Helping Your Child's Transition to Primary School

By Padmaja Natarajan

A child's transition from kindergarten to primary is a big step towards their growth and one can clearly see that the child goes through a lot of mood swings, anxiety and fear of the new environment. As parents, it is important that you help the child step into primary school with as little anxiety as possible. Here are some ways by which you can reduce your child's anxiety.

1. Talk - children love to talk, but when it comes to expressing their fear of the unknown, it is difficult for them to talk. Try a short story about your own childhood and first day of primary school, the fears you faced and engage the child to talk about it. This will help the child understand what to expect and how to go about facing the new challenges that lie ahead.

2. Try to meet the new classmates - if the child is moving into primary in the same school, chances are that the child's friends are also moving in. Meet up with them before the start of the school year to help all the children bond better. This will also help reduce the anxiety of moving to primary school.

3. Test run - many schools allow children to come into the class a couple of days before the actual start of the academic sessions. Take your child to the school and show him/her around, the class, the washroom, the play area, spends some time there. This will help the child relax and be calm on the first day of school.

4. Practice what is already learnt - transition to primary school does not only involve the emotional journey that the child takes, but also the intellectual journey that is kick-started. Parents can buy/ make worksheets to help the child prepare themselves to face the new academic year without much stress of studies. There are many workbooks available in the market to help children transition to primary school and flipClass Genius Kids workbooks are one such set of books that help the child practice math, science and English with ease.

5. Daily schedule - till the time, the child is in Kindergarten, she spends little time in the school. Moving to primary classes will mean that the child spends a considerable amount of time in the school as well. Parents need to help the child cope with the new timings in the school by being with them when they return from school, talk to them and ease their stress.

A child's transition to primary school is not only important for the child, but also for parents. Parents need to be calm to pass on the same vibes to the child. This is why every parent must know how and what to help the child in this transition process.



.How To Choose The Best ACT Test Prep Program - 6 Questions To Guide You

By Winnie Custodio

Not all ACT test prep programs are equal. There are superior ones and inferior courses, and there are those that fall in between. So how do you choose the best ACT test prep program that will support you in achieving the best ACT score possible? Here are some tips to consider:

Is the price justifiable? The cost for ACT test prep programs varies widely, whether they may be online or offline. There are those that are offered for free, or at low-end prices to really pricey ones, costing thousands of dollars. What about free ACT test prep courses? There is a lot of misinformation about those, and learners ought to know the difference. There are quality and credible free ACT test prep programs, especially online, and students (and their parents) ought to caution against the notion of "getting what you pay for" in online test prepping, although some of them might be true. Some of these programs provide a tutor for support, or a customized study plans for their customers. The point when it comes to this is to ask yourself what you are willing to pay for. Thoroughly assess what the company has to offer in relation to the price that they ask for. Primarily, you should determine if the price you are paying for your ACT test prep is justifiable.

Who created the product? Basically, you have to have a solid inkling about the people behind the product. Who are the makers of the ACT test prep course that you are considering? You'll find claims that the product has been created by experts, high scorers and high degree holders. You thus have to take a good look at the bios along with the mission of the company. How many and in what ways have they helped learners in passing their exams (with flying colors)? Are they selective in the kind of students that they want to assist? How is their customer support? Were they responsive when you communicated with them? Are they people who are passionate in what they are doing?

What is the quantity of the practice tests that they offer? You have to gauge this pertaining to the extent of the practice tests that you need to take according to your test prep program. You have to keep in mind that an effective ACT test prep plan would require you to take official practice tests from the ACT. Official ACT practice tests are the meat of the matter for an effectual test prep. The practice tests that online study plans provide are merely supplements to this most essential learning tool.

Do they offer quality practice tests? It makes sense to choose quality over quantity in terms of practice tests. How do you determine this in choosing the best ACT test prep program? Check the practice questions featured in their site and compare it with the items in an official ACT practice test. Are they similar in style and difficulty? Test drive their products by evaluating the free sample questions or video lessons that they offer.

Is their advice strategy of good quality? What sort of test prepping and taking advice do they offer? Do they guide you in seeing the pattern of the ACT test? Do they facilitate you in the types of questions that are frequently encountered in it? What makes typically "wrong" answers in the test? With their help, are you able to work the questions backwards in ways that the test creators wouldn't expect you to? In a gist, can you learn valuable test-taking tips, tricks and secrets from the company and their products?

Do they receive positive reviews and feedback? Go over what other people are saying about the company. Are their reviews favorable? Were their previous customers happy with the services and products that they have offered? Did they produce good results i.e., high ACT scores? As much as the opinions of these people are important, you should also take them with a grain of salt. Take a good look at the whole scenario when choosing the best ACT test prep program. Other than getting what you pay for, you should likewise be wary of wasting your time and effort because of using the wrong study plan.

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The Friendships That Develop In College

By Bob Roth 

As students move through college, friendships will develop naturally. They occur through the contacts students have with classmates, dorm mates, teammates, work mates and other associations that come about by chance and circumstance.

Aristotle opined that there are two kinds of friendship: mutual need and mutual appreciation. "Mutual Need" friendships include those of 'utility' and those of 'pleasure.' They tend to satisfy short-lived needs. "Mutual Appreciation" friendships are based on the 'personal qualities' of the people themselves and often last much longer.

