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Newsletter: January 2011

Newsletter, January 2011

Academic Coaching

Could it be what your child needs?

As we continue to hear from so many parents facing challenges in their quest to define and maintain the delicate balance between ‘over’ and ‘under’-parenting, the educational staff at JBG began brainstorming…
With the growing and evolving needs for varied levels of academic support, we asked ourselves the question:  what additional resources, solutions, and services could we offer to better suit the needs of both students and concerned parents today?
In this age of added pressure to meet sky-high expectations for academic excellence and futures defined by pursuits of higher education, students are often plagued with anxieties and hardships far beyond what was once a primary focus to achieve good grades.
Today, lack of motivation, focus, time management skills, and organization are some of the most common challenges faced by many students who struggle in school. Subsequently, just one of these added burdens, or any combination thereof, can be enough to stunt a child’s progress, or be the sole contributor to a student not reaching his or her full potential.
Enter Academic Coach
This concept was developed fairly recently in tutoring and academic support settings. It caters specifically (but not limited to) students who are capable of doing their work, but would benefit from having someone by their side on a regular basis to ensure that assignments are being completed consistently. Ideally, the academic coach would be present not only to facilitate the regular completion of work, but also to serve as a support network, providing academic guidance when necessary.
Staffed with many highly qualified academic coaches, our goal at JBG Educational Group is to help our students learn to prioritize their assignments and further develop the tools and skills they need to be successful in their studies. Our academic coaches are valuable resources to busy parents who understand the importance of providing emotional and academic support but are unable to grant their children consistent support due to occupations, family obligations, or various other reasons. It is our hope that by offering academic coaching, we might alleviate some of the anxiety and stress associated with “homework time” for both students and parents.

Student of the Month
Julia Heiland

For demonstrating exceptional talent in the area of literary arts, and for her display of diligence and effort throughout the entire college application process, Julia has been selected as January's student of the month! Julia lives in Dover, Massachusetts and is currently senior at Dana Hall School. She has recently been accepted to schools such as University of Vermont, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Elon University. This year she has been involved in many things such as Dana Hall’s literary arts magazine, Mirage, where she works as the co-editor, her job as a ski instructor for three to seven year old beginners at Mount Snow in Vermont, or spending time in the dance studio where she takes part in five different styles of dance. In her free time Julia enjoys music, writing, drawing, snowboarding, and dancing. We are so proud of Julia's accomplishments! She is excited to be coming onboard as our intern this spring!


This can be an exciting time of year, when acceptance letters from different colleges begin pouring in!  Don’t forget to fill out and submit your FAFSA forms to gain financial aid. Please visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ for more information.

Winter Sports!
Thinking about skiing or snowboarding before?  These are two great, high calorie burning sports that can make the winter fast-paced and exciting! Many schools and towns have ski clubs that also offer lessons and snowboarding. The Massachusetts Ski & Snowboard Club offers trips to kids ages 9 to 18, leaving right from the Needham area! Try something new this winter and hit the slopes! A few JBG administrators think you may like it. (They certainly do!)

Tutor of the Month
Faith Birnbaum

Faith graduated from Brown University in May 2010 with a Bachelor's of Science in Human Biology.  She plans to attend The Alpert Medical School at Brown this August with hopes of becoming a surgeon.  She fell into teaching during her undergraduate years, when she tutored both high school students and her peers as a part-time job. She enjoys reading, writing, and playing with her American Bulldog puppy named Prozac.

Tip of the Month

Don’t skip out on your morning meal!  This “brain food” will keep you motivated and attentive throughout the school day.  Protein-rich foods like egg whites, balance bars, yogurt, cottage cheese, and meat will give you long lasting energy. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

SAT Time

Juniors! It is never too early to start preparing for the SAT.  This is one of the most important components for a student to gain acceptance into competitive colleges and universities. Do not underestimate the significance of this exam, as it is often weighed heavily by admissions officers. To see a complete list of SAT Registration and Test dates please click here. For information on the SAT & SAT tutoring please click here.

Beyond the Bachelors

Thinking about taking the next step and getting a Masters Degree?  It does not matter how young or old you are! Stop thinking about it and go for it!  The majority of graduate schools require applicants to take a standardized test called the GRE. It is, in short, the SAT on steroids, and you cannot use a calculator. The GRE should be viewed a hurdle not a roadblock. With adequate preparation time the GRE can become an asset to your graduate school acceptance. For more information on the GRE click here.

Save $$ on Books!

Click here to visit JBG's Book Nook.

After the Bell Rings

Get involved in extracurricular activities inside and outside of your school! Build up your resume now, so it can work in your favor in the future. You may discover a hidden talent, a favorite sport, or broaden your social circle. Signups for many winter and spring school clubs are going on right now. Why not try something new? They say "variety" is the spice of life!

Quote of the Month

''How do you know so much about everything?'' was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was ''By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant." - John Abbott