Kick-starting the 2nd Half of the School Year with Dee Daniels

Nina Parrish was recently a guest on the B101.5 talk show “Sunday Mornings with Dee Daniels” discussing how to kick-start the 2nd half of the school year. Click the link below to listen: Link to the interview with Dee Daniels.     Share -Nina Parrish, M.Ed. Owner | Parrish Learning Zone, …

Marshmallows and the Management of Multiple Tasks

In a now classic, 1972 study by Walter Mischel at Stanford, children ages 3-5 were given a marshmallow and told if they could resist eating the marshmallow for 15 minutes, while the teacher stepped out of the classroom, then they would get two marshmallows.  Follow-up studies showed that the children …

Does Your Child Struggle with Learning or Attention?

According to the 2014 State of Learning Disabilities Report, http://www.ncld.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2014-State-of-LD.pdf, one in five people in the United States, ages 3-20 have difficulty with reading, math, writing, focus and/or attention. Is your child one of the twenty percent who struggles in school due to a learning issue? If so, it is …

Strategies for SAT Success

Do you have a student that plans to take the SAT in the future? Here are some tips to help them prepare:   1. Visit the College Board Website – http://sat.collegeboard.org This website offers some free online resources including a free practice test, sample test questions, emailed question of the day, …

College Quest Causes Stress

“You will have 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete this test. There are ten separately timed sections: one 25-minute essay, six other 25-minutes sections, two 20-minute sections, and one 10-minute section. Work as rapidly as you can without losing accuracy. Be sure to mark your answer sheet properly. You must …

Look Smart, Don’t Make Mistakes

Parents and teachers often think that praise will motivate students to achieve, but it may be doing just the opposite.   Unless you have been living under a rock for the past forty years, you have probably heard of a little thing called self-esteem.  A hot topic in parenting books, …

Should Teachers Be Evaluated Based on How Their Students Perform on the SOLs?

Are the Standards of Learning tests that students take at the end of each course meant to measure teacher performance? Should they be used this way? They might be this year.   This coming school year many Virginia teachers may be welcomed back to their classrooms with the news that …

Should Your Student Be Preparing for the SAT Now?

If your student is a high school senior, the answer is definitely yes!   The season for taking the SAT test is fast approaching, and preparations should start now.  I know what you’re thinking: It’s still summer, we have time, or we’ll start on that once the school year begins. However, adequately preparing …