Health & Science

Strengthening Study Habits

Study Skills March 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Completing one year in school is always an exciting moment for students, but it can also be quite stressful when peering into the near future.  Advancing to the next grade can present many challenges, including how to adapt to changes in learning strategies.  We recommend that students learn how toRead More

How to Start Passing Your Classes

Study Skills March 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm

If your room is a complete mess, a mess that hasn’t been straightened in weeks, cleaning it can feel like a scary task.  You look at the mess and just think “I don’t even know where to begin.”  Getting your grades to improve in school can feel the same way.Read More

Memory Retention

Study Skills March 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Does your student seem to understand the material one day but can’t remember it the next? Memory retention is most often associated with “rote learning,” which is learning strictly through memorization.  However, memory retention issues surface in all areas of study.  Memory retention difficulties do not differentiate between difficult conceptsRead More

Getting and Staying Organized

Study Skills March 30, 2011 at 11:51 am

Psychology research shows that the more specific a plan is for achieving a reasonably attainable goal the better your chances are of reaching that goal. Seems like common sense, right? Well, it isn’t always. Organization and planning time for school-work is important for any student. Skills that make a studentRead More

Types of Motivation

Health & Science March 30, 2011 at 11:27 am

When faced with a difficult situation concerning motivation, parents often turn to offering external rewards or threatening to revoke perceived privileges; such actions are all forms of extrinsic motivation but some methods are more effective than others. While these tactics can be effective, often they are overused and in someRead More

Fostering Motivation

Health & Science March 30, 2011 at 11:24 am

Students and parents can enhance student motivation by working together to establish long-term and short-term goals that are challenging, measurable, and attainable.  Students and parents should also work to set up systems of incentives and disincentives for both kinds of goals when intrinsic motivation fails [See our article on “TypesRead More

FDA : Artificial Food Coloring May Exacerbate Behavioral Issues

Health & Science, Learning Differences March 30, 2011 at 9:23 am

Increasingly, a number of studies are indicating that artificial food coloring may exacerbate the symptoms of children affected by behavioral issues such as ADD and ADHD.  The FDA is now assessing whether a variety of foods ranging from Minute Maid lemonade to Cheerios should now include warnings as to such.Read More

ADHD Caused by Nutrition?

Health & Science, Learning Differences March 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm

A new study out of the Netherlands states that as many as 65% of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit tremendously from a change in diet.  The researchers believe that children may simply have adverse reactions to certain foods.  The study is careful not to stateRead More