By Tom Bostock

Children learn at their own individual pace. Unfortunately, today’s education system is designed to teach the “average” student at a standardized one. Children who learn at different rates often get left behind, become frustrated, and may even act out in class.

As an unknown educator wrote, “Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child.” It is within that “small window of time” that a child develops the learning habits that will last a lifetime.

What do you, as a parent, do in a climate of overcrowded, underfunded public schools and overworked, underpaid teachers who don’t have the time to provide individual student attention? There is a way to help your child overcome learning obstacles not addressed, or even created by regular school; a way to stimulate their imagination. Have you considered tutoring?

If you live in the Land O’Lakes area or Trinity,  you owe it to yourself and your child to visit KnowledgePoints. Employing state-of-the-art, cutting edge tutoring techniques, taught by dedicated, skilled professionals, they can be the answer to your child’s learning problems in a non-threatening, supportive learning environment.

KnowledgePoints does not believe that “one size fits all.” Instead, they have an initial assessment process that identifies your child’s acadmic learning weaknesses and areas that would benefit from individualized coaching in a non-threatening, nuturing environment where success is an integral part of the process.

After discussing and parental acceptance of the center’s recommendations, a customized learning program is developed for each student to focus on their own individual problem learning areas and weaknesses or even to prepare for standardized tests like SATs and ACTs.

With affordable rates, $40/$50/hour, depending on the complexity of the subject, multiple excellence awards and 35+ experienced instructors, you can be sure that your child will profit from their experience at KnowledgePoints. Here are a few of the unsolicited testamonials from parents with children who have benefitted from KnowledgePoints tutoring. Visit their website: ( and read what your friends and neighbors had to say:

When my son first started, he was significantly behind in reading, not confident about his reading, and I was extremely scared and frustrated about his lack of academic progress. Thanks to KnowledgePoints and their tutors, we developed a plan, and it worked! My son’s reading skills not only improved dramatically, but his confidence in reading improved greatly.”

“We took my daughter to KnowledgePoints to improve her ACT scores. Due to high school sports obligations, she was able to take only half the recommended tutoring time for ACT prep. She was still able to raise her composite ACT scores by 3 points, and her math score improved significantly. After she first took the test, her tutor adjusted the curriculum to concentrate on the areas that needed the most improvement. She liked the tutors and never complained about spending her Saturday mornings at tutoring. The initial ACT/SAT diagnostic tests and evaluations were very helpful.”

”KnowledgePoints has been a true blessing for my children. It has provided them with a solid foundation academically that they will continue to build upon. I would recommend KnowledgePoints to parents who are seeking enrichment for their children.”

These are just 3 of the many success stories, and acknowledgements that are the norm for KnowledgePoints owners, Rocky and Monica Contreras from their students and parents. A graduate of Rollins College, Magna Cum Laude, Rocky worked in the business world as an executive but was dissatisfied, wanting to do something that had more community impact. With his wife, Monica, an award winning elementary school teacher of more than 20 years, they started their 1st KnowledgePoints 12 years ago in Land O’ Lake and their most recent facility in Trinity  4 years ago.

Rocky said that he offers both a “homework help” and a “prescriptive, skills-based” approach to teach the children, depending on what that student needs. “We work very hard to make learning fun,” he said.

These incentivized programs involve “success points,” which students earn just by showing up and working hard. These points can be redeemed at “success central,” an in-house store where students can shop with their points.

Younger students can choose toys, puzzles and gifts for immediate gratification, while older ones  often accumlate points for rewards like a gift card or other mature gifts. Like the name implies, it gives all ages a sense of success that they may not have experienced before and helps develop positive habits like work ethic and reliability.

Rocky points with pride at the results of his prescriptive approach to learning where students are re-tested every 40 hours and his staff liaze with their students’ classroom teachers. The results are amazing; students averaged a 1 to 1 ½ grade level improvement every 40 hour testing period!

There are programs available for all ages and learning levels. Besides Reading and Math Tutoring as well as a writing program for ages K -12, they also have a Study Skills program and provide preparation for SAT and ACT tests.

Don’t be concerned if your child is having trouble in school. Call or visit either KnowledgePoints, Land O‘ Lakes  or Trinity. Remember: “It is easier to build strong children than repair broken adults.” F. Douglas

KnowledgePoints                  Land O’ Lakes                                               813 909 0781                                  2201 Collier Parkway

KnowledgePoints                  Trinity                  (New Pt. Richey)          727 484 6178  10720 State Road 54 Ste  110

Hours of Operation:

 M-Thurs 11:30 AM – 7:30, Sat 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM