An Academic New Year

  • January 17, 2011

An Academic New Year

Final Exams and Prep for the Final Semester

The New Year has us thinking about the best way to change study habits and rethink our students’ attitude about their homework. Are they happy with the way they approach their workload? Do they turn in their projects and homework with a sense of pride and accomplishment?

We offer homework help and study skills to tweak and refine your students’ process as they plan assignments, organize research papers and pre-write labs.


SAT News

Deadline to register for the March SAT is just around the corner. We recommend all College Juniors take the SAT Reasoning test in March and at least two Subject Tests in June. As long as you’ve completed Algebra 2, you have the Math needed to cover the concepts on the SAT. If you are taking any AP or Honors courses, take those tests in June (right after your AP Exams) while the information is fresh in your mind.

College Applications – Are We Insane?

If you thought holiday shopping was insane, try college applications. At this point, most families with High School Seniors have a pile of college applications languishing on their desk waiting for that perfect three hour chunk of time when you and your student will power through personal statements, meaningful responses and myriad other daunting obstacles. A few tips to make the mountain of work more manageable: get letters of recommendation out and transcripts taken care of first.

Factors like these are out of your control that involve third parties not personally invested in the well-being of your student. Give your school time to process all transcripts. References want time to reflect on your student in the best light, and part of that includes giving ample time to complete the letters and send them to the appropriate place. For more information about planning for letters of recommendation, go to:

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
–MLK, Jr. Speech in Detroit, Michigan on June 23, 1963

This Monday, January 17th, our nation again honors the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr, who’s life was tragically cut short on April 4th, 1968. In the wake of the tragic shootings in Tucson, AZ, we realize as a nation, we are far from the dream that the Reverend envisioned for America and the world at large. Mahatma Gandhi exhorted, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” We cannot leave action to politicians or activists. During the course of the weekend, use this holiday as a talking point with your families: What can we do to realize change in our own lives?

California African American Museum

On January 16th at 1:00pm, join the CAAM as they celebrate the inspiration of one man’s dream. View film screenings of his speeches and experience artists Freda Payne and Jeffrey Anderson Gunter’s performances on their main stage representing the diverse communities of MLK’s dream. For more info, visit their site at:


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That’s Entertainment!

Open Projector Night

at the Hammer

Museum, Tuesday, January 18th at 7:00pm

Part Film festival, part gong show. Vote for your favorite short films by local amateur filmmakers.

Don’t like what you see? Join the crowd as they boo the film off screen into eternal archive.

For more info, visit the Hammer museum at

Free and open to the public.

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