Time to Check in With Your Child

Adolescence, Study Skills

Have you ever heard the term “pivotal point”?  Well, this is your captain speaking, we have arrived at our destination.  Right now is a pivotal point in the school year for students.  The word pivotal is defined as, “of critical importance in relation to the development or success of something else”.  We all hope for … Read More

ADHD Home Therapy

Study Skills

Parents of children that suffer from ADHD often feel lost.  You are experiencing an ongoing struggle to find answers to understand what is going on with your child.  It is heartbreaking to witness your child struggling with impulse control, attentiveness, planning, and organizing.  Most of all, it is heartbreaking to see your child struggling in … Read More

Be Prepared for High School: 8 Study Skills for Success

Study Skills

Change is hard.  Throughout our lives we transition from stage to stage and are presented with challenges during each transition.  Change is hard enough for adults, but imagine how hard change must be for adolescents.  More specifically, the transition from middle school to high school is especially cumbersome.  As with any transition we face in … Read More

How to Write a Literary Analysis Essay

Writing

It’s lit…erary analysis.  When you think literary analysis essay what comes to mind?  Thesis, topic sentence, introduction, conclusion, quotes, commentary, prompt, etcetera, etcetera.  For students it’s more like; Lions and Tigers and Bears oh my!  Literary analysis can be very scary because of the complexity and scrupulous manner in which the literary work must be … Read More

Back to School Tips: Getting Your Kids Ready for School

Study Skills

Overcome the BIG DREAD After a break, it is natural to dread returning to a routine that involves work. Adults experience it and so do kids.  It is a tough and stressful transition from summer to the school year.  This transition can cause strain on the family.  Parents should attempt to turn that stress into … Read More

Teenage Stress, Part 2

Adolescence

In Teenage Stress, Part 1, we discussed the causes and possible results of adolescent stress.  According to the Challenge Success Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, the type of teenage stress they see the most is school-related.  The transition to high school can be especially difficult with heavy workloads and frequent tests.  These … Read More

Teenage Stress, Part 1

Adolescence

How many times have you expressed the impossible desire to be young again, free from the worries of the adult world?   The days of care-free living are often associated in our minds with our teenage years.  The reality is that teens experience stress as often, and with the same level of intensity, as adults.  Adults … Read More

How to Keep Your Kids Sharp This Summer

Study Skills

Ahh Summer!  What a wonderful time of year.  The grass is green, the birds are singing, trees are in full leaf, butterflies are aflutter…oh, and school is out!  Students have been working hard for almost 9 months now; in the classroom grinding day in and day out, and outside of the classroom with homework, projects, … Read More

Homework Therapy at Your Fingertips

Study Skills

NY Times– Dr. Hillman, 30, represents a new niche in the $100 billion tutoring industry. Neither a traditional tutor nor a straight-up therapist, she is an amalgam of the two. “Homework therapists,” as they are now sometimes called, administer academic help and emotional support as needed. Via Skype, email and text, and during pricey one-on-one sessions, … Read More

Pathways to Success in School

Study Skills

The Challenges of Adolescence Physical & Cognitive Development Frontal lobes may not be fully developed until halfway through the third decade of life. Home to key components of the neural circuitry underlying “executive functions” such as planning, working memory, and impulse control (which can lead to stress and anxiety). Reflecting the complexities of brain development, … Read More