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3 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Read

3 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Read

The number of children who read digitally is on the rise, according to a report called “The Children’s Digital Book Market: The future looks bright.” In both the U.S. and Canada, e-book sales for children have increased substantially for some companies. No matter how you may feel about digital books, this is great news. More kids reading […] Read More

Protect Your Kid’s Identity

Protect Your Kid’s Identity

Much has been made about protecting your digital footprint lately. (Thank you, Apple and the FBI, for bringing this issue center stage). And, according to tech experts who follow such trends, it would seem that many people are starting to pay attention — especially when it comes to protecting their children’s privacy using encrypted communications. […] Read More

What We Have Learned About High School Equivalency

What We Have Learned About High School Equivalency

The past 18 months shook up state education communities preparing students to earn a high school equivalency certificate. With some states dropping the old test for new ones, states choosing to have multiple options, and the implementation of College and Career Ready (CCR) standards, the landscape drastically changed in a short period of time. Here’s […] Read More

Back to School, Back to Driving Basics

Back to School, Back to Driving Basics

For teenagers, heading back to school can mean increased driving. But before you let your teenager drive to school, sporting events or on trips with friends, you should make sure he knows how to drive safely. The first few months behind the wheel can feel overwhelming. Try not to criticize teenagers’ driving. Instead, make sure […] Read More

Snag Your Dream Job With a Little Coaching

Snag Your Dream Job With a Little Coaching

Far too often, employees find themselves stuck in an unfulfilling job, yet are reluctant to leave. They settle because of current economic conditions or because they simply lack the confidence or required skills to pursue their dream career. According to a recent study conducted by The Conference Board, job satisfaction is at an all-time low – […] Read More

Youth Program Aims to Curb Unemployment Among Young Adults

Youth Program Aims to Curb Unemployment Among Young Adults

The economic recession has hit America’s youth particularly hard. Nearly 4 million of the unemployed are young people 25 and under. Many of them are not teenagers who need a minimum-wage job to earn pocket money to spend on weekends. They’re young adults who need a job — and job skills — so that they […] Read More

The Importance of Protecting Patents

The Importance of Protecting Patents

America’s economic engine is fueled by innovation. The ideas and inventions that emerge from researchers’ labs or the garages of budding entrepreneurs have spawned powerhouse companies, even new industries. But turning ideas into products usually requires a crucial step: getting a patent. Patents provide years of protection, ensuring that innovators’ investments won’t be undercut by […] Read More

Get An Edge on College Prep Tests

Get An Edge on College Prep Tests

The college application process and the college prep testing that goes along with it can be overwhelming for students and families. Tests such as the SAT and ACT are an important element of the application process, and therefore a source of anxiety. However, only about 30 percent of public schools have an advisor dedicated to […] Read More

5 Study Tips to Curb Exam-Preparation Stress

5 Study Tips to Curb Exam-Preparation Stress

For college students, the stress of exams is an anxiety-filled final hurdle to overcome before fully relaxing and enjoying the long-deserved break. These exams can be intimidating — especially for freshmen with an advanced workload — which is why stress management is key.Use these five stress-relief tips to help ease exam-taking tensions as casual study time becomes […] Read More

Financing Your Back-to-School Laptop

Financing Your Back-to-School Laptop

For college students, computers are as important as textbooks if not more so. Students’ homework? Online. The articles that students need to write their research papers? Archived online. Colleges now put everything from campus news to career center information to dining hall schedules on the Internet, making personal computers as important for today’s students as […] Read More

Is Studying Causing a Headache? Try These Four Study Remedies

Is Studying Causing a Headache? Try These Four Study Remedies

How do children learn? Step by step. Skill by skill. Some students will be better at certain academic aspects than others. This is what makes each student unique. This can also keep some students from learning what they need to learn. It is important for parents to intervene early. “Study skills are critical to succeeding […] Read More

Youth Development Programs Gain Momentum in Schools

Youth Development Programs Gain Momentum in Schools

Receiving a comprehensive education in today’s society requires more than leaving the educational system with knowledge about algebra or an understanding of how to write a compound sentence. Today, more than ever, leaders, educators and communities alike are looking for programs that go beyond academic education, but develop youth into well-rounded citizens. Long before youth […] Read More

