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5 Ways to Make Your Child’s Studying Stick

There are a lot of ways that children learn—from hearing lectures to demonstrating to practicing the concepts they learn. Each brings with it different retention as shown in Edgar Dale’s Learning Pyramid: Thinking about this: parents often ask what skills they can build upon with their children to improve retention and make studying “stick” with… Continue reading

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6 Tips to Help Your Child Get Organized

Whether it is balancing our time to arrive early when meeting friends, or keeping track of bills to make sure they are paid before the due date, organization plays a part in every hour of every day. Children face different struggles with keeping organized as they learn to balance school and other activities such as… Continue reading

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What Prevents Students from Achieving Peak Performance on the ACT Science Section?

When it comes to the ACT, the word “Science” creates a significant mental hurdle for students. “Science” – understandably – conjures immediate thoughts of cells wall, swinging pendulums, and rockets hurdling through space. However, science knowledge, or lack thereof, cannot really impact student performance on the ACT, since only 2 or 3 questions require outside… Continue reading

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10 Books For Young Adult Readers Who Love Animals

The benefits of reading are as manifold as the books that shelve our libraries. They make us better writers by their example grammar and syntactically-pleasant prose. Equally important (especially in a time where digital interaction is replacing physical interaction with ever-greater frequency), books can also give us new ways to think about our shared human condition. But… Continue reading

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Extracurricular Activities and Community Service – Why Colleges Care

  with Alex Duke, former USC Assistant Dean and Admissions Director at UCLA Anderson School Parents and students often hear that extracurricular activities and community service can help their college applications stand out from others. While this may be true, there is an important formula to the number of activities a student should participate in… Continue reading

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Don’t Sign Your Child Up For The Wrong Private School Entrance Exam

If you’re planning to send your child to a private middle school or high school, you’ve likely done research on which school is the best fit. However, getting accepted into your child’s school of choice requires taking the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT). But how can you be… Continue reading

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3 Tips to Stay Motivated with Challenging Subjects

Sometimes in life, we have to tackle challenges that we aren’t exactly passionate about. They are often stepping stones to bigger dreams, like getting the grades or test scores needed to get into an awesome college, or on the road to our next big adventure. How can we re-frame those challenges to stay inspired and… Continue reading

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3 Winning Strategies for Taking the ISEE

If your child’s future includes attending a private middle school or high school, then taking the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or SSAT is in their future. While there are different levels offered depending on what grade your child is applying for, the ISEE will always test the same sections: Verbal Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning Reading… Continue reading

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How Your SAT Actually Helps You in the Workplace

The SAT is not just a means to an end, and vilifying a test which is so ridden with, well, riddles, does little to profit a college-bound student. In fact, college aspirants and parents alike can take comfort in the fact that the time they invest in the SAT has not only the test as… Continue reading

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