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New Semester...New Ideas Issue 2    Fall 2009 
Dear Inspirica families and colleagues, 
Back-to-school season is filled with adjustments, appointments, and occasional anxieties -- particularly in today's economic environment.
Inspirica simplifies Fall 2009 for you and helps you deal with the questions that arise as your child changes along with the season.  Because our tutoring is one-on-one and in your home, we get to know the needs of parents and students throughout the year.  This newsletter offers insights and guidance on test preparation, tutoring, and parenting.  Our goal is to help you "breathe easy."
Lisa Jacobson
Founder and CEO
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The Inside Track
In-Tuition: The Economics of Education

Brain and MoneyAs children and teens begin preparing for their academic workload and standardized tests, parents' thoughts turn to alternatives for funding their kids' education.  
The Wall Street Journal recently detailed various ways of saving for college tuition, and the New York Times offered guidance from experts on tuition debt.
Less scholarship money is now available for college, but creative alternatives are springing up.  For example, three Harvard graduates recently launched Unithrive, a new microfinancing site that matches students with alumni for direct loans.
The good news of the season is that tuition increased by only 4.39% this year, the lowest rate of increase in 37 years.
Gainful Employment 

Autumn LeavesConsider this list of careers that are in demand and report a high level of job satisfaction.
If your student's  dream career requires a graduate degree, call or e-mail us for a consultation.  Inspirica offers a full range of GMAT, LSAT, and GRE preparation strategies and customized programs.  Our graduate level tutoring services are available to students nationally and internationally.  See Head of the Class (at right) for details.
The Extra Point
Brain Food

Did you know that the brain works best when the room temperature is between 68 and 72 degrees?
In addition to watching the thermostat, make sure that your children's routines during the new school year include healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise.  The impact of junk food on brain performance is significant.  And physical activity has been proven to increase students' attention spans, as noted in this article.
What's New in Testing?
In March 2009, the College Board changed its score reporting policy. Instead of having to send all scores to colleges, students can now choose which sets of scores they would like to show schools.  This is known as "Score Choice."  However, each college has its own individual score choice policy.  You can see each college's score choice policy here.  Because policies are still in flux, be sure to contact us to determine the best strategy for your student.
Breathe Easy
Pace Yourself

Hads and ClockAnxieties over the new school year can be compounded by overbooked calendars or last-minute decision making.   

  • Work out a comfortable fall agenda for you, your child, and your family.  If your student is older, have him or her help you put together a calendar, so you can both feel you "own it."
  • Start with key testing dates.  Build enough time around SATs, ACTs, and Subject Tests. Make college visits fun, combining them with sightseeing.
  • Take your child's school work requirements into consideration and encourage early planning for special projects.
headofclassHead of the Class
What's New at Inspirica?
Meet with an Inspirica tutor even when you cannot meet in person! 
"Inspirica Anywhere" offers a new level of convenience in tutoring.  This video-based tutoring method is ideal for students who need more flexibility in scheduling -- during vacations, over the summer, while traveling, for students outside the United States, and virtually anytime face-to-face tutoring is difficult or impossible.  Graduate exam preparation is also available.  "Inspirica Anywhere" works from any computer in any location and takes only a few minutes to set up.
Pop Quiz
A Fun, Fast Fact

How many texts do teens send and receive, on average, each month?
A.  10
B.   123
C.   440
D.   1,760

The correct answer is D.   Alarmingly, a quarter of teen texts are sent from the classroom.  That means educators have to work harder to keep students engaged and to discourage cheating.  
Being constantly connected may, in fact, produce anxiety among teens, so "unplugging" periodically is healthy.
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One Kid's High Tops are Another's High Point
Shopping for new back-to-school footwear?  Sneaker midsoles can take up to 1,000 years to break down.  Recycle old sneakers through a program like Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe or plan a sneaker drive in your community.  Biodegradeable options are finally hitting retailers.  This fun green e-newsletter offers sustainable back-to-school ideas -- for dorm decor, clothing, and more.