Archive for May, 2011

Can Supplements Help Your Student Achieve Higher Grades?

As a tutor with years of experience, and as a former health volunteer for the Peace Corps, I’ve learned that there is a strong relationship between the health of our bodies and our ability to learn.

I lived in Africa for two years, and while I was there I saw the negative impact that malnutrition had on the growth and school performance of Zambian schoolchildren. Although most Americans are not calorie or protein deprived like the African children I worked with, our diets often lack the vitamins, minerals, and essential fats that help us function at our best.

What has research shown to be beneficial? The top choices seem to be:

1. A good multivitamin.

In several research studies, between one third and one half of school children who took a multivitamin-mineral supplement raised their non-verbal IQ scores as much as 25 points.

2. Omega 3 fatty acids.

Studies have repeatedly shown that children with lower levels of these essential fatty acids are more likely to be hyperactive, have learning disorders, and to display behavioral problems. Click here for an in-depth article on the importance of Omega 3’s in our diet.

3. B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and others.

Much research has confirmed the importance of adequate intakes of these vitamins in ensuring that your student is learning to the best of his ability. Click here for an in depth article on which supplements might help your student learn.

More and more research is showing that there is a vital link between brain and body health. Do your student a favor and explore supplements as a great way to help your student perform at his or her best!


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The College Board Website – A Great SAT Prep Resource for Your Student

What is the College Board?

The College Board is the organization that makes the SAT.  The College Board has released two SAT Prep guides, both of which contain official SAT practice tests which are the best prep resource possible.  Taking these practice tests is an affordable and effective way to help your student prepare for what she will see on test day.  The newer version has 10 full length tests. 

What is available on the College Board Website?

The College Board website has several helpful features.  Among these are:

1.  The SAT Study Plan.     This feature takes into account whether your student has taken the SAT before and how long your student has to prepare, and based on the answers to these questions provides a detailed study plan. 

2.  The SAT Skills Insight.  This feature allows your student to see what skills he has to have in order to score in his target range, and includes sample problems of varying levels of difficulty. 

3.  A free online practice test and score report.  This valuable feature allows your student to take a full length online practice test which will be graded and returned with detailed explanations of the correct answer choices. 

As an SAT tutor with years of experience, I’d highly recommend taking advantage of the resources available on the College Board website.  Although there is no substitute for one-on-one SAT coaching, taking practice tests and devoting time to reviewing SAT content can do wonders for your student’s confidence and scores – all free of charge. 


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Is your student using the summer to prepare for the SAT?

The summer is approaching, and with it comes the perfect opportunity for your student to focus on SAT prep.  

Why prepare during the summer?

Even the most disciplined students are hard pressed to find the kind of time necessary to prepare for this daunting test during the school year.  Academics and extracurriculars leave students little extra time and energy to do the amount of work required to really prepare for the test.

How much work is necessary for effective SAT Prep?

In order to be most effective, students should meet with a tutor for at least an hour twice a week, and should do about 4 hours of homework per week. 
Many of my school year SAT prep students are cramming our sessions into schedules packed with school, sports practice, homework, and AP exams, and as a result they don’t have the time or energy to really focus on the material.  Even with their best efforts it’s hard for my students to do half the assigned homework. 

What can you do?

Invest in good test prep materials.  Click here for a list of prep materials that I use with my students because I have found them particularly effective.  Even if you don’t hire a tutor, working with these resources will help your student to improve his score. 

So take advantage of the approaching long summer break to give your student the best shot at a good score on the test.  Contact me at (561) 247 2810 to set up an appointment.

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