Author Archives: Janis Adams

About Janis Adams

CEO/Founder, Academic Achievers Inc.

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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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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