Using the Incredible 5 Point Scale as a Tool for Communication

The Incredible 5 Point Scale, created by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis, can be used as an effective tool in emotional understanding and communication for those who have communication challenges. It was first designed to be used with children who have autism, but can be used with any student who faces challenges in identifying… Continue reading

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Give Latin a Chance!

You’re looking over the language options for your school. German, Spanish, French… Latin? “Isn’t that a dead language?” you ask yourself.  Let me be the first to tell you: studying Latin is an incredibly rewarding endeavor. It is by no means an easy road, but it will enrich your education in the long run. English… Continue reading

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7 Tips for Better Study Skills

Give yourself breaks It sounds counter-intuitive, but giving yourself breaks while studying is actually very helpful. You need to rest your mind. If you study for 60-90 minutes, be sure to take a 10-15-minute break. What do you do with your time? Eat a snack. Stretch out your muscles. Dance around your room! Just do… Continue reading

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Characteristics of a Successful Student: Part 2

In this portion, we will focus on staying committed to our plan in order to achieve goals. Now that we have developed a plan, we must identify principles to incorporate into our characteristics. When I was a college sophomore, I read a book that completely changed my outlook on studying and on my life: “The… Continue reading

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9 Essentials for Going From High School All-Stardom to College Success

Do-It-Yourself Your parents aren’t here. In college, you will be responsible for managing your own schedule, getting to your classes, eating well and not living with a carpet of dirty clothes on the floor. Independent self-care is a lot to manage, but if you make an effort to keep the basics covered, it is a… Continue reading

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5 Tips for Parents to Encourage Studying

Be interesting Kids generally learn more from the examples their parents set than the rules that they propose. So, if you would like your child to study more, study something yourself. Whether it’s keeping reading current, delving into classics, showing your child how accounting works in the home, how algorithms play out in your professional… Continue reading

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When Will I Need This? Lessons You Can Still Take From Dull Assignments

Suppose you’re sitting in history class learning about Chinese dynastic system. Like some students, you may ask yourself: “When am I ever going to need this?” After all, you want to be a chemist. It’s a valid question. When will you need the dearth of information you absorb in school every day? The truth is, maybe never. It all… Continue reading

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Homework Goals

When you think about homework, you probably think about time at home that may cause lots of stress because some children will not sit down and do it. They’d rather be anywhere or do anything else! For example, the percentage of students who use their electronics or telephones before they even think of studying is about… Continue reading

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Why Do Homework and Learning Matter?

One of the biggest challenges we face is finding ways to get students to do their homework and hand in their assignments. In order to tackle this complex issue, let’s study the fundamentals of what learning is and why it’s important.   American author, Brian Herbert, once said, “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn… Continue reading

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Understanding the Different Learning Styles

According to Robert Sternberg, Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale University, ignoring students’ learning styles fails teachers and learners. Novastar Prep agrees! By understanding learning styles, education can become effective and productive. Teachers can provide a variety of activities that match different learning styles. This allows a greater number of students to showcase their intellectual… Continue reading

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