Staff Post: Are Your Kids On Snapchat?

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Category: Parenting, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology

This was written by our fabulous (and popular!) educational consultant, Harsh. He works with students on everything from ACT and SAT test preparation to Chemistry, Physics and Calculus.  The announcement of the recent IPO of Snap, Inc.,  the company behind the immensely popular app Snapchat, has been hard to miss, especially here in Silicon Valley. The … Continue reading

The Impact of Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation on Children, Tweens and Teens

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Category: Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Wellness

Much of our work at Green Ivy revolves around helping students build their overall executive functioning skills, which in part, involves teaching simple strategies for time management and organization. We also take a holistic approach to student wellness, and encourage students to reflect on their overall well-being, which includes stress management, nutrition and sleep. In terms of … Continue reading

Individualized Tutoring: Part of the Solution for Math Woes?

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Category: Teenagers

This was written by our fabulous (and popular!) educational consultant, Harsh. He works with students on everything from ACT and SAT test preparation to Chemistry, Physics and Calculus.  “The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.” – Paul Halmos   We often hear some version of “Math is really hard” around our office, and it … Continue reading

Managing College Applications

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Uncategorized, Wellness

Now that the admissions season is in full swing here at Green Ivy, we thought it might be helpful to share some suggestions and strategies on managing what can easily become an overwhelming process. While most of what we offer here is aimed at students, there are some tips that parents might find helpful as … Continue reading

Green Ivy’s Top Five Picks for Parental Control Apps

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Category: Parenting, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology, Wellness

One of the biggest challenges of modern parenting today is monitoring and managing children’s screen time. Many households feel some level of tension around time spent behind a screen, whether it is concern over excessive hours spent on Instagram posts or online gaming. Parental control apps can be helpful in providing structure and safety. Some … Continue reading

Edtech and Student Organization: It’s Complicated

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Category: Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology

Many people assume today’s students are highly organized, given all the technological apps and gadgets at their disposal to help file, store and share documents. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. After Green Ivy founder Ana Homayoun wrote her first book, That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week, she quickIy realized the increase in one-to-one iPad and computer programs … Continue reading

The Green Ivy Summer Reading List!

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Category: Summer Plans, Teenagers

Since it’s almost July, we here at Green Ivy have already cracked open more than a few of our favorite summer reads. Here are some that have made an impression and also sparked lots of interesting conversations around the office, and we recommend for parents and students to read together and discuss:   Mindset by Carol Dweck   In … Continue reading

Do You Think Your Kids Are Screenagers? A Movie Review of the Screenagers Film

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Category: Parenting, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology

 At Green Ivy, we’ve worked with students around the issues of time management and organization for nearly 15 years. Over the past decade, our advice around managing distractions and maximizing productivity has completely changed as we embrace the social media socialization that pervades pre-teen and teen culture today. Today’s students are trying to manage their … Continue reading

The Social Media Effect on Teen Body Image: Unrealistic, Photo-Shopped Ideals

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Category: NY Times articles, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

It can be hard being a teenager. There are so many spoken and unspoken expectations, realizations, and rationalizations they have to deal with on a daily basis, and adults often don’t fully appreciate the complexities of today’s teenage world. Teenagers have always struggled with the need to fit in with their peers, and sometimes this … Continue reading