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Beating Freshman Stress

A little stress can be a positive thing. For example, change can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be negative.

Accepting new challenges is how you progress from one stage of life to the next. According to Alice Boyes, Ph.D. in Psychology Today, “Pursuing things you're curious about and interested in helps create a sense of meaning in life” and “builds skills and confidence.”

But moving away to college entails many changes. You have a new routine. You move among a new set of people. Your diet and sleep patterns are likely altered. How can you keep extra stress from unduly influencing your mood and school performance?

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Posted in Education, College Life

Preparing Neurodiverse Teens Today to be Successful Adults Tomorrow

Like many parents, at this time of year you are probably anticipating and preparing for the start of a new school year. Back to school time is both exciting and stressful for all parents as children transition to new classrooms, new teachers, new routines, and new schools. Parents of neurodiverse teens often have to anticipate additional challenges associated with this time of transition such as handling executive functioning difficulties, embracing different classroom expectations, understanding friendships, and regulating emotions.

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Posted in Educational Trends, Educational Reference, Education, Educational Research

When Am I Gonna Use This?

“When am I ever gonna use this?”

That is one of my students’ favorite questions. Often, this question is an attempt to avoid a topic that the student finds challenging. Sometimes, though, the question is genuine. In this increasingly fast-paced world, many assignments can seem like wastes of time, especially if a student already has strong interests and dislikes. However, being well-rounded provides students with advantages in many areas of their lives—in their day-to-day activities and as they face new and complex challenges in the future.

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Posted in Education

The Science of Learning

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Posted in Study Techniques, Education, Educational Research

The Flipped Classroom Infographic

Knewton, an education software provider, created an infographic on "The Flipped Classroom;Turning Traditional Education on its Head"-- enjoy!

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Posted in Educational Trends, Learning Styles, Education

Podcast: Answers to Parents' Questions About the College Admissions Process (Part I)

A+ Social Media Intern, Jessica Lopez, a senior at Temple University majoring in Strategic Communications, speaks with Joe DeFrancesco, a guidance counselor at Council Rock North High School in Newtown, PA.

In Part I, Joe answers the following questions about the college admissions process:

  1. What do you consider the most important question each student should ask himself or herself upon starting the college admissions process?
  2. What is the first thing parents and student should do in this process?
  3. What are some common mistakes that students and parents make in the college admissions process?
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Posted in Frequently Asked Questions, Education

Podcast: Answers to Parents' Questions About the College Admissions Process (Part 2)

A+ Social Media Intern, Jessica Lopez, a senior at Temple University majoring in Strategic Communications, speaks with Joe DeFrancesco, a guidance counselor at Council Rock North High School in Newtown, PA. In Part II, Joe answers the following questions about the college admissions process:

  1. Which questions should students ask when visiting colleges?
  2. What are some things parents and students can do to ease the transition from high school to college? 
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Posted in Frequently Asked Questions, Education

Podcast: Answers to Parents' Questions About the College Admissions Process (Part 3)

A+ Social Media Intern, Jessica Lopez, a senior at Temple University majoring in Strategic Communications, speaks with Joe DeFrancesco, a guidance counselor at Council Rock North High School in Newtown, PA. In Part III, Joe answers the following questions about the college admissions process:

  1. How do extra-curricular activities fit into the application process?
  2. What are the latest trends in college admissions? 
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Posted in Frequently Asked Questions, Education

Podcast: Answers to Parents' Questions About the College Admissions Process (Part 4)

A+ Social Media Intern, Jessica Lopez, a senior at Temple University majoring in Strategic Communications, speaks with Joe DeFrancesco, a guidance counselor at Council Rock North High School in Newtown, PA. In Part IV, Joe answers the following questions about the college admissions process:

  1. In your years as a college counselor, what is the one most important thing that you have learned about the college admissions process?
  2. Final thoughts on the process.

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Posted in Frequently Asked Questions, Education

An Outsider's View of the American Educational System

In The Educational Dilemma in Saudi Arabia, Talal M. Alhammad, a college junior studying at Harvard University, compares the American educational system with the system in place in his native Saudi Arabia. Mr. Alhammad notes that where the Saudi system emphasizes conformity, and "ineffective memorization," our American system emphasizes critical thinking. He is particularly impressed by the emphasis, within the American model, on deep immersion into a subject area and the requirement that students think about the material from a variety of perspectives, even when that means their opinion may be at odds with that of a professor.

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Posted in College, Educational Reference, Education

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