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Which Summer Classes Should You Take?

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?’

The School Year is Almost Over. Should You Take Summer Classes?

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?’

Navigating Performance Anxiety for Students and Athletes

Editor’s Note: This article is a guest post by Dr. Lindsay Shortliffe, a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Palo Alto, California.  She works with a wide variety of client concerns, and has specialized experience in work with adolescents and young adults from her work in university counseling centers.  She also specializes in working with anxiety and multicultural concerns.  For more information about her and her practice, please visit:

Do you ever find it difficult to speak up in class, even when you are pretty sure you know the answer?  Maybe you feel overwhelmed when you have to give a presentation – your voice shakes, it seems like your heart is beating out of your chest, and you have trouble remembering what you were planning to say.  Do you find that no matter how hard you study for an exam, when sitting down to take it, you blank out and have difficulty focusing?  Or do you find that when playing a sport you have difficulty performing at your best when the pressure is on?  Although it can sometimes feel like you are all alone in these experiences, this type of performance anxiety is actually quite common among students.  Continue reading ‘Navigating Performance Anxiety for Students and Athletes’

Who Really Checks Facebook? A Student’s Guide for Posting on Social Media

Cell phones and the Internet have allowed people to communicate freely like never before. From Facebook to smartphone texting, anyone can spread a thought at the drop of a hat. From Anthony Weiner to Brett Favre, many celebrities and politicians have discovered the hard way that such ease of communication can quickly destroy their reputation. If not careful, it could happen to your student’s reputation, too. There are many traps for upstanding students to fall into, and colleges and employers are increasingly checking online profiles before making decisions. Ensuring your student is responsible online is vital. Having a chat with your student about online behavior, emphasizing the risks and potential consequences, is a must. Continue reading ‘Who Really Checks Facebook? A Student’s Guide for Posting on Social Media’

How to Avoid Summer Knowledge Loss

As the end of summer approaches, students get more and more nervous for the start of school. However, few think about the knowledge they have lost over the past weeks of sunbathing, pool parties, and trips to the mall. According to the National Summer Learning Association, “most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.” In addition, students are also prone to doing worse on standardized tests when they come back from summer break. Here are several ways to combat the knowledge backslide associated with summer vacation and start the school year with a bang! Continue reading ‘How to Avoid Summer Knowledge Loss’

How to Manage Summer Reading and Homework

During the summer no kid wants to hear the word “homework.” Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more common for teachers to assign summer work, putting pressure on kids to manage their time and get down to business during their two months of freedom. Here are some tips to make summer homework painless. Continue reading ‘How to Manage Summer Reading and Homework’

How to Prepare for Final Exams Without the Stress and Panic

As the semester draws to a close, the looming threat of finals weighs heavily on the minds of students. At the end of each semester, students stress, panic, and cram. This time, try a different approach. Follow these easy tips for stress-free finals. Continue reading ‘How to Prepare for Final Exams Without the Stress and Panic’