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Summer learning loss can affect everyone. Teachers must spend quite a bit of time in the beginning of every year reviewing to get students past the summer slump. There are a variety of ways you can keep yourself or your child from losing to much ground over summer. One of the best ways to keep the brain sharp and active is to keep reading both fiction and nonfiction literature at or above grade level. Even if it is only 25 minutes a day, you will keep the reading skills sharp and continue to learn new things. I also found out that Barnes and Nobles is offering a free new book reward to children who read 8 books. You can check out their website or visit the nearest store for more information. Whether in a cool place during the heat of the day, or as part of the night time relaxation, reading for 25 or more minutes is possibly the best time investment you can make. There are also many kinds of puzzles you can practice solving such as Suduko to keep the math and problem solving... read more

I just experienced a critical reminder regarding the importance of rest before a test. After working all day on the computer, I decided to take the SAT Writing test on WyzAnt to certify as a tutor. I had just passed the reading portion and was confident the writing portion would be within my range. After all, my degree is in English. I have passed many previous writing tests, including the SAT writing portion, and I received A's on many college essays. The assistant principal at a high school I taught 10th grade English for once stated, "You're a writing coach." Writing is one of my strengths. However, I missed the certification by one question. I second guessed myself on two of the questions and changed my correct answers for incorrect answers. My weakness was not in the actual structure of the writing, but in terms I had forgotten. Being to tired to recall the terms or clearly think about my answers was my downfall. There are no retakes for this certification.... read more

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