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In This Issue:
Coping With The Changes
Study Tip: Creating A Study Planner
Coach of the Month: Michael Robin
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Academic Success Partner of the Month

Dani Levine

This month we highlight
Dr. Dani Levine, founder of The S.T.E.P Group, an organization offering school testing and educational placement. Dr Levine has a wealth of knowledge in student placement, with over a decade working with children, adolescents, adults and families. 
Her expertise in psychological and educational testing allows her to identify the many different types of problems students may be encountering.As part of her assessment process, Dr. Levine spends a quarter of the year travelling the country, evaluating boarding schools, teen programs and other treatment facilities. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the California School of Professional Psychology. For more information on the services Dr.Levine and her company provide, visit The S.T.E.P Group's website or call (818) 996 9880.

Looking for a Student Community Service Opportunity?

Meet Rickey Smith, social entrepreneur and owner of the sustainable food business Urban Green. He's started a community education venture called the Urban Green Kids Row program, creating opportunities for kids from diverse backgrounds to participate in many activities related to food sustainability, from planting seeds  to learning about how organic food is grown and harvested. For more info on a terrific community service and volunteering opportunity for kids, email Rickey, visit the website at

or call (800) 200 3320. 

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School is now back in full swing and, as a result, many of Middle School Transition our kids are coming to grips with one of the biggest personal challenges they will face in their academic lives, that of crossing one of the bridges in the K-12 continuum, whether it be grade to middle or middle to high school.  


While some students may embrace the change and have no problem with the process, many others struggle to maintain their level of academic achievement as they face the many personal and logistical challenges: elementary schoolers dealing with leaving the comfort of one classroom/one teacher and middle schoolers having to step up to more advanced study and mixed treatment from upper classmen and seniors, to name just a few of the difficulties to face. 


Added to this is the prospect of having to prepare for any number of important tests which occur around the New Year. In this issue we'll look at different aspects of the transition process in order to provide a helpful perspective for parents and students alike.  


At Academic Success, our intention is to be aware of all the dynamics that are in play in students' lives in order to best equip them for the challenges ahead. 


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"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." - Og Mandino 


Education News

                    Coping With The Changes

Not only do grade schoolers heading to middle school Middle Schoolers at lockerhave to deal with changes in their educational process, they're also simultaneously coming to grips with a host of physical and emotional developments as well, which can sometimes hinder a child's ability to concentrate on their studies. This helpful and compassionate guide will help in recognizing potential problems and providing solutions.


 Middle School: What's Different 

PBS KidsNo matter how prepared a student is on an emotional level, having foreknowledge of some of the differences between grade and middle school can be hugely beneficial in helping a student to make a quick and stress-free adjustment. This fun and informative PBS Kids article goes into detail on some of the changes.  

      High School : A Whole New Ball Game

freshmenAs students make their final K-12 jump, the potential for high levels of stress and anxiety increases.  This in-depth piece attempts to enlighten and educate both parents and students on some of the psychological and emotional issues that may arise and provide some tips for dealing with them. 


Top Students Sometimes Regress  


Sometimes those most accustomed to success find it hardest to cope with great change. This recent US News article relates statistics which should serve as a healthy warning to any parent or student who assume that middle school success automatically transfers to the next level. 

Study Tips

Creating A Study Planner     


Whether or not a student is new to middle or high school, student plannerall have to deal with the challenge of assimilating an enormous and varied amount of information from multiple sources in order to then prepare for the different types of tests in the curriculum. As a result, it's not uncommon for even the best-prepared of students to become overwhelmed by the workload, not knowing how to prioritize and allocate enough time for the different areas of study.  

One step students can take which can transform their study practice is to create a Study Planner. Most planners will give a student the opportunity to carve out their work day, exposing kids to the benefits of to-do lists and conscious time management.

Choosing an Academic Planner can be an experience that brings parents and kids together, with kids being able to customize their planner by color, size and style in addition to picking a format that best suits the student's needs and temperament.  

It's never too early to teach young people the importance of planning and its potential for giving students peace of mind and putting them in a position to achieve success. 

Coach Profile

 Meet Michael Robin,
Coach Profile of the Month

M RobinMichael grew up in the suburbs of New York City and discovered his passion for education by earning his allowance teaching his mother how to use a computer. Michael went on to attend Harvard University, majoring in English and Playwriting. Soon after, Michael tutored in his home town of New York, often raising his students' SAT scores by over 400 points. Michael went on to become an accredited coach through the prestigious Teach For America, a national teacher placement organization focused on closing achievement gaps throughout the United States. Soon after Michael took a position teaching 11th Grade English and Dramatic Arts at the biggest public school in New Haven, Wilbur Cross.  

One too many winters saw Michael finally make the move to Los Angeles and a spot on our coaching team. When not tutoring students, Michael enjoys sharing his passion for learning with his Academic Success students.


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
Academic Success, Inc.