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  • Reading Comprehension: The Importance of Seeing the Big Picture

    Reading Comprehension: The Importance of Seeing the Big Picture

    Have you ever challenged yourself with a big jigsaw puzzle, one with 500 - 1,000 pieces? The pieces all appear to be the same size (and equal in importance), though the shapes and colors may vary. [...]
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    Why Some Intelligent People Struggle with Reading

    Why Some Intelligent People Struggle with Reading

    Did you know that some highly intelligent people often struggle with reading? The reason is that smart people tend to think in a unique way. They like to know all— every little detail— so they are [...]
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    Good Grades Don’t Tell the Full Story

    Good Grades Don’t Tell the Full Story

    Good grades dominate as the primary success measurement in school. The unfortunate aspect of this grade-driven format is that grades are not rewarded with the same guidelines across the board.
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    Two Secrets for Grabbing the Highest Standardized Test Scores

    Two Secrets for Grabbing the Highest Standardized Test Scores

    Many parents and students alike share the belief that there are “tricks” to standardized test taking and they search for those programs that specialize in helping students who are challenged by [...]
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    How to Improve Two Major Writing Issues: Continuity and Conciseness

    How to Improve Two Major Writing Issues: Continuity and Conciseness

    Have you ever received comments on your essay or research paper that mentioned either lack of continuity or conciseness? Both issues, believe it or not, stem from how well you read.
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    6 Signs That Your Reading Skills are Holding You Back

    6 Signs That Your Reading Skills are Holding You Back

    Many very smart and talented students fail to reach their potential because of one problem that goes unrecognized throughout their academic careers— poor reading skills. Students and their parents [...]
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    4 Tips to Study Smarter, Not Longer

    4 Tips to Study Smarter, Not Longer

      “I don’t have enough time to study!” This is a common complaint. With outside commitments, including school activities, students who come home after a long day just want to “chill” and relax a bit. [...]
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    Why Do Colleges Require Standardized Testing?

    Why Do Colleges Require Standardized Testing?

    Standardized testing is not about grades. It’s about aptitude—the ability to learn something new. Aptitude testing also assesses the development or proficiency in a specific area (if provided with [...]
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    The Dyslexia Epidemic

    The Dyslexia Epidemic

    Dyslexia can be a scary word. Often misunderstood, this broad term covers all reading disorders, including phonics, comprehension, and test-taking challenges. Some people with dyslexia struggle to [...]
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    Why is Testing So Hard For Me?

    Why is Testing So Hard For Me?

      During the latter part of middle school and the start of high school, many bright students start to struggle with taking tests. So why has testing become so challenging? If  you have studied the [...]
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    7 Reading Strategies that Kill Comprehension

    7 Reading Strategies that Kill Comprehension

    When people read, they want to open a book or website, read it, and understand it the first time. But sometimes, a particular “reading personality” gets in the way. Most can read information that [...]
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    Grade grubbing: when parents cross the line | Parenting

    Grade grubbing: when parents cross the line | Parenting

    Advocating for their child, some parents lobby the teacher for good grades. Could your hard-working student's grades be nullified by her peers' grade inflation? by: Carol Lloyd | April 27, 2016 Print [...]
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    How Reading Transforms Us - The New York Times

    How Reading Transforms Us - The New York Times

    MOST writing seeks to influence you to think or feel how the author wants you to think or feel. The article you are reading now is no exception. We want you to think about certain things in a certain [...]
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    The secret to improving SAT scores

    The secret to improving SAT scores

    Jeremy seemed bewildered the first day that Anthony-James Green arrived at his door to help him prepare for the SAT. At that point, Green had been working as a private SAT tutor for six years and had [...]
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    Multitasking: Mental Health Hurts If Doing Too Much At Once | Time.com

    For nearly all people, in nearly all situations, multitasking is impossible. When we think we’re multitasking, most often we aren’t really doing two things at once – but instead, individual actions [...]
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    College Rankings: Why Parents Make the Wrong Choice | Time.com

    College Rankings: Why Parents Make the Wrong Choice | Time.com

    Why Parents Pick the Wrong Colleges For Their KidsJohn Katzman and Steve CohenApr 14, 2017IDEASKatzman, the CEO of Noodle companies, was founder and CEO of The Princeton Review and 2U; Cohen, an [...]
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    Young teen's dilemma: too old for camp, too young to work | Parenting

    Young teen's dilemma: too old for camp, too young to work | Parenting

    “I don’t want to go to camp. I just want time to hang out.” Those were the words of my 12-year-old daughter when I mentioned summer plans. And then the parental anxiety set in. I knew in my heart [...]
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    Why are so many kids dropping out of college and returning home?

    Why are so many kids dropping out of college and returning home?

