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.


School Attendance Is Critical for Success

Dec 02, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Part of my responsibility at work is to track attendance and grades to make sure students are on track for success. There is a high correlation between attending school regularly and better grades. There are days when it is a... Read more
Help Your Daughter Deal With "Mean Girls"

Nov 25, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teen Girls, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Bullying

Sometimes adolescent girls can be mean to one another. I am not certain why this happens. My mother always said it was because they are jealous. Perhaps so, but whatever the reason for it, it can really hurt. It especially hu... Read more
Teach Students Self-Questioning for Better Learning

Nov 18, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Self-questioning is an important learning strategy. Students need to learn to ask themselves questions before starting a new unit of study, when doing homework, and when studying for tests. These questions can lead to a deepe... Read more
Is Online Skimming Destroying Reading Comprehension?

Nov 11, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Reading

Most students feel that as soon as they have answered all the questions on their homework assignment, they are finished with learning that material. They often rush through and only use the resources they absolutely must use ... Read more
Use Table of Contents Tools for Note-Taking

Nov 04, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Organization, Livia McCoy

My students often have difficulty keeping up with their notes. Those who type them on their tablet or computer often save each day’s notes in a separate file. When they need to use the notes to study or do homework, the... Read more
Honesty Is a Vital Part of Character

Oct 28, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Ben Lamm, a vice president at Capital One, spoke last week at the West Point Ethics and Leadership Conference in Richmond, Va. He emphasized the importance of honesty in the workplace. He called honesty a “non-negotiabl... Read more
Tips for Better Note-Taking

Oct 21, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Organization, Livia McCoy, High School

Taking notes is difficult for many students. Teachers often talk quickly, and students are not able to get everything written down. Additionally, students often do not know how to make the best use of their notes once they ta... Read more
Does Your Child Need Extra Time for Achievement Exams?

Oct 14, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy

Receiving extra time or other accommodations on the SAT can be a lifesaver for some students. Those who process more slowly than others or who have attention deficits, vision problems, or learning disabilities may get lower s... Read more
Make the Most of Family Meals

Oct 07, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Time spent enjoying family meals can pay off in stronger connections. When possible, it is important to sit down together to talk and find out how everyone is. It's also a time when your children learn manners and respectful ... Read more
Don't Worry—Your Teen Is Probably Normal

Sep 30, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

Several times in the last couple of years, parents have asked for a conference with me. I am always happy to meet with parents, because I see myself as a partner with them to help take care of their child. What these parents ... Read more