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December 19, 2016

Using flashcards effectively

Flashcards, digital or old school, can be a great tool for learning terms, concepts and ideas if used effectively. A...

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December 12, 2016

Generate interest with a personal connection

When a student is disinterested in a particular assignment or topic of study, try making a personal connection. For example,...

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December 5, 2016

Transparency can be liberating

When students struggle in school, they often feel different, discouraged, and even alone. If you are able to name and...

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November 28, 2016

Memorizing vs. Understanding

There’s a big difference between memorizing and truly understanding something. When a student memorizes a term or a concept, he’s...

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November 21, 2016

Use mnemonic devices to aid memory

To help assist with memory, try mnemonic devices. A mnemonic device is a phrase or rhyme that can be used...

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November 14, 2016

Repeat directions in your own words

A great way to ensure your child understands what she’s being tasked to do with an assignment (especially those with...

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November 7, 2016

Exercise your opportunity

Voting is, perhaps, the ultimate form of self-advocacy. It’s an opportunity to let our voices be heard and to stand...

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October 31, 2016

Keep a dry-erase board handy

A dry-erase whiteboard is a great tool to help make things easier to visualize for your child. Whiteboards are great...

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October 24, 2016

Do *your* best

It's natural for students to compare themselves to other students, but for most students it's best if they don't. On...

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October 17, 2016

An alternative to the assignment book

The traditional assignment book is often regarded as the standard for tracking one’s assignments. But if your child is not...

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October 10, 2016

Perfect time for an academic check-in

This is a perfect time for an academic “check in” with your child. For many students, the sheen of the...

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October 3, 2016

Easily distracted? Change the environment.

If your child is easily distracted during homework time, try changing the environment. The right conditions (discussed in a previous...

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