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Exciting Expansion in Progress!

Dear Parents and Students,

First, I just want to say how thankful I am for all of you! I truly cherish my job and helping my students strive toward their educational goals. Second, I have some exciting news!

I am starting the process of hiring someone to help meet the increasing demand I am facing for quality tutoring. God has blessed my business tremendously since I started with 2 students in 2012. So much so that my schedule can no longer accommodate all my students. Some of you have experienced this when trying to reschedule your or your student’s session. 🙂

Part of the hiring process is changing my business name to meet legal requirements. My new business name is Live Laugh Learn Tutoring, LLC. I am officially switching over to this name March 1st.

However, because of my busy schedule, changing all my media platforms to reflect this is going to take a bit longer. My goal is to have a new website set up by the end of March.

In the meantime, I will do my best to keep you all updated on the exciting changes happening here at Live Laugh Learn! (It is so much fun to say that!!!)

Many Blessings,

Rachel Cheslik


Getting in Gear

Dear Students and Parents,

Once again I find myself posting after an very extended break from updating my website. This past spring was my busiest tutoring season ever (thank you!!!!), and this summer I have been on several trips while still tutoring 3 days a week.

But…all that is past, and this week I am gearing up for another fall semester of tutoring in math, ACT prep, language arts, etc! So, I am updating my tutoring schedule…Screenshot (1)

posting on my Facebook page…

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and messaging y’all to make sure everyone is on my schedule before school rush hits!


My schedule is starting to fill, so please let me know asap if you are interested in tutoring this fall! My email is and my phone # is 816-738-5685.


Rachel Cheslik

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4 x 4 = ????

This quote by Albert Einstein always challenges me because sometimes I am tempted to take the “easy” way out when helping my students. I know it would be easier for them and for me if I just told them what 4×4 equals or what SOHCAHTOA means when they can’t remember. And to be honest, sometimes I do. But often times they will look doubtfully at me as I sit back in my chair and ask them to do their best to figure it out first. And then if they still can’t get it, I’m more than willing to help.

Because what is my job, really? To provide my students with the answer? Sometimes, yes, if they don’t understand it and they’ve tried to figure it out. Or if they’re learning something completely new, I will gladly teach them the problem step-by-step. However, I will usually ask them to try to solve it first, or see if they can find the necessary formula in their textbook, or remember what they learned in previous problems to find clues for the current question.

Why do I do this? Because Einstein is 100% correct. The student who is truly educated is the one who gains the skill of critical thinking and problem solving–who looks at a tough situation and doesn’t immediately cave in to the “I don’t know so I can’t do it” mindset. The student who is truly educated has a mind that has been trained to think clearly, logically, and creatively, accompanied by a determined and positive attitude.

That is my goal when I teach: to pass on the skill of thinking well with a determined attitude…because if students can do that, they will have the tools to succeed in whatever task they take on in life.

Think hard and think well! 🙂

Rachel Cheslik

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Discount for the 2015-2016 School Year!

Dear Students and Parents,

It has been a LOOOOOOONG time since I posted here…mainly because I was so busy with students that I didn’t take the time to update my website. Which is completely awesome (!!!!!) , but it also means that it looks like a ghost town around here because I haven’t updated my website since December…yikes!

So, down to business! I’m still here and tutoring is now my full-time job during the school year (yay!). God has blessed my business tremendously and I would love to extend my thankfulness to y’all as the 2015-2016 school year kicks off. So, from now (July 29) until September 29, I am offering new students one session 1/2 off if you mention you saw this post! And if you are a current student and you refer a student to me (and they contact me), you can also receive a session 1/2 off!

I hope y’all had a wonderful summer! I know I did! Here are some pics of what I’ve been up to besides tutoring this summer:

Visiting the Grand Canyon!

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Counseling at camp!

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And attending weddings!


My sister’s wedding!!!


Contact me by e-mail at or by phone 816-738-5685 if you are interested in scheduling a tutoring session or simply want to know more about my services!


Rachel Cheslik

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$5 off two tutoring sessions!

Didn’t receive that grade you hoped for on you report card? Need some help understanding your algebra or geometry class or prepping for the ACT? Through January 31st, I’m offering $5-off two tutoring sessions for new students. Book your first session before January 31, 2015, and get the discount!

At my normal rate, two sessions cost $40, but with this discount, you receive two sessions for $30.

I offer tutoring in math, English, history, writing, and ACT/SAT prep to students in 5th-12th grade. I am based in Harrisonville, MO, but am willing to drive to your location. (There is a fuel coverage fee based on your location.)