Friendship: Reciprocal Goodwill -- Aristotle

Because short-term friendships are frequently built on utility or pleasure, they usually exist because each person immediately benefits in some way from the relationship. Class projects, school athletic teams, extra-curricular activities, part-time and summer work assignments and community activities all fall within the category of friendships that are short-lived. They satisfy an immediate need and provide pleasure and satisfaction.

However, when friendships are based on a mutual appreciation of each other's personal qualities, goodwill and positive behaviors they can come together to form, develop and strengthen a longer-lasting relationship. It is important to understand that long-term friendships are based on an additional set of factors that may include:

- You enjoy being with the person

- The person is important to you

- You have good feelings about the person

- You know the person can be counted on to perform or help you

- You know that the person can be trusted

- You seek and value their opinions

- You can confide in them

- You feel a responsibility to protect and defend the person

- You like what the person stands for and how they behave

- You have good thoughts of your relationship with the person

- You want to stay in touch when the two of you are apart

- You are willing to make sacrifices for the person

In addition to the components of long-term friendships, love is even deeper.

- You are highly attracted to one person who is special

- You find that you are willing to give whatever is needed

- Positive, caring feelings, words and actions are mutual and unfailing

- You find yourself thinking about the person often

- The person treats you in a way you want to be treated

- You always want to please the other person

- You desire sexual pleasure and gratification with this one person

- You look forward to being with the person

- You do not want this relationship to end or fail

- The two of you are becoming one in your thinking and behavior

During college, every student will have a variety of friendships and relationships of various lengths and depths. Importantly, it is the longer-term relationships that will mean to most. These more serious and special friendships can last for years. For the fortunate students who experience love during college, the relationship may last a lifetime.

Friendships matter! Every student should work to broaden their pool of reliable and caring friends. The more good friends someone has helping them to become successful and happy, the more likely it will happen.

Bob Roth, a former campus recruiter, is the author of five books, including: OMG, The Things I Learned In College, A Successful Senior Year Job Search Begins In The Freshman Year. Known as The "College & Career Success" Coach, Bob writes articles for College Career Services Offices, Campus Newspapers, Parent Associations and Employment Web Sites. Bob has created The Job Search Preparation System™ for colleges to use to help students find greater success in the job market. Visit Bob's web site "".

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) Celebrates 30 Years of HBCU Academic Excellence

- Top students from 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will compete for the national HCASC championship title and institutional grants from Honda

- HCASC finals will be live-streamed at 12:00 p.m. EDT, April 16 at


Celebrating its 30th year as the nation's premier academic competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) will culminate the year-round program on April 16 when a new champion is crowned. The top quiz bowl teams from 48 HBCUs will travel to Los Angeles for the HCASC National Championship Tournament, April 13-17, on the Honda campus in Torrance, California.

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HCASC connects the nation's best and brightest HBCU students and provides an opportunity to expand their scope of knowledge, learn teamwork and sportsmanship, and develop a bond with their fellow competitors. The program highlights students' academic talents and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. Outside of game play, students participate in community service activities and are provided with leadership, networking and mentorship opportunities.

"For 30 years, the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge has provided high-achieving HBCU students the opportunity to advance their dreams," said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility at American Honda. "This is an event that Honda feels passionately about, with many of our associates volunteering each year to help make it happen. We look forward to meeting students, coaches and institutional reps from all HBCUs and crowning the 2019 HCASC National Champion."

In April, more than 300 HBCU students, coaches, presidents and institutional representatives will participate in and attend the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament in Los Angeles. The 2019 HCASC contingent hails from 48 HBCUs, or "Great 48," located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. These teams earned a place in the National Championship Tournament by competing in regional tournaments held on HBCU campuses. Each year HCASC awards $358,000 in institutional grants to participating HBCUs. For the list of "Great 48" qualifying HBCUs, visit

30 Years of Advancing Dreams

This year's HCASC theme is "30 Years of Advancing Dreams." Honda established Honda Campus All-Star Challenge in 1989 to recognize and celebrate the academic talents of HBCU students as well as to provide personal development and experiential learning opportunities. Participants gain life-changing experiences through travel opportunities, networking with business leaders and making friends for life. More than $9 million in grants from Honda to participating HBCUs have been used to fund tuition and book scholarships, student development initiatives, endowment and development campaigns, as well as facilities and equipment.

Over its 30-year history, HCASC has fostered a network of more than 125,000 alumni – many of whom stay involved in the competition as volunteers at the National Championship Tournament or serve as mentors for the next generation of student competitors. HCASC's impressive roster of past participants includes engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors.

The 2019 HCASC finals will be live-streamed on April 16 starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT at To send messages of encouragement and support for the HBCU student competitors, visit the HCASC Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and include #HCASC.

Honda and the HBCU Community

For three decades, Honda has been committed to supporting the success and dreams of the nation's HBCUs. Through initiatives like the Honda Battle of the Bands and Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, Honda has been able to reach more than 170,000 students and award over $12 million in grants in support of HBCU education programs. These initiatives also have enabled Honda to provide unforgettable experiences and opportunities for students to create memories that will last a lifetime, including meeting and networking with their peers from different schools.

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