Is Your Teen a Candidate for Taking a Gap Year?

Is Your Teen a Candidate for Taking a Gap Year?

So what's all of this talk about gap year? Is that something that would be a good option for YOUR teen? Read on to find out. How did gap years originate? Gap Years started in the United Kingdom in the 1970's. The purpose was to fill the 7 or 8 month gap between final exams and the beginning of university. The intention was to contribute to the development of the student typically through an extended international endeavor. Gap Years came to the United States in the early 1980's. Since coming to the United States, they embody every type of program and experience imaginable, domestically and internationally. What is the purpose of a gap year? A gap year is considered to be 'constructive time out between life stages'. According to the American Gap Association: “A Gap Year is a structured period of time when students take a break from formal education to increase self-awareness, challenge comfort zones, and experiment with possible careers.  Typically these are achieved...
Read More
7 Must Knows for Every High School Parent

7 Must Knows for Every High School Parent

Whether you have a student who is a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, now is the time to create a gameplan for taking (or retaking) the SAT or ACT. Keeping these exams in perspective is important as very often their importance becomes overblown – GPA typically trumps test scores!   RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RISING FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORES: Parents need to think about college as soon as their teen enters high school. This does not mean taking a prep couse to prepare for the SAT or ACT early! It means making sure their student takes challenging classes, gets good grades, and if possible, develops reading as a hobby. (Colleges tend to look most closely at students' grades as it reveals the academic 'track record'.) So your teen is not a 'reader': I recommend your teen take an Efficient Reading Course that focuses on improving reading speed, comprehension, and focus. The ultimate goal is to develop a reading range between 300 and 1000 wpm. When students...
Read More
12