- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 21, 2004

MORE INFO:

BOOKS —

• “OVERCOMING UNDERACHIEVING: A SIMPLE PLAN TO BOOST YOUR KIDS’ GRADES AND END THE HOMEWORK HASSLES,” BY RUTH PETERS, BROADWAY BOOKS, 2000. THIS BOOK PROVIDES PRACTICAL TIPS ON HOW TO REWARD PERFORMANCE, BUILD A CHILD’S SELF-CONCEPT, HELP CHILDREN BATTLE APATHY, AND IDENTIFY COMMON BEHAVIORAL PATTERNS AMONG PARENTS AND CHILDREN THAT LEAD TO ACADEMIC UNDERACHIEVEMENT. IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN IN GRADES ONE THROUGH 12.

• “HOW TO GET STRAIGHT A’S IN SCHOOL AND HAVE FUN AT THE SAME TIME,” BY GORDON W. GREEN JR., FORGE, 1999. THIS BOOK SHOWS STUDENTS HOW TO BUDGET TIME, TAKE NOTES, TAKE TESTS, ACQUIRE EFFECTIVE STUDY TECHNIQUES AND IMPROVE SELF-CONFIDENCE.

• “BRIGHT MINDS, POOR GRADES: UNDERSTANDING AND MOTIVATING YOUR UNDERACHIEVING CHILD,” BY MICHAEL D. WHITLEY, PERIGEE, 2001. THIS BOOK OFFERS A 10-STEP PROGRAM TO MOTIVATE UNDERACHIEVING CHILDREN AND HELP THEM SUCCEED IN SCHOOL. IT ALSO IDENTIFIES SIX TYPES OF UNDERACHIEVERS FROM THE PROCRASTINATOR TO THE HIDDEN PERFECTIONIST TO THE CON ARTIST.

• “SEVEN STEPS TO HOMEWORK SUCCESS: A FAMILY GUIDE FOR SOLVING COMMON HOMEWORK PROBLEMS,” BY SYDNEY S. ZENTALL AND SAM GOLDSTEIN, SPECIALTY PRESS, 1999. THE SEVEN STEPS IN THIS WORKBOOK CAN HELP PARENTS FACILITATE PRODUCTIVE HOMEWORK TIME FOR THEIR CHILDREN. CONCEPTS DISCUSSED INCLUDE HOW TO A DEVELOP A PRODUCTIVE HOMEWORK ALLIANCE WITH YOUR CHILD, BUILD A LEARNING STATION, ASSIST WITH HOMEWORK COMPLETION AND TEACH YOUR CHILD TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY.

ASSOCIATIONS —

• INDEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION, 3251 OLD LEE HIGHWAY, SUITE 510, FAIRFAX, VA 22030. PHONE: 703/591-4850. WEB SITE: WWW.IECAONLINE.COM. IECA IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT OFFERS STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES INFORMATION REGARDING SCHOOL SELECTION ISSUES.

AGENCIES, CONSULTANTS, CENTERS —

• SCHOOL COUNSELING GROUP INC., 4725 MACARTHUR BLVD. NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20007. PHONE: 202/333-3530. WEB SITE WWW.SCHOOLCOUNSELING.

COM. THE SCHOOL COUNSELING GROUP HELPS PARENTS AND STUDENTS WITH TOPICS SUCH AS NEGOTIATING THE MAZE OF SCHOOL APPLICATIONS, WHERE TO TURN IF YOUR CHILD HAS SPECIAL NEEDS, DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS AS WELL AS HOW TO HELP THE UNDERACHIEVING STUDENT.

• MINDWORKS TUTORING SERVICES, PO BOX 963, VIENNA, VA 22183. PHONE: 703/242-7951. WEB SITE: WWW.MINDWORKSTUTORINGSERVICES.COM. VIENNA-BASED MINDWORKS TUTORING SERVICES PROVIDES TUTORING FOR ABOUT 400 CHILDREN OF ALL AGES IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. CLIENTS PAY FOR ONE LESSON AT A TIME, AND SMALL-GROUP AND ONE-ON-ONE LESSONS ARE AVAILABLE.

• SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER, 4694 KING ST., ALEXANDRIA, VA 22302. PHONE: 703/671-5621. WEB SITE: WWW.EDUCATE.COM. SYLVAN LEARNING CENTERS WAS FOUNDED IN 1979 TO PROVIDE INSTRUCTION TO STUDENTS OF ALL AGES AND SKILL LEVELS. THE CENTERS PROVIDE GROUP INSTRUCTION, WITH THE MOST COMMON TEACHER-TO-STUDENT RATIO BEING 1:3. THERE ARE DOZENS OF CENTERS IN THE GREATER WASHINGTON AREA AND MORE THAN 950 CENTERS IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.

ONLINE —

• Tutoring for Success is a Herndon-based tutoring service whose Web site, www.tutoringforsuccess.com, offers articles on tutoring and how parents can help their children with study habits. Parents can request a tutor using the Web site or by calling 703/390-9220 or 301/838-7640.

• The Parent Pages, a local family phone book, provides dozens of entries of tutoring services and educational consultants on its Web site, www.theparentpages.com. For a copy of the phone book, contact the Parent Pages, 8300 Second Ave., Vienna, VA 22182. Phone: 703/698-8066.

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