Please leave a note below or email me at

Happy New Year!

Rachel Cheslik

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Easy vs. Difficult: Which will you choose?

As a tutor, one thing I strive to do is not let my students take the easy way out. I encourage them to never back down from a challenge. Do I succeed in this all the time? No. But in this age of smart phones that “talk” and can tell you everything from how to boil water to what the country of Kyrgyzstan’s population is, it is easy to get used to immediate results without much effort. I know that for myself, at least, it is very easy to choose the least challenging way out of a problem.

And I find this mentality more and more in the people I interact with and the students I teach. We back down from anything that is hard or stressful…and that is scary because success is not easy.

Vince Lombardi, known as one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, said this:

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Recognized in 1991 as the greatest American architect of all time by the American Institute of Architect, Frank Lloyd Wright said,


I personally have seen evidence of this in my students. Those that study on their own time, figure things out for themselves, and keep striving even after failure are the ones that show the most improvement. And not only are they improving their grades, they are also building life skills of determination and perseverance.

Salman Khan, the founder of the educational resource Khan Academy (see my earlier post), recently wrote a fascinating article on this idea, and I highly encourage y’all to check it out as it delves farther into the reasons why, “As long as they embrace struggle and mistakes, [students] can learn anything.” (Sal Khan, The Learning Myth: Why I Never Tell My Son He’s Smart)

What challenge or problem will you choose to take on today?

Rachel Cheslik

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$5 off 1st Session!

It’s July 31st, and that means the first day of school is almost here! School is back in session August 13th-15th in Harrisonville, MO, and the surrounding districts, so I’m offering $5 off your first tutoring session if you sign up between now and September 14, 2014!

Contact me by emailing, by posting a comment below, or by calling 816-738-5685. Mention you saw this post, and I’ll deduct $5 off your first session.

Learn more about me here! Click here for grades 5-8 and here for grades 9-12 to see the subjects I offer tutoring in.

Rachel Cheslik

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Learning to speed read

Dear Students and Parents,

I’ve been getting several phone calls and emails recently from students who are taking the September ACT test. A theme among these students is that the Reading section of the ACT is really hurting their composite score, and when I ask why the Reading section is so challenging, many students say it’s because they are slow readers and only get through a couple essays before time runs out. Does this sound like you?irisreading

I have a great resource for you to check out! Iris Reading was founded to teach college students and business professionals to improve their reading speed and comprehension. Their Free Speed Reading Workshop is something I am starting to have all my ACT/SAT students watch.

The workshop video course teaches you strategies that improve your reading speed without missing key information in the article/book you are reading. Some of the exercises may seem kind of strange, but stick to it and you will see a difference! My own reading speed increased by 100 words per minute in the short 50 minutes it took to watch the video.

Post below and let me know how much their techniques helped you improve!

Rachel Cheslik

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Out-of-town Notice

Hi Students! I will be out-of-town July 6-July 18. In the meantime, if you need to contact me, please email me at or leave a message below, and I will respond promptly when I return. Thank you and have a great 2 weeks! 🙂

~ Rachel Cheslik ~



The one resource you shouldn’t do without

Dear Students,

As a tutor who Googles and researches and then uses a variety of educational resources, I would like to share with you my favorite free online learning tool: Khan Academy.

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization that began with a guy named Salman Khan creating math videos and posting them on Youtube. The videos were so helpful and widely used that Khan Academy now has its own website and teaches everything from math to science to humanities to economics. (Learn more about Khan Academy here.)

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I use this website primarily for math, and it has the best math videos and instructions I have found online. Five key things I love about Khan Academy are…

  1. You set up an account (for free) and it monitors your progress and gives you points…and for those of us who are competitive, earning more points is very motivating. 🙂
  2. You can stop, start, and re-watch the videos as much as you like, and each video has a comment board below it where you can ask questions.
  3. For most videos, there are practice exercises to go with them.
  4. In each topic, the videos are in chronological order so you don’t have to guess at what you should learn next. Each video builds off the one before it.
  5. If you need math help, it doesn’t matter what age you are, Khan Academy covers every level from elementary math to calculus.

Sorry this screenshot is blurry…if you click on it, it will pop up in a larger window.


So, whether you want to keep up your math skills, get ahead for next year, or need help with your summer math class, this is the site to visit! And don’t forget to check out their science, humanities, and economics videos, too!

Happy Studying!

Rachel Cheslik

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