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Posted April 24, 2015, 8 a.m. by Steve Samaniego | View Comments
4 Reasons for Summer Tutoring

For most kids, academics are the furthest things from their mind over the summer, which is why it’s the job of the parents to put their best interests forward. While you might be tempted to let your child have some downtime, the truth is that during the summer there is plenty of time to go around. They can have their relaxing break and prepare for the upcoming school year at the same time. Here are some reasons why education should still be a priority during the summer. 1. The Summer Brain Drain Studies have shown that students lose roughly half ...

Posted April 23, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
How Sleep Deprivation in Teens is Linked to Obesity

Although the detrimental effect of not getting enough sleep is well documented, especially during crucial developmental periods such as puberty and adolescence, recent studies highlight that sleep deficiency can have a more long-term effect on teens than previously imagined. Why Sleep is So Important to Teens Adequate sleep is vital to every human, but it is especially crucial for teens. During the teenage years, your child will need to achieve an average of nine hours each night to cope with the dramatic changes their body is going through; for example, puberty is a time when the brain develops significantly, undergoing ...

Posted April 22, 2015, 6 p.m. by Megan Stubbendeck | View Comments
Everything You Need to Know about the New PSAT

When the College Board released the newest edition of the PSAT late March, the test prep experts at ArborBridge were ready to dissect the entire exam and compile resources guaranteed to help students navigate the updated test. Here we’ll cover the exam’s format, timing, scoring, as well as some of the best prep tips for both American and international students. Exam Overview 4 sections: Reading, Writing & Language, Math (no calculator), Math (calculator) Total time: 2 hours, 45 minutes Scoring: Section Breakdown Prepping for the New PSAT: Tips for American Students Prep Level 1: Read through the Sample Test Who? ...

Posted April 22, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
What Do the Stanford Cheating Allegations Say About Today’s Students?

Allegations have recently been reported to the University Provost of widespread cheating among students at Stanford University. In a letter to faculty and staff, John Etchemendy, Stanford’s University Provost, discusses the unusually high number of allegations of academic dishonesty: I am writing to inform you of an unusually high number of troubling allegations of academic dishonesty reported to our Office of Community Standards at the end of winter quarter. Among a smattering of concerns from a number of winter courses, one faculty member reported allegations that may involve as many as 20 percent of the students in one large introductory ...

Posted April 21, 2015, 9 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
How to Support & Encourage Your Teen While Managing Their Expectations

My daughter played soccer in our recreational town league from the time she was five years old. When she entered high school she decided to try out for the freshman team. She loved playing that year and especially enjoyed the camaraderie of being part of a team in such a big school. In the off-season and during the summer she met with a trainer who worked really hard to improve her skills. The following year she tried out for the junior varsity team and was cut by the coach before the season started. She was crushed. As a parent, I ...

Posted April 20, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Best Math Apps for Students

Does math homework make you quake in your shoes? It did me. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the widespread availability of apps that today’s students have. Math apps add a whole new dimension to studying and gives you the capability to have those aids right at your fingertips. Here are 10 math apps you can download to help with those ever-present math questions: 1. Free Graphing Calculator (iOS) / Graphing Calculator by MathLab (Android) Graphing calculators used to be expensive, complex and pretty fun if you could program games on them. However, those studying advanced mathematics can download these apps. These ...

Posted April 19, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
5 Signs That You Are Raising Your Teen Well

Parenting doesn’t come with a manual, but let’s face it; even if it did, you probably would be better off not reading it. Our kids are all unique individuals, as are you, so raising them the right way is different for every single family. However, there are certain signs that you are doing a good job, and if any of these apply to you, then reward yourself with a well-earned pat on the back! They Confide in You Adolescence can often be a confusing time for your child, and although you might have previously had a very close relationship, it ...

Posted April 18, 2015, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
The Dangers of Senioritis

The Urban Dictionary defines senioritis: A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as graduation. All kidding aside, however, senioritis is a very real problem for most students. They are coming into the home stretch and it’s only natural for them to try to rest on their laurels, so to speak. Most high school seniors exhibit signs of senioritis. Its onset might ...

Posted April 17, 2015, 9 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
10 Tips for a Fun and Productive College Visit

In the past five years, my husband and I have taken our daughters on many college visits. We have found actually being on campus to be a valuable tool for our daughter’s in determining whether a college is right for them. But some visits have been more insightful than others. Since going to see schools is an investment in both time and money, how can parents plan trips that will be both fun and productive for their teen? 1. See the Right Colleges Meet with your teen’s guidance counselor before planning trips to determine which schools are most likely good ...

Posted April 16, 2015, 11:50 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty — A Disappointing Role Model

A jury found former NFL Patriot Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder yesterday and he was sentenced to life in prison, just three miles from Gillette Stadium where his football skills earned him millions of dollars and thousands of fans, both young and old. Hernandez, originally from Bristol, Conn., was a decorated player at the University of Florida before being drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft. He played three seasons as a tight end, serving as one of quarterback Tom Brady's preferred targets and catching a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLVI. In 2012, ...

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