

Extra Credit: Eye Level serves a wide age range, from pre-kindergarten through ACT/SAT prep.

Kumon

2825-71 Pfingsten Rd., Suite 17, Glenview

847-834-9887

Extra Credit: A math teacher named Toru Kumon founded this method of tutoring in 1954. He wanted his son Takeshi to develop a love of learning while also becoming equipped for his demanding high school and college entrance exams.

Mathnasium

2650 Valor Dr., Glenview

847-998-0900

600 Central Ave., Highland Park

847-432-5050

Extra Credit: As evidenced by the name, Mathnasium’s speciality is math. Each learning plan is customized to your child’s identified areas of target growth.

Academic Tutoring Centers

460 Central Ave., Highland Park

847-432-5100

Extra Credit: Many tutors here hold Masters Degrees or higher in their respective fields.

iLearn Academy

1838 Waukegan Rd., Glenview

847-834-0791

Extra Credit: Now’s the time to prep for ACT exams, and iLearn Academy offers Saturday and weekday evening classes for English, math, reading comprehension and science.

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