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Thursday 05/29/2014
Why summer tutoring?
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 4:51 pm

“Summer school:” These two words can sound like a one- to two- month jail sentence for students in school. Who wants to sit in class while their friends are out enjoying their summer vacation? Who wants to be the reason their parents have to postpone the San Diego vacation because their son/daughter must attend summer school? Even worse, to be left behind because they have to attend summer school while the rest of the family travels to San Diego. Either way you look at it, most students do not want to attend summer school.

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Thursday 05/15/2014
Ahwatukee - The two keys to getting the most out of college
Updated: May 30, 2014 - 11:46 am

Each and every one of us will walk a different path down the road of life, and yet students are expected to follow a systematized process known as the education system. Just doing well in school these days is not enough to carry students on to the next step, it takes something extra within. These days, we are seeing students struggling to get through the school system effectively; only 30 percent of students attending a four-year, public university graduate within the expected four-year path. These days it is taking students five, six, even seven years to get a Bachelor’s degree and I’ve discovered the reason why. It’s an ancient truth that can be observed on any campus, in any classroom, at any workplace.

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Thursday 04/17/2014
How to achieve your dreams
Updated: June 06, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Imagine if you were able to do the one thing that makes you happy and you actually get paid for it? Doing what you love and getting paid to do it is what happiness is. You can wake up each morning and cannot wait to get your day started living your dream. It is possible if you can apply these seven principles:

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Wednesday 04/16/2014
Class of 2014: Now that you’ve been accepted, how do you choose?
Posted: April 16, 2014

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” — Roy Disney.

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Wednesday 03/19/2014
Spring into math
Updated: May 02, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Spring is in the air and while many are on spring break, heading to a spring training game or spring cleaning, as a math specialist who works with kids of all ages, I can’t help but think of spring as a fun time to reinforce math concepts, especially for the younger set. Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time working one-on-one with children in Pre-K and kindergarten to work on their individual math plans, tailored to their needs. These young learners enjoy calendar time, temperature, time and date — and of course, exploring of the hands-on and “eye spy” variety.

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Thursday 03/13/2014
Class of 2015: College road trip
Updated: April 15, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Most likely you have started to think about what to do after you graduate from high school. If college is in your future, now is the time to begin touring college campuses. These visits will be crucial in helping you understand which factors are most important to you in choosing your future college. Plan to visit a variety of schools: public, private, research, liberal arts, large, medium, and small, with the goal of finding the setting where you feel most comfortable, are valued as a student and can best be prepared for your future work and life.

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Wednesday 03/12/2014
Success for teens: Learning is a never-ending process
Updated: May 27, 2014 - 1:47 pm

You are always learning and discovering new things that will allow you to continue on the path of success. Everyone is always in motion at some time in their life. They are either going up and getting better, or they can be falling back on bad habits. Nobody is ever standing still in life. That is because the world is always changing and if you don’t improve you will be left behind. Not only is the world always changing, but so are you. You are not the same person that you were last year, last month, or even yesterday. You have changed, even if it has been very little. Just by reading this article you will have changed by just gaining some knowledge and insight about yourself.

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Saturday 02/22/2014
The 5-minute rule: Punctuality’s place in college and growing up
Updated: May 13, 2014 - 12:52 pm

If you have ever watched “Alice in Wonderland” you probably remember the immortal words of the unpunctual White Rabbit, “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!” Whether you are looking forward to college or are already there, now is the time to make it a habit to be early to whatever task, meeting, appointment, party, and class you must attend. I can tell you, now being in the professional world and from my time in college, that if you have somewhere to be, you do not want to be running behind. It’s why I am now committed to the “five minute rule.”

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Thursday 02/06/2014
Sharpen your No. 2 pencil Class of 2015: Planning for the ACT/SAT
Updated: April 15, 2014 - 1:36 pm

As anyone who has ever taken a standardized test knows, the last step in preparing for the test is to sharpen your No. 2 pencil. That may not be enough, however, for those thinking about taking college entrance exams. Planning and preparation for the ACT/SAT should begin now for students who are currently in their junior year. Here are some topics to consider as you establish your test-taking strategies.

