When Math Doesn’t Add Up: 5 Ways to Build Math Skills Over the Summer

When students close their math texts and stop problem solving, their math skills diminish. Over the summer, students tend to lose over a month’s worth of math knowledge. This leaves students playing a game of catch up when school restarts in the fall.  Students struggle to stay on top of the curriculum when they return to school, as math concepts build on each other. Moreover, since math lays the foundation for learning other subjects, falling behind in math creates academic deficits in other subjects. 

GAMECHANGER Tutoring Connection has 5 ways to build math skills over the summer.

5 Simple Techniques to Quickly Allay Anxiety

Managing anxiety is challenging under the best of circumstances. Students are overscheduled and their brains are constantly running, often overwhelmed by the amount of information that they consume on a daily basis. Whether learning to read, writing an essay, learning algebra or calculus, or prepping for a big test, the rapid onset of anxiety can sabotage positive results. When additional responsibilities are added on to normal tasks, the resulting feelings of anxiety are exponentially increased. But there are techniques that can help students cope with anxiety, empowering them to develop skills that will help them gain confidence.

5 Reasons Children Should Get Lost in Books This Summer

Keeping your child’s mind active throughout the hot summer months requires a bit of imagination and encouragement. The easiest way to keep your child engaged throughout the summer is to make sure that they are reading – a lot. 

Reading is one of the most apparent indicators of a child’s academic, intellectual, social, and emotional strength. Here are GAMECHANGER’s 5 reasons that children should spend time reading this summer.

The WRITE Time: 5 Techniques for Writing Powerful Common App Essays

In one sentence, the common application essay can be described as a small moment that encompasses a student’s whole life story. Even this description can seem overwhelming. For many rising high school seniors who are contemplating submitting their college applications, the most overwhelming process is writing their common application essay.

Pursuing Passions: 3 Ways Chess Changed My Life

Guest post by Evan Rabin of Premier Chess.

As you progress through high school, you develop your interests and figure out how you want to spend your time. For me, chess became a passion, and I became extremely involved in the competitive chess community. As a result, chess was a big part of my story when I applied to college.

Staying Patient with Teens: 5 Game-Changing Suggestions for Parents

As a parent, we can think of patience as the ability to deal with difficult situations or problems in a calm and rational manner. Feelings may still be a part of the thought processes and the discussion at hand, but they’re able to be brought to the table in a level-headed manner. Staying patient with teens also involves a level of compassion and love for self. 

Brain Food: 5 Essential Brain-Boosting Recipes

Understanding kids’ relationship with food and its tie to their mental health helps determine which foods can accommodate a kid’s healthy lifestyle and can promote mental health. Helping kids develop healthy eating habits, teaching them to avoid trigger foods, to exercise self-determination in food choices, and to understand the socio-emotional role of food. 

5 Ways to Help Your High School Senior Get Ready for College

Going off to college is a right of passage for approximately 62 percent of high school seniors. But not every high school senior is ready for college. And this often leads to havoc once these students arrive on campus and become immersed in life away from home. So, before your student leaves for college, it is essential for them to know how to manage their time, learn from mistakes, and perform not-so-basic basic tasks like doing laundry and calling in a prescription for medicine.

5 Ways to Balance Academic Responsibilities and Mental Health

Finding healthy ways to balance academic responsibilities and mental health can help to ensure that students have the tools to be successful in and out of the classroom. Here are 5 ways to balance academic responsibilities and mental health. 

History Shouldn’t be a Mystery: 5 Impactful Lessons of Studying History

How many times has your child asked when they would ever use something they learn in school? “Why do I need to learn trigonometry? What are Robert Frost poems going to mean to me in four years?” Well, you can easily tell your children that learning, processing, and evaluating historical facts will help them to better understand the world, to become more responsible contributors to their communities, and to become impactful professionals in our global world. Learning and understanding historical facts teaches children many different but essential lessons.

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