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In This Issue:
Leading The Way
Study Tip: Getting On The Front Foot
Coach of the Month: Sangeetha Satheesan
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Academic Success Partner of the Month


With over a decade's experience as a pre-school special education
teacher and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education, Faith Golden founded her own agency, It's Aparent, in 2008. It's Aparent is a full service Parenting Agency, specializing in parenting, behavioral techniques and child development, offering classes in art and music for children, developmental parenting and a dads and me class among many others. It's Aparent helps parents to deal with the changes 
in life that a baby brings, with a view to helping
them be less stressed and more successful in their parenting.
Faith uses a behavioral approach founded in limit setting and consequence
based parenting methods, having also raised two successful children of
her own. She has helped to create profound, positive changes in the over 2400 families she has worked with.
It's Aparent will have an Open House at their new location in Encino
on January 19th. For more info call (818) 995 9757 or visit the website.

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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Welcome to our first issue of 2012!


Following a year where a movie about the phenomenon that is Facebook, 'The Social Network', was a worldwide smash with young and old alike, the use of laptops, iPads and smart phones in our classrooms has also never been more prevalent.


While it is possible to obtain a quality education without these modern resources, students with full-time access to the latest digital equipment begin their academic lives with a clear head start. 


In this month's edition we'll take a look at examples of schools that have most effectively integrated and utilized the current technology to maximize academic performance without it becoming a distraction. We'll also explore where we may be headed with regard to technology's role in the educating of our children and the issues associated with that.


At Academic Success, we maintain a broad perspective which not only takes into account the current educational landscape, but also how it might evolve in the future. 


Please call with any questions at (310) 823 4398 or, in this digital age,


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All the best,




"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary people. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary person." 

                                                    - Elbert Hubbard 

Education News

                       Leading The Way

With the technological transformation of our schools moving more quickly every day, US News & World Report recently ranked the country's most 'connected' classrooms. From digital whiteboards to handheld clickers sending immediate feedback from students to instructors, students are now learning in manifold ways with impressive results.


The Textbook: An Endangered Species? 


With textbooks having consistently grown in size over the past thirty years, students may finally be able to look forward to a lighter backpack. IPads and other tablets are replacing textbooks at a rapid rate, with good reason: a student using online textbooks on their tablet can save thousands of dollars annually. 


  Embracing the Future  


In spite of the obvious educational benefits of an internet and digitally-based curriculum, how to make the transition without hindering our student's academic progress is an ongoing subject of intense debate. This New York Times article presents a positive and compelling example of technological integration.

           Technology-free in Silicon Valley

Not everyone is convinced that technological aids are required for a high-quality education in today's world. Featured in this article is the Silicon Valley-based branch of the Waldorf school, which adopts a philosophy that is becoming more and more outside the mainstream: that computers and schools don't mix. 


The Majority Rules   


In spite of the varied pockets of resistance, most educators now believe that not only has technological innovation made a positive impact on their students, it has also increased the volume and standard of productivity, something the statistics bear out. Read here for some helpful tips on doing "e-research".

Study Tips

Getting Onto The Front Foot      


While many students avoid falling into the trap of leaving most of the work til the last minute before crucial midterms and finals, there are also many students with a good work ethic who still struggle to stay on top of their workload and consequently often feel that they are playing "catchup" in their studies. 

There are many simple strategies and techniques available to studentsthat that can equip them for the big exams ahead, giving them confidence and a foundation from which to work. Taking time to gather and organize notes and source materials collected during class or homework allows a student to dive right into their study, saving time and confusion. Arranging meetings with teachers to address areas of struggle can also be hugely beneficial and increase confidence. Related to that is good time management, involving a commitment to devote a certain amount of nightly study time to difficult subjects, ensuring that the student will continue to tackle them earnestly and improve. Taking practice exams can also raise a student's expectations and inspire them to work even harder. In addition to meeting teachers, students can arrange study groups with peers on a particular topic, creating a mutually supportive environment where they can help each other with their weak points. 

Learning to prepare in this fashion does not only raise the probability of good grades; the vast majority of students who develop a strong ethic of getting ahead in their work at an early stage go on to find much greater success in their chosen careers. 

Coach Profile

  Meet Sangeetha Satheesan, 
 Coach Profile of the Month
This month, we profile one of our newer coaches, Sangeetha Satheesan. Sangeetha has a rich and varied academic background. Having completed an advanced degree in biological sciences from USC, Sangeetha then attained degrees in pharmacology and veterinary science. Sangeetha also has a wealth of experience in scientific research, from collecting data to presenting findings, leaving her extremely well qualified to assist students in all aspects of their study process, specializing in biological science, chemistry and algebra course work. Sangeetha loves to tutor and relishes the opportunity to play her part in creating an intelligent, insightful and well-informed future generation. She believes in maintaining an interactive form of tutoring with her students and prizes a visual style of teaching, which she sees as one of the best ways for students to assimilate and retain information. When not tutoring her students, Sangeetha loves to be outdoors, whether it be hiking, gardening or taking in eastern classical dance and music.

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.