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Disappearing Recess Implications – Ben Hirshberg

Monday, November 26th, 2012

The Implications of a Disappearing Recess Period by Ben Hirshberg is a scholarly paper that focuses on how pressure from high-stakes testing has resulted in less recess time in many American schools and its negative impact on the children involved. The paper is very well referenced and can be obtained by sending Ben an email at If you are looking for ammunition to save or expand recess if your school, Ben is your man.

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Eat Smart, Be Smart: How Diet Can Improve Mental Capacity by Madoline Hatter

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Eat Smart, Be Smart: How Diet Can Improve Mental Capacity by Madoline Hatter

  • When we eat, the vitamins and nutrients in the food we consume are processed by our bodies. If you eat a lot of “junk food,” there is a good chance that you will feel like junk. Foods that are more beneficial to your body can make you feel the exact opposite. Healthy foods can also impact your mental capacities and provide the means to maintain a healthy weight,
  • A large proportion of people initially go on a diet in order to lose weight. This is the major topic of the first few pages of a Google search on the term “diet.” Although more people are understanding the other ramifications of healthy eating, many are still in the dark about just how profound an impact eating healthier can make on their daily lives. Every aspect of your existence is impacted by the various vitamins, minerals, and macro nutrients that are needed for optimum bodily function. If you are deficient in any of these components, your body won’t be as efficient as it could be.
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Eight Incredible Online Tools to Check Your Grammar by Paul Bates

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Eight Incredible Online Tools to Check Your Grammar by Paul Bates provides quick introductions to popular tools that can make almost anyone a better writer. From students to teachers, anyone who writes at all should check them out. Thanks, Paul.
Writing Tools


  • The arduous days with traditional writing methodology have passed a long time ago as the technology has assisted the writing enthusiasts with many of powerful tools. The complete process of generating ideas to creatively designing and publishing books is now much simpler, faster, and cheaper. There is always a quest going on in the heads of the writers to find promising tools and gadgets that can help them write decent, eye-catchy content online. And the non-native speakers have always needed tools to help them write grammatically precise content. To dissolve all the misconceptions, here’s a list of popular grammar tools easily available online. Categorically, these can be rendered as Productivity and Organization, Editing and Proofreading, and Designing and Publishing.

Writing Help

1. Grammarly

  • This most popular and prolific tool is available for free online. This tool proofreads your content in real time as you write and points outs grammatical, punctuation and style errors immediately. Among the highly demanding tools, Grammarly is the most reliable and user-friendly, which also comes with the contextual spelling checker and a sentence structure identifier. Its premium version offers the users superior functionality like plagiarism detection and professional proofreading. (Doug: I have been using this tool for a while and highly recommend it.)

2. Grammar

  • This is a reliable and up-to-the-minute tool with the best intrusion free portal for grammar and spellchecking. It also imitates a few functionalities of Microsoft Word like indentation and numbering or bullets style. It provides a person with the ease to import documents in any format for a grammatical check up.


  • This is also a spelling checker that is available for free. The key quality of this tool is that it identifies minor grammatical errors providing a user with a high precision rate. Incredibly easy and quick editing functionalities make it highly demanded among the users.

4. Clean Writer Pro

  • Looking for a distraction free tool to help you write like a pro? This tool can fulfill your needs in the best possible way. Furthermore, for the developers, it provides an efficient utility to convert a document to HTML so that you can post it to your blog or website immediately.

5. Ginger

  • This is a sublime tool to correct punctuation and grammatical errors efficiently on the go. The mistakes in the content are carefully analyzed and are accurately replaced. It also imports articles for the detailed checkup before publishing. However, the user has to download a full version for a laptop/PC if the article is longer than the supported length allowed by the online version.

6. Online

  • Interactive design is the key to success of an app or tool so in order to accomplish perfection Online highlights the errors by category. The content is examined and the spelling errors are marked in red while the grammatical mistakes are highlighted in green. This helps the user to differentiate between the errors easily helping to avoid them in future.

