SAT & ACT Preparation: A Lesson With “Should” and “Don’t Want to…”

The existence of SAT & ACT prep courses, books, tutors, online questions, etc. shows that with practice a student has the possibility of increasing her/his scores.   Yet, when it comes to practicing, who wants to sit down with a 600+ pages thick, 8.5″ x 11″, doorstop looking, test prep book by oneself or in a room with 12 other teens…

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When Life Hands You Lemons…

A lemonade stand can become a math, economics, marketing, English/Language Arts, financial literacy, health & nutrition, community building and team work lesson–all while enjoying a delicious treat in the heated shade of summer.    Any aged kids can be involved, as the tasks to set up the stand vary.  A patient parent or patient team of parents can give guidance…

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High School = College Tours “Invade” Family Vacations

Once students enter high school, parents start planning summer vacations to coordinate with college campus visits (often wondering where all the time went).   More exposure to college life helps students make informed decisions about applications and eventually enrollment. Listen to our tips that will help make time on campus more productive: Starting tours early also gives families time to transition…

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Risk & Reward

Fear of mistakes can become a liability. Henry Kissinger once warned that our search for certainty can leave us simply reacting to the next emergency.  Yet, transformed, this same desire for perfection can create an exacting attention to detail and ability to forecast probabilities.   Is your view that life is inherently full of risk or a possibility waiting for us…

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College = Personal & Intellectual Independence?

Here’s proof that computer science and creative arts are not opposite pursuits.   Will the prospective colleges you’re investigating allow you the room to think outside the box? Many students tell us they’re seeking greater independence by going to college.  Doesn’t the freedom to innovate AND be nurtured for realizing something previously unimagined qualify, as “independence”? For more information see the…

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The Internship Dilemma

While internships give new professionals valuable experience, Federal laws prohibit interns from doing tasks that a company would otherwise pay an employee.   In California, interns are required to earn college credit in place of being paid.  Since college students seek internships to be competitive for decreasing numbers of jobs, given the current economic circumstances, a Catch-22 can be created.…

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The “Muddy” Side of Learning

Do-it-yourself does not just refer to hours at Home Depot, then trucking all that stuff home to saw, sweat, swear and drive back to Home Depot for stuff you forgot, while your family watches from a distance–afraid of the snarls.  As an educational tool, DIY refers to the blow-stuff-up, come-home-dirty-enough-so-your-mom-makes-you-change-in-the-garage, direct-your-own-project learning.   You know, the kind of stuff you…

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