The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year Program

We would like to take some time today to speak about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student of the Year program, an exciting leadership development and philanthropy program in which high school students participate in a fundraising competition to benefit LLS. For motivated high school students, this program ensures they stand out among their peers when engaging with colleges and/or future employers. Through guidance and mentoring from experienced professionals at LLS they will make…

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College Roommate 101

There are a few things you should keep in mind before contacting your roommate for the first time. First off, remember that both of you are likely nervous and excited about similar things: leaving home, starting college, having a roommate, figuring out your meal plans and where to buy books. This is a great place to start to connect.  Second, before contacting your roommate, try to think about what you know your living style to…

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7 Things You’ll Wish You Packed for College

It’s mid-August, and for recent high school graduates going off to college, that means it’s time to start packing. Deciding what to pack for college is undeniably a difficult process–what exactly will you need? How can you be sure that you brought enough of everything? This list doesn’t have everything you need by any means, but here are a few items that current college students have said they wish they’d packed for college.  Safety pins.…

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Boston Latin Exam for 2017

The Boston Latin Exam for 2017 will be held on Saturday, November 4th. Are you a Boston resident looking for better educational opportunities for your child? Boston Exam Schools provide a top notch education at no cost — the only trick is getting in. There are three exam schools – Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School and the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. All three accept new students for grades 7 and 9. The O’Bryant School also accepts…

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Social Studies Apps We Love

Learning Social Studies concepts can be a challenge for children, as there is a lot of ground to cover within this one subject. These apps alone range in subject matter from geography and world cultures to news and history. Utilizing modern technology can help! Here is a list of our favorite Social Studies apps currently available at the app store.  News-2-You. This app is a virtual, symbols-based newspaper perfect for special-needs students. It includes the symbols…

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Top 5 English Language Arts Apps

Educational apps like these are no substitute for tutoring, but they can help provide a little extra practice! Check out our list of the top 5 English Language Arts apps currently available for download.  Grammar Jammers. If your child is struggling to learn basic parts of speech or finds this topic intimidating at school, then Grammar Jammers could be an excellent way to ease them into grammar. Fun songs, animated characters, colorful images, and simple…

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Using Mnemonic Devices For Difficult Vocabulary

Sometimes vocabulary words are too difficult to learn by rote memorization, and they don’t have any helpful prefixes or roots for you to dissect and make meaning from. Using mnemonic devices for difficult vocabulary can be a great strategy. Mnemonic devices are tricks that help you remember things. You can take words and try to think about chunks of those words that stick out to you and then make a story from them. For example,…

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Identifying Words from Other Languages You Know

Another vocabulary strategy is identifying words from other languages you know, and thinking about the connections between them. You can do this because if you are taking French, Spanish, or Italian, these languages all derive from Latin roots, and you may not know a root on its own, but you may recognize it when it’s attached to a French, Spanish, or Italian word that you do know. For example, “amigo” means friend in Spanish, and  “ami”…

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Grouping Vocabulary Words to Learn Them in Context

When studying words, it is important to learn them in a context, rather than individually. Grouping vocabulary words is a good strategy for this. Try to take a group of words that all have a similar meaning or tone and study them together. If you study a group of words that all mean “good,” and a group of words that all mean “bad,” you can learn more words and understand a great deal of synonyms…

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The Importance of Learning and Studying Vocabulary

Learning and studying vocabulary is the main way to increase your verbal score on standardized tests, such as the ISEE and SSAT. It can be difficult to fit studying of vocabulary into your busy schedule, but without making it a priority, you will not be able to perform well on the synonyms and analogies portions of the SSAT exam or the synonyms and sentence completions portions of the ISEE exam.  What is most important to…

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