The Writing Pyramid

The writing section of an exam can be daunting: an expanse of blank lines, after several hours grappling with dense text, tricky math problems, and linguistic trivia. The emptiness of the writing section, save for a brief prompt, can be terrifying, especially to tired test-takers.   In-class writing assignments, term and research papers can also… Continue reading

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New School Year Tips

The air is getting cooler and we are losing more and more daylight each day.  Apples are becoming more plentiful and doctor’s offices are ready to give everyone the flu shot.  The season that we talking about is autumn.  Even though autumn is a transitional phase physically, it can be an emotional phase for children… Continue reading

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Study Tips: Part 3

Use a highlighter: Let a highlighter be your friend! When a teacher first assigns material to read, go through it with a highlighter and mark important information to remember later. When it eventually is time to study for the test, your previous highlights will help save you time by acting as markers of vital concepts… Continue reading

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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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Behavior is Communication

Bully, disruptive, unmotivated, and the list grows exponentially.  Many speculate and wonder about children described this way but those well-intended speculations are misguided.  Behavior is a form of communication and solution makers will focus on the function of behavior.   What needs aren’t being met? Building relationships is vital in establishing trust and working with… Continue reading

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Help for Students with Social-Emotional Challenges

  “Thanks for returning our call, Mrs. Merchant. Yesterday, Ryan let out an ear-piercing scream after slamming her books on the floor. This behavior is unacceptable…she was only asked to present her show and tell item in class. She will surely lose recess for the next three days. Hopefully, Ryan will simply obey the next… 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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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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