Under Cover: Book Reveals Secrets of Straight A Students

Edie Crabtree / Newport Beach Independent January 19, 2013 If you are the parent of a high school student, you probably know that finals are just around the corner. Most likely, your student falls into one of two categories: the über-responsible self-starter who willingly studies for each test and quiz and simply needs a quick review, or the procrastinator who – while just as intelligent as student number one – adheres to the motto, “why study today for what you can cram for tomorrow.”   Read the Full...

Harbor Day School Presentation: “A Guide to Study Skills”

harborday.org November 29, 2012 Harbor Day parent, author, and educational consultant Cynthia Muchnick presented her strategies, tips, and tools to succeed in school to a packed room of parents on Thursday, November 29. While the focus of her most recent book, “The Everything Guide to Study Skills,” is equipping middle-to-high-school age students with what they need to know to meet their potential in school, Cindy provided ample advice for parents of children in younger grades as well.     Read the Full...

Coffee Break: Laguna Beach PTA Parent Education Series

October 2012: Cynthia Muchnick “A Parents Guide to Study Skills and School Success: How to Support Your Child and Help them Navigate School” Talk will cover:  The unwritten “rules” of high school and, How Parents can: Help your child cultivate positive teacher relationships Support and Facilitate Good Study Skills Plan college prep in high school (thinking ahead!) Help your teen cultivate good time management Identify  Student “jobs” vs. Parent “jobs” An accomplished educator, author and educational consultant, Cindy Muchnik has conducted numerous workshops locally and across the country on steps to high school success, study skills, and college essay writing.  More than 40,000 copies of her newest book, “The Everything Guide to Study Skills,” have been sold. As a successful educational consultant, Cindy has had a profound impact on high school students who she has assisted with all aspects of the college application process.  Her clients have been admitted to prestigious schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Yale, MIT, Duke, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Vassar, all UC schools, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, The Claremont Colleges, Cornell, Tufts, Georgetown, University of Texas, University of Michigan, Columbia, NYU, and USC among others. She worked as an Assistant Director of Admission for both the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago. She has read and evaluated more than 3,000 applications for college admission to competitive colleges. Cindy, a Stanford University graduate, and her husband live in Newport Beach with their daughter and three...

“A Parents Guide to Study Skills and School Success: How to Support Your Child and Help them Navigate School”

Coffee Break – Laguna Beach PTA Parent Education Series October, 2012 Talk will cover: The unwritten “rules” of high school and, How Parents can: Help your child cultivate positive teacher relationships Support and Facilitate Good Study Skills Plan college prep in high school (thinking ahead!) Help your teen cultivate good time management Identify Student “jobs” vs. Parent “jobs”     Read the Full...

Exploring Ways to Develop Successful Students

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Educational consultant Cindy Muchnick described practical can-do philosophies for parents to put into practice as they support their kids through high school during last week’s PTA-sponsored parent seminar, Coffee Break. She was preceded by high school Principal Joanne Culverhouse, who introduced Naviance, an online college search service provided by the high school. Meanwhile, Muchnick, an author, former college admissions counselor and mother of four, launched into her own divergent philosophy: stay focused on the business of high school. She warned that the college search can become a “huge distraction” from the hard work needed in high school to attain the prize of college and personal freedom. She describes high school as a student’s “job,” along with the responsibility to serve the interests of six to eight teacher bosses. GPA should not be a gauge success as much as the more subjective goal of how one is doing at the job, she said. Pressing for the highest GPA adds unnecessary and unproductive stress to kids’ lives, she said. As a college admissions counselor, Muchnick said student evaluations go beyond transcripts and GPA, and offered specific recommendations to parents: Get kids to agree to sit in the first three rows of class for life. Urge students to take advantage of extra credit, which she described as “free money.”  Don’t leave it on the table. Create a study space at home free from distractions. Challenge kids to develop relationships with their teachers outside of class. To befriend upper classmen; learn the ropes through their experience. Be a joiner or a leader.  Parents can help brain-storm...

Just Dial 911

Cynthia C Muchnick / Chicken Soup Stories April 6, 2012 Marie and Michael had been for some time, and felt fortunate that even though they had different jobs, they were able to talk with each other through their work almost every day – Michael is a police officer, and Marie is a “911” dispatcher, both working for the same police department. One day, Marie received a call from Michael who said he was out on the road in his patrol car.   Read the Full...

HOW TO GET YOUR KID THROUGH SCHOOL With Cindy Muchnick

OMAMA / o-mama.com September 12, 2011 We interviewed author, educator and MAMA of four, Cindy Muchnick about her new book, “The Everything Guide To Study Skills.” She let us in on the common sense, no-nonsense secrets behind raising a well-educated kid, including the “Top 10 Habits of Successful Students.” This MAMA has written the “Cliff’s Notes” on getting kids through school- a guide every student can keep on their desk, and keep parents off their backs! Cindy says, “I bridge the gap between parents and children. I have learned as both parent and educator that it is much easier for students to listen to and believe an outsider’s perspective verses words and advice coming from their parents’ mouths . . . even if the advice is exactly the same!” Current Politics Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with omama on BlogTalkRadio   Read the Full...

A Study of Studying

Paige Turner / Newport Beach Independent August 24, 2011 Cindy Muchnick. If you have children in school, this is a name you will want to know. For the past decade when hundreds of Newport Beach kids opened their college acceptance letters and experienced the thrill of seeing the word “Congratulations” they in large part, had Cindy Muchnick to thank. Muchnick, a name synonymous with school success, has arguably been the most sought after educational consultant in the area. She helps her clients establish a tool box filled with the essentials to succeed in and out of the classroom.   Read the Full...

Newport woman writes book on secrets to scholastic success

Britney Barnes / Daily Pilot July 8, 2011 NEWPORT BEACH — All last summer, Cynthia Muchnick worked on the book of her dreams late into the night after her four children went to bed. Nearly a year later, “The Everything Guide to Study Skills” is out. Her 13-year-old son Justin has been reading the fruits of her labor very carefully.   Read the Full...

Inside the Applications Process with Tips from the Experts

Lisa Armony / Coast Kids Magazine Fall 2007 If you’re like me, college was the best four years of your life. Getting there, well, that was a different story. Even back uh-hmm years ago, the pressure to get good grades, score well on the SATs and make myself “well-rounded” was intense. Today, with competition to get in to the nation’s best colleges even keener, the road to admissions is downright scary.   Read the Full...