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Monday Link Roundup (December 4)


How to Get Your Mind to Read

If you have a child who can technically read but who struggles to make sense of what they’re reading, this article is for you. Reading for understanding doesn’t just require sounding out words on a page – it also requires having enough factual knowledge to fill in gaps. (Editor’s note: this is a hugely underrated component of success on standardized tests like the SAT, which includes sophisticated passages about history, the sciences, etc.)

10 Things to Know About Getting Into Your Dream College

“Open those emails. Connect with admissions officers. Let them know when you visit campus.”

Fractions: Where It All Goes Wrong

An interesting discussion of the perennial challenge of teaching fractions. “When asked whether 12/13 + 7/8 was closest to 1, 2, 19, or 21, only 24% of a nationally representative sample of more than 20,000 US 8th graders answered correctly.” Hint: the answer is 2.

Six Myths About Choosing a College Major

STEM’s not necessarily where the money’s at, you may not even need a major, and more.

Journaling the Old-School Way

In an age of iPads, an English teacher’s plea for old-fashioned pen and paper.

5 Strategies to Demystify the Learning Process for Struggling Students

Drawing on neuroscience and cognitive psychology, professor and author Barbara Oakley outlines five ways to “learn how to learn.” Many of these are practices our tutors use with their students. Highly recommended.


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