7. Language Tool

  • To better serve the needs of every user this tool supports twenty different languages as well as all versions of English language. It provides the user with spellchecking, punctuation and indentation functionalities.

8. After The Deadline

  • Automatic Corporation, the developers of WordPress, has created this tool to add an extra dimension to the writing world. It comes with many functionalities like add-ons and extensions. It supports easy handling of grammatical and punctuation errors with priority suggestions to make the writing process better. Its online version is very coherent if you don’t feel like installing the tool on a laptop to unleash its full functionality.
  • There are many other tools available online that provide similar basic functionalities but the ones mentioned here are the most widely used by people throughout the world.

Paul Bates

  • Paul is a freelance writer from Dallas, TX. He’s an avid reader and during his free time writes summaries of different stories and novels. He has recently written the Chrysanthemums summary, a fascinating story by John Steinbeck.
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Embrace Learning-Based Games for Children by Craig Middleton – guest post

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Learning Games
Embrace Learning-Based Games for Children by Craig Middleton will give parents and teachers some idea about how to use games in a developmentally appropriate manner. If you aren’t playing word and number games with your kids it may be time to start. Thanks, Craig.


  • Games are often considered as a fun tool to distract a child or something to play on a rainy day, however, games can also offer a wonderful benefit to children. Through many stages of childhood, kids can play games to enhance their development, build skills and also have a great time. While these vary by age group, there are games for almost every age, so consider these as you look to game options for your students or children.

Memory Games<

  • Games that test a child’s memory and allow them to practice are a wonderful tool as their young minds grow. For young children, this can begin with recognizing, memorizing and simple matching of a few variations of shapes and colors or animals that are flipped to conceal the card. This game can provide children with the opportunity to practice their short-term memory and work to build that muscle. With memory games, it is important to utilize age-appropriate tasks. By offering a toddler a memory game involving many options and choices, you may find yourself with a frustrated, melting down child, as this is developmentally beyond their means. As children age, using the same game with increased variations and options can increase the level of difficulty and challenge them further. This may include subjects of art, locations and people to add additional obstacles to navigate.

Language and Letter Games

  • Letters are introduced to children at very young ages, however, discerning their properties and understanding how letters go together will come at a much later developmental stage. Age-appropriate language games that involve the use of letters can be a fun way to embrace learning and supplement their education at home. Whether you are choosing a game that matches one letter to reflect the first letter of a corresponding picture for a young child or using letter gram games to utilize your kiddo’s vocabulary, there are limitless options. The importance of choosing games that can support the development of language, letters and words can be influential and helpful as your child gets older. Additionally, by gamifying language, you find yourself making learning fun and enjoyable while supporting their development.

Math and Number-Based Games

  • Just as learning language skills can be influential in a child’s life, so can be learning numbers and math. Not everyone associates the concept of fun and enjoyment with math and numbers, as these tend to be analytically based concepts. However, by offering an entertaining outlet, we can teach them that the analytical areas can be just as fun. Many games offer children the ability to practice math skills and number-based tasks. For younger children, this may be adding simple numbers to understand the scoring system of a game and for older children, they may be able to practice logical reasoning and numbers with a game like sudoku. For all of these options, children find themselves practicing the use of numbers and reasoning, benefiting their education and building skills while playing and enjoying the landscape that is educational games.

Social Skills

  • Developing social skills is a pivotal component of a child’s progression and can be essential as they grow older. Many games, including some of those listed above, can offer the practice of social skills, whether that be sharing, taking turns, offering explanations or any other variety of human interaction. By providing children with the opportunity to engage with others and learn various social skills, we can engage them in a practice that will be increasingly influential as they age. While many games focus on the sole purpose of establishing and putting social skills into practice, countless games offer these same benefits just by the nature of being a game.
  • While the importance of games can often be quickly looked over, it is important to acknowledge the influential nature of games on learning. Not all games will offer children the same benefit, but there are opportunities to enhance their learning experience and enjoy some entertainment all at once.

