Executive Functioning

August 7, 2023

July HSET Info: Managing Anxiety

High school admissions get more competitive every year, and we see that take a toll on both parents and children. It’s important to recognize and validate […]

Learning & Mindset

February 16, 2022

Mid-Year Motivation

The stretch between winter and spring breaks can feel years long. It’s not unusual at all for students’ motivation to dip during this time. We see […]
October 21, 2020

Good Grades and Good Learning

Good grades don’t necessarily indicate that a student is actually learning the material. We need to look a little more closely to understand whether or not […]

Test Prep

July 20, 2022

CPS IB High Schools

Several CPS high schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. Although the admissions process is competitive, it is less so than for Selective Enrollment High Schools. IB […]
March 16, 2022

Should My Child Take the ACT or SAT?

Which test should my child take? We recommend that students take the test they’ll get a better score on. For most students, the ACT is the […]


January 19, 2015

Why Does My Child Hate Math?

We work with many students who’ve struggled in math, sometimes for years. During a first session, many say they’re fuzzy on a certain concept, that they […]
July 15, 2011

A Closer Look at Surface Structure

In her previous post, Sara described the difference between surface and deep structure in math word problems. Here, she talks about how students transfer prior knowledge […]

Summer Learning

June 30, 2023

HSET Info Email Series

There’s a lot to know about the high school entrance tests and admissions process! To help you understand the ins and outs, we’ll share timely info and practical […]
May 19, 2021

Summer Learning to Build Confidence

The bad news (aka the most unsurprising news ever): a global pandemic will cause school-related shortfalls. The good news: there’s enough time this summer to take […]

Applying to College

June 17, 2020

Stand Out to College Admissions

The pandemic continues to impact the college admissions process, so it’s important to think about your applications from a holistic perspective. Don’t let that scare you! […]
October 9, 2013

Eight Ways to Apply to College

Did you know that there are eight different ways for students to apply to college? No wonder the application process seems complicated for so many high school […]

Reading and Writing

July 16, 2012

Help Kids Find the Passion for Reading

A common concern we hear from parents is that their child doesn’t read enough. Some children dislike reading because they find it tough; others find it […]