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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Things Students Can Do This Summer to Prepare for a Successful School Year

April 29, 2016

  Parents frequently ask the Mindprint team about appropriate expectations for summer learning. We know they receive conflicting advice ranging from “do everything you can to prevent the summer slide” to “let your kids relax and be kids.” The amount of structured learning we recommend depends on the age and specific learning needs of a child. For children who fell behind during the school year or struggled to keep the pace, structured summer learning can be an effective way to make the coming school year a lot easier. For teens, summer prep can alleviate some of the heavy burden during the school year associated with challenging classes, standardized tests and extra-curriculars. However, there is a lot to be said for kids of all… Read More

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What’s the Goal? “Top 100” Grad or “Top 100” Career?

April 20, 2016

by Nancy Weinstein For the hundreds of thousands of students that applied to selective colleges this year, the short-term goal was clear: Getting In. And while many of those students are actively rejoicing, many more are lamenting the thin envelope that came in the mail. Now what?! According to personal accounts from concerned parents across the nation, unless your child is a recruited athlete, getting into a top college is a virtual crap-shoot. The perception is that too many qualified, legacy applicants means “safety school” is as anachronistic as the rotary telephone. And while the debate rages as to whether perception is reality in college admissions, the reality that stress levels have risen significantly among teens is indisputable. As many of our nation’s best and brightest… Read More

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Let’s Not Forget the Forgetting Curve

April 6, 2016

by Mindprint Staff   We are all familiar with the concept of the learning curve. We know that when it’s steep, learning is a challenge. When it’s shallow, the learning comes easily. When we talk about students being smart, we are really saying that they have a shallow learning curve in the subject, or they are quick to understand. Most schooling focuses on getting all students up the curve, testing them to be sure they made it, and then moving on to the next topic. But in reality, learning doesn’t stop with understanding. Deep learning encompasses understanding, storing, and recalling the information as needed for problem solving. If students know their facts or strategies and then forget, they need to struggle right back up the learning curve when they need… Read More

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