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9 Areas for your Teen to focus on over summer break

What are your teen's plans for this summer? Immediately after the end of the school year, many high school & college students feel burned out from all of their final papers & exams, AP tests, and SAT/ACTs, and all they want to do is have free time to rest and relax.  But, once they’ve had a couple of weeks off from school and have had a chance to catch up on sleep & hang out with their friends, it can be worthwhile to set aside some time with them to discuss their goals for the summer. In addition to relaxing & having fun -- which are also important goals! -- having at least one additional area to focus their time & energy on over the summer can help minimize boredom, increase energy, and give teens a sense of purpose & accomplishment. Here are 9 potential 'focus areas' your teen could consider for the summer... 1. Pursue existing interests or strengths Taking a “strengths” focused approach with students can be great for building their confidence, and increasing feelings of competence & accomplishment. It’s also relatively easy to get teens motivated to build on their strengths, because it’s already an existing area of interest.  As an added

By |June 14th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

12 ways to Stand Out in School or Job Interviews

This week's blog is a guest post contributed by Elaine Rosenblum, Founder of ProForm U™ and co-founder of Access Test Prep & Tutoring. Interviewing is a life skill that is never too early to learn.  Whether it’s for private school, college or a job, interviewing provokes anxiety in almost everyone.  The good news is that you can use this nervous energy to fuel your preparation. The default “winging it” strategy is not going to build the poise and storytelling that yield admissions and job offers. Standing out requires intentional answer content, positioning and specific word choice. At ProForm U™ (http://proformu.com), my mentoring firm, I teach students and professionals how to interview, articulate, and negotiate.  I also interview potential tutors every month for my other company, Access Test Prep & Tutoring (http://www.accesstestprep.com).  I can always tell the difference between those who prepare and those who do not by the relaxed, conversational manner of the experienced applicants. Here are 12 guidelines that any student or professional can use to stand out and make a positive impression in their next interview:Know your audience – Interviewing is about storytelling: the story of you. Schools want to know who you are, whereas job interviewers want to know what you can do, your skills. Framing your

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Prioritizing homework: What to do first?

"What's the best way to prioritize homework?" "Should I do the easiest assignments first?  Or the hardest ones?" I’ve heard from a number of parents and students recently who have been wondering how to prioritize homework. It’s sometimes hard to know whether starting with easier or harder assignments is better, because there are benefits to both approaches... Starting with the easiest assignments...Reduces the risk of procrastinationGives students a quick ‘win’ so they feel encouraged to continueGets some assignments checked off the list quickly, so there are fewer things to think about Starting with the hardest assignments...Enables students to tackle their most difficult work when their focus & energy level are highestGets the most challenging work out of the way, so the rest of the homework feels easier & more enjoyablePrioritizes work that is a large percentage of students’ grade, and/or the classes where they need the most improvement Since there are pros and cons to each approach, how do you know which one to choose? For the majority of my students, I actually recommend using a blend of the two approaches.  What I like it do is...Start with an EASY assignmentTackle a CHALLENGING assignmentTake a short break...then repeat until the work is finished! Here is a diagram of what