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About The Student Connection

The Student Connection is a team of professionals committed to creating capable learners. Sharing a passion for helping others "learn how to learn," the team includes educators, school psychologists, clinical psychologists, and speech and occupational therapists.

Six Terrific Pieces of Advice for Writing a College Essay

College admissions guru Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz details six important points to remember when writing a college essay: Write as if you are talking to the reader. Offer readers a story. Use the first person. Show, don’t tell. Be specific, descriptive … Continue reading

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Brain May be Able to Repair Itself from Within

June 3, 2014 Bioscience Technology Duke researchers have found a new type of neuron in the adult brain that is capable of telling stem cells to make more new neurons. Though the experiments are in their early stages, the finding … Continue reading

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Reading for Fun Drops Dramatically Among Teens – New Report

For those who understand the importance of reading, a new study should sound alarm bells coast-to-coast. Teenagers are reading fewer books, magazines and newspapers these days. Compiling seven studies and surveys conducted by private and public groups on adolescent reading habits, Common … Continue reading

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College Entrance Exams Measure Intelligence and More

IQ Tests and the SAT measure something real and consequential, report researchers David Z. Hambrick, a professor at Michigan State University, and Christopher Chabris, a psychology professor at Union College. Their study, described in an article published online in, indicates … Continue reading

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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill

To make scientific progress, Albert Einstein first asked questions. Even if he did not find the expected answer, asking questions often led to discovery of even greater truths than what were searched for originally. For instance, when he was 16 years of … Continue reading

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Truly learning math makes wise thinkers

Math educator Dr. Edward Burger, president of Southwest University in Texas, makes an excellent point about learning mathematics: By thinking through math, I mean understanding the material in a very deep way so that the student can appreciate and (ideally) … Continue reading

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Free Webinar to Kickstart College Journey

Our friends at WOW Writing Workshop are offering a free online program, “What you really need to know about starting your journey to college” on Thursday, Feb. 6. The webinar (web-based seminar) will be held from 9-10 p.m. For details … Continue reading

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