    Miguel Flores was excited when he got into San Francisco State University. But after his freshman year, Flores decided not to go back. Reflecting on that decision two years later, Flores says he left [...]
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    It's all about the teacher | Parenting

    I’ve seen my children thrive with teachers they loved — the science teacher who encouraged my daughter’s love of animals and nature; the humanities teacher who helped my son through an awkward middle [...]
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    Summer planning for tweens and teens | Parenting

    Summer planning for tweens and teens | Parenting

    t’s a parent’s summertime nightmare. While you’re at work all day, your tween or teen is at home. Alone. With nothing to do. So what does she do? She turns your house into party central.This [...]
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    Parent help on school projects: where to draw the line

    Parent help on school projects: where to draw the line

    “You have to write about cannibalism!” I fume at Zenobia, my fifth grade daughter. “Your teacher, your classmates, everybody wants to hear about people eating people.”She’s constructing her big [...]
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    Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required - The New York Times

    When the German engineering company Siemens Energy opened a gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, N.C., some 10,000 people showed up at a job fair for 800 positions. But fewer than 15 percent of [...]
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    How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math - Issue 40: Learning - Nautilus

    How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math - Issue 40: Learning - Nautilus

    How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in MathThe building blocks of understanding are memorization and repetition.BY BARBARA OAKLEYILLUSTRATION BY SAM FALCONERSEPTEMBER 15, 2016 ADD A COMMENT [...]
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    Reading aloud benefits even older kids

    Reading aloud benefits even older kids

    Can you explain the link between reading aloud and school success?It’s long established in science and research: the child who comes to school with a large vocabulary does better than the child who [...]
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    Some Colleges Have More Students From the Top 1 Percent Than the Bottom 60. Find Yours. - The New York Times

    Students at elite colleges are even richer than experts realized, according to a new study based on millions of anonymous tax filings and tuition records.At 38 colleges in America, including five in [...]
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    What Your Resume Should Look Like in 2017 | MONEY

    What Your Resume Should Look Like in 2017 | MONEY

    Resume trends change quickly. From head shots to QR codes to company logos, it’s hard to tell which extras will get your application noticed, and which will get you tossed out of the running.Some [...]
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    7 Really Famous People Who Were Rejected by Their Dream Colleges | MONEY

    7 Really Famous People Who Were Rejected by Their Dream Colleges | MONEY

    7 Really Famous People Who Were Rejected by Their Dream Colleges. Greg Daugherty March 8, 2016 So there's hope for the rest of us. If you’ve been on the receiving end of a college rejection letter [...]
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    When Success Follows the College Rejection Letter - WSJ

    Before They Were Titans, Moguls and Newsmakers, These People Were...RejectedAt College Admission Time, Lessons in Thin Envelopes By SUE SHELLENBARGERUpdated March 24, 2010 12:01 a.m. ETFew events [...]
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    9 Successes Who Were Rejected by Colleges

    (NEWSER) – As high school seniors across the country anxiously wait for college acceptance—or rejection—letters, the Wall Street Journal offers a glimpse at a few success stories who received the [...]
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    This Common Activity Is Reducing Your IQ, According to Research | TIME

    Lack of sleep affects intelligenceRECOMMENDED FOR YOU Here's How This Whole Hatchimals Craze Is Going to Play Out PromotedHarry's Releases New Razor Blade, Keeps Price at $2Recommended byMissing an [...]
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    Are screen-addicted kids frying their brains? | Parenting

    Parents watch their children flit from screen to screen and wonder if this generation of kids has any sticking ability. Can they focus on anything for more than two minutes or 140 characters? Do they [...]
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    Easing college admissions anxiety | Parenting

    Knowing the latest college admissions trends will ease your anxiety about the process. Let’s start with the good news: The odds for admission into a four-year college or university are good — seven [...]
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    Why Parents Should Not Make Kids Do Homework | TIME

    President Obama’s pick for Education Secretary, John King, Jr., is headed for confirmation Mar. 9. King’s track record shows he loves standardized testing and quantifying learning. If he loves [...]
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    How stress affects your child

    Stress! Bad for the body! Bad for the brain! We’ve seen the articles, watched the 11 o’clock news reports on the “silent killer,” and complained to friends and family about how stressed-out we are. [...]
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    The spy who couldn’t spell: how the biggest heist in the history of US espionage was foiled | Yudhijit Bhattacharjee | World news | The Guardian

    Ever since childhood, Brian Regan had been made to feel stupid because of his severe dyslexia. So he thought no one would suspect him of stealing secretsby Yudhijit BhattacharjeeWednesday 26 October [...]
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    20 Top Colleges Where Most Students Graduate Debt-Free | MONEY

    And where students who borrow end up with much less debt than the national average.
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    Meet the parents who won’t let their children study literature - The Washington Post

    When I assigned an 800-page biography of Andrew Carnegie for a new undergraduate course on wealth and poverty at George Mason University a few years ago, I wasn’t sure the students would actually [...]
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    No, the Internet Has Not Killed the Printed Book. Most People Still Prefer Them. - The New York Times

    Even with Facebook, Netflix and other digital distractions increasingly vying for time, Americans’ appetite for reading books — the ones you actually hold in your hands — has not slowed in recent [...]
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    No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down | World news | The Guardian

    Anton Oberländer is a persuasive speaker. Last year, when he and a group of friends were short of cash for a camping trip to Cornwall, he managed to talk Germany’s national rail operator into handing [...]
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    Is Homework Good for Kids? Here’s What the Research Says | TIME

    Is Homework Good for Kids? Here’s What the Research Says | TIME

    As kids return to school, debate is heating up once again over how they should spend their time after they leave the classroom for the day.The no-homework policy of a second-grade teacher in Texas [...]
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    How to Raise a Genius: Lessons from a 45-Year Study of Supersmart Children - Scientific American

    On a summer day in 1968, professor Julian Stanley met a brilliant but bored 12-year-old named Joseph Bates. The Baltimore student was so far ahead of his classmates in mathematics that his parents [...]
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    How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker | TIME

    How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker | TIME

    U want 2B a better writer?Good writing is often looked at as an art and, frankly, that can be intimidating. No need to worry. There are rules — even science — behind writing well.Our brain works a [...]
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