“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...

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...

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...