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Welcome to the Engaging Minds Blog!

Each week, we will be posting about pertinent articles on educational and school-related topics, how they relate to Engaging Minds students (and parents!), and how to apply this information to your child(ren). We will also be posting original content pertaining specifically to the Engaging Minds approach and philosophy with tips on how to improve and enhance your child(ren)’s learning experience.
Our hope for this blog is to make it a valuable resource for parents. To that end, if you read any interesting articles or have any suggestions for topics, please feel free to email Dan Levine at Also, please comment on posts in the section below with your own input, ideas, and experiences. While we can’t promise we will be able to use all of your suggestions, we would very much appreciate your contributions and thoughtfulness!

What if we told you that your child can and should begin studying for final exams the moment he sets foot in the classroom? What if we told you that acing a long-term assignment has, in some cases, little to do with that assignment at all? What if we told you that success has to do with day-in, day-out minutiae, not a giant mid-term grade, or an award-winning piece of writing?

Preparation is the key to effective parent-teacher conferences

As you and your children embark on another school year, you’ve undoubtedly embraced many September rituals. You’ve braved new school orientations, picked out the perfect “first day of school” outfit, and stocked up on school supplies together. When you and your family look ahead on your calendars, you likely notice one more ritual on the agenda; parent-teacher conferences mark the beginning of your children’s fall semesters.

The qualities and skills that all successful students share

For this week’s blog, we're taking aim at the age-old question: What are the qualities and skills that all successful people share? And, more importantly, what are the characteristics that successful students have in common? As we conducted our research, some skills and qualities were self-evident and easy to guess, including determination and passion. But other skills were less obvious, even to well-educated and successful people who employ those skills every day. So for some clarity, we’ve compiled a series of studies, from reputable universities, teachers, columnists, and authors, who have seen or studied successful students first-hand.

Setbacks breed success: Lessons from the USWNT's World Cup victory

Every parent wants to protect their children from hurt, disappointment, and struggle. However, both scientific research and real life evidence demonstrate the benefits of overcoming setbacks along the road to success. Although most students, athletes, and employees set out to “win” in every endeavour, most would also agree with the time-tested phrase, “winning isn’t everything.” Winning and losing both have pros and cons, though the positive impact of failure is often harder to discern.

As the summer approaches, children of all ages are ready to trade in their routine and responsibilities for some carefree time at summer camp or the pool. In many previous posts, we’ve discussed the “summer slide,” whether it is fact or fiction (it is fact!), and how to go about preventing academic losses during the summer months. This post will focus on the benefits of summer tutoring and how to go about talking to your children about academic summer programming.

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