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Achieving good grades in school matters.  It matters when it comes to the high school GPA, when it comes to the ACT or SAT, and when it comes to developing a solid academic foundation from the earliest school years.   Yet there are skills that are often overlooked in school that truly carry weight when it comes to success in college and in the workplace.  Organizational skills.  Planning and sequencing.  Understanding and meeting deadlines.  Often called "executive function skills," they can make all the difference.  Also, note-taking.  Social skills and social understanding.  These skills are what carries students through and enables them to succeed in higher education, employment, and life.   If your child is struggling in these areas, there are strategies that can help.  Some may be technology-based and others "old school" yet the focus needs to be on recognizing the needs and supporting them... read more

Hello. If you are reading this, then you most likely have some questions about school and education, and how to improve in the academic world. I really can help you do that. Like anything, school requires certain "bottom line" results- it seems unfair to me that we tell our students to "try harder" and to "put more effort in to your work," because in real life, some people DO try hard, and DO put a great deal of effort into their work- and yet, if they don't get results, they don't succeed. What any student needs comes down to the tools to achieve academic success. I can give you simple tools- such as how to take notes, how to read a textbook, how to study for a test. I can also be subject specific- I am able to tutor a student in a number of different subject areas, and I work with students with learning differences as well as students without any diagnosed learning disabilities. Please contact me if you have any questions. Best, Nivison...

As a student myself, I have some pre-back-to-school rituals that I practice each year to help me get back into learning mode without struggling. Here are some of my tips that I hope you find helpful: 1. Get into your new routine ahead of time: If you’re used to spending your summer days sleeping until noon, a good way to keep from feeling fatigued once school starts is gradually working your way back to waking up at an earlier time. For the month of August, or the few weeks remaining, try waking up an hour and a half earlier than you normally would. It’ll give your body time to adjust to the new schedule gradually, rather than all at once. 2. Don’t stress about materials: Sometimes it’s easy to get organized ahead of time. Some teachers will tell you what materials you’ll need, others don’t. If you don’t know what you’re going to need, don’t stress! Just bring a notebook and one folder to school with you on the first days of class. Collect everything, and when you get... read more

This coming school year, commit to finding resources on campus or in your school to help you succeed. As and English as a second language student, it is vital that you find people who can support your learning.   If you are in college, your internationals student center, local religious organizations, or student volunteer groups may offer English conversation practice or writing help. College writing centers specifically for international students are a great place to get help writing and revising your essays and reports.   Younger students can find students, teacher aides, or teachers who speak their native language to help in some cases. The ESL teacher at your school is your go-to person for all things related to English. If you are struggling with vocabulary in your biology class, for example, let your ESL and your biology teacher know so that they can help you organize and find a learning strategy to help you earn an A. Your school counselor is also a... read more

One of the toughest parts of high school, for me, was trying to get through challenging subjects in high school. Here's my top five tips for those of you who are struggling in a class, regardless of subject:   1) Find a tutor How could I possibly make a list like this without promoting myself, as well? Find a peer who is not only talented in the subject, but is also willing to help you. Having someone your own age instruct you on a topic is easier to relate to.   2) Attend Class Don't skip class if a subject is challenging. Buckle down and be in class if you want to succeed.   3) Participate in Class Of course, if you attend class and zone out the entire time, the benefits of actually going dwindle significantly. Ask questions, complete homework, and participate in class discussions to get the most out of your time in school.   4) Refuse to Fail Speak with your teacher before or after class to get extra help and to... read more

As I think about how my own passion for my practice became an art form, I also begin to explore what I consider to be my mastery, as posed by this question by WyzAnt: How did you master a subject or concept that challenged you in school?   I then thought about why I like art. I believe art is limitless because it is freeing, it allows us not to think in binaries but to put it in a large grey scale. It allows us to put into perspective something that we have discovered to be a passion or interest greater than what we have known it to be before provoking it.   I went into school believing that I found what I was interested couldn't be found in it. It's true. I discovered I loved poetry. I loved conceptual writing, which is a little like weird internet poetry but more directed towards looking at writing as an art. In other words, writing that in itself can indicate a relation with something else outside of it. For example, the font, weight, colors... read more

I decided to go back to school this year to earn my math endorsement.  I feel that I need to take this, not only to better myself, but to be a better teacher to my students.  Math has always scared me, and I hope that by learning how to teach children better, I will also be able to teach them not to be afraid of it!   It's been a challenge, being away from my son in the evenings, but in the long run, it will be worth it.  

Preparing to go back to school: Make a list of basic supplies you would need A few weeks into school you may need a specific item for some teachers Get your circadian rhythm in order! (Meaning: wake up on school time for about 2-3 days before school actually starts!) Set your alarm clock the night before or even the day before. If you get your backpack and clothes ready the night before, you can use the extra time you have for something fun.

Psychologists have a doctoral degree in psychology (Psy.D. or Ph.D.) and are professionally trained to assess, diagnose and treat mental health issues. They have advanced training in counseling, psychotherapy, psychological testing, and the science of behavior change. Psychologists are the only professionals qualified to use certain kinds of psychological tests to assess intelligence, emotional and behavioral problems, and neuropsychological dysfunction. In addition to this degree, he or she must pass professional state examinations, complete one-year of supervised postdoctoral clinical work, and agree to follow ethical codes and standards of practice.   Psychiatrists obtain a degree in medicine (M.D.) and then take at least 4 years of specialized residency training in psychiatry, which generally refers to the study, assessment, and treatment of emotional and behavioral problems. Their treatment of choice is most often pharmacotherapy (medication), often augmented by psychotherapy... read more

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