Published June 19, 2014
Tags: aggression, brain, cognition, cognitive, cognitive abilities, cognitive skills, new york times, research, ted, video games, video gaming, violence
This article is Part 1 of our three-part series on video games.
Have you heard all the noise about video games? Pick up a copy of Time or the New York Times, and you’ll hear an uproar over video games making their players violent and aggressive. But pick up a copy of Psychology Today or tune into NPR, and you’ll find enthusiastic support for video games and their ability to improve cognitive skills.
What conclusions can you draw from this debate? Continue reading ‘Video Games and the Brain: Harmful or Helpful?’
Published May 29, 2014
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Tags: analytic reading, close reading, directed reading, enrichment, knowledge backslide, reading, reading fundamentals, standarized tests, summer, summer reading, writing
You’ve heard the clarion calls before: ensure reading is a daily habit. But just how important is becoming a voracious reader? Are good reading habits really so closely linked with success?
You bet! The stories are true: everyone should be reading constantly—and yes, especially over the summer. Continue reading ‘Turning Skimmers into Scholars: Fundamentals for Strong Writers and Critical Readers’
So you’ve taken the plunge! You’re officially enrolled in the summer semester at your local college: now which courses should you take? Continue reading ‘Which Summer Classes Should You Take?’
Though you might not be itching to run back into a classroom, enrolling in a summer class at a local college might just be the best way to spend a healthy chunk of your summer. Over 1.3 million high school students in the U.S. enrolled in college courses last year, and it’s no surprise: immersing yourself in a brand-new environment — college! — will prepare you for the moment you head off on your own journey into higher education. Plus, you’ll end up learning not just the course material but also much about yourself and the world beyond high school. Continue reading ‘The School Year is Almost Over. Should You Take Summer Classes?’
Published April 28, 2014
Right now, you have your acceptance letter, you’re eager to leave home, and your instinct might be to relax and count down the days until you move into your first dorm room.
But what if there were more to senior year? What if you switched off autopilot and settled in back behind the wheel on the long, successful journey into adulthood? Continue reading ‘Taking Back Control of Senior Year’
Imagine the scene: you have finished dinner and your child is about to start his homework. However, he is fidgeting, not sitting still, and cannot seem to get focused on his work. You know your child has ADHD, but his attention has waned since the afternoon. Is it possible your child’s diet is affecting his ADHD? Continue reading ‘Does My ADHD Kid Need Meds? Managing ADHD with Diet’
Every year, thousands of excited high school students receive phone calls, letters, and pats on the back from the athletic coaches of their dream colleges. But only a tiny percentage actually make it to the courts, diamonds, fields, and stadiums of universities, leaving those hopeful high school graduates wondering what went wrong. Is your child actually being recruited for college sports? Why do many colleges lead students into thinking they have a prized spot on their athletic team? Continue reading ‘How Can You Tell if Your Child Is Really Being Recruited for University Athletics?’