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Parent Tips for Stress-Free Homework Help

Photo Credit: Pixabay By Emily Graham Helping your children with their homework presents two major challenges. First, kids will be kids, and many would rather play or do pretty much anything else other than their homework. The next problem is the complexity of “new math” and other modes of learning that differ from the way…
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How To Be A Better Learner – Infographic

Developing study skills is a great way for your student to gain confidence in their test-taking skills and in themselves. Included below is a checklist on how to become a better learner. This infographic includes tips for more effective study skills based on research that has found that the key to becoming an effective student…
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Honing Memory To Boost Academic Performance

By Sally Writes   Research shows that around 10% of students may have working memory problems. This can be a stumbling block to academic success because the working memory is required for everything from reading comprehension tasks to spelling and mathematics. If your child quickly forgets what they have just read or tends to get distracted,…
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Evaluating Your Child’s Attention

“How bad is bad?” What’s the big deal about attention? Focusing, shifting, and dividing attention is constantly needed throughout the day. If it’s not a problem for you it will be hard to empathize with a child that struggles with it. If it focused attention does not come naturally, it is often extremely frustrating. The…
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Mindful Feeling

As I nervously waited for the oral surgeon to start extracting my lower 2nd molar, I decided which podcast would most distract me from the experience. After achieving a state of plenty-numbed, I started listening to NPR’s TED Radio Hour (a synthesis of TED talks on one topic, in this case “Happiness”). I felt a…
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Over 1500 School Shootings- Discussion Points

At Total Learning Centers (TLC) today we had an all-school assembly to talk about the shooting last week in Florida.   Students are, of course, upset about the news. This is normal. My daughter was just starting high school when the first school shooting occurred. She remembers being anxious at school and wants the students at Total…
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Mindful Noticing

Mindful Noticing   Over the past several months, an idea has re-surfaced so many times it has become impossible to ignore its pull. Every week someone asks me about mindfulness – what it is and how it might help them with whatever they’re dealing with in their personal and/or TLC life. Because our schedules don’t allow…
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How Indoor Quality Affects Students’ Academic Performance

How Indoor Quality Affects Students’ Academic Performance Supportive parents are creative when it comes to giving their child’s self-confidence a boost in terms of schoolwork and academic success. Tutoring is one way to ensure children understand crucial concepts, improve their attention and memory, learn at their own level, and follow a program that will ensure they learn…
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How Music Can Help You Blossom

The pursuit of learning is often a lifelong venture. There are many different pieces of advice to ensure that you or your child has the best access and opportunities to learning experiences. For instance, the value placed on reading in recent years is immeasurable. The education system understands that reading is one of the most important tools…
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Articles from Dr. Carol and Dr. Joe Utay

Northern Connection: A Visit with the Utays Over the years, Dr. Carol and Dr. Joe Utay have contributed their own professional and parent-friendly research for the professional and parent community. Check out articles and research written by Dr. Carol and Dr. Joe, including articles from their column in Northern Connection magazine, “A Visit With the…
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