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Newsletter: June 2011

Newsletter, June 2011


It's that time of year again....


5 Helpful Study Tips

1. Listen to Mozart – Certain types of music that have a pattern of 60 BPM (such as Mozart’s compositions) are known to activate both the right and left sides of the brain, which is known to increase likelihood of remembering important information.
2. Get out of bed! – Your brain associates being in bed with sleep, which means you’re more likely to fall asleep than actually study. Instead, study at a desk, a library, the floor, or even next to your bed…just not in it!
3. Get extra help from your teachers – Visit your teachers during office hours or extra help hours that they offer. Remember that your teachers are the ones who write the exams and they will lead you in the right direction in terms of what to study. Plus it’s important that your teachers see that you WANT to do well.
4. Studying for tests with essays – If your exam has an essay try to give an umbrella theme to all the material you’ve studied during the year or think about what were occurring topics during your studies. Normally, teachers will give an essay topic that will check to see whether you understood the point of the course.
5. Formulas – For any math and science formulas that you need to memorize, the best way to remember them is to do a bunch of practice problems using them instead of just attempting to memorize them. Writing them down a bunch of times will also help.

We would like to send out a special CONGRATULATIONS to all of our seniors graduating this month! You have worked extremely hard, and we at JBG are confident that you all have bright futures ahead of you!

Student of the Month
Lizz McMillen

Lizz McMillen is a junior at Dover Sherborn High School and has a younger sister and younger brother that also attend Dover Sherborn schoolsLizz is captain of the Dover Sherborn Girls Soccer team. She also plays for the U-17 JSSA Soccer Club and is part of the Dover Sherborn track and field team. She is a peer helper, a member of SADD, a soccer referee.

Tip of the Month
Juniors! If you already have two teachers in mind to write your college recommendations ask them before summer vacation. Some teachers will only write a certain amount of recommendations, and most teachers like being asked well in advance so that they can write them over summer vacation. 

Tutor of the Month
Brett Holman

Brett grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts. Following a stretch at the University of Rhode Island, Brett transferred to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. Brett was an active participant in the Amherst community, volunteering for several non-profit organizations. After moving to Boston and spending time in the business world, he has begun to pursue a career in education. Beginning in the summer of 2009, Brett has been working full time for JBG Educational Group and had gained valuable experience working with children of all ages and learning styles. He has developed himself into a “Jack of all trades” for JBG Educational Group and is able to work with students on a diverse range of subjects. Brett has also played an integral part in the development and expansion of JBG Educational Group. As Academic Coordinator he has taken on a greater role and serves as a mentor for those around him. His tutoring interests include: Academic Coaching, College Prep, Standardized Test Prep, and the majority of academic subjects, specifically Math and Writing. Brett enjoys tennis, golf, cooking, exercising, and following the Red Sox. 

Ideas for Summer Break

  • Community Service – Most high schools require each student to complete a certain number of community service hours (usually around 30-40 hours) in order to graduate. The summer is a great time to get some of those hours out of the way without interfering with schoolwork.
  • College Visits – Juniors, check to see whether the colleges that pique your interest offer tours during the summer and go to visit them. The downside might be that it’s hard to tell what the school is really like without all the students!
  • Sports Camps – One or two week sports-camps could be the perfect way to improve your game during the off-season! Boston College and many other schools offer a wide variety of sport specific camps. http://bceagles.cstv.com/camps/bc-camps.html
  • Jobs – It’s never too early to start building your resume! Getting a summer job can be tricky if you’re under 18, however, becoming a camp counselor or lifeguard, or getting a job at your local supermarket, are perfect ways to make some extra cash.

Quote of the Month

“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery” - James Joyce