Student ACT Prep

Changing Students’ Lives

Teacher ACT Workshops

Teachers hold the key to higher scores

Private Tutoring

Reawakens the joy of learning

As the summer weeks bring more concerning news about the spread of the Coronavirus, our main goal remains to protect the health of our students and tutors.  The past months have shown that tutoring on Zoom is effective and brings great results.  We are continuing to offer instruction on Zoom, though  Mr. Larkin, our, math/science teachers,  also holds “live” sessions at Focus. Masks are required in our building. 

 ACT prep classes and tutoring for the September tests will be offered on Zoom.  We will watch and see how school openings move forward.  and we may be ready for live classes for the October test.

Summer tutoring will continue for ACT, PSAT, SAT, math, science, and  English. 

Sophomores and rising juniors should also look into taking the PSAT  on October 14 or 17.  This is the first step towards earning the very prestigious Merit Scholarship.  Check the website for more information.

We send our warmest wishes to your family and hope that you are well.  It’s been a strange summer, and we hope schools will find safe ways to open.  We will get through this if we work together and wear masks.  Studies (science) support their effectiveness.  This is an inspirational generation that will face new challenges.  We want to help.  Call us with any questions about test prep, subject tutoring,  and college admission—the landscape in education is changing.

You can reach our tutors on Zoom on www.FocusOnLearning.com/Zoom. Contact us at 573-886-8969 or 573-239-4074 if you have any questions.

Our address is 3610 Buttonwood Dr. STE. 200 Columbia, MO 65201

3610 Buttonwood

STE. 200

Columbia, MO 65201

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Office Hours:

Monday – Friday

Tutoring online only until further notice. Call our office for information.

Office Number:

(573) 886-8969

Email: FOLCI@

FocusOnLearningCenter.com

3610 Buttonwood

STE. 200

Columbia, MO 65201

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Office Hours:

Monday – Friday

Tutoring online only until further notice. Call our office for information.

Office Number:

(573) 886-8969

Email: FOLCI@

FocusOnLearningCenter.com

Our Services

Who we are

WE TEACH STUDENTS — NOT SUBJECTS

Focus on Learning is an education center located in Columbia, Missouri for thirty-three years. We have been dedicated to serving the needs of individual learners from kindergarten through college. We have recently changed our emphasis and are now limiting our services to high school students. Our goal is to offer these young men and women the individual subject tutoring and test prep for ACT, PSAT, SAT they need to succeed in college and in life. The 21st century will put great demands on their educational background, especially in STEM areas, than ever before. Our goal is for every student to be college-ready — to have the reading, writing, math, and science skills that will lead to success in colleges classes. We are committed to working with Columbia Public Schools both as professionals and as a Partner in Education. We sponsor the MAC Scholar high school program, which works with historically under-represented students in Columbia Public Schools, offering ACT courses at no cost. We also annually give scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Focus on Learning is proud to be a part of the rich learning community in Columbia.

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge” 

–  Albert Einstein

Learning Styles Matter

Left Brain Thinkers

Left Brain learners rule the classroom. School schedules pose no problems because they are very time conscious. Assignments and test dates are remembered and even neatly entered into assignments books. Verbal and analytical, left brainers readily learn sequential skills : phonics, grammar rules, multiplication tables make total sense. Left brainers are verbal and enjoy reading and writing, building strong vocabularies in the process. Test questions make sense to them. They like to talk, debate, and argue. They follow multiple directions well and take good notes. The classroom environment is their natural home. Left brainers become our lawyers, neurologists, accountants, journalists , teachers, politicians, bookkeepers and bankers.

Right Brain Thinkers

Right Brain learners view the traditional classroom as a foreign land. Visual and spontaneous, they have little sense of time. Assignments are forgotten and test dates not remembered. Nonverbal learners, right brainers struggle mightily with routine classroom tasks: phonics and grammar make no sense, memorization of rote facts is difficult, spelling is hopeless, punctuation is ignored, and the meaning of questions remains an ongoing puzzle. Note taking is problematic. Right brainers only learn what they understand. Out-of-the box thinkers, they are not verbal but creative and intuitive, often giving the right answer without being able to explain how they got it. Right brainers are our artists, musicians, designers, architects, athletes, builders, surgeons and software designers.

Our Team

Ene-Kaja Chippendale, Ph.D.

Ene-Kaja Chippendale, Ph.D.

President of Focus on Learning

ACT English/Reading Expert

Gary Moss, Ph.D.

Gary Moss, Ph.D.

ACT Math/Science Expert

Focus on Learning Team

Our teachers show students how to learn.

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