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Sep 10 | You Have A Junior - Now What?

by Denise Evans

You Have a JUNIOR ? Now What? It just doesn?t seem possible, but here it is ? your child?s junior year of high school. You may be aware of the myriad of activities and responsibilities that go along with being a senior, but what should you be doing to get your junior ready for college?

Hopefully, you have been talking to your child about college for quite some time. Now that your child is a junior, it?s time to seriously consider which college or university they should attend. Many high school students automatically lean toward colleges that their friends attend, ones that are close (or far!) from home, or ones that family members have attended. While this is a good starting point, encourage your child to look beyond the ?obvious? choices. I have a good friend whose son ended up going to the last college they visited. It initially was not even on his ?radar?, but a brochure he picked up in his counselor?s office peaked his interest. Upon visiting, it was evident that it was a good fit for him.

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Dec 01 | SAT or ACT For Someone With ADHD

"Why do there have to be so many tests?" This is a question asked quite often by the student who suffers from ADHD.  School was a very structured system, and ADHD was recognized by teachers as a learning disability. In order to enter college, all students, and this includes students with ADHD, must pass an important academic assessment tool called the SAT or the ACT.  These tests demonstrate the understanding of material, the ability of the student to accomplish a task, and how well the student absorbs and interprets information. The key? Knowing the material.  But even that may not be enough to pass the exam. There must be preparation also. Preparation gets the brain ready and creates an atmosphere of calmness and confidence. When a student has reached the level of confidence and calmness that he is knowledgably prepared for a test, then he is ready to take the SAT/ACT test in order to enroll in college.  The ADHD student can recieve extended time on the SAT or ACTtest with proper paperwork in order!  Call 214-282-6268 as us how!  More on this topic later

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Nov 13 | The Presidential Election 2012

The next United States presidential election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. It will be the 57th quadrennial presidential election in which presidential electors, who will actually elect the President and the Vice President of the United States on December 17, 2012, will be chosen. Although the race is hardly over, it is time to be considering the candidates and their stance on education.

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Nov 01 | Peanut Butter Lover's Month

November is such a wonderful month full of cool days, crunchy leaves underfoot, and glorious colors all around! It's full of all good things to eat like pumpkins, cranberries, turkeys, and peanuts. Peanuts, harvested in the fall, are ready to make their way to our homes fresh for the Thanksgiving holidays. In the home, the peanuts are made in candies, cookies, and the famous peanut butter sandwiches. Are peanuts nutritional? You bet!  Peanut butter is a very high in calories, yet very healthy food. Most of the fats contained in peanut butter are monounsaturated which have been shown to improve the cholesterol profile by lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol. This, in turn, decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Peanut butter contains high quantities of dietary fiber, proteins, Vitamin E and B3 (which reduces cancer risks), together with Vitamin E, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, and calcium. So, does peanut butter benefit our body's health? Yes!

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Oct 31 | Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Everyone who has children or who has worked with children is aware of the "terrible two's." The majority of the children will grow from the "no" stage to become inquiring, comfortable children. But a few children don't reach that goal. Instead these children develop a pattern  of chronic aggression filled with open hostility, and defiant toward authority figures. When this behavior develops into a behavior trait that interferes with day-to-day functioning, they may be classified as having oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).

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Oct 29 | Three Things Juniors Should Be Doing NOW

Excerpts in the following article are from Three Things Juniors Should Be Doing NOW July 22,2011 by Lynn O?Shaughnessy. Ms. O?Shaughnessy is a financial journalist and the author of The College Solution ? a must read for all parents planning college for their children.

In this article, Ms. O?Shaughnessy is addressing both the parents and the high school junior. Too often both of these parties feel no need to hurry in preparations for college while the student is still a junior. Thought college planning could wait until the senior year? Ms. O?Shaughnessy proposes an outstanding ?No? to that questions. She infers, and rightly so, that preparation for college should begin as early as possible. Although the subject of degree may not be chosen, preparing for the more intimidating aspects of testing and funds should begin early. She gives 5 principal areas for the junior to accomplish.

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Oct 28 | Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Everyone worries now and then. Youngsters worry that they will get lost, lose their lunch money, or find a monster under their bed. But for some youngsters, worry goes beyond the limits, and they find themselves enveloped in a world of worry. Their worries just don't come and go. Instead, their worries are intense and those worries never quit. It's like getting a song stuck in your head and playing it over and over again. This is OCD.  It's worry beyond normal.

With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, the child becomes obsessive with repetitive thoughts such as: germs or dirt, unlucky numbers or words, things being even or straight, doing or thinking something bad, being perfect in everything. In turn, these obsessions turn into compulsions such as: lots of hand washing, counting, touching (every locker passed), checking everything over and over, doing things a certain number of times, or asking the same question over and over.

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In 1999, Jan Van Blarcum, Ph.D. founded Creative Tutors. As an educator, Dr. Van Blarcum understood the importance of personalized attention in a child?s educational growth. Her passion for learning grew into a business endeavor that provides customized, one-on-one, in-home tutoring to children with a variety of learning needs. Every child receives personalized attention from certified/degreed educators.