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In This Issue:
Adjusting To A New Landscape
Study Tip: Freshening Up Your Toolkit
Coach of the Month: Dave Berube
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Academic Success Partner of the Month



This month we highlight Pattie Earlix, Educational Therapist and School Placement Consultant . Pattie works with students, teachers, school administrations and parents to provide strategies that help students make informed, thoughtful choices based on their individual academic, social and family needs. As an Educational Therapist, Pattie addresses challenges related to written language, reading, math and organizational-executive functioning skills, among others. As a School Placement Consultant, Pattie begins with an understanding of how her client learns. She knows that an appropriate match of a school's teaching profile with a student's learning profile greatly increases the probability of future academic and personal success. Pattie has been in private practice for over fifteen years and has devoted her life to helping students and parents make transformational changes in the quality of their lives. To learn more, contact Pattie via email or call at 310-488-7888.

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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It's our Back to School... Early Edition


Around this time in years past, students were still enjoying their summer break with little thought of school and their studies. That has fundamentally changed in recent years, however, with many schools now actually beginning their academic programs as early as mid-August.

Yet what has always been true, whether a student's starting date lies in August or September, is that kids who recommence serious academic work in advance of the fall (especially with a tutor) tend to come out ahead by year's end.

This issue, we'll look at the challenges and opportunities for students as they return from their summer break. We'll offer solutions for some of the 'brain drain' which afflicts many kids as they return to fulltime study.


At Academic Success, we're constantly evolving to meet the challenges of the moment, in order to maximize the potential of our students.


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"Let us strive to improve ourselves, for we cannot remain stationary; one either progresses or retrogrades."

                                                 - Mme. Du Deffand

Education News 

Adjusting To A New Landscape 


Recently, Education Secretary Arne Duncan gave an illuminating interview to the Associated Press detailing some of the changes parents can expect in our schools during the upcoming year. This is a must-read for parents as they assist their children in this crucial re-adjustment period at summer's end. 


Scoring A Digital Advantage


One of the ways students can get ahead is to take advantage of the personal computer most of them now have in their pockets. This recent article in Virtual Strategy magazine features the best educational apps for students K-20. 


Parental Strategies To Help Students


No matter how ready a child may be to return to school, this time of transition can be at the very least challenging and at the worst traumatic for many kids. This Huffington Post article offers some valuable insight from an education expert which may relieve stress for students and their parents as well.


"Tutoring Instead of Pills"

When a world-renowned Harvard psychologist and expert in child development is advocating for tutoring over meds for many children, people take notice. With many kids battling emotional and behavioral issues in advance of a return to school in the fall, this amazing interview with Dr.Jerome Kagan offers a new perspective for parents seeking solutions.

Engagement Is Key 


As students approach the fall, educators and parents are realizing that beyond good teachers, quality schools and a strong work ethic, a spirit of engagement from students in their school can be key to achieving a smooth transition and consistent success. This intelligent article by Kentucky's Commissioner of Education highlights the benefits of collaboration between students, teachers, parents and administrators.

Study Tips 

   Freshening Up Your Tool Kit     


With many students feeling understandable pressure at the thought of the fall academic season arriving so soon (or, in many cases, right now), it can be critical to cultivate a sense of excitement and positive anticipation to relieve the tension. 
One way to assist in this is for kids to equip themselves with brand new school supplies. This can be a really fun activity for students in which parents can also play a part. 
From backpacks to writing utensils, notepads, stationery cases and countless other items, kids can reconnect to their passion and devotion to their study through taking the time to be well-prepared with supplies they can be proud of and enjoy using. Students can organize shopping trips with their friends, turning a study-related activity into something social.
Equipping oneself with quality materials is essential for good preparation in any field, an excellent lesson for students to learn at this early stage.

Coach Profile

  Meet Dave Berube,
  Coach Profile of The Month
The last time we caught up with Dr.Berube (that title courtesy of a PhD in Space Physics obtained at UCLA), he was busy tutoring his students while also working as a professor of Physics at Loyola Marymount University. Dave is one of the most qualified math and science tutors in Los Angeles. He still loves to help students see the beauty behind numbers as he guides them to success, whether it be working on seventh grade algebra or prepping a student for a physics exam. 
Dave has a passion for learning himself, as his LMU bio indicates; he's currently doing research on "the investigation of the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth's magnetosphere"! He's also coordinating a summer program for college interns at LMU. 
Dave looks forward to continue helping his students to blossom. During very rare moments of free time, he still likes to hike and devour copious amounts of peanut butter.

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.