The Target Strategy

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In continuing with our blogs about writing strategies, here is another approach that might work. The Target Strategy is a strategy that can help a writer at the beginning of the drafting process. It can also help keep a writer focused and organized while working. Time, Audience, Reason, Goal, Excitement, Tone Time: Pick a time period, work for that period, and then take a break. Studies ...

Before You Write

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Sitting down with a blank page when you have to write something can be daunting. When writing, knowing where to start is a big part of the battle. One of the simplest ways to write a good paper is to make sure your thoughts are organized. Here are two easy strategies that can help you get prepared to write a ...

Parents & Social Media

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Your child being on social media is pretty much unavoidable. You can try and keep them off major social networking platforms or keep them from having a phone, but one way or another they will find a way to the things they want to see. Here are some tips for dealing with teens and social media. Get Informed Learn about ...

Organized Chaos: Mind Mapping

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If your child is a creative learner, then you know organization is a struggle for them. As a student I always got the same feedback on my paper; my ideas were good, but my writing was all over the place and lacked structure. Even while writing this blog, I struggle to make sure my writing isn't going off in five ...

The Cornell Note Taking System

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A common struggle students have is taking good notes in class. This method was created by Cordell Hoek while teaching at Cornell University in the 1940’s, but it still a popular way to help students organize information. This system works by dividing the page into three sections notes, cues, and summary.  Record In the notes column, write down the important ...

The 8 Keys of Excellence

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Growing up, school was a struggle and not just for me, but for my entire family. My mother worried constantly about my grades and me getting into a good college, which made her hover over me every day when I came home from school. Her worrying made my dad stressed which led to lecturing, and all this just made me ...

Creative Learners VS. Organization

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How to know if you have a creative learner Creative learners have many great traits, but some of those characteristics make it difficult for them to focus and stay organized. Some creative characteristics are that they are sensitive, intuitive, artistic, athletic, musical, and think about the big picture. Some of the drawbacks of being a creative learner are that they ...

Dealing with Teens and Depression

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Depression is a complex illness because unlike the flu or rash, the symptoms of depression can be difficult to spot and may appear slowly over time. As a parent, the idea that your child is struggling with an illness that takes more than just medication to treat can make us question how well we have done our job. If you ...

The SQ3R Reading Method

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By following this method, readers can retain more information and be better prepared for tests or quizzes. SQ3R is a reading strategy which means: Survey Question Read Recite Review Survey Look at all maps, pictures, charts, and captions Read the titles, headings, and subheadings Look at review questions or any study guides Question Ask yourself, “what do I already know ...

Understanding Your Child’s Learning Style

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What are learning styles and why do they matter? Learning styles were created as a tool to attempt to understand the ways different people think and learn. Visual learners do well with things like diagrams, charts, and presentations. Auditory learners must hear information in retaining it, so they excel in group discussions, oral presentations, and engaging lectures. Traditional teaching styles ...