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Success for teens: Your habits are powerful
Updated: May 27, 2014 - 1:47 pm

The big secret about habits is that they have enormous power in our lives. Habits actually run our lives since we do them all the time.

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Thursday 01/02/2014
Class of 2015: 5 tips to prepare you for college now
Updated: April 15, 2014 - 1:36 pm

With the beginning of the New Year comes the exciting responsibility of planning for college for the Class of 2015. Now is the time for high school juniors to begin researching, evaluating, and selecting the short list of colleges they will apply to in the fall. While the process may seem overwhelming at first, starting now will ensure you are ready and well positioned for the upcoming application season. Here are a few tips to get you started:

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Tuesday 12/31/2013
There’s no such thing as failure
Updated: March 11, 2014 - 7:59 am

This month we will discuss how there is no such thing as failure. Actually, we will discuss that the secret to success is failure. That is a pretty hard point to understand, but it is true. The founder of IBM (Thomas Watson) actually said it best, “The secret to success is to double your rate of failure.” Now when was the last time someone told you that? Let’s be clear about this concept. We are not saying that it is great to continue to fail. We all try to avoid failure at all cost. We are saying that you must continue to keep trying and LEARN from those failures and not give up. Eventually you will succeed.

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Thursday 12/05/2013
Class of 2014: How will you pay for college?
Updated: April 15, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Every family looks forward to the day when the “big envelope” arrives in the mail announcing an acceptance into their child’s college of choice. After the rounds of congratulations and phone calls to family and friends comes the reality of financing four years of tuition, room, board, books and living expenses. How will you pay for college? Understanding the sources of college funding is an important component of your college plan.

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Wednesday 12/04/2013
Success for teens: It all starts with small steps
Updated: March 11, 2014 - 7:59 am

It looks harder than it really is — everything starts with a first step. But when that thing you are trying to do is different or difficult, then that first step seems very hard to do.

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Wednesday 11/13/2013
Helping your child fall in love with reading
Updated: May 01, 2014 - 3:18 pm

For the past 30 years, I have been a literacy advocate. During the summer of 1983, I learned that my grandfather was illiterate.

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Saturday 11/02/2013
Class of 2017: 5 tips to help build your college resume
Updated: October 14, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Freshmen, it’s not too early to start thinking about your college plans. Your first step is to build a strong resume. If you establish high standards and work hard, you will set yourself up for unlimited opportunities when you apply to colleges in the fall of your senior year. Here are some tips to get you started:

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Wednesday 10/30/2013
Success for teens: Use the moment
Updated: December 31, 2013 - 10:37 am

Who you are and your life depends on your past, your community, your neighborhood, your childhood, your parents, etc. This can be summarized by calling it your “circumstances” or your situation. This can sometimes weigh heavily on you if your circumstances are not ideal or are challenging. The good thing is that your circumstances don’t always determine who you are in the future.

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Tuesday 10/08/2013
Peak performance in the classroom
Updated: November 03, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Every high school student wants to succeed in the classroom. We all want to gain knowledge, earn good grades, and set the stage for success in college and beyond. Excellence in the classroom comes from dedication and hard work. Remember, every student wants to succeed, but not every student wants to pay the price or has the strategies it takes to succeed.

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Saturday 09/21/2013
Advice for 1st-year K-12 instructors
Updated: May 01, 2014 - 3:18 pm

In 2004, I received my doctorate in American Studies. Upon graduation, I moved to Arizona for job opportunities and the warm climate. Six months after my move, I noticed a series of Rio Salado Community College advertisements regarding alternative paths to certification.

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Wednesday 09/18/2013
Class of 2014: When should I submit my college applications?
Updated: October 14, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Colleges offer high school seniors several application deadline options to control as well as predict the number of students who will actually matriculate to their institutions in the fall. Your job is to understand your options and plan a strategy that will best suit your goals for admission. Now is the time to make your plan as the first application deadlines are often in early November.

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