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All posts by: Alex Merrill

Defense mechanisms take all forms in teenagers; sometimes they masquerade, ironically, as the obvious.  I taught one girl several years ago at Taft, a hockey player, who, upon entering the class for the first time, announced loudly in front of...
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With the numbers for the Delta variant of Covid trending upwards and the progression of the vaccine grinding along, the coming school year is likely to be again be fraught with unique challenges. While the vaccine is now available for...
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As we approach the fall and another college admission season kicks into full gear, we thought that we would share our eight favorite resources for those applying the colleges in the fall, in no particular order…. NACAC’s College Admission Status...
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That face is still burnt into my memory, a photograph that will never fade: Professor Judy Smith, her granite features nestled into the corner of memory cluttered with lessons learned. I had signed up for her Native American Literature class...
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Transitioning from high school to college is not easy for many young adults. Freshman year is full of many “firsts”. Not only are students navigating a new, more challenging academic environment, but they are also learning how to live with...
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Matt was a clean cut kid from an affluent suburb of New Haven I met during his junior year of highschool who had been playing lacrosse basically since he was in diapers. His father was very, very committed and even...
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After hearing about the details of a student’s educational situation and determining the best tutor/coach fit for that student, the question of where to conduct the tutoring quickly arises. When I ask, “would you like to do the tutoring remotely...
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Many parents are asking themselves now that we’ve entered the summer and secured at least some form of distraction for our kids, “what will the next school year look like?” And… “what can I do to best prepare my child...
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The NWEA recently put out it’s projections for summer learning loss following the pandemic and the implications are grim. Learning loss is the normal average expected decline in a students performance when they drop the books and head for the...
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