productivity. Personality. results.
Ron Foley opened his first office in Watchung in 2006. When Steve - Ron's college buddy - joined in, they co-founded the newer, bigger Warren Hub in 2013 that we expanded in 2014. Our students' success is our success, and we will continue to expand and conquer all of New Jersey by opening unique places of inspiration, the Foley Prep Hubs.
Professor Foley was inspired to become a tutor at an early age by his SAT tutor, the late Myles Bass, who was a Wharton Professor and all-around great guy. Ron taught for The Princeton Review when he was in college, then spent a decade working for Kaplan and The Princeton Review (when they used to be good companies to work for). He then went deep into the classroom, teaching Multivariable Calculus, Geometry, and Algebra 1 at Watchung Hills High School for two years before earning his tenure as Professor of Mathematics at Middlesex County College.
Over the years, our teachers have built up relationships with families throughout New Jersey and we look forward to cultivating the same kind of deep, caring relationships as we grow into the future.
Students learn better in the distraction-free, relaxed environment of our learning centers that are similar to their school environments in which they will take tests. Studies have shown that students do better when they are conditioned to learning and testing in similar settings.
Above all else, students need to be at ease. A growth mindset can be taught. The world isn't getting simpler, but basic, time-tested methods are available to help students learn how to learn. Learning accelerates when we can consciously "fold back" to prior knowledge while filling holes to build skills. Students and teachers should be free to use their natural language, which, to some, is mere "street talk," but to most kids this is an essential part of igniting their higher reasoning abilities.
Funny is essential. But forced funny sucks. Every kid is different; we don't do canned jokes. We keep it fresh, but not overly fresh.
Talking at Foley Prep is encouraged. The SAT, more than the ACT, tests both conceptual and procedural knowledge of mathematics. The kind of talk that students engage in matters for learning mathematics with understanding. Talk should focus on concepts and reasoning, not on procedures or memorizing or vocabulary.
Good teachers need autonomy. Foley Prep Pros have the autonomy to modify each lesson and instruction to meet the specific needs of students,
Test Prep is worthwhile, but many people go overboard. Take the extra hundred hours you might spend on test prep and learn to ride a horse, get a job, or immerse yourself in a project. Colleges value those things more than the extra 50 points that might result from too much test prep. In August 2018 a good friend of Ron’s was worried that her high-achieving son was falling behind his friends. “Wait until October, then take a run at the December ACT, I think he can get a 36 that way.” The nervous mom took Ron’s advice and her son went from a 31 to a 36 after about 20 hours of classes and tutoring and 3 practice tests. We saved the kid time, and the mom money - but maybe not some stress during that time :)
Getting into college is just the start. Kids need to be careful about debt and what they are majoring in. This is not a major worry for most of our tutoring students. Nevertheless, we help students make smart, practical long-term decisions in the fast-changing education market.