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.


Help Your Child Prepare for Exams

Dec 05, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

The fact is, most students do not know how to prepare to take exams. For example, many do not understand that it is much better to study in many short blocks of time instead of trying to cram everything in the night before an... Read more
For Thanksgiving, Kids Should Take a Break From School (but Help at Home)

Nov 25, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy

Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity for parents and students to take a break from the stresses of school. Everyone needs to relax a few days and recoup before the countdown to exams begins. If you are having visitors at y... Read more
A New Look at Learning Styles

Nov 21, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

For many years now, students and teachers have discussed learning styles. We look at whether a person learns best through visual, auditory, or kinesthetic channels as described in "What Is Your Child’s Learning Style?" ... Read more
What Does It Mean To Be Twice Exceptional?

Nov 14, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Gifted and Talented

Some students have unbelievable abilities in an area such as art, language, or mathematics. Depending on the educational setting, these students might be labeled “gifted and talented.” There is not one definitive ... Read more
Homework Binder: A Strategy That Helps With Executive Functioning

Nov 07, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Organization, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Executive Functioning

Many children tend to be impulsive and have trouble planning ahead, keeping up with long-term projects, making thoughtful decisions, and turning in all of their homework. These abilities are all a part of executive functionin... Read more
A Free App To Help With Time Management

Oct 31, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Smartphone Apps, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework

Many students have trouble keeping up with everything they are supposed to do each day. This is especially true when they move from middle to upper school, where teachers expect them to be more independent. I recently discove... Read more
Helping a Student Catch Up After an Illness

Oct 24, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework

Students who have to miss several days of school feel overwhelmed when they return. Some fear being so far behind that they wind up missing extra days, because they are so anxious about the amount of work they need to do. The... Read more
The Fine Line Between Giving Support and Helping Too Much

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

A parent of one of my students recently said she was struggling with walking the fine between giving her daughter the support she needs and supporting her too much. This is always a difficult decision parents must make. On th... Read more
Parent-Teacher Conferences Help Develop the School-Home Relationship

Oct 10, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy

In a few short weeks, parent-teacher conferences start. Interestingly, both parents and teachers are anxious about them! Parents worry about whether their child is performing well enough and behaving in class. They worry abou... Read more
Alternatives to Flash Cards for Studying

Oct 03, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, Homework, High School

Most teachers teach their students how to use flash cards for studying facts or vocabulary. Flash cards are a great tool for many students, but there are some kids who need a different strategy. Students who are creative and ... Read more