Craig Middleton

  • Craig is a New York City-based retired business consultant, who is an expert in education and cultural trends. He has a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters in Education from St. Johns and loves sharing his knowledge on the side through his writing. If you have any questions or comments you can direct them to Craig at
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Five Effective Habits to Increase Your Motivation to Study by Edmond Garrett

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Five Effective Habits to Increase Your Motivation to Study by Edmond Garrett offers students of all ages key tips for organizing and getting the most out of study time. Be sure to share this sound advice with any students you know.

  • The amount of effort you put into studying directly reflects the grades you receive from your classes, whether you’re in high school or college. Unfortunately, motivation to study is often lacking when compared to the desire to engage in other activities, like spending time with friends or enjoying other leisure pursuits. However, if you build the right five habits now, you can increase your motivation to study, while still leaving time to enjoy life’s other joys.
  • Early Review

    • Make a habit of waking ten minutes early each morning during the week. Spend this time reviewing class materials you’ve already covered. This isn’t a time to catch up on reading assigned chapters or finishing homework you should have done the night before. This time is specifically for quick review of already read materials, such as reading summaries at the end of textbook chapters or reviewing key concepts and definitions.

    Scheduled Study Times

    • Create a weekly calendar on Sunday laying out your week. Look at the syllabus or class schedule for each of your courses to determine the tests and assignments scheduled for the week. Set aside specific times devoted to studying for each class. Your set aside times are flexible if something comes up during the week, but making a habit of setting this time aside will give you a better chance of following through on your studies.
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    Five Practical implementations of Internet of Things that can make your Life Easy by Vaishnavi Agrawa

    Thursday, February 18th, 2016

    Five Practical implementations of Internet of Things that can make your Life Easy by Vaishnavi Agrawa explains how the IoT is changing MANY aspects of our lives at work and at home. This is a guest post from Bangalore, India. If they get it there you should get it here.
    5 IoT

    • The Internet of Things (IoT) is on the way to become a more diverse, well-known and pervasive international network of all. One day, IoT endpoints are probably not restrained to consumer, business, governmental and scientific makes use of but will span all areas of human pastime. Indeed, within the international economic system, the Internet of things is poised to emerge as the most important big data analytics cloud. However, although Big Data is essential to the Internet of things, it is a ways from being the only piece of the IoT fabric.
    • The Internet of Things represents a general concept of the capacity of network devices to function and accumulate data from the world around us, and afterward, share that data over the Internet where it can be handled and used for different intriguing purposes. With so many emerging trends in big data and analytics, IT organizations need to design circumstances that will enable analysts and data scientists to do vital research.
    • IT managers and implementers cannot use a lack of maturity as an excuse to halt experimentation. Originally, only a few people — the most experienced analysts and data scientists — need to do research. Then those high users and IT should collectively discover when to release new sources to the rest of the organization. And IT shouldn’t significantly control in analysts who want to move ahead full-throttle.

    1. Smartphones

    • Currently, the smartphone is practically acting as IoT, which uses GPS. Besides the guidance of WiFi or GPS, they can with no trouble track your actions and relay your know-how to a database which can be utilized to analyze your life style and fitness.

    2. Connect sense

    • These wireless residence sensors keep you aware of your home’s temperature, its protection, or even let you monitor for possible water and other damage.

    3. Wifi Lights

    • The wifi lights are web-enabled, which not only can help you reduce your electricity charges, but still can produce alarms associated with a predefined movement.

    4. Smarter CRM (Customer Relation Management)

    • When used in the conjunction with an accountable customer relationship management (CRM) instrument, the IoT will likely be able to do more than merely gather and arrange client data. It’s going to be able to effectually and appropriately analyze that data as well, delivering you with actionable results involving your customer base.

    5. Social Media

    • The IoT is already optimized to be used with social media, enabling computerized posts and shares to be on the whole generated by way of the gadgets themselves, and preparing the best way for new online communities to enhance themselves based on users of designated devices.
    • Statisticians think that IoT will create the usual substantial impact on marketing in the future years. Marketers can use IoT to reach their customers. Digital promotion and marketing can become fabulous if we study the IoT as a mechanism. The entrepreneurs today have many opportunities to make their business techniques better. IoT can also make personal lifestyles anyone who comprehends how to use it.

