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When Students Struggle

Livia McCoy
Livia McCoy spent many years teaching upper school science. She currently serves as Dean of Student Support at The Steward School in Richmond, VA. Livia sees each student as an individual with great potential to learn, and feels her job is to help every student figure out how to be successful in school. Livia says, “I blog about the many smart students who struggle in school because they think differently or have attention issues. I share what I have learned helping these students, their parents and teachers to see how they can experience success in school.” Livia welcomes comments on her blog at SchoolFamily.com.


How to Help Struggling Students Build Self Esteem

Apr 04, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

My heart broke just a little when one of my students recently told me, "I’m just ready to give up." I thought a lot about him and what might help him feel better about himself. Children who struggle in school need some... Read more
Using Webbing to Study for a Test

Mar 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Webbing is a great study strategy for some students. It is especially good for visual learners and those who need to see the "big picture" -- the ones who focus on the overall concept rather than the details that support it.... Read more
The Quick Fix for Learning Disabilities

Mar 21, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, ADHD

When you have a child with a learning disability or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) you yearn for a way to help. Parents are confronted with offers for reading programs, diets, vitamin regimens, and medical d... Read more
Computer-Assisted Reading

Mar 14, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Reading

If your child has trouble reading, or reads too slowly, she might benefit from text-to-speech software. Text-speech-software takes any text in digital format (such as on the Internet or in a word processor) and reads it alou... Read more
Study Strategies that Match Your Child’s Learning Style

Mar 08, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Students do better in school if they understand how they best learn. Some need to see a demonstration to learn something new. Others need to read about it and study illustrations in a book. A few people just need for someo... Read more
When Smart Students Cannot Write What They Know

Feb 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework

Some students have difficulty getting their excellent ideas written down. This can be from a variety of problems such as dysgraphia (a physical problem that prevents handwriting or typing), or a specific language learning di... Read more
Accommodating for a Spelling Disability

Feb 21, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

What if when you stored a word in your memory the letters in the word got switched around? And, every time you access it, the letters may or may not go back in there the same way. When you try to spell the word it comes out... Read more
Homework Struggles - When to Talk to the Teacher

Feb 14, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework

In an earlier post I mentioned that there are some students who need to have their homework assignments modified for one reason or another. If your child is really struggling with homework, consider whether modifying their h... Read more
Basic Math Facts are the key to Success in Higher Level Math

Feb 08, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

If your adolescent is struggling in math you need to know for sure that he knows his basic math facts to an automatic level. By “automatic level,” I mean he does not have to expend mental energy remembering them.... Read more
Does My Child Need a Laptop for School?

Jan 31, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Many parents contact me to ask whether they should buy a laptop for their child. In today’s technological world, we tend to think that every child needs a computer of their own. In reality, there are many factors to con... Read more