Conquer that Math (or Science) Final!

Finals are here, and there’s a whole bunch of subjects to conquer. Check out last year’s post on how to “Lower Finals Stress” for some good studying tips. For this post, however, my students’ most challenging classes are their math and science classes… and the most challenging problems are the word problems. Thus, this postContinue reading “Conquer that Math (or Science) Final!”

The End is Nigh…

The end of the semester and school year, that is! With just a handful of weeks left, how can your student have a successful end of the year? What can be done to help your student’s focus? There are projects, essays, and tests… So much work to do, how can your student tackle it all?Continue reading “The End is Nigh…”

Time to take some tests!

This past month, I have seen some hectic studying and some haphazard practice test-taking! There’s a lot of stress in the air, and it’s understandable. Students are worried about their state and national tests, as well as their regular class tests. All the questions I’ve received these past two months have been about studying for–andContinue reading “Time to take some tests!”

How to Decrease Stress during Studying

As I spoke about in my last blog post, state and standardized testing is upon us! Many students are busy preparing and studying (or maybe not studying…) for these tests, and they are stressing out because they still have their regular tests to worry about! There are so many tests; how is a student supposedContinue reading “How to Decrease Stress during Studying”

Preparing for big tests!

If your high school student hasn’t started yet, it is definitely time to prepare for the upcoming statewide and nationwide tests! The beginning of March has students facing the CA High School Exit Exam (or CAHSEE, for short) and the SAT. Within a couple more months, students have the ACT and the AP tests. EveryContinue reading “Preparing for big tests!”

Encouraging your student's success

As stated in my last post, school is back! Many parents and guardians are scrambling to make sure their students are ready. After buying supplies and preparing for school schedules, what else can you do to help the students in your life? 1) Take advantage of school programs. In the last few years, several schoolsContinue reading “Encouraging your student's success”

Prepare for BACK TO SCHOOL!

“Back to school already?!” my students have asked incredulously. Yes, indeed it is. Stores are already promoting sales on clothes and school supplies. What are some ways to help every student in your household prepare for “back to school”? 1) The most important thing you can do for your student is to provide an encouragingContinue reading “Prepare for BACK TO SCHOOL!”

Lower Finals stress

“Just a few more days!!!” Students’ excitement can be contagious. However, until school is actually out, there are still finals, projects, and essays to complete–not to mention one more SAT and ACT in June. Students are so stressed, and they need to reduce their anxiety. If your term is already finished, congratulations on making itContinue reading “Lower Finals stress”

How to Form a Study Group

Studying by yourself can be… frustrating… boring… and other choice words my students have used. Unfortunately, frustration and boredom are bound to happen sooner or later, because studying is usually a lone task. How can students overcome that hump and finish the term strongly? One way is to find a study group! …but where? andContinue reading “How to Form a Study Group”

Finish the term strongly!

Welcome back from Spring Break, everyone! Depending on the school, there are now 8-10 weeks left of school. That might sound like a lot (it’s two months!), but it really isn’t a lot at all. Younger students have state projects, mission projects, and CSTs. Older students have “big name” teststhese last two months–more CSTs (STARContinue reading “Finish the term strongly!”