Monday, April 25, 2016

Registration is NOW OPEN for Summer Workshops!

Hello Parents,

Registration is now open for our summer workshops!

Next school year will be here before you know it, and the summer is an ideal time to make sure students are prepared for the demands of the coming grade. We have listened to your requests and
considered the areas that we feel most often hold students back from achieving their potential. Consequently, we have created the following workshops to address skill sets that are vital to success in school, but all too often cannot be addressed with the demands of assignments during the year. Not every student needs every workshop, but almost every student would benefit incredibly from
one of the workshops. Feel free to call Kristin to discuss your child, his or her needs, and if our workshops are the right fit. We want to help our students be successful.

Our most common workshop recommendations:

  • Rising 9th graders: Study Skills Workshop
  • Rising 10th graders: AP Prep or The Essay
  • Rising 11th graders: ACT/SAT prep
  • Rising 12th graders: College Essay Workshop / Admissions Support

We will also be offering:

  • The Hub for summer school (taking reservations already)
  • Subject support (especially needed for students that struggle in foreign language or math, or that need concerted reading/writing work)
  • Enrichment (short prep for upcoming math levels, foreign language refreshers before school, or scholarship/essay work)

If you would like to schedule a time to discuss your student and what support, if any, is the right fit, please contact Kristin by e-mail at or call Kristin directly at (703) 270-9133.

Monday, April 18, 2016

How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences

Good morning!

Today we are sharing an article from entitled 'How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences.' Here at Linder Educational Coaching we see all types of mental road blocks with our students, which we work with them to help them overcome. Everyone learns differently but many of us are hardwired to "look for the negative" therefore inhibiting growth and learning. Through our specialized educational coaching we can help students see the positive in their learning and excel in school. If you are looking for individualized help for your student, please contact us at:

How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences
By Katrina Schwartz

"Any kind of mental activity, including experiences, entails underlying neural activity,” said Rick Hanson, a psychologist and senior fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, at a Learning & the Brain conference. He has developed practices to help people build up their mental capacity for happiness by creating patterns of neural activity that with time and repetition become neural pathways.'

'Hanson calls this process “self-directed neuroplasticity.” To grow inner strength, people have to turn experiences (short-term memories) into activated states that are installed traits (long-term and implicit memories). The idea is to turn fleeting moments of happiness into implicit knowledge of well-being and strength.'

'Helping children develop self-directed neuroplasticity could be extremely helpful for students with trouble sitting still or who have learning challenges, but it could also be explicitly tied to academic outcomes. Hanson’s strategies could help students develop motivation and a sense of themselves as active learners. It’s a way of helping students to see life as an opportunity and for noting the positive in themselves and others. And, at a fundamental level, it’s a way of taking the time to hardwire and register curricular learning."

Monday, April 11, 2016

Want your child to get into college and have a good life? Here’s how.

Good morning,

Today we are sharing an article from The Washington Post which sheds some insight on the crushing expectations for most high school students in today's society when it comes into getting into college. The article mentions a report which calls for change that needs to happen with teachers and parents alike, in order to allow students to explore deeper commitments and meanings to their communities, not just adding activity after activity to fill up their resume.

"To be clear, none of the recommendations in the report are new values for colleges admissions. Even the most elite schools have always favored depth over breadth and quality over quantity, whether in courses or extracurricular activities. They have always appreciated demonstrations of kindness and empathy and deeper, sustained commitments to service have always held more weight in admissions than one-off stints or expensive missionary trips. This is not actually news. What is news is that colleges are saying it loud and clear through this report, trying to convey to parents that yes, they mean it: who your kid is every day of the week is important. Your kid is more than a test score or their grades. Your kid is also more than the name of the college he or she will attend."

"The true way to relieve the crushing pressure of college admissions has been within our power all along: we must do the work on ourselves as parents and to follow our kids’ leads while we gently guide and support them – not to get them into a good college, but to get them to be good people." But as I often say, "it's more important to raise a good person than a good student."  (To read the full article please visit: )

Here at Linder Educational Coaching we work with your child to help your them learn organization and time management. For most students, they have to learn a system that works for the way they think and operate daily. Our coaches have experience organizing a variety of students with different techniques. Let us help your child get control of their academic life and help prepare them for life, not just their college acceptance. To set up an appointment or learn more, please visit:

Monday, April 4, 2016

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

Good morning!

Today we are sharing another article from entitled 'When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges.' This article talks about how when kids are provided with the correct structure enabling them to learn how they are learning (or not learning/comprehending), it teaches them the essential skills and understanding they need to become life-long learners.

"Helping students to “learn how to learn” or in Ritchhart’s terminology, become “meta-strategic thinkers” is crucial for understanding and becoming a life-long learner. To discover how aware students are of their thinking at different ages, Ritchhart has been working with schools to build “cultures of thinking.” His theory is that if educators can make thinking more visible, and help students develop routines around thinking, then their thinking about everything will deepen." To view the entire article visit:

Here at Linder Educational Coaching we work with students of all ages to provide them with the skills they need to be able to recognize their own learning patterns and help them achieve greater awareness of their thinking.

"Research shows that when fourth graders are asked to develop a concept map about thinking, most of their brainstorming centers around what they think and where they think it. “When students don’t have strategies about thinking, that’s how they respond – what they think and where they think,” Richhart said. Many fifth graders start to include broad categories of thinking on their concept maps like “problem solving” or “understanding.” Those things are associated with thinking, but fifth graders often haven’t quite hit on the process of thinking.

By sixth grade a few students are starting to include some strategies for thinking in their maps, such as “concentrate” or “don’t get caught up in things that aren’t relevant.” But by ninth grade many students include specific strategies for thinking on their concept maps, including “making connections,” “comparing” and “breaking things down.”

If you are looking to help your child become a better learner and enable them to recognize their distinct patterns of learning, contact us today! Very rarely do teachers in school have the time or ability to focus on one student and understand the struggles and problems with that student’s learning method. Sadly, there is no required class in study skills for school and, even if there was, there is no system that works for everyone. Each person learns differently and needs to find a way to use his/her natural abilities in school.

With private coaching here at Linder, we work with students intensively, at least a few hours a week at first, to analyze what their current strategies are and how we can improve on them. Visit to learn more about our services and our private coaching!