Monday, November 28, 2016

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Good morning,

Today we are talking about something that all parents have to deal with in this day and age...smartphones and technology. Digital distraction is all around and sometimes it can distract our children from the task at hand.  What is this digital distraction's impact on productivity you may ask?

In a recent article from, entitled 'Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction,' talks about a 'new book, The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High Tech World,' and how it 'explores the implications of, and brain science behind, this evolution (some might say devolution). It was written Adam Gazzaley, a neurologist and a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and research psychologist Larry D. Rosen. To learn more about what the author of this book found and his conclusions, visit the original article link here.

If your student is struggling in school and you believe it's due to digital distractions, we can help! Whether it's one-on-one help or at our student-focused center, The Hub, Linder Educational Coaching can help get your child back on track. Don't wait! Contact Kristen today: e-mail or call Kristin directly at (703) 270-9129.

Monday, November 21, 2016

How College Friendships May Affect Student Success

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Today we want to share an article from entitled 'How College Friendships May Affect Student Success.' "Students are typically advised to avoid social distractions and keep their eyes on the academic prize instead.'
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'A new book from a researcher at Dartmouth College puts a new spin on that idea, mapping out the ways differently structured social networks affect students' experiences for good and for ill.

'Janice McCabe, an associate professor of sociology, interviewed a diverse group of 67 undergraduates at a large Midwestern public university (unnamed to protect student privacy.) She asked them to name their friends, which ranged from 3 to 60 individuals, and then she painstakingly mapped out the web of connections that made up each person's friend network.

'Her conclusion? "It's important to realize that friends can have academic as well as social benefits." And the type of network you have matters a lot."

It's important to know what types of peers and social groups your child is drawn to, as this article points out, can make a difference on their path to graduation.

To read the entire article and learn about the social friend group classifications Janice McCabe put students into, visit the original article here.

If you have an upcoming college freshman and want extra help in getting them set on the right path to graduation, contact us today at:

Monday, November 14, 2016

Teen Night Owls Struggle To Learn And Control Emotions At School

Good morning,

Today we are talking about an important topic every parent needs to be able to help manage, their teens sleep schedule. recently featured an article that talks about just this and how locally, in Fairfax County, it affects our students. "Researchers surveyed 2,017 students in 19 schools in Fairfax County, Va., about a variety of factors related to sleep. They were in seventh to 12th grades.
The researchers wanted to know more about the associations between the amount of sleep students get, how sleepy they are in the daytime and a brain function known as self-regulation — the ability to control emotions, cognitive functions and behavior."

As a parent with a night owl teen you may already have a suspicion about the conclusions that the researchers found. But for those of you who don't have teenagers yet or think your child gets sufficient amounts of sleep, this may surprise you.

According to the article, "night owls tend to have the hardest time with self-regulation, the researchers found. These students have more memory problems, are more impulsive, and get irritated and frustrated more easily.'

'The researchers discovered that students who regularly go to bed late tend to be both sleepier during the day and have more trouble with self-regulation, regardless of how much sleep they actually report getting."

To read the entire article, please click here.

If your child is struggling academically or socially in school and you are looking for help, please contact us at: We are here to help! 

Monday, November 7, 2016

My Daughter Has My Eyes, My Hair And My ADHD

"I was repulsed by math because it challenged me so much. I distracted myself with the subject matter around it, because I was interested in words and could connect with language. This interplay of exhaustion, panic, guilt and defeat is a frightful symphony. In my experience, this is the emotional soundtrack of ADHD." In the article entitled 'My daughter has my eyes, my hair and my ADHD' author Eileen Hoenigman Meyer talks about her own experience with ADHD and how she copes with her daughter's own ADHD diagnosis. "I thought there was a special language — a brightness — that the other children in my classes shared with the teachers. They were “in the know.” They got it. I struggled in a fog for reasons I could neither understand nor explain." (To continue reading the rest of this article from The Washington Post, click here.)

Do you have ADHD and can relate to Eileen's experiences? Does your child have ADHD and you are struggling to understand their perspective and how to help them? 

Here at Linder Educational Coaching we specialize in catering to students with ADD, ADHD, other LDs, behavioral issues and problems with executive functioning. We can help you and your child come up with a plan and skills to help them cope and learn to love living with their ADHD.

Contact us today at or call Kristin directly at: (703) 270-9129.