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In This Issue:
Getting Up A Struggle For Our Kids
Study Tip: Practicing A Study "Cool-Down"
Coach of the Month: Krista Kaczorowski
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Academic Success Partner 
of the Month
This month we're thrilled to re-introduce one of our favorite Success Partners, Jan Esterkin.
Jan brings a deep background in education to her work, having begun her career as a classroom and resource specialist teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District before going on to work as a Learning Specialist in several schools in the community.
She has been practicing Educational Therapy in Santa Monica for 14 years, having graduated from UCLA's prestigious certificated Ed Therapy program. Jan also has degrees in Education and Counseling from UC Berkeley, Boston University and Loyola Marymount. Through her 12 years of practicing educational therapy, Jan has developed a unique approach to working with her students, creating an energetic atmosphere through her empathy, sense of humor and enthusiasm. 
Jan is a member of the Association of Educational Therapists   (, an international organization dedicated to "helping individuals become successful learners" - she is currently director of 26 study groups throughout the world. For more information on Jan, visit her website at 
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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, 

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Welcome To Our
2015 Back-To-School Issue!

After a summer of late mornings and days of leisure, it can be a rude awakening for our kids when a full academic schedule and its attendant responsibilities comes around in the fall. One of the greatest challenges they (and their parents) face is getting up and out of the house on time and in a healthy, alert state of mind.
We now know that our sleep cycle changes when we reach adolescence. Teens usually need more sleep and tend to have trouble rising early- all of which makes parents' task of getting their kids out of the house in the morning that much harder.
In this month's issue we'll explore a problem that has school administrators around the world searching for the best solution. We'll offer tips for parents and their kids that may ease early-morning stress and contribute to better academic performance. We'll also provide some inspiring examples of effective morning routines used by some of our best and brightest. 

At Academic Success, we're committed to improving all aspects of our students' daily life in order to give them the best possible chance for high achievement.

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The Academic Success Team

"Lose and hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it."                                                                                                                                             - Richard Whately

Education News 

Getting Up A Struggle For Our Kids
Until recently, it has been easy to dismiss our kids' morning difficulties as simply a result of too much TV or a lack of discipline. This interview with a renowned sleep specialist should give parents a more educated perspective on the daily challenge facing both teen and pre-teen students. 


Delving Deeper 
To Find Solutions 

Although it's important to understand the biological reasons underpinning the problem, parents (and educators) still have to deal with the daily result of our students' fatigue. This compassionate and informative op-ed reports on the effects of insufficient rest and what is being done to solve the problem. 

Does School Start Too Early For Our Kids?

It is becoming almost irrefutable that our nation's school days are probably starting too early. While the problem of parents getting to work on time will need to be addressed, this excellent piece from the innovation webstite Co.Exist  makes the most important argument for later start times: It will improve academic performance. 

Successful Strategies 
To Turn The Tide

Even if our education officials decide to make a change, parents will still need to be vigilant and effective in how to foster good sleep and waking habits in their kids. This helpful list of tips for solving the up-and-out problem may prove the difference in combating the fatigue and stress being felt by so many parents and students today.

Morning Routines 
That Breed Success

While kids may face unique challenges in getting enough rest and starting their day well, there is no question that establishing a positive morning routine can prove the difference between an average day and a great one. This selection of morning routines practiced by some of our most successful female millennials
should serve as inspiration for those battling the morning blues.

Study Tips 

Practicing A Study "Cool-Down"

Building good habits means creating a chain of positive choices over a period of time until they become automatic. This is obviously critical when it comes to establishing a good morning routine- but any morning routine will be compromised without a good evening routine the night before!
One of the key times for any student is the moment directly after a night's study is complete. A student is relieved to be done and may feel restless; it is often in this moment that the fate of the following morning's routine is in doubt. 
Students who immediately turn on the TV, rush to the fridge to stuff themselves or begin a long period of animated chats with friends often miss their window for genuine relaxation and restful sleep. 
With that in mind, a "cool-down period" after studying (just as there is a cool-down after physical exercise) can be key to getting good rest and waking up to reprise one's morning routine.
Going for a nice walk, listening to relaxing music or doing some gentle stretching/movement are all good ways to come off your study time. If you like to talk with friends, let them know that you want to slowly relax into rest and have a quiet, easy conversation, keeping it relatively short. If you like to read, first make yourself a cup of soothing tea, get changed into bed clothes and/or take a quick shower before sitting on the couch- then set a time limit before turning out the light. 
Taking the time to cool down and relax after study can be the difference-maker when it's time to get up and do it all over again the next day. 

Coach Profile 

Meet Krista Kaczorowski,
  Coach Profile of The Month   

Any time we bring a new coach onto our team, we're always excited to introduce him or her to our community. This month we welcome Krista Kaczorowski, a new face on the Academic Success coaching roster. Krista comes from a big family and one of her early joys was to help her younger sibling with his school work. She received a BA in Communication from UC Santa Barbara and is currently pursuing her Master's in Elementary Education at Loyola Marymount University. Krista loves to help people and sees it as a privilege to be able to lend a hand when a student needs a little assistance. Through her own continued education she is expanding her range as an educator and learning new ways to motivate students and help them become the best they can be. In her spare time, Krista loves to be with her family; she is crazy about her adorable nephew who makes her laugh every day. She also loves the beach and tries to get there anytime she has a moment to spare. 
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.