    Vaishnavi Agrawa

    • Vaishnavi loves pursuing excellence through writing and have a passion for technology. She has successfully managed and run personal technology magazines and websites. She is based out of Bangalore and has an experience of 5 years in the field of content writing and blogging. She is currently works for Intellipaat. Her work has been published on various sites related to Hadoop, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, IT, SAP, Project Management and more.
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    Five Reasons Why All Students Are Not Able to Pursue Higher Education by Jessie Yarrow

    Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

    Five Reasons Why All Students Are Not Able to Pursue Higher Education is a guest post by Jessie Yarrow, a journalist and blogger from Hyderabad, India. Her’s is an interesting perspective on how traditional higher education is out of reach for many all around the world. She shares my hope that modern technology can help more people move up the learning and earning ladders.

    Jessie Yarrow

    • Jessie Yarrow is a passionate blogger and journalist. In her free time, she writes articles on various topics such as education, gadgets, and travel. As of now she is focusing on Univariety, which provides career guidance for the students. Her gravatar link is She also tweets at @Univariety and is located in Hyderabad, India. How cool is it to collaborate with someone on the other side of the world? Thanks Jessie.


    • The 21st century is has ushered in the era of education and technology. Education has become the most powerful tool through which one can attain success in their lives. Education is divided into various phases. Higher education is the most vital phase as it enables students to hone their talents and focus them on one single career. In other words, higher education turns a person from literate into an intellectual and a professional. Although secondary education has become more widespread than ever before, even in developing countries, higher education faces a number of problems and hurdles all around the world.
    • Despite the fact the there has been massive progress in both education and research in the last few decades, many problems continue to plague the educational system and a huge number of students continue to stay out of its loop. Following are some of the major reasons why students are unable to pursue higher education.

    Financial Problems

    • In many developing countries (and even in developed countries in some cases) higher education is an endeavour for which considerable financial resources are needed which many people do not possess. Even though there are numerous options to aid such students, many of them are not aware of them or are not confident to apply. In many instances, students have to start earning at a young age to sustain their families. This robs them off the chance of studying further.

    Geographical Distances

    • Due to the combined efforts of various NGO’s and governments, primary as well as secondary schools have started appearing in every locality and region. However, as far as the institutions of higher education are concerned, they are still scattered at faraway places geographically. Many times, students cannot afford to travel and live away from their home for a number of reasons and this becomes a reason why they cannot pursue higher education. Then there is also the fact that in many institutions, there are limited seats ever year. The competition for these seats is very high and many students are left behind.


    • Many students do not have aptitudes suitable for certain type of courses. Some students come from schools where the primary education they received was not at par with what they were to be taught in degree courses. For some, the sheer amount of coursework, assignments and the readings are too much. The result, they drop out.
      In countries like India, where the primary and secondary education can be taken in local languages, English becomes a barrier when they pursue higher education and they end up failing or dropping out.

    Wrong choices

    • One of the biggest problems students face in higher education is the lack of career guidance. A large number of students end up choosing a degree for higher education just based on immature advice. When they start their studies and realize that they are not suitable for the particular course, it’s already too late and they end up wasting their time. Many such students get so dejected that they stop the pursuit of higher studies altogether.

    Commercialisation of Education

    • Despite the increasing number of educational institutions cropping up everywhere, it has become impossible to pursue higher education without incurring huge costs. Apart from the costs, there is the worrying factor that many colleges no longer give importance to anything else than grades. Students who want to explore their creativity and new ideas are forced to limit their pursuit to grades.
    • Apart from these issues, there are many other problems which are proving to be the stumbling blocks for students, making higher education seem like a dream which is not possible to pursue. The advent of technology and the Internet has opened new gates for learning and education which can be used to revamp the educational world and make it easier to access for everyone from every corner of the world. Let’s hope that the quality and availability of education that can result in a successful career with continue to improve to people all over our world.
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    Five Ways To Make Essay Writing Engaging For Students by Julie Petersen

    Thursday, January 21st, 2016

    Five Ways To Make Essay Writing Engaging For Students by Julie Petersen offers excellent advice for teachers, parents, and students about how to make writing more exciting and interesting. You should also check out the high-quality articles for educators and parents at Julie’s fine website AskPetersen.