When School Success Requires Donations

When School Success Requires Donations

For most families, back-to-school season means shopping for new backpacks, school supplies and clothes. Yet, many American children attend school without basic supplies or even shoes. Families living on American Indian reservations and in Appalachia — a region extending from New York to Mississippi — face extreme poverty. It’s not a matter of uncontrollable spending, […] Read More

Families Flock to Virtual World for Learning

Families Flock to Virtual World for Learning

Today’s parents have a challenge no other generation has faced: New research from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) reports that Internet risks are affecting kids at increasingly younger ages. Cyber-bullying begins in the second grade; pirating illegal content, such as movies or music, begins in fourth grade. To combat these growing risks, parents and […] Read More

Students Learn There’s Value in Pro Bono Work

Students Learn There’s Value in Pro Bono Work

Despite conventional wisdom, the axiom “You don’t get something for nothing” isn’t always true. It seems particularly untrue when college students provide communities with services on a pro bono or discounted basis in an effort to gain necessary experience. For example, many dental schools have their students provide check-ups to children from low-income communities who […] Read More

College Senior Projects Address Real Business Needs

College Senior Projects Address Real Business Needs

For business and technology students at DeVry University, the name of the game was innovation — not just graduation — as they presented their final senior projects to industry experts and local leaders. “Students really get to showcase their talents when they present their senior projects,” said DeVry University associate professor Deborah Helman. “And they’re also given the opportunity […] Read More

How to Help Children Become Active Readers

How to Help Children Become Active Readers

Most parents understand the value of sharing reading experiences with their child. However, not all realize that the way they read to their little one, and even how they interact with their child during playtime, can impact learning.  Parents can help grow literacy skills while teaching their child to draw, play catch or count numbers. […] Read More

Is Going Back to School an Option?

Is Going Back to School an Option?

School is never easy, but responsibilities like bills or a family can make the prospect of adding to the mix seem overwhelming. Despite these challenges, people from all different backgrounds are choosing to go back to school, seeing continued education as a way to improve their current job prospects or create future job security. Many […] Read More

Help Your Kids Re-focus on School

Help Your Kids Re-focus on School

As the school year passes the halfway point, some kids may get distracted from their studies. If you and your kids want to re-focus on school success, here are some suggestions for kick-starting learning: * Commit to learning. With your children, come up with one or two major goals that you want to accomplish for […] Read More

Reinforce School Lessons at Home for Better Learning

Reinforce School Lessons at Home for Better Learning

As an adult, you may know that lessons learned in high school or college can quickly go by the wayside. Studies have shown that children struggling in school score higher on achievement tests in June than they do at the end of the traditional summer break. Even more concerning are findings that indicate how these […] Read More

How Your Garage Can Make the Grade for Back-to-School Season

How Your Garage Can Make the Grade for Back-to-School Season

Once known as “that place you park your car,” garages now serve as work rooms, craft corners, and entertaining and recreation spaces. In short, garages have become an extension of the home. Most people prepare their home for the changing seasons, but many do not give their garages a second thought. Yet, updating garages can […] Read More

Reading For Success

Reading For Success

We read directions to perform a task, we read newspapers to be informed and we read novels for the literary experience. Students are now required on state exams to have solid reading skills, and children who do not master “reading for different purposes” may have difficulty completing job-related tasks or reading for enjoyment as an […] Read More

Understanding the Realities of Graduate School

Understanding the Realities of Graduate School

According to a 2009 study by the U.S. Census Bureau, less than 5 percent of the U.S. population has a graduate degree. The post-recession economy has placed increased pressure on job-seekers and working professionals to join this minority and gain a leg up on the competition. However, many prospective graduate students still need assistance in […] Read More

Earn College Credit for What You Already Know

Earn College Credit for What You Already Know

Despite signs that the national economy is getting back on its feet, Americans who lost their jobs to the recession are having a harder time getting back on theirs. Jobs have changed—a lot—and along with them the skills and knowledge required to enter and advance in the workforce. In the new economy, more jobs require […] Read More

10 Things Students Should Know About the GRE Revised General Test

10 Things Students Should Know About the GRE Revised General Test

Accepted by thousands of graduate schools and now more than 500 business schools worldwide, the GRE General Test can open up a world of opportunity for students looking to earn an MBA or other graduate degree. Prospective test takers have even more reason to take the test this coming August, when the GRE revised General […] Read More

