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Why Failure is Good

Why Failure is Good

Have you ever wondered why failure is good? Throughout history, humanity has encountered setbacks in nearly every aspect of life, providing invaluable lessons for growth. Embedded in our nature is an innate drive to overcome challenges and find solutions. However, finding effective solutions often begins with a series of failures. Fortunately, contemporary science confirms the … Continue Reading

The Negative Effects of Homework Help

The Negative Effects of Homework Help

Have you ever been asked for homework help and or offered to help someone with theirs? Most parents worldwide have been on both sides of this situation. In a thought-provoking article published in The New York Times titled “But I Want to Do Your Homework,” Judith Newman shares her experience of overediting her 12-year-old son’s … Continue Reading

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Mandee Adler, IMACS Parent and College Counseling Expert

IMACS parent and world-renowned college counseling expert, certified educational planner, and author of several books on such topics, Mandee Heller Adler, took the time to visit our corporate office and to write the following testimonial to express her gratitude for the role IMACS played in her daughter’s life. As my oldest daughter, Rebecca, heads to … Continue Reading

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Alternatives to Math Competitions for the Dreamer Child

The benefits of math competitions are well known: focusing on goals, dealing with pressure, learning teamwork, and building friendships are among those typically mentioned. Math competitions also allow for the much needed celebration of intellectual achievement the way athletic achievement has always been celebrated. At IMACS, many of our math enrichment students enjoy competing in … Continue Reading

Thinking with Logical Creativity

Can you link all nine dots using four or fewer straight lines, without lifting your finger and without tracing the same line more than once? We all understand what is meant when a person exclaims, “That’s so creative!” This is a typical reaction to a new and often pleasing, useful or clever idea. It might … Continue Reading

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Gifted Students Need Strong Study Habits Too

Empowering your gifted child with effective study habits early on is not just advantageous, it’s crucial for their long-term academic success. Many parents may underestimate the importance of instilling these habits before college, assuming that stellar grades in challenging coursework are sufficient preparation for university-level rigor. However, relying solely on inherent intelligence without fostering disciplined … Continue Reading

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Coding Game Designer on Homeschooling Gifted Kids

The IMACS Blog reconnects with alumnus Mark Engelberg who has released three coding games through ThinkFun. Mark’s passion for computer science, math and logic led him to an award-winning career in puzzle and game design. He is also an active speaker in the Clojure programming language community. In this post, Mark talks with IMACS about … Continue Reading

Smart is Not What You Think. It’s How You Think.

There was a time when the ability to faithfully recall information was a strong determinant of success. Now we have highly-sophisticated search engines and revolutionary chatbots that speak answers to your spoken questions. What you know and think is no longer the definitive measure of being smart. What matters now and in the future is … Continue Reading

Teach Kids How to Think and They’ll Think for Themselves

As parents we instinctively want to help our children when they struggle. Our impulse is often to just fix the problem ourselves. While this approach makes sense when children are very young, as they grow it becomes counterproductive. In rescuing our kids, we provide a quick fix but deny them opportunities to practice important skills … Continue Reading

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11-Year-Old Davidson Young Scholar Scores Perfect 800 on SAT Math Test

When fewer than 1% of 2014 college-bound high school seniors attain a perfect 800 on the math section of the SAT, you know that you’ve met someone special when he’s achieved that amazing feat before even cracking the teen years. That someone is Shiva Oswal, a precocious 11-year-old from Northern California who recently earned that … Continue Reading

The Real Problem with Algebra in Schools

The Real Problem with Algebra in Schools boils down to one question, “Should all students across America be required to take Algebra to continue their studies?” In an op-ed for The New York Times titled “Is Algebra Necessary?”Andrew Hacker, an emeritus professor of political science at Queens College, City University of New York, ignited a … Continue Reading

Thomas Rutkowski: Cell Biologist

IMACS chats with Thomas Rutkowski, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Prof. Rutkowski received his Ph.D. in cell biology from UC San Francisco and his B.S. in biotechnology with a minor in chemistry from the University of Delaware. He completed his post-doctoral … Continue Reading

4 Tips for Nurturing Mathematically-Talented Preschoolers

First, this is not a blog about how to tell if you have a mathematically talented child. There are many great resources out there by people more educated on and experienced in that topic. (I’ve found the Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page, and the book “Developing Math Talent” by Assouline and Lupkowski-Shoplik very helpful.) If you … Continue Reading