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3 Steps To Help International Students Get Into The American University Of Their Dreams

America is home to some of the best colleges and universities in the world. For international students, the process of applying and getting accepted to a school in the United States can be complicated and confusing. Thankfully, some simple steps can help get you moving in the right direction toward an acceptance from your top Read More

How to Prepare for Year End Exams

  It’s time to plan for year-end exams. Before getting too wrapped up in the Periodic Table of Elements or quadratic equations, look at the big picture and strategize to score your best. Know the territory Quickly learn each exam date and mark your calendar accordingly. Next, answer these questions to determine what’s at stake: Read More

5 Habits for a Happier Home

A few new habits that will create a happier, healthier home for you and your children. Habits take only a couple of weeks and a little discipline to start, but they will ease the tension in your home, mean less nagging for you and better grades for your students. Mellow Mornings Ever have to wake Read More

6 Ways to Help Kids and Parents Sleep Well

Sleep is important. Sleep is very important. First of all, it’s precious time for our brains to rest, taking a break from the hard work they do all day getting us through this crazy carnival we call life. Doctors know full well just how harmful a lack of sleep can be, both physically and mentally, as it can contribute to stress, anxiety, cognitive ability, high blood pressure, digestive problems, and much more. A healthy sleep regimen should therefore be a central part of everyone’s daily routine. But while it may seem like we’re powerless to improve our sleep patterns, there are actually ways we can help.

1. Maintain a regular sleep schedule

Sleep shouldn’t be an afterthought, it should be a core part of your daily routine. When it comes to sleep, our brains love a healthy routine. Try to use set times to go to sleep and wake up each day. You should especially avoid staying up past your bedtime if at all possible. Yes, “bedtime.” Sound like a word that normally gets applied just to kids? Well guess what, every parent can tell you that maintaining a healthy sleep schedule not only helps the cognitive development of children, but also makes them less grumpy. In this case, it’s just as important for adults who want to be healthy.

2. Try to be active during the day

Exercise helps a great deal. Indeed getting the heart pumping on a daily basis is incredibly beneficial in so many ways, but when it comes to sleep, you’ll notice effects in terms of relaxation, blood flow, and just plain wearing you out. There are other benefits you may not even have thought of, such as the fact that a healthy weight allows for easier respiration at night along with less snoring. So try to squeeze in a walk, a run, a workout, anything active.

3. Watch what you eat and drink

Caffeine is a stimulant, it’s the biggest reason why we consume it. A morning coffee, or a pick-me-up at that late-afternoon energy drop, are often helpful in getting us through the day. But you may not be aware that caffeine can stay in our bodies for ten hours or more, which means a cup of coffee consumed at 3pm could still be keeping us wired a 1am. So as difficult as it can be for some, try to reduce the amount of caffeine you take in, especially after lunchtime. In addition, try to avoid eating too much food too close to bedtime, while at the same time avoid going to bed hungry. Also don’t drink too much before hitting the hay, as that could result in many sleep-disturbing nighttime trips to the bathroom.

4. Try to get as much real sunlight as you can

Melatonin is one of many hormones produced by our bodies, but for good reason melatonin is often called the “sleep hormone.” To make sure your melatonin levels are where you want them to be, try to soak up as much natural sunlight as possible. Why? Because sunlight plays a major role in regulating our melatonin levels. Try to spend a good amount of time outdoors, and when indoors try to let in as much sunlight as you can. At the same time, be careful about screen time: staring at a computer, TV or even phone screen can trick your body into thinking it’s daytime. Instead, when sleep time approaches, shut it all down and read instead. Or just rest!

5. Make sure your sleep environment is restful and comfy

In order to drift off to sleep at night, you need to be soothed and relaxed. To make that happen, try to ensure your bedroom is as close as you can get it to completely silent. Darkness too is a help, and that includes little LEDs of chargers, adapters, and the myriad of devices we have in our lives. Use a mattress that matches your needs (maybe you’d be better off with bedding that’s softer, or maybe more firm). Keep your linens clean and your room tidy. Think about nice decorations too! The bottom line is this: you want your sleep environment to be welcoming, calming and peaceful.

 

6. Watch your stress levels

Stress can have serious effects on human health in so many ways, including blood pressure, digestion, headaches — the list is long. For most people, however, the first thing to get hit is their sleep patterns. Stress from school or work can generate many a night of tossing and turning. Since you need to relax in order to sleep, stress can ruin your night. Tackling stress is a huge undertaking, one that a sizeable percentage of our fellow citizens need to focus on. There are many methods for dealing with stress, so if it’s keeping you up at night do some research and talk to your doctor. Reducing stress will help you sleep, and getting more sleep will reduce your stress.

