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The Thinking Cap Newsletter

Volume 9, Issue 1

Winter 2017

A Word From Our Founder

Alexandra Mayzler, Executive Director, Thinking Caps

Despite the extensive training process our tutors undergo and their range of accomplishments, there is always more to learn. In an effort to provide professional development and formative educational opportunities that are hands-on and relevant for our tutors, we hold special connectivity events in both the fall and the spring. This past October, we were thrilled to have Dr. Laura Paret, PhD, join us at our Tutor Connectivity event. ...read more

Tutor's Experiences

Jackie Giovanniello, Long Island Academic Director


Due to the broad range of areas included in elementary and high school science curriculums, students can find the subject daunting and difficult to grasp. Whether it's the rote memorization, the integration of math, or the sheer abstraction of the material – many students don't like science. Or at least they think they don’t like science. Here are 5 reasons students benefit from trying out simple science experiments at home:...read more

You Ask, We Answer!


A student asks: This year in English I really don't get along with my teacher. I liked English last year because my teacher made class fun and she understood us. This year our teacher is boring and I also disagree with her opinion a lot. This makes me not want to do work for her class, go to class, or write my papers, because I don't agree with her views about writing or my work. I actually like writing, and I don’t want her to ruin it for me...I write my own way outside of class. Sometimes I get so upset with her that I don't even do homework for her class. I feel pretty discouraged-what do I do? read our answer!

Tips and Helpful Hints from Tutors:


"Exercise, whether you do yoga, running, boxing or something else, is a great way to relieve stress and become un-stuck. You will be much more focused when your head is clear." - Alexandra Ambrico
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Parents' Corner


A parent asks: My child is a 9th grader who is very smart and could do exceptionally well in school if he was more organized, studied more and kept track of deadlines and details. However, he doesn't seem to have those executive functioning skills, and as a result he is left a bit bewildered when he gets feedback from teachers and receives his grades. Content-wise he is very capable of understanding what's going on in class and the material is not too hard for him. However, because he has no organization or time management skills, and he's absent-minded, he's doing very poorly. It's terrible for me to sit by and watch him struggle this way, but he gets upset when I try to intervene-is there anything I can do?...read our answer