Online sites maximize students’ potential

| May 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

School Support Services
News Release

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — During the 2009-2010 school year, the Hawaii State Department of Education schools implemented 17 Furlough Fridays to address the state’s budget deficit. 

This  measure drastically cut the total number of instructional days in the school year to 163 and reduced the amount of time Hawaii’s students were in the classroom. 

To address this unique challenge, many families are turning to websites like “March 2 Success,” which provides a free, online tool for high school and college students to help them improve scores on tests like the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the American College Testing. 

M2S is sponsored by the Army and provides educational materials to help students improve their knowledge and test scores in language arts, mathematics and science. 

The website provides middle and high school level lessons, SAT and ACT practice tests, an SAT/ACT preparation game, vocabulary and math flashcards, and has information to assist students with their options after high school. 

Parents can register their teens for this test preparation program. Test preparation can help improve a student’s testing skills. 

“Student Online Achievement Resources” is also a free website for students in grades three-11 and helps families manage their child’s education with various tutoring resources. 

With a focus on math, reading and language arts, SOAR takes a student to a virtual classroom to determine the student’s strengths and weaknesses academically. 

Students are then directed to a tutorial to improve their skills in the areas they need the most help.

In addition to the M2S and SOAR websites, “Study Strong” allows Army family members in grades kindergarten-12 to work online with a certified, professional tutor, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to get help with homework, studying, test preparation and resume writing. 

Study Strong is a free website, and students receive “live,” one-on-one help in all grade levels of math, science, English and social studies.

These websites are a great resource, especially during Furlough Fridays.


Visit these student resources:

Call School Support Services at 655-9818 for more information. 

Take a Department of Defense Education Activity survey at


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