Any parent familiar with the nightly homework struggle knows that where homework gets done can become just a much of an issue as when homework gets done. So a common set of questions we often get from parents is: “Are there any best places to do homework? And where should we avoid?” In this post,

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Needless to say, having administered the SSAT test to hundreds of students in the Northern Virginia area, I get asked about SSAT scores… a lot! And of the questions about the SSAT I usually receive, among the most common include: “What score does my child need to get into ____ school?” “What should my daughter

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If you want to write a high school application essay that is worth reading; one that your audience will remember: Forget everything you’ve ever learned about writing an essay. Okay, I may be being a bit melodramatic. You still need appropriate grammar, syntax, spelling, and formatting. But as for the generic boring cluster that begins

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The third and final post in our “New SAT” blog series answers the most complex of the frequently asked questions parents have about the new SAT: should my child take the new SAT? This question is the most challenging because it is going to be different for each student. One of our biggest beliefs at

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In the first part of our New SAT series, we spoke about what every parent needs to know when it comes to the new SAT. In this blog, we mainly focus on the changes to the test and how they compare to the current format. Now that we’ve covered the basics, we wanted to answer the second

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In the spring of 2014, the president of the College Board, David Coleman, announced that the organization would be redesigning and launching the college entrance exam in the spring of 2016. This announcement left many parents and students confused and unsure about how to best prepare for college admissions. Some of the questions we have most

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In this podcast  Educational Connections’ President, Ann Dolin, M.Ed. speaks about what parents can do to boost their child’s motivation and foster resiliency. Parents who listen to this podcast will learn: The main reasons students struggle to stay motivated in school The latest research on rewards and consequences Effective communication strategies – how to talk

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Our May Tutor of the Month is a Writing and Educational Coaching whiz. Robbyn Ellis, works with Educational Connections students on organization, time management, and study skills, as well as, English and reading. Robbyn creates strong bonds with her students. One mom described her as being, “very sensible” saying Robbyn made her son feel at

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Many parents feel as if video games are controlling their children’s lives and that their kids are addicted to technology. But when it comes to video games: do they hurt or help? Can there be a positive effect? Educational Connections’ President, Ann Dolin, recently appeared on WTOP to discuss what the research says about video games and

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Take a minute and think about how you wish your child kept his room. In your mind, his bed is probably made, the clothes are neatly hung in the closet or folded in his drawers, and you can even see the floor! Now think about what your child’s room actually looks like. Unless you’re raising

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