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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
In several popular Tips of the Week, our expert staff recommend “reflecting and projecting” during vacation periods, like winter and summer breaks. Spending some time to reflect on past progress is intuitively useful: it helps students acknowledge what went right and wrong, then develop strong plans for their future learning. Looking ahead, or “previewing,” has similar value and application, but can be used in many more creative ways. Previewing, which means to “comment on or appraise a forthcoming event in advance” aids students with executive functioning skills like planning, time-management, working memory, flexibility, task initiation, self-monitoring, and organization of ideas and materials.
Many students ask whether or not the skills they learn in the classroom will actually support them in their future lives or careers. Although some skills may not directly translate into adulthood, most academic lessons prepare students for the kinds of thinking and problem-solving needed to develop solutions to pressing, real-world issues. As we finish the first weeks in August, nothing is more pressing than the 2016 Olympic Games, held in Rio de Janeiro this summer. Leading up to the Games, experts from around the globe weighed-in on Olympics organization and planning, and some experts worried about Rio’s preparedness to host the world’s best athletes. However, no one questions the preparedness of the athletes, who have worked tirelessly, for most of their lives, to achieve their Olympic dreams.
Students who see a tutor during their academic year always have something to work on. Homework, tests, quizzes, and extracurriculars keep Engaging Minds students and instructors busy all year long. In the summer, many students can’t wait to take a much needed vacation from all academic responsibilities, including their tutoring sessions. Students sometimes protest summer tutoring because they “don’t have any work to do.” However, summer tutoring offers many valuable opportunities, especially when students customize their sessions creatively. Here are just a few goals to work on during summer tutoring sessions. Your child does have work after all!
With many Engaging Minds students studying for final exams, our office has been abuzz with study planning, organizing, and calendaring. We always encourage gradual, incremental studying, but unfortunately many students still rely heavily on cramming in the final days and hours before their toughest exams of the year. With students’ best interests in mind, this blog is devoted to all the reasons NOT to study at the last minute.
Now that the weather is warming up, every child is thinking about summer. Engaging Minds is thinking about summer too! Last week, we released our summer programming, and we are very excited to implement some new summer workshops, including our “Study Skills Boot Camp,” and “Stepping Up to High School” program. While we hope to see all of our students at Engaging Minds this summer, there are many ways to have a productive and useful vacation. Read on for some beneficial summer suggestions...