Category Archives: Reading

Getting Started

GETTING STARTED: A Pre-College Plan for Junior High Families In simplest terms, the value of education is at least threefold: the acquisition of knowledge; the access it provides to higher levels of the socio-economic spectrum; and the cash value of … Continue reading

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The Big Picture on College Admissions

At this point in the fall, many high school seniors are well underway—in some fashion or another—on the college admissions process. As a group, they tend to want to push their parents to the sidelines as they gradually assume ownership … Continue reading

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“I’m Bored” – More Ideas to Prevent Summer Slide

A promised, below are a few more ideas to prevent summer slide: Have your child get comfortable with online learning. Hire a tutor to teach your child, keep them on a schedule and hold them accountable for learning. Follow the … Continue reading

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“I’m Bored. There is nothing to do.” – How to Prevent Summer Slide

Every June, my husband and I create a summer studies plan for each of our children.   It helps create order in our home, allows the children to practice and learn independently at their own pace and provides the feeling … Continue reading

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Why should college students be familiar with CourseSmart?

A Silicon Valley start-up called CourseSmart may be changing the way college professors grade their students, according to the New York Times on April 8, 2013.   Nine colleges are testing this innovative product which tracks whether and how much … Continue reading

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PLANNING FOR COLLEGE: The Eleventh Grade Applicant

We have suggested in an earlier blog that getting an early start on the college process is essential for good results to be reasonably assured. A ninth grade start is even better than a tenth grade start; a tenth better … Continue reading

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PLANNING FOR COLLEGE: The Tenth Grade Client

Throughout our years of college counseling and the many changes we have witnessed in the industry, some things have remained the same. For example, no amount of wishfulness on the part of parents will bring much success without the full … Continue reading

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SMALL IMPROVEMENTS CAN LEAD TO BIG GAINS

    One of the cornerstones of successful educational counseling is persuading young clients that small changes in their approach to learning can lead to enormous benefits in the long run. A middle schooler who has a well developed outside reading program, … Continue reading

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Basic Homework Guidelines

From kindergarten through grad school, one common feature is always present: that after-school phenomenon called homework. To some, it is an inevitable part of school – sometimes useful, sometimes not – a nightly reminder that our job as a student is learning, however … Continue reading

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Simon Says Don’t Use Flashcards

Studies are great. , They tell us things we already knew, so we can move on with even greater confidence and purpose.  Well, recent Oregon State child-development research results may seem obvious, but in an era when there are parents … Continue reading

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