4 Steps for Encouraging Independence in Teens

Julie Lythcott-Haims stumbled on something troubling and surprising about the independence of the young adults in her midst. It started about twenty years ago, when she served as a dean at Stanford. There, in the company of some of the best and brightest strivers in the world, she found that many students relied upon parents to handle the run-of-the-mill stuff of life for them. Meanwhile, members of the Millennial generation more broadly were going on…

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Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls is Making a Difference

Amy Poehler, well known for her roles in Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation, has taken her platform and used it to help fight global poverty. Poehler and a colleague of hers, producer Meredith Walker, started Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls in 2007, which originated with a YouTube video series in 2008 to help inspire girls and teens to express themselves. Since then, the web series has grown into a dedicated website that is intended…

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13 Effective Study Strategies That Help Students Learn

Students are expected to learn how to study, schedule their time, and complete sizable assignments without procrastinating, yet study strategies often aren’t taught explicitly in school. With the increased self-sufficiency necessitated by virtual education, educators and parents can help students learn and manage their goals more effectively by directly teaching study skills. Daniel Willingham, a psychologist at the University of Virginia, studies the application of cognitive psychology in education. Here are his best tips for…

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Haunted Places in History You Can Explore with Google Maps

Happy Halloween, everyone! Have you ever wanted to play paranormal investigator? Would you like to explore America’s most frightening haunted locations, both near and far? Maybe you’re looking for inspiration for some creepy curricula based around historical fact-finding? Have no fear, Google’s got your back. Plan the ultimate road trip — or mind trip if you’re more into research than creeping around in the dark — with Google Map’s list of the 31 Most Haunted Places in…

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Why Some Families Choose to Repeat Grades After Remote Learning

In the wake of COVID-19 and remote learning, some families are considering having their children repeat grades. This was true for Lauren Phillips, 37, of Los Angeles. After months of schooling through a screen, her 6-year-old daughter, Lola, would finally get the real kindergarten experience. As it turned out, in-person kindergarten wasn’t much different from remote learning. Lola sat in a room with her classmates while her teacher, who was home for medical reasons, taught…

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How To Improve Mental Health at School

Mental health has only become more important and more fraught as the pandemic has confined children to their homes and limited their social interactions. With parents losing jobs and COVID-19 claiming loved ones, adolescents are experiencing a lot more strain on their mental health, so it’s essential to try to improve mental health for students at school. “There’s just a lot more worry about everyday things. So there’s anxiety about things – and I’m not…

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FAFSA and CSS: A Guide to Applying for Financial Aid

If you are a high school senior who will be applying for financial aid for the next school year, the time is quickly approaching to fill out the 2022-2023 FAFSA and the 2022-2023 CSS Profile, as both applications open on October 1, 2021. As a rule of thumb, families applying for aid should complete the applications as soon as possible to ensure that they meet all deadlines and that the schools still have financial aid…

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How to Help Students Re-Adjust to Social Settings

For Muniya Khanna, strong emotional reactions and increased social discomfort are predictable responses as youngsters emerge from more than a year of isolation and students re-adjust to altered routines caused by the pandemic. Khanna is a clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania who specializes in treatment of childhood anxiety. She explained that anxiety is part of the body’s fight-or-flight response to uncertainty. While in-person activities may be billed as a “return to normal,” Khanna said it also…

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Learning About Christopher Columbus By Putting Him on Trial

Last fall, teacher Michael Palermo called the crew of Christopher Columbus to the witness stand. Wilfredo Lopez Murcia, a student at Wakefield High School in Virginia, strolled to the front of the classroom, followed by classmate Jhonnatan Moya Miranda. “Hello, mates,” Wilfredo quipped, giving a short salute to his peers. Wilfredo and Jhonnatan were about to defend themselves in The People vs. Columbus, et al. trial, a social studies role play that encourages critical thinking…

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Meridian Academy Open House 2021

Boston Tutoring Services is excited to share the Open House dates of local schools. Take the time to research these schools and visit the ones that seem like a good fit for your family. The Academy Open House is a great way to experience a day on campus and meet the staff. This week we are featuring Meridian Academy in Jamaica Plain, MA.  Meridian Academy will be holding four open houses over the next several…

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