    • Sometimes, students are natural writers, and the challenging task is getting them to stop and move onto the next assignment. But more often than not, it takes some creativity to get students excited about writing academic essays and papers. Luckily, there are some effective ways to inspire them to want to write and to give them the guidance necessary to help them succeed. Here are some tips to get your student(s) genuinely interested in writing.

    1. Read

    • It cannot be said enough that reading and writing are intrinsically linked, for better or for worse. By encouraging your students to read more, they will not only gain more of an appreciation for the written word, but they will have a bigger vocabularies, better grammar, and more ideas to inspire them when they write. To get students to read, you can read aloud in class or assign reading several times each week. Once the students have read a work, have a group discussion about the reading assignment and get them talking about the piece.

    2. Make It Applicable to Real Life

    • Do you have a class full of students that can’t stand writing academic essays for the sake of writing and getting a grade? Try a new approach in which they have to write things like letters to a friend, thank you notes after a holiday, or even a description of a person they are close to. They might be more interested in writing when it’s something they see as useful. Once they see the value in writing, you can go back to writing essays, poetry, prose, or research.

    3. Suggest Inspiring Tools

    • One of the best ways to get students interested in writing is to give them tools that allow them to believe they can do it. Here are some tools that can offer help when it’s needed.
    • Hemingway Editor: Sometimes students need some help making their message clear. Hemingway Editor highlights any sentences that are too long or difficult to read, so that the student can rewrite these sections.
    • Readable: Readable gives your writing a grade level at which most people could easily read your work. Make sure this grade level isn’t so high as to be considered difficult to read. But also make sure it’s not too low.
    • EssayMama essay writers: Essay Mama can help students come up with great writing ideas. They can also help with editing, proofreading, and formatting academic essays.
    • Thesis Builder: Need some help coming up with a thesis for your paper? Thesis builder can help with that by asking some questions about your topic and giving you some options for a thesis.
    • Help.PlagTracker: PlagTracker will find any instances of plagiarism in your student’s paper and eliminate them. The website can even rewrite these sections with original content.

    4. Show Off The Writing

    • Reward and inspire your best writers by showing off their work. You can do this in a number of ways. You can (with their permission) read their work aloud to the class. Alternatively, you could create a book with the best stories. These books could be distributed to your students alone or multiple classes. If you want to be a bit more subtle about it, you can post students’ work to a bulletin board or hang them in the hallways at your school. Whatever you do, make sure to let the students know that their work was featured because you enjoy their writing and look forward to what they will write next. (Doug: You can also post their best work on a class blog.)

    5. Allow Illustrations

    • This might not be as important for older students (in High School or college), but younger students might feel discouraged when writing their essays if they can’t find the right words to say what they want to say. By allowing illustrations as part of the assignment (without compromising on the written requirements), students may feel more at ease about saying exactly the right thing. It may also provide further inspiration to tell their story in writing.
    • Whatever method you choose to help inspire your students, remember that everyone is different, and what works well for one student might not work for another. Try these tips one at a time to see what works and what doesn’t. And no matter what, remember that the best thing you can give to a student who is struggling to write is encouragement. Let them know that writing takes time and practice. If they keep at it, they’ll be successful.

    Julie Petersen

    • Julie is a private English language tutor and a content marketing specialist. She is the author of educational AskPetersen review blog, and a contributor to such websites as FreelanceWrite.About,, and Contact Julie on Linkedin.
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    Four Easy Steps to Touch Typing by Adam Fort

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

    Four Easy Steps to Touch Typing by Adam Fort offers tips to improve typing skill for adults and children alike. In a day when efficiency can make the difference between success and failure, you can ill afford to be a less than proficient typist. With these tips, all you need is the commitment to practice.

