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Studying and Cellphones are a Lethal Combination

Originally published in we-ha.com:  http://we-ha.com/studying-cell-phones-lethal-combination/ How to solve the dilemma? There’s an app for that. By Susan Schaefer, M.Ed., M.A.T., Academic Coaching Associates While studying with an active cellphone nearby doesn’t...

Tips for Overcoming Math Anxiety

 reposted from article by Nneka Kirkland Math test anxiety can be described as overwhelming, anxious feelings when preparing for and taking math tests.  Students who are affected by math test anxiety “freeze up” the moment they sit down to take a math test, even...

20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management

original post by Celestine Chua Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager? If your answer...

Right or Left Brained? You may be both

originally published on October 19, 2012 by E. E. Smith in Not Born Yesterday Almost everything I thought I knew about right and left brain activity has been stood on its head (so to speak!) by a recent article in my local newspaper. I knew that left-brain dominant...

Another Look at the “Benefits” of Summer School

Some thoughts about summer school and summer camp. Posted by Susan Schaefer There has been a growing trend in certain communities for high school students to take some required classes in the summer in order to make room in their schedules for more AP classes.  I find...

Is Math the ‘Ugly Neglected Step-Sister’ of Reading

  by Susan Schaefer, M. Ed., M.A.T. When we talk about keeping kids’ academic skills sharp during the summer, we usually talk about summer reading. All kids have summer reading assignments in one form or another. However, we know that losing ground in reading is...

The Straight A Method of Studying

  Work Accomplished = Time Spent x Intensity Reposted 6/12/14 Original article by by Cal Newport   The Straight-A Method In the early 2000′s, I was obsessed with study habits. The obsession began with my interest in performing well at Dartmouth, then...

Effective Study Tips and Tricks for Final Exams

By Susan Schaefer Raise your hand if your kid has started studying for finals! If you are one of the very few who has a hand raised then use it to pat yourself on the back, because the rest of us are tired of asking if they even got their study guides yet. But whether...

ACA Summer Study Skills Boot Camp is Back!

  Our ever-popular Study Skills Boot Camp is back! This year we will be offering two options; The classic Boot Camp and The Pre-College Boot Camp for students who will be beginning college in the fall.  Here is some information for both: Classic Summer Study...

Signs Your Child May Have Executive Function Disorder

Is your child the kid who is running down the school hallway, late for class again, with papers flying out of his unzipped backpack ? If so, it may be a bigger issue than you think. Signs of Students with Executive Function Disorder: • Chronically messy backpack •...

How to Improve the Effectiveness of Studying by 70%

If you could just make a few tweeks to the way you study and improve the effectiveness by 60-70%, would you do it?  This is without adding more time.  Now I have your attention, right?  As much as this sounds like an pitch in an infomercial, it's not, all you need to...

5 Essential Study Strategies for Academic Success

reposted from: https://signeteducation.com/blog/5-essential-study-skills 4/22/13 Based on my experience, and the research that corroborates it, I can attest that strong study skills and consistent study habits are two of the biggest components of general academic...

The Key to Academic Success is “Grit”

This is an amazing Ted talk by Angela Duckworth on what makes students academically successful backed by powerful research.  Just click on this link to watch:...

Great Midterm Study Strategies From a Real Life High School Student

One day it's, "Happy New Year!" and the very next day is, "OMG, midterms are in two weeks!" I have a zillion tried and true methods for preparing for midterms, but since there is a blizzard happening outside my window and all my students cancelled, I decided to search...

Why I Hate Carpools

by Sue Schaefer   Today my youngest child begins driver’s education. I am alternately terrified and overjoyed. Terrified because he is 16 and can’t figure out how to turn on the vacuum cleaner yet will be operating 2 tons of machinery on public roadways....