Reading Tips From the Experts

Reading Tips From the Experts

Playtime is central to a child’s development. Many experts agree that reading, however, is just as important. According to Richard E. Bavaria, Ph.D., senior vice president of education outreach for Sylvan Learning, now is the perfect time for learning and discovery. “It’s very important that children continue to practice their academic skills year-round as strong reading […] Read More

First Step Toward Career Success: Degree Completion

First Step Toward Career Success: Degree Completion

Earning a bachelor’s degree can be a valuable step toward career success. Fewer than 5 percent of bachelor’s degree-holders over the age of 25 are unemployed, compared to a national unemployment rate that is over 9 percent. Despite the benefits of degree programs, many students do not complete the process due to perceived barriers, such as a full-time […] Read More

Survey Says Impoverished Children Crave Education First

Survey Says Impoverished Children Crave Education First

Ask an average group of 10- to 12-year-olds in the United States what they want to be when they grow up, and more than one in four will say famous athlete or singer/actor. Pose the same question to their counterparts in the developing world and professions requiring a college education, like teaching and medicine, top […] Read More

America Gets Ready to Celebrate Engineering

America Gets Ready to Celebrate Engineering

February 19-25, 2012, is Engineers Week, or EWeek, a celebration of the engineering profession and a focal point for public awareness programs showcasing engineering and technology. This national event is held each year during the week of President George Washington’s Birthday; many consider George Washington to be the nation’s first engineer. Schools, corporations, museums, government and […] Read More

Tips for Keeping Kids Safe on New Mobile Devices This Holiday Season

Tips for Keeping Kids Safe on New Mobile Devices This Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us, the latest cell phones and tablets are sure to be at the top of most kids’ gift lists. Let’s face it: they’ll use these gifts to keep up and connect with their friends on sites like Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat. While these devices make it easier for parents to […] Read More

Katy Perry Helps Support Teachers and Students

Katy Perry Helps Support Teachers and Students

Florida is no stranger to the entertainment industry. After all, it’s home to the most visited theme parks on Earth. What people may not know is that the Sunshine State’s entertainment expertise is also used to train our nation’s military. At first glance, you wouldn’t think the two industries would have much in common. But, […] Read More

Balancing Higher Education as an Adult

Balancing Higher Education as an Adult

Parents and even grandparents are now doing homework alongside their children. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), higher education enrollment of students age 25 and older rose 43 percent between 2000 and 2009. From 2010 to 2019, NCES projects a 23 percent rise in college enrollments of students age 25 and older.Many […] Read More

Time-Saving Solutions to Finish Your College Degree

Time-Saving Solutions to Finish Your College Degree

It’s a goal of many recent post-high school students — go to a great university and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years. But why is that easier said than done, and what can be done to stay on schedule? According to the National Center for Education Statistics, fewer than 60 percent of first-time […] Read More

How to Ensure Your Child Has a Pest-Free School Year

How to Ensure Your Child Has a Pest-Free School Year

How cool would it be to show off your idea for some innovative technology that could exist 20 years from now? Well, students in grades K-12 now have that chance. Even as some worry we’ve fallen behind other countries in producing graduates in the critical STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — the […] Read More

Students Use Engineering to Work Toward Sustainable Future

Students Use Engineering to Work Toward Sustainable Future

Although the change is gradual, the U.S. is gaining ground on a more sustainable future. Energy experts and environmentalists can argue it’s not occurring fast enough, but from transportation to engineering, improvements are being made. The Prius is Toyota’s third most popular car. Each year brings a new round of hybrid vehicles, making over 30 […] Read More

Math Counts: How to Raise an Independent Learner

Math Counts: How to Raise an Independent Learner

Did you know success in mathematics has been linked to success in college and future careers? Simply stated, math counts when it comes to a bright future.To mark the importance of math, Sylvan Learning is offering tips to help all students excel in mathematics education and become independent learners.”The deluge of data that children encounter in […] Read More