    Adam Fort

    • Adam is an education strategist at This project helps children and adults to learn touch typing via an Online Typing Test and lessons.


    • Fed up with how long it takes you to type an email or a document? Does your amateurish typing leave a lot to be desired? If typing efficiency is costing you valuable hours in productivity, maybe it’s time you start working on improving your touch typing efficiency. Computers or laptops have become an integral part of day-to-day life. From emails to presentations, from college assignments to office presentations, everything requires the skill of typing. Typing fast and accurately is a skill that proves absolutely invaluable for nearly every job. Follow these four easy tips to boost your touch typing speed and become a typing whiz.

    Use correct techniques and position

    • The first step is to use correct sitting position and keyboard positioning. It goes without saying that you work better when you are in a comfortable position. The same thing applies to typing. Choose a comfortable chair and sit straight with your back upright, and your eyes firmly fixed on the computer screen. If you slouch, you will get fatigued easily. Also, make sure the room has sufficient lighting and ventilation. (Doug: Also consider standing up like I do. You can now buy desks that go up and down so you can change positions while you work.)
    • Position your keyboard in the correct position and use both of your hands for typing. Position your fingers on the home row keys. You should be able to move your fingers across the keyboard. With proper finger placements, you should be typing with all ten fingers including your pinkies. The goal of this proper hand placement is that you do not have to move your hands while typing. This way you can focus more on your touch typing accuracy and speed.

    Avoid looking at the keyboard

    • After you have positioned yourself comfortably, start typing. Assess your current typing skills so as to understand your typing speed and accuracy. This will also give you a fair idea about how much effort and time you need to put in improving your typing speed. The next step is to resist the urge to look at the keyboard while typing. While riding a bicycle, do you look at the pedals or road? Initially, it is hard not to look at the keypad. But, no matter how difficult it is, you need to eliminate the habit of looking down while you type. Adopt military level of discipline and look at the screen. Familiarize yourself with finger placements and let your mind guide your fingers to type correct keys.

    Practice, Practice and Practice

    • Just like in any other field, practice is the key to success. You need to remember that you can’t excel your typing speed in just one day; but you can definitely improve it drastically. However, it is important to practice in the right way. Practice as much as possible and do it with extreme patience. Make your practice more interesting by writing emails, chatting with your friends, or playing interactive typing games on internet. By the way, average typing speed is only 41 words per minute.

    Use online typing tests

    • The best way to practice your typing speed is by taking online typing tests. These tests are developed by typing experts and professionals for making your typing process smooth and fast. Some of these tests add extra remedial measures based on your assessments. These remedial lessons are individually tailored to focus on learner’s individual progress, and therefore speeding up and focussing the learning process. These online tests can be taken according to your comfortable timings., TypingTest, and TypingWeb for iPhone typing offer convenient ways to test your touch typing speed and accuracy. They also offer extra remedial measures that are tailored to individual’s progress and performance. These remedial measures are easy to understand and also help in keeping a track of progress. This allows the learner to speed up and focus the learning process.

    Acquire the Skill

    • Typing is not an inherent skill. It is an acquired skill, and with proper techniques and tools, one can improve his typing speed as well as accuracy. Apart from saving money and time, fast and correct typing offers several benefits. When your typing speed is good, you stay in a state of flow. This allows you to focus your energy on words and message, rather than on typing skill. Your mind works faster when you are typing without interuption. So, try the above mentioned four easy steps and you too can type like a professional.
    • Doug: I may be hard to shift from the hunt and peck two finger approach, but it will pay off in the long run. An added benefit to typing faster is that you will end up writing more, which will improve your writing skill. The only other thing you will need is a skilled editor who gives honest feedback. This is the best way to lose bad writing habits. Thanks Adam.
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    Four Study Time Tips for Parents of Children with ADHD by Vee Cecil

    Monday, December 14th, 2015

    Four Study Time Tips for Parents of Children with ADHD by Vee Cecil tells a touching story of how one parent has dealt with a child with ADHD. Vee has done research that other parents and even teachers can use to help these kids. This post also contains many links to useful Internet resources on the topic. Please share with other parents you know who are in this same situation.

