Green Ivy Writing Coaching and Pre-College Summer Writing Programs

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Category: Summer Plans

The Green Ivy writing program is designed to help students feel confident and empowered to effectively communicate their thoughts, ideas and dreams the world. We understand the importance of powerful communication skills, and recognize how intertwined students’ academic and personal success is with their ability to write well. To that end, we offer a personalized writing curriculum tailored … 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

Creative Ways to Limit Screentime This Summer

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Category: Schools, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Technology, Teens and technology

Summer is officially in full swing, which means more free time/screentime for everyone. Before your child settles into a Grey’s Anatomy binge watch on her phone, we wanted to offer up some creative ways of limiting your children’s time on electronics during the long hot days ahead. On the heels of seeing the documentary Screenagers, we … Continue reading

So, About That College Application Personal Statement…..

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Category: College Admissions, College Counseling, Setting Goals, Summer Plans

There’s never the perfect time to start writing a personal statement for college applications. But there is always a great time to start thinking about ideas and personal stories you would like to write about – now. At Green Ivy, we have worked with students on the college application process for over a decade. We know … Continue reading

Five Ways to Encourage “Real” Reading in Teens, Even Resistant Readers

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Category: Education Articles, Parenting, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Teenagers

I came across an interesting article in Education Week which focuses on how teachers can get reading-resistant students authentically engaged in the reading process. ‘Authentic engagement’ essentially means motivating students in a way that inspires their intrinsic motivations to read, not just simply assigning texts and hoping for the best. The rules are simple: let … Continue reading

Great Ways to Prevent the So-Called “Summer Slide” in Learning (Including Green Ivy Workshops!)

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Category: Parenting, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Wellness

Research varies on exactly how much knowledge students lose over the summer months, and in what subjects the deficits occur—it has been shown that students from all income levels lose math skills, while lower income students show a greater amount of reading comprehension loss than their middle and upper income peers—however, there is compelling evidence that using … Continue reading

Guest Post: Early Spring College Preparation Tips for Sophomores and Juniors

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Category: College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Setting Goals, Summer Plans

When students work with us on the college application process, a key feature of our program is to “chunk” this massive project into manageable pieces and steps. This is really the best way that students can both stay on top of the process and keep their stress levels low. Students come into our offices in many … Continue reading

The Ideal School Supply List for September

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Category: Back-to-School, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Wellness

With back-to-school, there number one request I get is around school supplies – what to buy? There is really no one product that does it all for students, but often, the biggest mistake parents and students make when buying school supplies is purchasing supplies that make organization too complicated because there are too many pieces … Continue reading

Welcome to Summer at Green Ivy!

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Category: Back-to-School, College Admissions, College Corner, College Counseling, Setting Goals, Standardized Test Prep, Standardized Test Preparation, Summer Plans, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers

The school year is almost over (and for some of you, it’s long been over!) – which means it’s time to look at summer offerings! At Green Ivy, we are in the office Monday-Fridays during the summer, and doing our group workshops, as well as one-on-one work. Our schedule is limited and tends to fill … Continue reading