Author Archives: Janis Adams

About Janis Adams

Owner, Academic Achievers

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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Anxious Children and Learning

Anxiety and depression are treatable, but 80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder are getting neither treatment nor accommodations, according to the Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report. Because anxiety is a normal response to stress factors, … Continue reading

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The Importance of GRIT

According to CCRS (research predictor of post-secondary and career success) the predictors of future success for middle grades students include meeting the benchmark scores on cognitive assessments, such as the Grit Scale, which measures student characteristics (e.g., focus, interest levels, … Continue reading

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An Alternative: Academic Achievers Academy

In a perfect world, you send your child off to school and they return smiling, stimulated, curious, and capable. Because school is their job and they feel confident, accepted, and passionate about the work they are doing. As a parent, … Continue reading

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Starting School? How’s it Going?

Whether you just started Kindergarten like Prince George, or 11th grade, here are a a few tips that will keep you on the road to a smooth school year. Organization is key.  A designated study space will go a long … Continue reading

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