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Posted April 28, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
What You Should Discuss with Your Teen Long before Prom Night

As prom night approaches, so does worry and anxiety for most parents. The best way to eliminate (or at least reduce) some of the nerves is by discussing subjects that concern you way before prom night hits, rather than trying to cram in advice, warnings and tips at the very last minute. Pre-Arranged Check-In Although you don’t want to come across as the over-protective parent, it is important that you can get hold of your teen (and vice versa) if need be. Having a pre-arranged check-in time prevents teens from feeling like they are being snooped on, and allows you ...

Posted April 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Secrets of College Admissions Officers

As a parent of two students who attended college and as a coach for thousands of parents who are sending their own children to college, I have always believed that the college admissions process is highly subjective. What does that mean? Admissions officers meet and discuss the particulars of a student’s application and based on their own criteria, make the final decision whether to offer or not offer admission. If you find that hard to believe, you should watch this video from The Today Show: Inside the college admissions process. What does this mean for students who aspire to college? ...

Posted April 26, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
10 Fun (and Safe) Things to Do After Prom

There is nothing more eagerly anticipated than a prom, with the festivities that follow the actual dance just as important as the event itself. It’s a time for your kids to let loose and enjoy themselves, but it is also something that many parents worry about. Here are 10 fantastic activities for teens after prom that are great fun but safe at the same time. 1. Go Down-Market in Upmarket Clothes Dancing brings on a hearty appetite and there’s nothing more hilarious than heading to the local diner dressed in fancy clothes. Eating fries with their fingers in their finery ...

Posted April 25, 2015, 8 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Is it Okay for Your Teen to Quit Their Activities?

The old saying goes, “Quitters never win and winners never quit,” and parents may feel this is especially true for their teen. They may be upset if their teen decides they no longer want to play a sport or participate in an activity – especially if it is something they previously enjoyed and/or excelled at. Parents may also worry about how quitting makes a teen appear on their college applications. Should parents support their teen’s desire to quit a sport or other activity? Finding True Passion Freshman year is a good time for teens to experiment and try a wide ...

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 ...

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