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Checklist for Preparing for Midterm Exams

Checklist for Preparing for Midterm Exams

Winter break is almost here! Even if the weather doesn’t support this notion (currently 65° at General Academic’s office), students everywhere are excited about the coming break. They’d be even more excited if midterm exams didn’t come first. Having helped students prepare for midterms for nearly eleven years, we atRead More

K-12 Comp Sci Offerings on the Decline Nationwide

K-12 Comp Sci Offerings on the Decline Nationwide

This week, students in classrooms throughout America – including many right here in Houston – will be answering the challenge to complete an “Hour of Code” as part of Computer Science Education Week, an annual event championing computer science in K-12. Given the ascendance of computer science as an industry,Read More

Cramming for Tests is Less Effective than you Think

Cramming for Tests is Less Effective than you Think

Health & Science, Study Skills December 5, 2014 at 8:30 am 0 comments

End-of-semester exams are fast approaching. When will your child start studying? At some time during their academic careers, almost all students cram for a test at least once – that is, they wait to study until the day or even the night before, then spend several hours intensely reviewing theRead More

Tips for Making Test Prep Fun!

Tips for Making Test Prep Fun!

Bubbling answers for hours at a time probably wouldn’t rank very highly for most students if you asked them about their favorite pastime. Most of us have come to understand testing as a necessary evil that must be endured in order to prove a student’s knowledge. If you’re finding yourselfRead More

Better Studying through Science: Making Flashcards More Effective

Better Studying through Science: Making Flashcards More Effective

Health & Science, Study Skills December 4, 2014 at 8:30 am 1 comment

If your child is in middle school or high school, there’s a good chance they use flash cards to study for tests. Flash cards are a useful tool for reviewing material because it allows students to repeatedly go over individual concepts until they attain mastery. Most students follow the sameRead More

The Present and Future of No Child Left Behind

The Present and Future of No Child Left Behind

Remember No Child Left Behind, the comprehensive education reform passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2002? I wouldn’t blame you for forgetting. While the law is still on the books, most states (including Texas) have obtained waivers allowing them to bypass the program’s toughest regulations. The original stated purpose ofRead More

Dickens on the Strand is Family Fun with an Educational Tie-In

Dickens on the Strand is Family Fun with an Educational Tie-In

Looking for something fun do to with your family this weekend? The annual “Dickens on the Strand” holiday festival will take place December 5-7, 2014, in Galveston. Given the time of year, one might suppose that Dickens on the Strand centered on a production of the author’s holiday classic, “ARead More

Gift Ideas for Young Readers of All Ages

Gift Ideas for Young Readers of All Ages

It’s important to encourage children to read – reading fiction helps to build vocabulary and inculcate the skills that will help students understand and make the most of class readings throughout high school and college. If you’re stumped on what to get for any children or teens on your holidayRead More

How Should Teachers Approach the Thanksgiving Story?

How Should Teachers Approach the Thanksgiving Story?

Opinion November 30, 2014 at 8:30 am 0 comments

In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, many classes – particularly in elementary schools – study the historical origins of the holiday. They learn about the Pilgrims and their struggles, the help they received from Squanto, and their harvest feast with the Wampanoags. All of these stories have a basisRead More

Op-Ed: Why “Big Hero 6″ is the Movie Your Family Should See This Weekend

Op-Ed: Why “Big Hero 6″ is the Movie Your Family Should See This Weekend

Disclaimer: the views expressed in Thesis Magazine opinion pieces are those of the author and should not be seen to represent the publication as a whole. You may be wondering how movie recommendations have anything to do with education, which is, after all, the subject of this publication. And certainly,Read More

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Gift Ideas for Future Scientists and Engineers

Well, it’s Black Friday, and the Christmas shopping season has officially begun. And that means it’s time to start thinking about what to get for everyone on your list – a daunting prospect for many people. Nieces, nephews and children of friends are particularly hard to shop for, because itRead More

Op-Ed: 3 Reasons to be Thankful for HISD this Thanksgiving

Op-Ed: 3 Reasons to be Thankful for HISD this Thanksgiving

HISD, Opinion November 27, 2014 at 8:30 am 0 comments

Disclaimer: the views and opinions expressed in Thesis Magazine opinion pieces are those of the author and should not be seen to represent the publication as a whole. Have you ever taken a moment just to think about all of the opportunities Houston provides for top-notch K-12 education? For lifelongRead More