Increasing College Persistence

Increasing College Persistence

Although educators and administrators continue to debate the actual value of tests and examinations, testing has become an intrinsic part of the American education system. Neither students nor parents can escape the reality of exams, and continuing academic success largely depends on managing test anxiety and learning how to adequately prepare for exams. But, that’s not the […] Read More

Money Matters: Why Financial Literacy Counts in High School

Money Matters: Why Financial Literacy Counts in High School

We all know when the trick-or-treaters head home with their Halloween candy and the turkey comas set in after Thanksgiving dinner, the holiday season is right around the corner. Meant to be the happiest time of the year filled with joyous memories, the holiday season can quickly turn into an unwanted shopping nightmare as you […] Read More

Be Prepared! Back-to-School Time Is Lice Season

Be Prepared! Back-to-School Time Is Lice Season

Parents need to be prepared for back-to-school season as 85 percent of all school districts report at least one outbreak a year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that most of the 12 million cases occur in preschool and elementary-school-aged children. Fortunately, parents can now help to prevent head lice using natural, safe […] Read More

A Back-to-School Checklist for Parents

A Back-to-School Checklist for Parents

As summer winds down, thoughts turn to the school year. But it’s easy to put off back-to-school preparations until the last minute, when you find yourself frantically throwing packs of No. 2 pencils in your cart. This year, why not try for a more organized approach? Here are some tips: * Go through your child’s […] Read More

Reward Children’s Accomplishments with Effective Incentives

Reward Children’s Accomplishments with Effective Incentives

Celebrating a child’s milestones does wonders for building character and self-esteem, but parents aren’t always sure how to acknowledge their child’s accomplishments. Will a quick hug suffice? Or do you need to throw a party for the entire school class? Mostly, children just want to know that their parents take an active interest in their […] Read More

Summer Reading Tips for Vacationing Kids

Summer Reading Tips for Vacationing Kids

Summer outdoor play is central to a child’s development. Many experts agree that reading, however, is just as important. According to Richard E. Bavaria, Ph.D., senior vice president of education outreach for Sylvan Learning, summer is the perfect time for learning and discovery. “It’s very important that children continue to practice their academic skills in summer […] Read More

Top 5 Must Haves for Girls Going Back to School

Top 5 Must Haves for Girls Going Back to School

From a young girl’s perspective, half the fun of going back to school is shopping for new clothes and school supplies to start the year off right. For this year’s back-to-school season, Sanrio is launching a new collection of cute Hello Kitty products at Walmart for young girls. The collection includes everything needed to head back to […] Read More

Encourage a Love of Reading During National Family Literacy Month

Encourage a Love of Reading During National Family Literacy Month

For many parents, it’s a struggle to get kids to read outside of the classroom, but November is the perfect time to change that, because it’s National Family Literacy Month.The importance of reading goes well beyond acing a test or getting an “A” on a book report. It’s a lifelong skill that helps you to […] Read More

Summer Break Means 25 Percent Break for Educators, Administrators

Summer Break Means 25 Percent Break for Educators, Administrators

Teachers deserve every break they can get. Reports show that wages for educators have been declining, and some work two jobs to make ends meet. Meanwhile, many teachers pay out of their own pockets for books and supplies. As the new school year approaches, Barnes & Noble wants to make it a bit easier for […] Read More

Making Reading Social for Your Kids at New Book Hangouts

Making Reading Social for Your Kids at New Book Hangouts

With so many TV shows, videos, and games vying for a child’s attention, it can be hard to keep him or her inspired to read. It can be even harder to do so in “real life” settings, but interacting with other kids and sharing excitement for a series or character is often more powerful than […] Read More

Working Moms Stay Connected to Children Through Messenger Kids

Working Moms Stay Connected to Children Through Messenger Kids

According to research from Working Mother Research Institute and Messenger Kids, 79 percent of working moms find that there is a constant struggle to find the right balance between being at work and being with their kids.They never want to miss a moment with their kids, but also feel the pressure to be present at […] Read More

Back-to-School List Should Include an Eye Exam

Back-to-School List Should Include an Eye Exam

As parents cross backpacks and notebooks off of back-to-school lists, many neglect to consider the most important learning tool children have – their eyes. Many classroom activities, including reading, writing and computer work, require vision, so children with vision problems may fall behind their peers. Worse, they can have trouble concentrating and develop behavioral problems, […] Read More

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