ACT or SAT? That is the Question.

When trying to decide between the SAT and the ACT, the first place to look is the entrance requirements for your student’s desired colleges.   Most colleges accept both scores, but some still want one over the other, and you don’t want to discover that valuable piece of information after your student has already prepared for…

Help Your Student Write SMART Academic Goals

  A new semester means a fresh start for many students.   It’s the ideal time to sit down and develop SMART academic goals.  SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely.    They help you identify not just what you want but also why you want it, how you are going to get it, and…

Boost Your Child’s Vocabulary… At Any Age!

Our thoughts are composed of words to explain ideas.  If we want to improve our children’s thinking, then we need to improve their vocabularies.    A rich vocabulary gives our children the tools to comprehend and explain more complex concepts.   It allows them to think and process on a higher level. “Vocabulary is the best single…

Nurture a Love of Reading at Your Public Library

In our world of electronics, treasures like the public library often get overlooked.   When our children ask us how a windmill works, for instance, we quickly pull up google so that we can provide an intelligent explanation.    We often go to a computer to answer curious questions, when we could be giving our children experiences…

8 Mnemonic Devices Every Student Should Know

  When we need to remember something, we use strategies called mnemonic devices that help translate information into forms that the brain can remember better.   If we can make the information relatable, instead of abstract or impersonal, the brain is able to store the information more easily.   Some devices work better for certain information and…

Three Steps to Get Your Student Using a Planner

“I didn’t know I had a test.” “I forgot to bring that book home.” “The teacher didn’t say I needed the paper signed.” If these are common utterances in your home, it is likely that your student needs to learn how to effectively use a planner.   Some well-intentioned students already have a planner, but have…

Why is Homework Time So Painful?

In many homes, peace and harmony are not part of the nightly homework routine.  Instead, we have battles, frustrations, and tears.  As parents, many of us are left wondering what we are doing wrong and why this time together has to be so intolerable.   The main difficulty is that kids have different and fluctuating reasons…