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Essential Study Habits for Middle School

The sooner you form habits, the more ingrained they will be as you get older. Middle school is the perfect time for students to figure out what works best for them and build good routines before they hit high school. The following are our recommendations for essential study habits for middle school: Establish Your Workspace and Workflow You may have already established a set workspace during the pandemic, especially since we were all learning and working from home, but make sure that space is a productive one for you. Check:…
Brianna Chu
January 26, 2022
Getting Ready for College

Career Exploration Before College

No matter what year of high school you’re in, the word “career” is probably on your mind. But where do you even start to figure out what career you should pursue? Today, we’ll be sharing some planning tips and our favorite career exploration resources to help you pinpoint your strengths and passions! Use High School to Explore Your Interests Take full advantage of the opportunities your school provides you. While you have to take English, math, science, and social studies classes, you will still likely notice which classes most appeal…
Brianna Chu
December 16, 2021
Parenting Tips

Middle and High School Application Tips

The fall-winter semester is crunch time for school applications of all kinds. We’re here to share some middle and high school application tips to help you navigate this stressful process. Photo by Max Harlynking on Unsplash Create Your List of Schools Typically, the most-considered factors when choosing a school are: Academic rigor Sports, arts, and extracurricular programs Teacher to student ratio Campus community Location/commute Price Hopefully, you and your student have also been able to visit some prospective schools in person. On-campus visits give students the best idea of campus…
Brianna Chu
November 24, 2021
News

Should You Mention COVID in Your College Personal Statement?

The answer, as it is with many things, is: it depends. If any formative moments or events happened to you during the pandemic—if lockdown gave you the time and space to come to an important conclusion that’s shaped you as a person—yes, mention COVID-19 in your college personal statement. However, if you’re not entirely sure, chances are that there’s a better topic for you to use for your essay. The pandemic obviously affected everyone’s lives the past couple of years. Thus, making the pandemic the centerpiece of your personal statement…
Brianna Chu
November 9, 2021
News

Better Home Routines for Students’ Learning

Parent involvement can improve children’s academic and social development, especially in elementary school; and one of the key places for parents to support their children is at home. While communication with teachers also helps students engage at school, only parents can contribute to their child’s home context. Establishing great home routines for students can help provide them direction, keep them focused, and ultimately, help them succeed. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Minimizing Distractions at Home The best way to minimize home distractions is to provide your student a dedicated…
Brianna Chu
October 28, 2021
College Entrance ExamsGetting Ready for College

Demystifying SAT and ACT College Admissions Myths

During the global pandemic, navigating college admissions has been particularly challenging. Should students take college admissions tests if they are listed as optional? Are they penalized if they don’t test? What is a good score? In this blog, we hope to demystify some of these nagging questions and provide you and your student with more clarity and information. Do I have to take a college admissions exam? Many schools will say that they are “test optional,” meaning that it is up to the student’s discretion as to whether or not…
Brianna Chu
September 30, 2021
NewsStudy Skills

How To Write Better Essays for High School

What Do You Want to Say? When you write, you’re talking to someone, whether that’s your teacher, your classmates, your friends, or even strangers. This is why so many people recommend reading your written work aloud when you edit: you can hear if your sentences sound right and whether your argument or statement makes sense. There aren’t usually right or wrong answers when you write (unless you’re writing a summary or describing something); it all depends on your opinion and perspective. Getting to know yourself and your stances on different…
Monica Ruz
May 13, 2021
Parenting TipsStudy Skills

Why invest in a tutor? Four Reasons Why

Invest in a tutor for a variety of reasons. Tutors can help your child in specific areas where they are struggling. Tutors can also help your child excel past the rest of the class. A tutor is also an excellent way to meet your child's specific needs.  Reason One to invest in a tutor: To help excel past what is given in class Is your child excelling way past their grade level peers? The curriculum in class may be too easy. Bored students may end up distracted/unmotivated to challenge themselves…
Monica Ruz
March 27, 2021
Parenting TipsStudy Skills

Help your child study effectively

Online learning isn’t the most ideal form of education, but there are several ways you can help your child make the most of their “at-home” experience. These steps will improve your child’s learning and allow you to be more involved in their education! Help your child make a list of weekly, daily, or test prep. goals to study Teaching your child how to plan out work is an excellent way to teach responsibility and goal-setting. Take some time to sit down with your child and plan out daily, weekly, or…
Monica Ruz
March 5, 2021