The Pros and Cons of Smartphones in the Classrooms

When you stop and think about it, smartphones are extraordinary devices. They offer multiple forms of communication — voice, text and video — as well as a connection to the Internet, access to audio and video streaming, satellite navigation and a veritable galaxy of apps. It’s no wonder they’ve taken society by storm, especially the world of young people. But are they a bit too powerful? Too dangerous? Too distracting? Should they be banned from classrooms, or embraced as learning tools? Let’s look at some pros and cons:

 

Pros:

Instant access for parents

Any teacher can tell you that parents are a major source of calls and texts in the classroom. Some are simple workaday messages like coordinating after-school pickups, while others are of greater importance, concerning family emergencies. Many parents deeply appreciate being able to reach their kids when necessary.

 

Quick answers

Let’s face it, phones are great for research. They provide ready access not only to the World Wide Web but countless research databases and up-to-date news services. Instead of sitting in their seats not knowing answers to questions, students can find their own answers, bringing a bit of student-centered learning to the classroom.

 

In-class assignments

We’ve now reached the point where real work is being performed on cell phones, up to and including feature films and bestselling novels. Students can easily write assignments, shoot and edit photos, audio and video, and craft presentations, then share their work with the whole class via projector or Smartboard. Properly employed, today’s phones can be powerful tools for learning.

 

Social learning

The standard learning model is not the best for everyone. There are many reasons why a student might be unwilling or unable to speak up in the classroom, including learning exceptionalities and just plain shyness. Social media-based learning models offer a route for broader participation and sharing. Indeed the familiarity most young people have with social media can reduce stress associated with learning.

 

Cons:

Safety of digital devices

Officially, smartphones pose no medical risk to people who use them. However, questions remain about the methods used in dismissing those risks, so the matter, to many people, is far from settled. Even if there is no risk, the fears many parents have can make the use of smartphones in the classroom a controversial choice.

 

Inappropriate content

It can be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for teachers to control what students view on their phones. We all know that a vast amount of inappropriate content is freely available, and this includes content that is harmful but gets less media coverage — for instance teen gambling is a serious problem. Schools frequently implement firewalls to block such content but tech-savvy students routinely find ways around these measures.

 

Inappropriate contact and cyberbullying

The digital world can be dangerous. Not only are there predators, but students can sometimes be convinced to share compromising imagery. At the same time, some youngsters find themselves the targets of cyberbullying. Using phones in the classroom can inadvertently expose young people to these dangers — the opposite of the goals of educators, who are traditionally devoted to the safety of their students.

 

Distraction from schoolwork

Phones are fun. They’re fun. If adults can have trouble tearing their eyes away from the little things, then so can young people. Classrooms are supposed to be devoted to learning, and if students are using their phones for non-educational purposes, well, the whole endeavor is just a waste of everyone’s time.

Great Educational Apps For All Ages

At Tutor Doctor, we LOVE technology! there are actually a ton of great educational apps that help make the learning process fun and engaging! Here are three of our top picks, which are great for students of all ages. Khan Academy Khan Academy is a fantastic free app that offers a multitude of online classes, Read More

Sugar Awareness Week: The Effects of Too Much Sugar on Children’s Learning

Believe it or not, sugar doesn’t cause children to become hyperactive.  This myth has been closely held by many. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that determined that sugar “neither sucrose nor aspartame produces discernible cognitive or behavioral effects in normal preschool children or in school-age children believed to be sensitive Read More

The Best Way To Balance Study And Fun Over The Holidays

The Best Way To Balance Study And Fun Over The Holidays This time of year, many of our students will find themselves on a well-deserved break from school! Everyone should try to take a breather during the holiday season, but it can be hard to get “back into gear” when vacation is over. Most teachers Read More

Family Activities During The Holidays

Family Activities During The Holidays Dec 20, 2017 It’s that time of year again! The holidays are around the corner, and it will soon be a new year! Although it can be tempting to spend vacations sleeping in every day, you might want to try some of these cool family activities to keep you (and Read More

High School Students Need to Think, Not Memorize

New education standards will affect the way regular and AP courses are taught.By Christopher J. Gearon | Contributor Sept. 17, 2012 Cheryl Hollinger has taught Advanced Placement biology at Central York High School in Pennsylvania for 17 years, plenty of time to see what isn’t working. The amount of material covered is “overwhelming,” she says; Read More

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