Tag: Parenting

How to Write a Conclusion

Conclusions can be the hardest part of an essay to write. Your conclusion should sum up the most important pieces of your essay without simply repeating what you’ve already said. While you generally don’t want to introduce new information in your conclusion, the best conclusions will also put your arguments into a larger context and […]

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Summer Activities Before Starting High School

So, What Should I Do With My Last Summer Before High School? Here you are. You’ve almost made it. Middle school will very shortly be in your rearview mirror. Just beyond the end of the school year lies another summer, then, at last, high school. Of course, it is not just another summer. This summer, […]

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Homework: How Parents Can Help Their Kids and How Kids Can Let Them

“Did you do your homework yet?” “Mom! I’ll do it. Stop bugging me about it!” …. “Is it done yet?” “AAAAAAARRGGGHH!” Sound familiar to you? I hope it doesn’t, but it just might. Fights over homework are all too common but avoidable. So why are they happening? Read on to learn some reasons they might […]

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Water Your Brain

My colleague Jeff takes care of a plant in his office. Well, “takes care of” might more accurately mean, “mostly ignores.” Fortunately, Jeff’s plant is kind enough to let him know by wilting in the most dramatic of fashions. Now imagine if that were your brain. “Please,” you may be thinking, “I would never be […]

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Waitlisted: Keep Calm and March On

Congratulations, seniors! You are well on your way to National Decision Day. It has been a very busy year, and you have demonstrated truly Herculean strength in balancing your life of standardized tests, athletic events, activities, jobs, family, friends, and, of course, your last year of high school. With a keen focus, kinetic flexibility, and […]

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Brain Feeling Sluggish? Play in the Dirt.

Yay, spring! Hey, juniors! How are you doing? I understand that this question from a college counselor can immediately prompt feelings of stress, strife, and perhaps a strong desire to run, scream, or just take a nap. You could go all consumer on us and order the t-shirt popular on Amazon, “Don’t Ask Me About […]

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Teacher Recommendations: Who Are Your People?

In planning your college applications, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by all the moving parts. Your high school grades will be the most important component of your application, as past grades and accomplishments are the best predictors of future success, and colleges are looking for students who will grow and thrive in their classrooms. […]

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ACT Time Changes

In a move that makes the ACT somewhat less accommodating to students with accommodations, ACT has changed its extra time policy . Through June 2017, students taking the ACT with writing had six hours to complete the four sections that comprise the composite score (English, Math, Reading, and Science) and the essay. Students will now […]

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5 Healthy Sleep Tips for Students and Parents

A  recent blog  of mine focused on the Nobel Prize award in Physiology or Medicine 2017 to Hall, Rosbash, and Young “for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.” I thought I’d take the opportunity to drill down a bit into what stands in our way of a good night’s sleep. Sleep experts […]

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