Study Tips: Part 2

Study before bed: Studying before bed has actually been proven to help your brain better retain the information. If you study right before bed, the extended deep sleep essentially more effectively roots the information in your brain as opposed to if you studied hours before bed. That being said, don’t try to cram every bit… Continue reading

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3 Keys for achieving goals with confidence 

Our confidence rises when we achieve success in something.  However, success is not always easy to measure.  An effective approach for building confidence is by developing challenging goals that are easier to measure.  For example, a goal could be to learn a particular skill.  This can further be broken into segments with measurable outcomes, i.e.… Continue reading

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Importance of Balancing Schoolwork with Extracurricular Activities

In high school I was a three-sport athlete, honor roll student, and member of the wind ensemble all four years. I went to a private school in Alexandria, VA that had an extremely demanding curriculum and boasted a 100% graduation rate. One of the biggest motivating factors for me was finding that although I wasn’t… Continue reading

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How to reduce foreign language anxiety? Own it!

It’s no surprise that the strand of language anxiety research is currently growing at an exponential rate. Everyone struggles in some form or another with committing errors when speaking a foreign language. In fact, despite being a linguistics major with five languages under my belt, I still get nervous conversing in any of them on… Continue reading

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Tips: How to Get Started Coaching with Novastar Prep

Welcome to the wonderful world of teaching! If you’re new to the coaching game, it might seem a little overwhelming. You might be thinking, “Where to start?” “How do I talk to kids?” “What should I start with?”.   Before you get started, contact your student’s parents. Ask them what your student’s weak spots are… Continue reading

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Novastar Tutor Tips: Homework Balance

Homework tends to be over-used in most schools today. If balanced properly then it can build student’s confidence and interest towards learning. Like most things, the value of homework depends on the context: the subject, the age of the child, learning style, family dynamics and the demands of the school day itself.   Too much… Continue reading

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