Author Archives: Janis Adams

About Janis Adams

CEO/Founder, Academic Achievers Inc.

Is Test-Optional Really Optional?

In response to the Covid crisis, many colleges have temporarily adopted a test-optional admissions policy. However, we are told the overwhelming majority of the top-tier US and International colleges evaluating college applications still prefer to see an SAT or ACT … Continue reading

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Confidence and Academics

Many parents encourage high self-esteem in their children—and they should! Self-esteem is how favorably a person regards him or herself. However, studies show there is actually little to no correlation between self-esteem and academic performance.  Boosting confidence, on the other … Continue reading

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Special Projects

Creating a Special Summer Project It’s been a tough year and online learning may have taken its toll. Your children may be numb, zoomed out, and possibly dulled to learning. Now the summer stretches before us and we plan to … Continue reading

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10 Top Educational Studies in 2020

There were a lot of educational studies done this year —covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars to the decline of the standardized test. Here are some of the top findings. 1.  If You Want Children to Learn … Continue reading

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Do Your Child’s ISEE or SSAT Scores Really Matter?

Yes. The results of a standardized admissions test indicate to the school what your child knows and doesn’t know academically. Essentially, it would serve no purpose to accept your child only to have her flounder academically. You would be unhappy. … Continue reading

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The Characteristics of Grit

5 Characteristics Of Grit — How Many Do You Have? 1) Courage Hard to measure, but directly proportional to your level of grit. Relates to your ability to manage fear of failure. The supremely gritty are not afraid to tank, … Continue reading

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9 Kindergarten Readiness Skills Your Child Needs

“I believe it’s important for pre-kindergarten children to be able to follow directions and to have the ability to express their feelings.” says K-12 principal Jolene Jackson. “Some of the reading and math skills I would like to see kids … Continue reading

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The Gifted Learner

During infancy, the brain experiences a large amount of growth. There is an explosion of synapse formation between neurons during early brain development. This rapid period of synaptic growth plays a vital role in learning, memory formation, and adaptation early … Continue reading

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How to Be a Better Test-Taker

The Reality Many capable, hard-working students perform poorly on exams because they’ve overtaxed their “working memory” – mental scratchpad on which we combine information from our long-term memory with the specific of the problem in front of us, in the … Continue reading

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Private School Entrance Exams: ISEE, SSAT, HSPT

If you are just beginning on the private school application journey, you may ask, what are these tests? How do they differ? How important are they? Here’s a short overview: The ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) is the most common … Continue reading

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