Brainfood: Optimal Nutrition for Thinking & Test-Taking

Posted by Anna on 8/22/16 6:30 PM


How should we fuel our bodies? What’s the best thing to eat before track practice? What’s the best thing to eat before the SAT? These and other questions are the subject of much debate in the public sphere, where fad diets like ketogenic or paleo come and go with the wind. My goal in this post is not to give you rules on eating healthy, but to impart a few core principles that you can take with you in life as you make your own diet decisions, especially with regards to optimizing energy for your academic pursuits.

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Avoiding Decision Fatigue – 3 Habits to Free up Mental Stamina

Posted by Sam on 7/28/16 10:31 AM

People often assume that decision-making is an activity that requires effort but not stamina. This is a very common misconception – mental effort is as taxing on the brain as physical workouts are on the body, and our mental resources are much more limited than we think. In psychology, decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision-making.

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Reading at all Speeds: 4 Types of Reading and When to Use Them

Posted by Cypress Marss on 11/17/15 9:00 AM

This reading type didn't quite make it into the list...

The most useful thing I learned my freshman year of college was how to read. I already knew how to read—how to turn blocks of letters into words—but as an earnest college freshman, I found that I was reading far too slowly. In an hour, I would get through four or five pages, having generated copious notes and a sense of self-doubt. Mercifully for earnest-19 year old me, my American Lit professor gave me some advice about how to read that has stuck with me since:

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Homework Help: How to Study When You Literally Can’t Even

Posted by Pooja Khanna on 4/1/15 10:00 AM

It happens all the time. You need to study, but your brain is so tired it’s numb, or a little voice in your head is chirping at you to watch a movie or spend time watching Youtube videos of goats. Anything instead of study! But your test is tomorrow, or you have something due soon, so how do you force yourself to focus? As a homework tutor for middle school kids in NYC, I encounter this problem a lot, but these methods work for students of all ages. Here are some tricks that I have found to work the best:

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Study Skills: Time Management Guide for Middle Schoolers

Posted by Ann-Marie Elvin on 12/15/14 10:00 AM

Let's assume, shall we, that your child's future does not involve extensive game show celebrity-dom. Even then, time management will come in handy!


Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.” Although many of us feel we lack the time we need to get everything done – that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day – Thoreau reminds us of the importance of living at our own pace and learning to use time to our advantage.

As a homework tutor, time management is among the most common concerns voiced by parents and students. Students these days are perhaps busier than ever before: between academics and a barrage of extracurricular commitments, how can your child expect to keep up the juggling act and manage to get enough rest?

This is especially true at the middle school level, which is fraught with new expectations; for many students, this is their first experience with moving between classes, subject-specific teachers, and such a significant workload. At this age, students have to learn how to learn most efficiently. While there are plenty of homework tutors for middle school kids in NYC, Boston, and online ready to help, there are certainly things you can do as a parent to be proactive. 

In this post, I outline strategies for developing a proactive approach to time management and study skills. The transition to middle school can be intimidating, but by developing a concrete study schedule, your child will gain greater control over his time and work more confidently through new material. Here’s how to get started:

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Academic Tutor: Back to School

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 8/20/13 8:33 AM

There’s no more denying it – summer is just about up.  And within the next few weeks, everyone will be headed back to school, from middle school students to all of us doctoral candidates.  But no matter what grade or class you’re prepping for, whether it’s AP US History or Algebra II, this is the time to get a jump on the year ahead and make sure that you’re as ready as can be. 

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Chemistry Tutoring: Cooking with Moles

Posted by Entela Nako on 8/19/13 8:30 AM

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Tips from a Physics Tutor: Intuition in E+M - Lines + Planes

Posted by Mike Goldman on 6/7/13 9:00 AM

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Tips from a Physics Tutor: Geometric Intuition, Part I - Vectors

Posted by Mike Goldman on 5/27/13 9:00 AM

Welcome back to our series of posts on building your physical intuition for E+M!  In this series, we’ve looked at some physical reasoning behind Coulomb’s law, imagining point charges as radiating electric field, and saw that the Biot-Savart law gives an analogous result for magnetic fields.  We then took the intuition that we’d developed for point charges and currents, and scaled it up to look at long wires and infinite sheets of charge and current.

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The Intuitive Approach: A Personal Story from a Physics Tutor

Posted by Talking Physics on 4/8/13 9:00 AM

In these blog posts, I aim to present techniques that will help you generally excel in your physics courses and exams, regardless whether you are taking your first high school physics class or your second semester of graduate-level quantum mechanics.  With that goal in mind, we’ve explored ways you can breeze through the math on your homework assignments and test, such as holding off on the calculator and using dimensional analysis.

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