    Vee Cecil

    • Vee keeps busy by being a wellness coach, personal trainer and bootcamp instructor in Kentucky. She also recently launched a blog where she shares her passion for health by writing about her favorite tips, activities and recipes.

    Vee's Son Hard At Work
    Vee’s Son Hard At Work

    In Her Own Words

    • I know from experience that schoolwork and studying can be exceptionally difficult for kids with ADHD. My son was recently diagnosed with ADHD, but prior to his diagnosis, we spent many painful evenings trying to help him get through his homework. And while the homework was always completed, my son, his dad, and I were often left feeling exhausted and frustrated.
    • Now, that he’s been diagnosed with ADHD, I’ve been doing some research around what we can do to make study time easier for him. Here are four study time tips that I plan to try with my son and that I think will be very beneficial for other parents of children with ADHD.

    1. Identify and Remove Distractions

    • One of the best study time tips is to ,a href””>identify distractions. By identifying the noise, objects, places, etc., that are distracting your children with ADHD, parents can help students choose a better place or situation for studying. Setting up a special work area for your child outside of their room can be a great help. Make sure the area is painted a neutral color, that there is plenty of room for them to move around, and that there are minimal distractions in the work area. Music or white noise may be a good thing to turn on to help a student with ADHD focus. There may be a little trial and error that goes into identifying and eliminating the distractions, but the time will be well spent.

    2. Encourage Active Reading

    • A page of nonfiction text may be daunting for a student with ADHD, because they often contain pictures, captions, charts, headings, subheadings, and other text features that pull the focus away from the main text. Active reading techniques are especially helpful for these students, because they encourage them to look at the page, read headings and captions, and look at photos before needing to concentrate on the job of actually reading the text. These pre-reading techniques also prepare the student for reading the text because it gives them a chance to think about the main ideas prior to reading.
    • Other active reading techniques include skimming the chapter, taking notes while reading, highlighting, and annotating text. If you’re not sure how to encourage active reading, your child’s teachers may be able to offer tips and more support.

    3. Enable Moving and Fidgeting

    • Honestly, nobody likes to sit still for a long period of time, and even people without ADHD can find it difficult to do so if they are studying or reading something difficult. That’s why one of the best study time tips for parents of children with ADHD is to enable them to move and fidget. One strategy is to allow your child to walk around while he is studying. Walking while studying works well for reading, flash cards, practicing a second language, etc. Better yet, consider purchasing a standing desk. These are desks that go up and down so that the user can either stand or sit depending on how they feel. (Dr. Doug uses one.)
    • Another study time tip for students with ADHD is to use fidget tools that enable them to fiddle with something small at their desk that will not distract the whole class or that will help them to focus while studying at home. Fidget tools may be stress balls, smooth rocks, small Koosh balls, or other similar objects.

    4. Read Out Loud with a Four-Legged Friend

    • One study tip that helps students with ADHD read and process study materials is to read out loud, preferably with a four-legged friend. A recent study found that children who read aloud to service dogs improved their reading skills by twelve percent. Reading aloud with a dog means that students are using visual and auditory processes to support studying and learning and by petting or touching the dog students get a tactile distraction that helps them focus. So, if you have a four-legged family member, try incorporating them into reading time whenever possible.
    • Similarly, creating a rhyme, song, or rap is a twist on reading aloud. If students are trying to remember a series of steps or a list of items in a particular order, it often helps if they turn the material into a rhyme, song, or rap. If you’re not convinced of the power of this study tip, think about how you learned the alphabet or the order of the planets. Chances are, you still sing the alphabet and you remember something about your Aunt Sally ordering nine pizzas when thinking about the planets.
    • Finding the right study time tips for a child with ADHD will take a few tries. I definitely expect some trial and error in figuring out what works best for my son. But if parents and children work together, more productive studying and reading sessions at home can be achieved. And who knows? In the end, they may learn to like study time.
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