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Academic Success Gazette 
In This Issue:
Behind-the-Scenes in the College Admissions Process
Study Tip - Go to a Teacher's Office Hours
Study Tip - Build in Rewards While You Are Studying
Monthly Coach Profile
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*  Biofeedback
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Surfrider is a responsible and passionate organization dedicated to environmental education, clean-up, and progress. Read about the West L.A.Chapter's Teach & Test program at Santa Monica High, which empowers students, using lab equipment to test the water in Santa Monica Bay for contaminants.  Surfrider then studies and posts the results, and educates the community about the possibility of changing the effectiveness of water treatment facilities.

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The daily school schedule has been set, the back-to-school nights have been attended, and new teachers have been met.  Now, the real work begins.
Even though term papers, final exams and semester grades may seem to be on the other side of the horizon, the study habits and organization that students invest now will pay huge dividends later.  Students who can keep their notes organized and time-manage their assignments have a huge advantage and are much better positioned to avoid an end-of-semester panic.

Better yet, why not study a little each day to avoid night-before-the-test panic as well? Academic Success coaches support their students by teaching them to plan ahead and break down their work load into manageable bites.  A little organization goes a long way to diminishing stress and producing positive results.

Please call us with any question or concern at 310-823-4398.

Jamie and Eric

Education News

Behind-the-Scenes in The College Admissions Process

Healy HallThis winter, with the metaphorical doors closed and shades drawn, colleges will wade through millions of applications and decide who will get thick envelopes this spring and who will not.  This entire process is one of the most mysterious and anxious events in any student's life.
Bill McClintick, the President of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, has decided to shine a little light on this process.  Throughout the fall, he is answering questions in The New York Times about how college admission decisions are made.  Among the questions he tackles -
  • Is it better to get B's from a top flight high school or A's from a school that is not as competitive? 
  • What kind of essay do application readers hate?
  • Do readers actually watch those DVDs from school plays or athletic events that some applicants send in?
  • Is it important to have a lot of extra-curricular activities or just have a few that are really important?
Mr. McClintick will be continuing this dialog with The New York Times during the school year, so check back in to see more of his insights.

Study Tips

Study Tip #1 - Go to a Teacher's Office Hours

Ask any teacher who their favorite students are and the answer is not surprising: teachers connect with students who express an interest in their class' subject matter and put in visible effort to achieve a strong grade.

So how can students let their teachers know that they care?  Tell them!  Start now, early in the year, and before the first round of grades have been calculated. Visit your teacher's office hours, and let them know how you are committed to succeeding in the class. Ask for suggestions and check back in every 4-6 weeks for more insight.  Your teacher will be pleased and rooting for you to do well.

Study Tip #2-  Build in Rewards While You Are Studying

826 logoYou have to read Acts II and III of Hamlet by Thursday.  There will be a class discussion, and if you do not know your Polonius from your Rosencrantz, you will be in bad shape.   But the brand new version of Beatles Rock Band is in the living room, calling to me!
Don't torture yourself.  Reward yourself.  Use that new toy as an incentive to get your work done. Create a nightly schedule for yourself that includes breaks. Make a deal that for every hour you spend plowing through your work, you will give yourself 15 minutes of free time doing what you want to do.  That 15 minutes will be all the more satisfying knowing that you earned it.

Coach Profile

Meet Kathie Lange
Coach Profile of the Month
 Kathie Lange Triathlon training, paddle boarding, and playing on the beach are a few of Kathie's favorite past times. However, teaching is the activity that Kathie Lange is most passionate about. A 10-year veteran teacher, Kathie is now teaching 3rd grade at Hermosa Valley School, HBCSD. Yet, not all of her teaching takes place in the classroom. Kathie also spends after-school hours coaching track, cross-country, and later this year soccer. Luckily, Kathie also manages to work with Academic Success students to improve their early reading and math abilities. Using the experience from her role as an after-school reading interventionist, Kathie has a knack for making the shyest learners feel confident and comfortable. Her love of learning, paired with an enthusiastic approach makes Kathie a fantastic coach, academic and otherwise.


We consider it a privilege and an honor to support students and their families throughout the Los Angeles area.  Please call us at any time; we welcome your thoughts and input.  We are available at 310-823-4398.
Jamie Altshule & Eric Altshule
Academic Success, Inc.