How To Ensure Your Child is Ahead of the Test Taking Curve

How To Ensure Your Child is Ahead of the Test Taking Curve

Tutoring and Small Classes Help Kids and Teens Accel on Tests and In Class

It’s that time of the year again.  It’s hot, it’s muggy, and the days are long.  School’s out and kids aren’t in classes.  However, in less than two months, kids and teens will return to school and will be expected to be able to complete new course work.  For high school students, this coming school year could be the first you in which they will take the ACT, SAT, or some other placement test.  Your child might think they know best, telling you that they’ll do fine in the fall.  However, it’s important to make sure your child will be ahead of the curve this academic year.

The Biggest Challenges for Kids and Teens in the Fall

Easing into the next school year is always somewhat challenging.  However, for many students, the new coursework could prove even more challenging than usual.  This is especially true of grade-schoolers beginning grammar courses, middle schoolers beginning algebra, and high school students taking on an increased workload.

Grade School Grammar, English Courses

One of the first major hurdles in a child’s academic career comes with the introduction of grammar and English courses.  Unlike middle schoolers and math courses, grammar and English courses can affect girls just as much as they affect boys.  For some students, it’s difficult to understand the intricacies of the English language.  Some schools offer summer courses or in-school courses for students who appear to be lagging behind their peers, however, this isn’t the case with all schools.  It’s important to keep in touch with your child’s teachers to ensure they aren’t struggling with grammar or English courses.

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Middle School Math, Algebra Courses

Algebra, especially for middle school-aged boys, can prove to be especially challenging.  The first time many parents call upon the help of a tutor is when their child take pre-algebra.  Algebra is really one of the first courses in which students use their elementary school foundation to begin a new subject.  Algebra doesn’t go away after middle school.  Children and teens will use algebra virtually for the rest of their academic career.  Do not let your child fall behind when it comes to math, particularly algebra-bases courses.

High Schoolers, College Placement Exams

Beginning in sophomore year, high school students are introduced to the exciting world of college entrance or placement exams.  These exams typically begin with the PSAT.  From the PSAT, students will take the ACT and/or the SAT.  Some students might go on to take additional placement exams.  Placement and entrance exams cannot only determine the future of your teenager but also determine the cost of college.  Higher test scores typically mean more scholarship money and financial aid.  It’s best to begin tutoring or small classes well before your high schooler take their first placement or entrance exam.

One way to ensure your child doesn’t fall behind the curve is to start tutoring now.  Many parents and students will wait a few months to see how the school year is going.  However, this is not the correct way of going about things.  Letting your child fall behind the curve, receiving Cs on tests and assignments, and struggling with teachers is not the way to go about things.  It’s important now to get your child enrolled in tutoring.

Tutoring gives your child something to do in the summer and allows both you and your student to develop a plan to keep them ahead of the curve.  The summer months are also a fantastic time to begin test prep, especially for fall test dates.

How To Master Cold Weather Running

How To Master Cold Weather Running

How to Go for a Run Even When It’s Freezing

It’s cold again and that means your morning and even afternoon runs are in jeopardy.  Even though it maybe 25-degrees out, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your exercise.  There are more than a few ways to get some miles in even when it’s cold outside.

For hot weather runners, it’s always about staying hydrated and to keep your body cool by any means possible.  Running in the summer means wearing fewer clothes, drinking tons of fluids, and letting sweat keep you cool.

For obvious reasons, cold weather running is completely different.  Rather than sweating it out, you actually want to keep fluids from accumulating while also making sure your core temp doesn’t drop off too much.  It’s also super important to note that when you work out in the cold, your immune system works harder than it normally would.  A stressed immune system makes you more vulnerable to frostbite and airborne diseases.  Here are a few tips to stay safe and warm when running in cold weather.

