For many parents, understanding student data is an unavoidable aspect of the contemporary schooling system. From the Common Core to the college admissions process, data surrounds our children and saturates our media. Naturally, the articles you read, the news stories you see or even the forms your student brings home from school may raise more questions than they answer. Below are four more questions. However, these questions can lead to critical conversations about educational data, and they can help you learn what you need to know about your own child's data.Read Full Story
Choosing a college can be an incredibly difficult task for your teen. While it may seem to your student that finding an interesting school is difficult, with the plethora of university options, narrowing down the list will likely prove to be more of a challenge. What can you do when your student can't pick just a few colleges to apply to? Here are a few things to keep in mind about the application process, as well as some ways in which you can help.Read Full Story
In today's globalized society, bilingualism has perhaps more benefits than ever before. Studies show that learning a second language as a child can be sincerely easier, and that those who are bilingual may have better cognitive skills, in addition to other various benefits. If you plan to teach your child a second language, here are a few fun and simple ways to start the introduction and reinforce new skills.Read Full Story
For many parents and students, the beach is a natural summer destination. Whether you and your child visit the shores of a lake, river or ocean, the sand, sun and water simply cannot be eclipsed by any other summer destination.Read Full Story
Graduation is here, and your college student is finally finished! Or is she? With certain fields, you know your student will need additional education before she can begin working. She can't be a doctor or lawyer with only a bachelor's degree. However, plenty of fields do not require advanced degrees, and yet many people continue to enroll for additional studies. There are ample reasons why someone may do this, from higher pay to the love of learning, but as a parent, you may be worried your child is becoming a "perpetual student," or the kind of young adult who stays in school to avoid "the real world."Read Full Story
It's graduation season! And you'll know this — even if you don't have kids or know anyone who is graduating — because the stores are inundated with graduation gifts, and flowers and balloons and bouquets made entirely of candy bars.Read Full Story
The ISEE, or Independent School Entrance Exam, is a requirement for admissions consideration at many independent and private schools. It is also a very difficult test. Sometimes, students who take the ISEE are shocked and dismayed by their scores. If this scenario describes your child's experience with the ISEE, know you are not alone. Then, follow the four-step guide below, which can help you handle and move on from a low ISEE score.Read Full Story
Many students choose to begin standardized testing preparation, be it for the ACT or SAT, during summer break. These standardized tests are notoriously long and complex, with a plethora of topics covered in a timed setting, so preparing early is a logical fit for many students. From example questions and time management tips to completing timed practice tests, plenty of ACT and SAT prep can be done at home, and with your help. Although preparing properly for the ACT or SAT is up to your student, your support may make a difference.Read Full Story
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