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In This Issue:
NEW! Summer Personal Statement Workshop
What's Lost As We Shift To The Keyboard
Adopting A Multi-Functional Approach To Your Work
Coach of the Month: Kay Wilson
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Academic Success Partner of the Month

This month we're delighted to introduce you to our newest Success Partner, Schools Admissions Consultant Sandy Eiges and her company LA School Scout. Sandy helps families make informed and thoughtful preschool and K-12 choices that will best serve their individual needs. LA School Scout's mission is to encourage children's enthusiasm for learning and alleviate parents' anxiety by taking the mystery out of the school-finding process. Sandy holds a Masters in Social Work and has worked in the educational field her entire career, both here in California and internationally. "I am persistent and passionate about helping parents find the right school for their child", she says. "I spend considerable time getting to know families from the first phone call and throughout the decision-making process. Parents receive concrete guidance and learn about all of their options in order to find the perfect school - private, public or parochial - for their child." 

LA School Scout serves the entire Greater Los Angeles area. For more info visit the website, email Sandy or call 877.877.6240

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Is Technology Hampering Our Kids' 
Ability To Learn?
This has become a growing question for teachers and administrators as we move even more deeply into the digital age. While the use of digital tools in education is now an essential component of our academic landscape, signs are emerging that an over-reliance on search engines and apps might be hindering the development of fundamental educational skills. 
This issue now has a name: the Wikipedia Problem. With quick answers and a mass of information available at the touch of a button, many students are struggling with shortened attention spans, a lack of critical thinking and a consequent inability to work for sustained periods of time.
This month, we'll examine this critical issue from a broad perspective. taking into account the enormous benefits our kids derive from access to the incredible technology in our schools.  
At Academic Success, we believe that raising awareness of the biggest educational issues is an important factor in helping our students to achieve maximum success. 
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The Academic Success Team


"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting kids to work together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important."                            - Bill Gates

Education News 

What's Lost As We Shift To The Keyboard


Hot off the presses, this New York Times article raises the question: does handwriting matter? Recent studies are illuminating a fascinating possibility: When, why and how frequently our kids write may have ramifications for their neurological and intellectual development.



E-books v Textbooks


While E-books serve multiple purposes for our kids, recent research  suggests that interactive features and colorful pictorial design may be causing students to skip over vital information. This fascinating op-ed makes the case that interactive technologies require greater involvement from our kids' teachers and parents.



 Teachers Advocating For Balance


Although most of this technology is being created far away from the classroom, it is usually the people on the ground that know how to best implement it. This terrific online discussion from the We Are Teachers website offers excellent perspective on the pros and cons of the digital classroom.

Technology Helping To Create The 
Personal Curriculum


On the plus side, digital technology is helping teachers to address each student's individual needs more effectively than ever before. This article in Forbes, written by the head of IBM's global education division, outlines the incredible means by which a teacher can now help every student in the classroom.


Warnings From A 'Techie'
This thoughtful, measured blog from a graduate student in mechanical engineering should provide food for thought for even the most ardent supporter of the digital classroom. Quoting from the thought-provoking book "The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains", the piece makes the case that as we embrace the future, we should carefully consider what to retain from the present.  

Study Tips 

Adopting a Multi-Functional Approach 
To Your Work

One of the hallmarks of being human is our ability to adapt our mode of operation to each unique task.
Yet, for many students, it can be all too easy to categorize our strengths and weaknesses in ways that limit us. This pertains especially to
how we approach our studies. Students often make the mistake of pigeon-holing themselves early in their academic lives. Some will label themselves "auditory" or "visual" learners; others will say they learn best with their "logical left-brain" or "creative, intuitive right brain".
The truth is that we function best when we are open to using all of our intellectual and learning capabilities. The trick is to be aware of when to employ each one.
A student who thinks they are primarily an auditory (listening) learner might find that for a particular subject they might study more effectively using visual aids. Conversely, a visual learner might find that they are taking in more of a subject by listening to the teacher and recording lectures during class. A creative, intuitive learner might need to adopt a more logical, structured approach to a particular assignment and vice versa.
Staying fluid and multi-functional in your study strategies will set you up well for every academic, professional and personal challenge that emerges now and far into the future.

Coach Profile 

Meet Kay Wilson
  Coach Profile of The Month  


We're delighted to revisit an outstanding member of our coaching team, Kay Wilson. Kay graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's degree in Drama and a double major in English Literature. Based on those qualifications, 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, she brings a wide range of skills and experience to the table. Having a passion for numbers, Kay worked in New York City as an accountant and financial manager and has 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 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.