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In This Issue:
Using the Summer To Prepare For the Future
Study Tip: Creating a Summer Work Calendar
Coach of the Month: Kay Wilson
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Academic Success Partner of the Month

One of our most effective and experienced partners in helping students is Pattie Earlix, Educational Therapist and School Placement Consultant.
Pattie's clients range from grade 2 thru high school. She works closely
with parents, teachers, administrators, and psychiatric professionals 
in a team approach.
As an Educational Therapist, Pattie strengthens her student's foundation in written language, reading, math and organizational skills.
She has referred many students to Academic
Success for tutoring, coordinating with us to create an effective fusion of her foundation work into our day-to-day coaching. Pattie's collaboration with our staff allows us to focus on the most important needs of our clients.
As a School Placement Consultant, Pattie offers much more than a
description of schools that might be of interest. She begins with an understanding of how her
client learns, then draws on her frequent contacts with teachers and
administrators to understand the teaching profile of each school. She knows that matching a student's learning profile with a school's teaching style greatly increases the probability of future academic and personal success.
Pattie has many years of experience as a teacher, school administrator, and
coordinator of both gifted and special needs programs. She has been an
Educational Therapist in private practice in Santa Monica for over fifteen
years and can be reached via email or 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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Welcome to our 
Summer Break Edition!

June has arrived! Which means one thing for students around the country: Summer Break

And while a summer of rest and recreation can be critical for students looking to recharge their mental batteries, summer break also presents an opportunity for students to ensure their eventual return to academic life will be a successful one.

It is now accepted fact that three months off can cause students to fall behind the pack when September rolls around. With that in mind, we're devoting our June Summer Break Issue to giving our kids and their parents options which may make all the difference when it comes to hitting the ground running in the fall. 
Whether students decide to take all three months for leisure time, working a job, studying, volunteering or spending the summer enjoying a mix of those activities, we'll provide examples and tips to help kids make the most of their time away from school. 
At Academic Success, we make it our mission to offer strategies and ideas that maximize our students' potential, both inside the classroom and out. 
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"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."

                                               - Arthur Ashe

Education News 

Using The Summer To Prepare For The Future
Going beyond the internships typically offered by private companies, a new program undertaken in the Des Plaines school district of Illinois is giving students a chance to see how their local government functions while serving their community over the summer break. Some ideas for kids in the LA area can be found here.
Avoiding Summer Brain Drain


With the issue of Summer Learning Loss at the forefront of many parents' minds, kids can sometimes become overloaded  with schoolwork during the break. This excellent Washington Post column offers up ideas for stimulating kids' minds and creativity while spending time together outside of the class or study room.  


Why Summer Jobs Can Be A Positive



One challenge facing all kids intent on working a job

during the summer break is FOMO: Fear of Missing Out. As friends head off for vacation, parties and leisure time, kids who work during the summer can experience a range of difficult emotions, from sadness to envy and often resentment. This constructive Huffington post article focuses on the advantages to be gained through that summer job.


The Joys and Benefits of Summer Reading



It goes without saying that reading speed, comprehension and vocabulary are core skills that can propel our kids ahead of their colleagues as they move toward college. This terrific piece, with links to the fantastic Scholastic Summer Challenge website, should inspire all parents and their kids to find a good book- or several- this summer. 


Summer Learning Opportunities


One way to continue our kids' education through the summer is to take advantage of our local attractions. This article, while focusing on students in the Pacific North West, offers some great ideas for students and their parents right here in greater Los Angeles, an area not lacking in museums, exhibits and summer programs. 

Study Tips 

 Creating A Summer Work Calendar


In this age of smartphones, tablets and laptops, it's easy to forget the benefits that come with putting things down on paper, especially when it comes to our goals
and assignments.
One way to ensure that some attention will be given to study over the summer is to create a hard-copy, fun Summer Work Calendar.  
While taking time off for leisure and relaxation is absolutely essential, it's also common for kids to carry some stress around about their eventual return to studies in the fall. The best antidote for this is to commit some time over the break to school work, especially in subjects that may not be a strength. A student might aim to read a particular chapter, complete a certain number of exercises, or allocate time to get their parents and/or friends to test them on a given subject.
Kids can pick a fun calendar of their choice and post it somewhere visible to the whole family, setting weekly and monthly goals that will keep them refreshed and up to date in their work. Parents can enhance the enjoyment of achieving those goals by celebrating and rewarding those successes. A fun family excursion to celebrate a child's work is an enormous inducement to keep it up.
There is great satisfaction to be gained, both personally and academically, through the setting and attainment of goals. Ticking them off on a calendar in plain sight only adds to that sense of joy and fulfillment.

Coach Profile 

 Meet Kay Wilson,
  Coach Profile of The Month

This month we are delighted to introduce one of the newest members of our coaching team, Kay Wilson. Having graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's in Drama and a double major in English Literature, one would assume that Kay would be most at home teaching in the arts and humanities field. However, like many of our coaches at Academic Success, Kay brings a wide range of skills and experience to the table: she also has a passion for numbers, having worked in New York as an accountant and financial manager. Kay has successfully taught and tutored high school and college mathematics and science for several years. Through private tutoring, she has developed a passion for helping students to succeed. Kay believes in developing a curriculum that best harmonizes with each student's personal and academic life. She also prioritizes the need to celebrate student's successes, fostering a sense of joy and enthusiasm for the work. We are excited to have her on board and are sure our students will be as well.  

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.