Affect Academics is a full-service learning center in Freeport Maine

The traditional approach to learning isn’t for everyone. Some students struggle to learn in typical classroom settings. Rather than blame the student, Affect Academics prefers to change the system.  We teach students how to learn using the Universal Design for Learning.

Math help. Reading help. Study skills. SAT test preparation. The Affect Academics approach helps students in all of these areas. And unlike tutoring services, Affect Academics actively works with students not only to teach the content, but also to assess individual needs and provide the tools necessary so students can move beyond the need for tutoring.

Our comprehensive process includes an evaluation of your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses, their emotional connections to learning, and their study habits. We build on these strengths, help students develop confidence in their ability to learn, and teach them specific techniques to improve their success in school and beyond.

For Schools, Parents, and Educators—Affect Academics offers in-service programs to keep schools and parents current with crucial information, including background research and practical classroom applications. Educators also benefit from mentoring and training programs.

Who Benefits Most from Affect Academics?
  • Students who need an academic and emotional boost in school
  • Students who want to take charge of their learning
  • Parents worried about how academic performance affects their child’s future
  • Parents who need help deciphering what they’ve been told and figuring out what’s going on with their child
  • Educators wanting to keep up-to-date on the latest in educational neuroscience and strengths-based teaching
  • Schools seeking in-service programs to keep educators current with crucial information, including background research and practical classroom applications.
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  • Early math interventions to improve school performance and prevent future problems
  • Content tutoring at all levels of math using developmentally appropriate methods
  • Training in coping skills for both academic and emotional challenges in math learning
  • Individualized education based on Universal Design for Learning
  • Growth mindset approach to create lifelong learners
  • Focus on strategic learning to develop higher-level thinking
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  • Proven early reading interventions targeted to your child’s specific needs
  • Detailed progress monitoring
  • Research-based approach covers phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension
  • Growth mindset approach empowers students to take charge of their own reading progress
  • Therapeutic environment also ensures that children will begin to enjoy reading
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  • Targeted review of material based on individual needs (no wasted time)
  • Proven success in raising test scores
  • Proven therapeutic techniques lessen test anxiety
  • Math review that solidifies an overall understanding of math
  • Development with the student of effective study schedules and habits
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In-Service Programs

  • Cristina Post is up-to-date on the latest in educational neuroscience and strengths-based teaching. She offers a variety of in-service programs designed to keep your school current with crucial information. All programs provide background research as well as practical applications to the classroom.

Mentoring and Training for Teachers

  • As a certified educational therapist as well as experienced math and science teacher, having taught every grade from K-12, Cristina Post mentors both experienced and novice teachers, as well as offers training in UDL Lesson Analysis, which can help teachers reach a greater percentage of students in every class.

Speaking & Presentations

  • Cristina Post is especially skilled at making cognitive science research accessible to lay audiences of teachers and/or parents.
  • She has presented her research on the cognitive effects of math anxiety at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and to the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine, and has also given talks at local public and private schools on the relevance of recent research in neuroscience to education, as well as the effects of drugs on learning and the brain.

Who We Are

Founded in 2009, Affect Academics is led by Cristina Post, Ed.M.—an experienced teacher, adjunct professor, and the only certified Educational Therapist in the state of Maine.

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What We Do

Affect Academics embraces Universal Design for Learning, going beyond content-based tutoring to provide the tools and guidance students need for lifelong learning.

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