  • Layers Upon Layers. I’m pretty sure you already know this but layering in the winter is kinda important.  Too many people still make the mistake of thinking physical activity negates having to layer up.  Sure, if it’s brisk or cool, layering might not be the best idea.  When it’s cold, layers are essential.  When bundling up, it’s important that you cover up your entire body.  This means wearing a hat, a vest, gloves, a scarf, a heavy coat, and a thick pair of socks.
  • Stay Warm! Duh.  Well, I’m not just talking about your core temp or body temp.  Taking the time to do proper warm-ups is essential when running in cold weather.  Warming up before a run or a job keeps your joints from stiffening and helps your body acclimate to the freezing temps.
  • Fluids Are Still Important But so is Your Diet. Of, course it’s important that you stay hydrated.  However, when it’s especially chilly, you might want to start taking a look at your diet.  During the winter months, you might want to consider increasing your caloric intake.
  • Be Social. Running with friends is a great way to mitigate the affects of cold weather running.  Friends are great motivators and keep you from getting too bored on long runs.  However, they can also help you notice the symptoms associated with hypothermia.
  • Sweating in the Extreme Cold.  Fabrics that keep you dry are essential to any cold weather running routine.  These fabrics whisk away moisture and provide additional protection from the cold.  Moisture-wicking fabrics are available in shirts, gloves, hats, and bottoms.
  • Maybe It Really is Too Cold. Maybe it’s below freezing or maybe there are five inches of snow on the ground or maybe there’s both.  There is such a thing as it being too cold.  Always keep an eye on the weather and know when it’s too cold.  There’s no shame in skipping a run to wait for the snow to melt.

That’s about it.  As you head out this winter to begin your cold weather running routine, keep these tips handing.  Also, make sure to check out the latest deals on cold weather active gear.  Urban Boundaries is one of my favorite sites for cold weather running gear.

 

Custom Coffee Sleeves are The Best Place for Motivational Quotes

Custom Coffee Sleeves are The Best Place for Motivational Quotes

Check Out These Awesome Motivational Quotes Printed on Custom Coffee Sleeves

Considered tacky and cliche, you’d be surprised how beneficial quotes are to a person.  Motivational and light-hearted quotes are a fantastic and free way to stay positive.  There are a plethora of ways in which you can display quotes.  Many people choose to display quotes on sticky notes on the side of their computers or even frame them in their homes.  One interesting (yet super effective) way in which to display your favorite quotes is through the use of personalized coffee sleeves.  Using customized coasters is also another great way to display quotes and positivity! 

There are a few groups printing personalized coasters.  We took a look at a few from St. Louis-based Sleeve-A-Message.  Sleeve-A-Message allows customers to print multiple quotes and designs per order.  That means you could potentially pick a variety of your favorite quotes and each day, surprise yourself with a new one.  Here are a few of our favorites.

“Big Egos Have Little Ears”

I don’t know why I love this quote so much.  There’s something so relevant about this quote.  With world leaders today having such massive egos, the little ears part is just so true.  You can’t learn without having big ears.  Have a small ego and listen.

“All Limitations are Self-Imposed”

Even if it’s not 100% true, it’s a truly inspirational quote.  Essentially what’s being said here is that even if there are limitations inhibiting you, their self-imposed because through hard work, dedication, and perseverance, you can overcome them.

“Failure Cannot Cope with Persistence”

This is 100% true.  Persist and you won’t fail.  It’s that simple.

“The Greatest Wealth is Health”

Somewhat true, it’s important to value your health.  We spend so much of our lives working that we often forget about our health.  Why accumulate wealth if you can’t enjoy it due to health issues?  Good health leads to a long and prosperous life.

“Punch Fear in the Face”

Yeah.  This one is pretty self-explanatory.  Fear is nothing compared to what you can do.  Get over the fear of fear and you will succeed.

“8 More Hours to Go”

This is me every morning when I’m pouring my first cup of coffee.

“Beginnings Are Always Messy”

So true.  Whenever I start something, especially when there aren’t any strict guidelines, I always have a tough time embarking on it.  It starts messy but by the end, it’s fantastic.

“A Good Friends is Cheaper Than Therapy”

Surround yourself with people the genuinely care for you and want you to do your best.  Friends are cheaper than therapy and can accomplish things therapy only dreams of!

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

Bravo.  Who care what other people think.  You do you and you will succeed!

“Imagination is Greater Than Detail”

Albert Einstein said it so you know it’s true.  Our imaginations are amazingly powerful.  Let it run wild and in the short-run forget the nitty gritty.  It’s amazing what you might come up with.