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  • News Item: Helping with homework usually backfires
    News Item: Helping with homework usually backfires

    It may seem like a perfectly reasonable thing to do: your kid has homework and needs help, so you sit down with them and provide a helping hand. Many of us can remember sitting with our own parents and puzzling through some tricky bit of schoolwork. But a ...

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  • The pros and cons of taking a year to travel
    The pros and cons of taking a year to travel

    Many countries have a “gap year” tradition, whether it involves backpacking across a foreign country or getting a job and saving money. Mostly the idea is to gain practical experience of living and working in the world, and hopefully to meet people, and, ...

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  • Looking at volunteering? Think big!
    Looking at volunteering? Think big!

    Volunteering can be a huge part of a high schooler’s life -- indeed many school boards won’t graduate you if you haven’t put in your hours. But instead of simply signing up with a local charity and putting in your time, how about setting up your own ...

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  • Is something up with the ACT exam?
    Is something up with the ACT exam?

    In a recent Washington Post article , students expressed dismay in the scores reported for the essay section of the ACT exam. Many young people who have previously reported good grades and positive feedback on their writing say they were graded much worse ...

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