Setting Up a Great Study Space

Students who establish strong study habits early in their academic careers are taking an important step toward college prep school success. One common habit of efficient students is the use of a dedicated study space. Watch this video to get some tips on setting up your own study space.

This high school student emphasizes the benefits of keeping your study space well-organized, as clutter can be counterproductive and distracting. Your study space should feature a visible day planner, wall calendar, or bulletin board to keep you on track with your tasks. Remember to turn off your cellphone before getting to work.

The Quarry Lane School is a prestigious private school serving Dublin and Pleasanton, CA that provides extensive student support services and college counseling. Parents can call us at (925) 829-8000 to request information about admission to our private elementary or private high school.

Smart Strategies for Overcoming Math Anxiety

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Enrolling your child in a college prep school is one of the most effective ways for helping him or her succeed in math and science. But some students still do experience math anxiety, which can inhibit their academic progress. If you suspect your child is experiencing math anxiety, consider requesting a parent-teacher conference at the private high school to discuss ways of overcoming the problem.

Explore the Root of the Problem
To help your child conquer math anxiety, it’s necessary to figure out the cause of the problem. For many students, math anxiety develops when foundational knowledge in mathematics is lacking. In other words, a student might not fully grasp fundamental concepts. When that student moves through the curriculum with the rest of the class, he or she will experience worsening struggles with more advanced material. Your child’s math teacher might schedule a one-on-one session with him or her to gain a clearer understanding of the student’s level of knowledge.

Be a Good Role Model
To overcome math anxiety, your student needs to associate mathematics with positive emotions. Students often hear their parents say things like “I was never good at math” or “I never liked math.” These statements only reinforce the student’s false belief that math is an innate talent, rather than a skill that anyone can learn. Instead, use your tone of voice, demeanor, and body language to convey an appreciation for math. Your student might be more motivated to succeed in math if you point out the many practical uses for these skills in daily life.

Encourage Regular Practice
If there is an equation for success, persistence is surely involved. Encourage your student to practice his or her math skills every day. Even if your child doesn’t have math homework on a particular day, he or she could play online math games or solve problems lifted from previous assignments.

The strong and supportive mathematics department at The Quarry Lane School is one of the many reasons why so many parents have chosen to enroll their children in our college prep school in Dublin and Pleasanton, CA. Our preparatory school students gain a solid foundation in mathematical concepts, which allows them to solve problems with fluency and confidence. Parents can call our office at (925) 829-8000.

Helping High School Students Avoid End-of-the-Year Burnout

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During the last few month of the school year, it’s not unusual for private high school students to experience the persistent fatigue and decline in motivation that is characteristic of academic burnout. Students in a college prep school are typically hardworking individuals, but going at full speed for a long time can be exhausting. Fortunately, there are some simple steps that high school students can take to prevent this common problem.

Talk to the school counselor.
When experiencing any sort of problems in a college preparatory school, the first course of action usually involves a meeting with the school counselor. School counselors are specially trained to provide effective, actionable guidance to students. For example, your counselor might find that you’re overscheduling your after-school time while trying to maintain with a demanding academic track. With the counselor’s help, you can identify the activities that would make the most impactful impression on college admissions personnel. You might decide to keep these activities and scale down your involvement in the others.

Take a step backward and regroup.
Sometimes, keeping track of the details of school, sports, clubs, and social activities can be overwhelming. Take a figurative step backward and reassess your situation. Figure out what your priorities are for today and the rest of the week, and then reorganize your schedule as needed.

Take scheduled breaks.
The solution to being overscheduled isn’t always to work harder or work longer hours. Everyone needs some time to relax now and then. Set aside some time for breaks when you plan your daily schedule. If you plan a three-hour study session on Saturday, include a few 15-minute breaks or break up your study session into three one-hour sessions. By giving your brain some time to rest, you’ll likely find that your memory retention is better.

The Quarry Lane School maintains a dynamic learning environment that takes a proactive approach toward connecting students with the support and resources they need to exceed expectations. Our private school in Dublin encourages students to work closely with their school counselors to chart the course for their academic careers. Call us at (925) 829-8000 to learn more.

Hear What Teens Have to Say About Bullying

Bullying creates a hostile ambience in schools that is highly detrimental for an individual student’s socioemotional well-being and academic performance. This prevalent problem is one reason why many parents choose to enroll their students in a private elementary, middle or high school. College prep schools offer a close-knit learning community that is inherently supportive and inclusionary.

To learn more about the harmful effects of bullying, watch this featured video. You’ll hear several teens explain the reasons why they were bullied, the types of bullying they experienced, and the hurtful impact of bullying.

The Quarry Lane School is a positive and supportive private school community in Dublin and Pleasanton. Parents can direct questions about our curriculum or school environment to our office at (925) 829-8000.

Highlighting the Importance of After-School Activities

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Students in private elementary, middle, and high schools are focused on academic excellence. But not all of their learning takes place within the classroom. After-school activities are also essential for academic performance and personal growth—not to mention that they serve an important function on college applications. If your preparatory school student is interested in many different activities, you can suggest that he or she take a balanced mix of academic, sports, and social activities.

Physical Fitness
Private high school students spend much of their school days sitting at desks. Participating in sports teams or individual sports after their classes gives students the opportunity to strengthen their muscles and support their overall wellness. In doing so, they develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

Creative Expression
Creativity goes hand-in-hand with academic performance. Creative expression is essential for personal growth, and the school years are the prime period for students to discover their self-identity. After-school activities such as art classes, theatre groups, and music clubs allow students to explore their talents and interests. In some cases, these after-school pursuits may help students to identify their future career goals.

Stress Release
Students are vulnerable to stress just like anyone else. The sources of stress may be different, but they are no less real. Students attending a college preparatory school must meet high academic expectations while taking rigorous coursework. After-school activities can protect students from mental exhaustion by offering them an outlet for stress release.

Social Skills
Social skill development is important for students of all ages, although the greatest emphasis in this area is typically seen in the preschool and elementary years. Yet, all students can benefit from improving their teamwork and cooperation skills. After-school activities give students the experience of working with their peers to accomplish a common goal.

The Quarry Lane School is pleased to provide a wide range of after-school activities for students in our private school in Dublin and Pleasanton. Extracurricular activities run the gamut from the App Development Club to the athletic team sports. Call (925) 829-8000 or browse our website for a listing of activities.

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