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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!

Hit the reset button and start anew!

Fall semester can be tough for students of all ages; students make the “back-to-school” adjustment in September, have only short vacations through October and November, then find themselves in the shortened month of December, prepping for comprehensive exams and term papers. Luckily, the spring time offers a wonderful opportunity to renew and refresh your students’ goals, work ethic, and study skills. However, every great plan needs to start from the beginning, which means preparing early and preparing well. So, with the 2015 New Year approaching, let’s all resolve to make second semester better than the first! Here are some tips to help your student get a head start:

Making a list, and checking it twice

With the holidays approaching, there’s a good chance you are making a list, and checking it twice. When crossing items off your holiday to-do list, you feel festive and satisfied. You know you are one step closer to achieving your goals and making loved ones very happy. And when that to-do list is completed? There’s no better feeling!

Everyone has a favorite tool for studying. Some students make flashcards, others create color-coded study guides, and even more burn the late night oil, rereading textbooks and class notes. But how many students actually know when they’ve finished studying? How many students can say, with certainty, that they’ve covered and understand everything that will be on the exam?

The power of modeling: show off your executive function skills!

All parents hope their children will grow up to be responsible, conscientious, and compassionate individuals. We read how-to books, scour the internet, and seek out professionals to discover the best ways to prepare our children for life’s challenges. When it comes to education, we may feel at a particular loss, wondering how best to prepare our kids for complicated assignments and responsibilities. But--in reality--the answers we seek are not so far-fetched or so far away.

Organizational tips to help your child manage and track assignments

In each new year of school, your kids’ assignments get more and more complicated. In elementary school, they have just one teacher, and stay in one classroom for all their subjects. But by middle and high school, classes have different locations, teachers, and times. Students adjust to new learning conditions almost every hour, and must equip themselves with different materials for each class. Middle schoolers, in particular, face new obstacles bringing class materials home and back. These changes pose major challenges for several reasons. Although adolescent brains develop abstract thinking, they may still be outstripped by sophisticated organizational demands.

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