Is Your College Student Struggling With English Composition?

Many students struggle with College English Composition coursework. Whether your child is a freshman or a senior, there are always new challenges when it comes to writing. Students will be required to write essays, term papers, theses, senior/final projects, and case studies. Along the way they may struggle with: Writing skills (basic punctuation/capitalization, sentence structure, syntax, etc.) Structuring essays Organizing large projects Brainstorming appropriate topics and outlining supporting arguments Strengthening and developing thesis statements Managing…

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5 Timeless Book Series for Children

As an avid reader, it has always been an easy task for me to find books that appeal to me, even as a child. From Fantasy to Biographies, as long as it had a beginning, middle, and end, I was hooked. For some children however, finding a book that is engaging and entertaining can be a challenge, especially since books now compete with flashy cartoons and iPhones. In order to help your child find a…

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Technology in the Classroom

Being a student in the 21st century means that technology in the classroom is, for the most part, a given. Not everyone thinks this is a good thing, but there are a great many wonderful ways to use technology as a benefit to learning. According to students, it makes learning more fun, and it certainly prepares them for a future in which technology will play an increasingly important part. Additionally, using technology in the classroom…

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The UMass Lowell String Project

The UMass Lowell String Project is one of the best music education programs in the local area, so if you have a child who loves music, you should check it out! Read on for some FAQ’s that will help you learn more about this wonderful initiative. What is String Project? The String Project mainly teaches students how to play string instruments, but they learn so much more along the way. Students discover how music can…

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Pros and Cons of Studying Abroad

Are you thinking about studying abroad? Make sure you weigh the pros and cons before you buy your plane ticket! Pros: 1. Experience culture—Wherever you go, you’ll be experiencing a different way of living and a culture that is likely radically different from your own, which is great. You can try new foods, listen to new music, and get life experience you simply can’t get any other way.  2. Make new friends—You will meet lots…

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Recess in Schools

Ask children what their favorite part of the school day is, and most of them will say recess. Not only is this a time when they can see friends and play games, but also grow in ways that they can apply in a classroom setting. In many schools, recess is taken out of the schedule and replaced with longer class periods or other sedentary activities. This loss is proving to be detrimental to students, as…

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Children and School Anxiety

Studies show that anxiety disorders among children are on the rise, and they are quickly becoming some of the most common child psychiatric conditions. As many as 10% of children suffer from them and require medical treatment. Experts believe that school anxiety in particular is becoming more prevalent among younger kids, including preschoolers, perhaps because of societal expectations and changes in standards of education. Our society expects more and more from children at increasingly younger ages,…

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Social Media in the Classroom

Some say that using social media in the classroom is too distracting, but there are actually many ways to use it to improve school for students. Here are some examples of different online platforms and positive ways to use social media in the classroom. 1. Blogs Students get writing assignments in school all the time. Instead of just turning them in to the teacher, why not post them online and reach a wider audience? Knowing…

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Helping Your Family Eat Healthier

Being healthier is something that was likely on your family’s New Year’s Resolutions list. We all know that we should be eating less junk food, eating more “healthy” food, and getting more exercise, but it can be difficult to carry out these ideas in our day to day lives. To help your family eat healthier and make these changes, we’ve gathered a few helpful tips below!    Make sure they eat breakfast Breakfast isn’t called “the most…

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