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How To Write A 1st Class Essay

Monday October 14, 2013

Writing an essay can be a maddening process. And, as an undergraduate, it only gets worse. You're not only expected to write an essay well, you're expected to excel at it too. Researching, referencing and composition will only get you so far. In order to get that well deserved 1st A, you'll need more leverage.  Find tips to help!

How To Engage Your Child In Reading

Monday October 14, 2013

Reading well is one of the most important things a child will learn (if not THE most important thing). Naturally, they must practice their abilities often, so that they become better. There is nothing worse than struggling with a book. If you help your child learn to love reading, then it will become easier for them. They will need these skills all of their lives. For example, standardized tests require students to read fast in order to gain entrance into college. If you help your child learn to read quickly, then they will be one step closer to higher grades and test scores! The following list provides guidelines for how to help your child choose appropriate reading materials for their age and level.

Important Careers For Those Who Are Still Deciding

Monday October 14, 2013

Have you wanted to go, or been to college, and cannot decide what you should choose for a career? Well, you should always choose something you are passionate about; however, you should also choose something reliable; something you know will be on this planet for (possibly) forever.  Explore these ponderings on career choices.

Fun Family Activities to Entertain, Engage, and Teach Your Children

Sunday October 6, 2013

Despite having only two days off from school, children can often feel bored and restless over the weekends. In an effort to keep children amused, parents are constantly hunting for fun activities that will keep their children healthy, happy and entertained throughout Saturday and Sunday. Families that are stuck in a weekend rut should try a range of activities that will keep children active and interested. Here are four activities that will guaranteed to keep your children entertained during any weekend.

Five Ways To Introduce Science to Young Learners

Sunday October 6, 2013

You may remember from school that the three core learning areas for children are science, English and math. Because these subjects are so important and form the basis of all of our knowledge, it makes sense to introduce them to children from a young age. Now, while children can be taught English simply by listening to stories and music, or from watching television programs and learning to read, and simple math can be taught by counting, introducing the world of science can be a little harder. After all, doing experiments with Bunsen burners are off limits for children under five, even with adult supervision. To help give you some more inspiration, here are five ways to introduce science to your child under five.

Private School Tuition - Is It Really Worth It?

Sunday October 6, 2013

Many parents of children with disabilities consider placing them in private schools or private tutoring programs at one time or another. This usually occurs because they believe their children's needs are not being met in public schools. They may believe that private schools are better equipped to teach their children. Sometimes, private schools have excellent reputations and solid performance data to back their records. Other pricey private programs are primarily riding on media hype. Emma Anderson explores critical concerns parents should think about before making the private school tuition plunge.

Social Promotion: Why Do Some Schools Push ADHD Children Through?

Sunday October 6, 2013

Many parents of children with disabilities struggle with the practice by some schools of giving grades for effort rather than actual skills mastered. Sometimes this is referred to as social promotion, moving children forward despite the lack of mastery of skills so they can stay with their peers. Some educators believe this supports self-esteem. Some schools retain these students in attempt to give them another shot at learning the skills, but some feel this only leads to further failure. Elizabeth Reed shares her experiences as a parent frustrated with the practice of giving good grades to students who have not earned them.

Health Problems Impact Teen Learning

Saturday September 28, 2013

Teen and Tween Health Problems Affect Learning TooChildren and teens health problems not only impact their physical well-being but also affect their energy levels and ability to learn well in the classroom.  The impact of health problems is especially severe if a child is already coping with learning disabilities when health problems strike.  In other cases, students who otherwise may have done well in school may develop learning problems and disabilities as a result of health conditions.  Learn more about health problems and how they can affect a child's stamina and tollerance for learning, ability to attend classes and pay attention while there, and general cognitive skills:

Typing and Keyboarding Skills Are More Important than Ever

Saturday September 28, 2013

Having an effective typing speed is a valuable expertise these days, and you can only achieve this by practicing proper typing techniques. In the job market, many recruiters are looking for candidates who are proficient in typing and keyboard skills. This is because most organizations' activities are computer-based, and efficiency is the key. Touch typing is an important skill that improves one's typing speed and accuracy. A touch typist doesn't look at the keyboard while typing. The fingers hit the right keys on the keyboard by force of habit, enabling him or her to type faster.  Find online resources to help you or your child improve typing and keyboarding skills.

Coping with Diabetes

Saturday September 28, 2013

Diabetes in Canada and the United States has been increasing drastically in the past few decades. Children as young as 12 years of age (and even younger) are being diagnosed daily by health care professionals, as are many adults. There has been an increase in gestational diabetes in girls and women aged 15 and above. Gestational diabetes is different from Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Common complications due to diabetes are heart disease, stroke, vision problems, blindness, kidney failure, and nerve damage. Other problems caused by diabetes are neuropathy, kidney disease, and eye disease in diabetics. The classic symptoms for diabetes are thirstiness, frequent urination, and increased hunger. Learn more about the warning signs of diabetes, and find strategies to cope.

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