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.


Necessary Skills for Students in the Digital Age

Mar 28, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy

My 8-year-old grandson recently picked up the television remote control, turned on the satellite dish, found the recorded program his mom wanted to watch, highlighted the correct one, and then handed the remote to his mom. He... Read more
Let Kids Know That Failure Is a Normal Part of Life

Mar 21, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy

As parents, we want to protect our children from failure. What we don’t realize is that failure is an important part of life. If children do not experience failure, they may not learn to struggle through to success. Thi... Read more
Struggling Students Require More Energy To Learn

Mar 14, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

A person’s brain occupies approximately 2 percent of the body’s weight, yet it uses 25 percent of the body’s energy. This amount of energy is required to stay alive, move around, and think. Studies have show... Read more
Drill and Practice the Basics: Keys to Student Success

Mar 07, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Students do better in school when they know their basic facts to an automatic level. If your child has to first figure out the basic information, then that information is what occupies her working memory. For example, if aske... Read more
Does Your Child Think in Three Dimensions?

Feb 28, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

What was your favorite toy when you were a child? I love to ask my students this question. The students I teach have a specific language learning disability, and I can usually predict what they will answer to this question. M... Read more
Small Steps Can Improve Student Skills

Feb 21, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy

Students who struggle in school often have many areas where they need to improve. This is true whatever the age. I currently teach high school students who struggle with student skills, and it is unreasonable to expect them t... Read more
Reinforce the Homework Habits of Successful Students

Feb 12, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Homework

Students who struggle in school often do not have the habits of successful students. Many of my students need reminders to do what other students do without thinking. You can help your child develop these “good student&... Read more
Making Sports Accessible for All Students

Feb 07, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Sports, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Some students enjoy playing sports and are talented in that arena. Studies suggest that students who participate in sports tend to do better in school. In some sports, kids learn what it means to commit to a team. In others, ... Read more
Help Students Find Opportunities To Mentor Others

Jan 31, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy

We have a science fair mentoring program at our school for students who have completed satisfactory projects in the past. These students are required to apply for the position and pass a test that proves they understand the s... Read more
Brain Development in Teens: Help Them Deal With Peer Pressure

Jan 24, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy

A key area of the brain lies just behind the forehead. This area is called the prefrontal cortex, and it controls many high-level thought processes. Teens tend to make impulsive decisions and fail to consider the consequences... Read more