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To Learn Is..

To know yourself, in order to not be overly edited by others. Photo credit: unknown Related PostsWho’s Choosing Transfer Admissions? Spring Slide to Summer Break CA College Tuition = UP; College Value = ? About the June 6, 2015 SAT Error Greek Life: One Perspective on College Fraternities & Sororities

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“The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same”

One hundred and sixty years ago, Henry David Thoreau wrote, “You may say the wisest thing you can, old man – you who have lived seventy years, not without honor of a kind – I hear an irresistible voice which invites me away from all that. One generation abandons the enterprises of another like stranded …

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Ahead of the Curve: December 3, 2013

From the News: Student Exchanges Between U.S. and Other Countries Rise to Record, New York Times November 17, 2013 College On The House, New York Times November 29, 2013 SF [San Francisco] Seeks Injunction to Stop CCSF [City College of San Francisco] Closure, San Francisco Chronicle November 25, 2013 From Our Clients: College Applications & …

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Ahead of the Curve: November 7, 2013

From the News: Black and White and in the Red: Student Newspapers Scurry to Make Ends Meet, New York Times October 31, 2013 Why Teach English? The New Yorker August 27, 2013 UC Classes Too Big, Teacher Aides Too Few, Report Says, San Francisco Chronicle November 6, 2013 [Note: UC refers to the University of …

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Knowledge Lives in the Now

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Past failure and success can no longer be experienced. Right now is where life happens. To fail or succeed are just two more concepts others like to hang around our necks. Then, as our life unfolds, we are shaped, corralled by the overuse, abuse …

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Learning with a Purpose

Let the semester unfold slowly–looking to make adjustments to your learning process–as your interactions with both the teacher and your other classmates set the tone for your learning experience. This is easier said than done, especially in the later years of one’s youth, when influence creep seems to be in full swing with the attendant …

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“The Three D’s: Death, Disease & Divorce”

When beginning to write college application essays, students often worry about having lived an “ordinary” life, under the assumption that a dramatic event is a compelling topic to persuade college admissions officers.   A few years back, a stressed-out Senior, with tears welling in her eyes, exclaimed to her dad, “Why couldn’t you have died?!?  Then, …

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The Great Math Divide

When a math grade goes south, often parents assume an academic tutor is the answer, as the problem must be a lack of understanding.   Students often draw the same conclusion, under the reasoning that the “teacher can’t teach.”   The latter sentiment of the student is what needs further examination; for while the student may …

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Part 2: Learning May Not Be Simple–The Student’s Perspective

In Part One of our “Learning May Not Be Simple” series, we discussed the complexities of presenting new information in an average classroom, as well as how a teacher’s management of the class can influence the learning process.  The following highlights the student’s perspective and the complications of understanding new information, particularly for high school …

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Aging Doesn’t Have to Mean Old

Why is five, more alive, than sixty-five?  As children, wisdom is simple, not contrived.   You’d think that with age comes wisdom, not so.  Somewhere along the way, wisdom dissolves into reason and logic, as my friends’ daughter reminded me the other evening. Related PostsGrades Don’t Only Measure Learning “Treat Me Like An Adult…Until I Need …